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Art Museum

Museum code7024500
NameArt Museum
AddressPiaţa Unirii nr. 30
Postal code400098
Telephone0264.596.952; 0264/596.953
Fax0264.596.952; 0264.596.953
E-MAIL addressmacn@cluj.astral.ro
Time tableWednesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00; Monday, Tuesday: closed
DirectorLucian Nastasă-Kovács
Collection(s)The museum is housed in an important Baroque building from the 18th century, Banffy Palace, a historic monument, designed by the German architect Johann Eberhard Blaumann, and possesses an extremely precious heritage of Romanian and European art: paintings, graphics, and decorative art (the 15th - 20th centuries). Founded in 1951, from the very beginning the museum benefited from earlier collections: a small part of the curiosities collections, silverware, pieces of furniture and European fine arts, coming from the Transylvanian Museum, and above all the collection known under the name of "Virgil Cioflec Picture Gallery". Virgil Cioflec (1876 - 1948) donated his Romanian art collection to the University of Cluj (1929 - 1930). The opening to the public of the Virgil Cioflec picture gallery (1933) meant the opening in Cluj of the first modern Romanian art museum whose successor became the Cluj National Art Museum. Created with the passion and competence of the connoisseur who can appreciate consecrated values (Nicolae Grigorescu, Ştefan Luchian, Dimitrie Paciurea), and support open-mindedly authentic talents (Theodor Pallady, Camil Ressu, Vasile Popescu, Jean Al. Steriadi, Lucian Grigorescu, Oscar Han, Cornel Medrea), the Virgil Cioflec Collection also nowadays stands for the relevant core of the Cluj National Art Museum heritage. The museum collections enriched in the following years as transfers, donations, and acquisitions poured in. The works of art transferred by the Ministry of Culture, the Bucharest National Art Museum, and the local Administration (Barbu Iscovescu, Constantin David Rosenthal, Theodor Aman, Gheorghe Tattarescu, Gheorghe Panaitescu Bagdasare, Carol Popp de Szathmáry, Ioan Andreescu, Karl Storck) were completed by a significant collection coming from the Cluj Subsidiary of the Romanian Academy (1971). This collection made a strong impact on the heritage as it comprises important works of art from Transylvania (unknown painters from the 18th - 19th centuries, Franz Neuhauser, Joseph Neuhauser, Franz Anton Bergman, Koreh Sigismund, Szathmari Gati Sandor, Simo Ferenc). The upper floor halls display the National Gallery. In 1990, the National Gallery was closed to be reorganized. It reopened in 1996, presenting a four-century synthesis of Romanian art with an emphasis on the artistic phenomenon in Transylvania: the Altar of Jimbor (the 16th century), Biedermeier paintings, 1900 style art, the avant-garde, the artists pertaining to the Higher School of Fine Arts and the Cluj Artistic Centre: Alexandru Popp, Szolnay Sandor, Pericle Capidan, Catul Bogdan, Aurel Ciupe, Romul Ladea, Petre Abrudan, Tasso Marchini, Alexandru Mohy, Szervatius Jeno, Theodor Harsia, Kovaks Zoltan, Nagy Albert, Anton Lazăr, Virgil Fulicea, Constantin Dinu Ilea, Ioan Sima, and Egon Mark Lovith. The museum owns goods listed in the National Cultural Heritage Treasure.
Historic Monument building Historic Monument building CJ-II-m-A-07497
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