BETWEEN EAST AND WEST– Folk Art Treasures of Romania showcases the rich and diverse artistic expression of this ancient territory.
The richness of Romania’s related arts — costumes, textiles, architecture, works in wood, pottery and other objects of daily and ceremonial use — derives energy from the confluence of East and West. Although its present day borders were drawn during the twentieth century, the region has been inhabited by many great civilizations, among them the Roman, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires. Romanians, Hungarians, Saxon Germans, Armenians, Jews and Roma are all part of the rich cultural heritage of this land, adding variety and dimension to the art found there.
In addition to the Lucia Ionescu Kanchenian Collection, several other collections are represented in the exhibition. These lenders brought back from their travels beautiful works of folk art and craft: wooden chests and benches embellished with paint; pottery in fanciful forms for various uses; magnificent hand-embroidered costumes and textiles, each one specific to its own linguistic and geographical zone; New Year’s festival masks intended to frighten and colorful icons painted on glass. The exhibition will include a number of full costumes representing a variety of regions and a village room furnished in the style of Transylvania’s Maramures County.
The Maryhill Museum of Art has loaned several unique, folkloric items that are part of their collection from Queen Marie of Romania. Objects have also been loaned by Peggy Geyer, Dr. Katalin Kádár Lynn, Kathleen McLaughlin, Dr. Kiki Skagen Munshi, Sharon Sharpe, Ferenc Tobak and Dr. Ronald Wixman. Photographs used in the exhibition have been loaned by Kathleen McLaughlin, Russell Young and Scott Eastman.
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication made possible by a generous donation from Dr. Katalin Kádár Lynn.