Mihail Grecu, A Painter of Our Emancipation

2016 has been declared the Year of Mihail Grecu. It’d the year the year the great painter 1.jpgwould have turned 100. But the reason why the Parliament decided to mark it by holding  a series of cultural and artistic events wasn’t the mere celebration of a centenarian; rather, it’s because Mihail Grecu was a true innovator, a path breaker and a complex personality who revolutionized plastic arts in Moldova.

Mihai Ștefan Poiată: A Century of Mihail Grecu

Full of drama, Mihail Grecu’s life could easily provide the plot for a massive novel that would have connections with the deepest transformations experienced by our nation. Raised by an adoptive family; forced to drop out of the Beaux-Art Academy in Bucharest in order to return to Bessarabia following its annexation by the Soviet Union; evacuated to Kazakhstan, where he worked as a locomotive stoker before returning home after the end of the war; a beginning of creative career constrained  by a regim hostile to freedom of though and artistic exploration; envied, suspected intimidated, calumniated and snitched on by fellow Plastic Art Union members; denigrated, persecuted and censored by the hellhounds of the communist ideology apparatus…

Mihai Potîrniche: Faces in the Glare. Mihail Grecu

In our cultural space, the painter Mihail Grecu is a unique and very complex figure. Few artists have had the talent, personality and and dedication to find proper aesthetic ways to portray our ethnic essence and and underline so skilfully the role of our customs and traditions in shaping a new mentality, a new world in motion cleaving its way into the future. Mihail Grecu was one such artist. His works laid the foundation of Moldova’s school of painting and plastics arts in a manner that didn’t deny its past, while helping it to sprout new roots, through  his disciples in particular.

Culture in motion. The National Carpet Fair, a double occasion for pride and celebration

A piece of good news preceded the Third National Carpet Fair, which took place on December 4, 2016, at the National Palace in Chișinău, under the theme of the Carpet of Dor. At long last, UNESCO agreed on December 1 to include the techniques of manufacturing the traditional wall-carpet as scoarță into its Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage as part of joint Moldova-Romania dossier.

Source: Mihail Grecu. In: Moldova, 2016,  november-december, pp. 2-3.

 

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