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Tudor Zbarnea, curator of Biennial 2011

The context of public evolution of the visual arts in the Republic  of Moldova during the
last years reveals one of its main tendencies, characterized by association of artists in small groups, or sometimes it shows just a distinct individualism. Firstly, such a situation has appeared because the older generation of artists, having got none of benefits, that the previous so named collective
“organizations” offered to some of them, now refuse their participating in the most of artistic manifestations of a large scale. At the same time, the younger generation of artists prefers the groups based on pragmatic union. However, the both ones are going through the continuous struggle for surviving that has transformed the local artistic landscape into a kaleidoscopic one, paying a tribute to the tastes of market, though, to say the truth, this last one is nearly absent in our reality. All these reasons add some difficulties to the process of organizing the large collective expositions, especially when such expositions are based on enthusiasm. At the same time, the arrangement
of traditional Autumn Salon has become a regular. During the last years, thanks to support offered by the Ministry of Culture and the Union of Artists of Moldova, it has acquired a competitive form, when the best work is awarded with the Prize of the Ministry of Culture and all the domains – painting, graphics, sculpture, decorative arts etc. – are marked with annual rewards of the Union of Artists.
During more then two decades there has being taken place in Chişinău and Bacău (Romania) the annual exhibition entitled “Saloanele Moldovei” (Moldavian Salons), where the artists from Moldova and Romania are usually exhibiting their works. Though the range of this expositional manifestation has been reduced during the last years, it is yet keeping the quality of the most important one
in the area.
The actual edition of the International Biennale of Painting – Chişinău-2011 – unites 132 artists with
their 170 works, they being representatives from 20 countries (Armenia, Belgium, Byelorus, Costa-Rica, Cyprus, Czehia, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Kirghizstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine). Selected works can define this exposition with such qualities as professionalism, intellectuality and stylistic actuality. Local artists have demonstrated the potential our artistic midst has in the domain of painting, being introduced in the international context. To orient the exposition towards the indisputable values of the creative process, among the exhibited works there are ones created by such remarkable artists (invited of honor) as Gheorghe Anghel, Marin Gherasim, Paul Gherasim, Constantin Flondor, Horia Pashtina – from Romania; Nicole Callebaut from Belgium; Rinaldo Novali from Italy, as well as our best painters – Valentina Rusu-Ciobanu, Eleonora Romanescu, Glebus Sainciuc, Elena Bontea, Dimitrie Peicev, Sergiu Cuciuc, Mihai Tsarush, Petru Jireghea, Vladimir Palamarciuc etc. At the same time there were many
artists of the young generation, the organizers having accentuated their debut while exhibiting their woks at such the important manifestation. To encourage the young talents, we consider to be justified the jury’s decision to award them some prizes.
Though we can’t mark yet the abundance of foreign claims for participating in this exposition, there must be appreciated the interest of those nearly one hundred of artists who have decided to exhibit their works in the Republic  of Moldova. There has to be mentioned the increasing
interest for this edition of Biennale, shown by such important artists from Lithuania, as Ricardas Zdanavicius, Romanas Averincevas, Lena Khvichia, Marta Vosyliute etc.
Certainly, the Biennale is aspiring to configuration of innovatory space of the plastic languages of painting with the diversity of technique and nontraditional styles that characterize the most
recent aesthetic tendencies.
Our sincerely sentiments of gratitude to all those who have rendered us their trust and have supported this project, among them being the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Moldova, the Union of Artists of Moldova, the Romanian Cultural Institute “Mihai Eminescu” from Chişinău, Department of Culture of Chişinău municipality and “Sturza” Fund.
There is also the need to be thanked all the artists invited to participate in this manifestation, all those who have agreed to exhibit their works and who aspire together with us to transform Chişinău
into a real cultural center, to attract the artistic values and to synchronize our local development in this domain with the world-wide one.
We are convinced that the International Biennale of Painting in Chişinău will acquire, from one edition to another, some more forms of manifestation, being oriented towards new concepts and
diversity of topics, able to increase both the local and the foreign artists’ interest and to attract some other genres – why not? – in future. All this could enlarge the scale of exhibition of contemporary visual arts.
Curator of Biennale

(2009) Affirming the cultural identity

Tudor Zbârnea, Curator of the Biennial

The two last decades were marked by a new dynamics of the evolution of visual arts in Moldova. The open gate to Romania and to the Occident stimulates the artists to try to direct their professional searches towards international modern esthetical trends.

In the last decade of the past century the Soros Centre for Contemporary Art is set in Chisinau. Its prerogative is to synchronize the local artistic vision with the trends of international art. Initially KSAC supported logistically and financially only one branch of the visual arts considered at that time innovative - electronic media, photo, video projections, multimedia. Its impact will unfortunately be insignificant as it will often support old fashioned projects that occurred with a delay of at least 10-15 years in comparison with the Occident. But gradually, KSAC will focus its interest on a wider range of alternative forms of artistic expression managing to evolve a considerable esthetic dynamism both by organizing in Chisinau some important cultural performances of alternative art as well as by effective participation of the local artists at some first rank international projects.


A Biennial for the future

Valentin Ciucă, Chairman of the Jury

The dynamics of the evolution of the fine arts in Republic of Moldova is remarked by an ascendant course where cohabitate alike the stylistics with traditional echoes with those of a fertile imaginative-creative substance of modern origin. The artists may freely communicate so that the imprint of the individuality responds to the encyclopedic spirit of the time. The idea of National School, though still viable, gives easily way the temptations to synchronize the things happening in the realm of European art. The idea of National School does not seem anymore as definite as it was at the time through a sense of a perceptible identity. It shifts to what we may call international style. The globalization has an effect and a consequence of the relation between demand and offer, a shift from the national towards international. What is being created in Paris, Rome or New York one may also see in Chisinau or Balti. The vainglory of personalization turns pale somehow and subordinates itself to the spirit of a confused and stressing time, a time pertaining rather to continuous searches than to certainties.


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