European Cultural Heritage: Discovering Romanian Art

Last time I visited Bucharest I went to the National Museum of Art of Romania. What struck me was , there they were, all the wonderful paintings , in a way hidden from the rest of the world. I saw art made by Romanian hands, by Romanian artists, with names I never heard before. – And the art I saw was alike any art I saw of artist from France , Italy, Holland or Spain. Forgive my ignorance Romanians. This made me start think about how art is spread and about a fellow European cultural heritage.  Is this cultural heritage just directed from west to east and not from east to west ? Because we were not exposed so much to eastern artist when eastern Europe was under communism  ?

Culture, means, to cultivate, from Latin : cultivare. to grow.

I believe culture is a selection. A selection always made by somebody or a group of people. There are  gatekeepers when it comes to culture too. Oh, when I start writing this I realize this subject can swell.

My main point is, I think it’s time for us here in the west to start become curious about those eastern Europeans too and what they have to offer.

I will follow up this post with some examples soon.

Here is what I found on Wikipedia regarding cultural heritage.

Cultural heritage  is the legacy of physical artifacts (cultural property) and intangible attributes of a group or society that are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations. Cultural heritage includes tangible culture (such as buildings, monuments, landscapes, books, works of art, and artifacts), intangible culture (such as folklore, traditions, language, and knowledge), and natural heritage (including culturally significant landscapes, and biodiversity).

The deliberate act of keeping cultural heritage from the present for the future is known as Conservation.

Cultural heritage is unique and irreplaceable, which places the responsibility of conservation on the current generation. Smaller objects such as artworks and other cultural masterpieces are collected in museums and art galleriesGrass roots organizations and political groups, such as the international body UNESCO, have been successful at gaining the necessary support to preserve the heritage of many nations for the future.

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