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Boris Focsa, Minister of Culture of Moldova

     Chişinău – with its theatres, Philharmonic Society, the National Opera, Organ Hall, Fine Arts, different Folkloric manifestations – represents an excellent place where cultural life has always intensive pulsed. During the last two years, beginning from 2009,  in the cultural life of Chişinău there has been appeared such an event of the national and world-wide importance, as the International
Biennale of Painting. Certainly, this year edition of the Biennale that takes place in the period of 8 – 27 November, 2011, at the Expositional Center “Constantin Brancus”, has to become the scaled one.
     The Ministry of Culture promoted this so important cultural project just from its first edition, being one of financiers and organizers of this event, together with the National Museum of Fine Arts of Moldova, the Union of Artists of Moldova, the Department of Culture of Chişinău municipality and the Centre of Art “Amprente” (Imprints), between the partners also being the Romanian Cultural Institute “Mihai Eminescu” from Chişinău and “Sturza” Fund. Comprehended by organizers to be a place for dialog between artistic manifestations of Europe and of the whole world and revealing the recent art tendencies from this zone of Europe, the Biennale, beginning with its first edition (2009), has
gathered the participants d’elite – both local ones and foreign. This year there will take part 132 painters, they representing 20 countries: Armenia, Belgium, Byelorus, Costa-Rica, Cyprus, Czehia, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Kirghizstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland,
Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine. The artists will exhibit more then 170 works, recently created and of a great quality. They are presenting the diversity of aesthetic and human vision of the world we live in. A distinct aspect, which is giving a particular character to the present International
Biennale of Painting, is a factor that, in the context of the extreme proliferation of new media in visual arts (photo, video, digital images, installation, happening etc.), the Biennale of Chişinău is especially
cultivating one of forms of art that has a great history of ages. Painting is presented here in a large context of aesthetical points of view and plastic expressions. And it doesn’t deals with our conservative spirit, just this form of art with its applied creative technique proved to be viable and capable to
express the whole spectrum of sufferings and aspirations of contemporary man. There has
to be especially praised the participating of young artists in this Biennale, some of them being awarded with important prizes, such as the example of a young painter Diana Tudose (the Republic of Moldova), whose work “Inside” was appreciated by the jury with Grand-Prize, that can be compared to the act of initiation.
Great level of the Biennale has been completed by appearance of this catalogue, able to impress by its dimension and the publishing quality. Being exactly comprehend and printed on the highest level of the publishing standards, the catalog of Chişinău Biennale can find its place near the best productions of this kind, realized in the world.
As nothing could be done without the total implication of an expert with his high scientific level, and because we consider that “just a man is making his place sacred”, I want to bring some praiseworthy words to our remarkable painter Tudor Zbârnea, manager of the National Museum of Fine Arts, the artist who has dreamed about such an exposition and who has comprehended  structure and realized his dream, being now curator of this Biennale. I will follow with great interest and emotion the future destiny of this prestigious artistic manifestation – the International Biennale of Painting in Chişinău, that must be a true act of culture.
Boris FOCŞA,
Minister of Culture of the Republic of Moldova