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International Women in Portugal - Visit to Romanian Modern Painting Exhibition at Palacio da Ajuda

(Date posted: 2016-08-31 | Organizer: International Women in Portugal | Category: Culture and Sports)

27 Members of the IWP, Associates and Guests attended a guided tour of modern Romanian paintings, dating from 1875 to 1945, at Palåcio da Adjuda.

Romanian Modern Painting Exhibition at Palácio da Ajuda

On Thursday, 18th August, twenty-seven IWP members, associates and guests attended a guided tour of modern Romanian paintings, dating from 1875 to 1945, at Palácio da Ajuda. The visit was organised by Mihaela Georgescu-Delafras, who had translated the information for the exhibition, and who explained that during this period artists’ focus was on the countryside, its peasants and their homes. Before 1850, churches and religious buildings had been the main subject of paintings.

Twenty-six Romanian artists were represented in the fifty-six exhibits, attractively displayed around the room. The exhibition forms part of the Bonte Foundation Collection whose owner Alain Bonte, a Frenchman now a Portuguese citizen residing in Estoril, and who began collecting paintings on business trips to Romania. Browsing the exhibits, we compared favourites and where we’d like the pictures to hang in our homes, should we be so lucky to own one!

Prior to the exhibition tour, the majority of participants had accepted a kind invitation from the Romanian Ambassador, Ioana Bivolaru, to join her at the Embassy for coffee. In its exquisite Lapa location, the stunning building accommodates our delightful hosts who offered delicious Romanian cakes to accompany the tea and coffee, while proudly wearing articles of clothing representing traditional designs and handiwork of their country. In her welcoming address, the Ambassador explained some of Romania’s cultural aspects, one of the most intriguing aspects being the word of any language which boasts the closest approximation in meaning to the Portuguese one, saudades, is Romanian, dor. Ambassador Bivolaru expressed disappointment at being unable to accompany us to the exhibition but, having arrived only six days ago, she’d been called to present her credentials at midday, an appointment which couldn’t be negotiated!

Before leaving a Romanian artist, Silvia Radu who lives in Troía, spoke to the group in French, kindly extending an invitation to visit the monastery which is her home. Drivers showed consideration for those who’d used public transport by offering lifts to Palácio da Ajuda where we assembled, albeit a little later than scheduled. Thanks must be expressed to Ambassador Bivolaru and her staff for offering such generous hospitality, in addition to Mihaela for her organisation and, once again, for Marsha’s co-ordination of this wonderful event. For anyone unable to attend, the exhibition closes on 30th August.

For further information about IWP, its activities, events, charities it supports, etc, visit the website at: www.IWPportugal.org  Don’t forget the Open Day at Centro do Convívio do Bairro do Rosário, Rua Paula da Gama 114, Cascais from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm on 22 Sept (free entry).

Text: Caroline Will      Photos: Marsha Turner

One of the types of traditional cake enjoyed at the coffee morning

 Coffee at the Romanian Embassy, L to R: IWP Vice-President, Tricia Marques, & President, Louise Ross; Ambassador Bivolaru, artist Silvia Radu & Natasha, her friend from Bucharest.

Mihaela giving a brief, introductory presentation at the exhibition