For four months, EUROPALIA ROMANIA presented more than 250 events in over 50 partner
locations across Belgium and its neighbouring countries.
The principal exhibition, Brancusi. Sublimation of Form at BOZAR, Brussels, brought together sculptures and photography to retrace Constantin Brancusi's career. Brancusi’s teacher, Rodin, as well as his contemporaries such as Medardo Rosso, Fernand Léger, Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp also featured. A series of new performances, including a creation by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, and a workshop by ABC (Art Basics for Children) completed the exhibition.
Due to its success, Brancusi. Sublimation of Form was extended. The exhibition welcomed
a total of 116,000 visitors, including an international audience.
Other major exhibitions were Dacia Felix - Romania's Glorious Past at the Gallo-Romeins
Museum Tongeren, Roots - The Civilizations of the Lower Danube at Grand Curtius, Liège (both of which you can still visit until 26/04), as well as exhibitions dedicated to contemporary artists Ion Grigorescu and Ciprian Muresan, at KIOSK and SMAK Gent, respectively.
Videograms of a Nation, a comprehensive retrospective of Romanian cinema spanning nearly 100 years, treated audiences to curated programmes of over 50 films, lectures, masterclasses, gallery exhibits and a published volume of essays. Across four cities and ten partner venues in Belgium – with an extended showcase at the world-renowned Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam – Videograms of a Nation invited audiences to embark on a journey through the historical and cultural transition of Romania on the big screen.
The performing arts programme included contemporary productions by renowned artists
like Wim Vandekeybus, performances by young talent such as Gaëtan Rusquet (whose new creation, commissioned by EUROPALIA, was one of seven shown inside the Brancusi exhibition) as well as traditional Kabuki theatre (Silviu Purcarete's adaptation of The Scarlet Princess).
More than 20 literary events and 80 concerts by, among others, Taraf the Impex, a collaboration between traditional 'lautari' (gypsy) musicians and the electronic Impex project, the classical Contempo Ensemble, opera sensation Angela Gheorghiu and the hip hop duo Deleric x Silent Strike, were held in the framework of EUROPALIA ROMANIA.
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