Nostalgia. Remembrance. Recapture. European Landscape and Ruins in the 16th-19th Centuries - MNAR


“The exhibition aims to present the various aspects and meanings that the ruin receives in European visual culture during the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries; the 140 works on display, from the patrimony of the National Museum of Art of Romania, articulate a thematic discourse built progressively in order to illustrate, during the six sections of the presentation, the transformation of ruin from an index symbol of ancient culture (during the Renaissance) to a state of mind, a special experience, close to the feeling of ruin of the soul, in the context of the interest of Romanticism in the sublime. Overlapping this historical path is a psychological discourse meant to highlight the relevance of ruin as a symbol of our relationship with the past and the relevance of the landscape as an emblem of the escape to an ideal world.

The landscapes selected for this exhibition aim to offer the visitors a possible interpretation for their attraction to nature’s picturesque, greatness, destructive power of and to the vestiges of the past, witnesses of times and deeds once considered grandiose. We therefore aim to capitalize on a less known heritage from the perspective of this perception.
The exhibition will highlight the attraction for landscape and ruin present in the Renaissance and in Mannerism, specific to the Classical, Baroque and Romantic styles as well as to contemporary mentality, still interested in the ruins as a symbol of the unconscious need to escape to a primordial world deemed ideal. “

Nostalgia. Remembrance. Recapture. European Landscape and Ruins in the 16th-19th Centuries
Curator: Mălina Conțu

Location: National Museum of Art, Bucharest, RO
Client:National Museum of Art, Bucharest
Status: finished
Area: 600qm

Team: Sorin Istudor, Kalliopi Dimou, Ștefan Păvăluță

Curator: Mălina Conțu

photos: Serioja Bocsok