Art Exhibition Hosted By A Medieval Prison
Today I'm back with another post to show you an exhibition that has been set up in a medieval prison. While writing this post I am thinking of how lucky I am, to be able to visit such places. In the past two months I've been in a couple of bastions that are not open to the public, unless there's an exhibition.
Two days ado I posted about an art exhibition set up in the bastion, here -> The Most Interesting Museum I've Seen. It was an experience to remember as these places are not many.
Today I'd like to invite you to visit the museum, that was once the fortress's prison. I'm going to start with the building first and show you the proof of the past.
The building is now the archeology museum and it situates inside the medieval fortress of Târgu Mureș, Marosvásárhely. It was built somewhere in the 17th century and served as the fortress's prison. This was where prisoners were held and then taken to a dedicated place to be hanged.
There are three plaques on the wall. I wish I could remember some of the Latin I learnt in school, to understand what it says, but I don't. There are two intervals on the plaque, one is 1603 - 1656, which could refer to the period of construction, I suppose. The other is 2008 and 2015, which refers to the renovation works that took place.
The beauty of it is that there's a section of the building that has not been changed, the windows looks like built a long time ago.
I've been told there's a room with the cells, still intact, but I haven't seen it. Maybe next time I have to ask permission to visit as I suppose it's not open to the public.
The interior architecture is just as interesting as the history of the building.
Albert Györkös Mányi Painting Exhibition
The exhibition to place to celebrate the 100 years anniversary of the artist's birth. I did not know the artist and went to visit the exhibition without any expectations, which is the best way. No expectations, no disappointment, but you can be nicely surprised and I was. This is the best way to approach an exhibition.
The main focus of the artist was the village life, religion and portraits. This is the church from the village where he was born.
What I loved the most about the artist's works is the simplicity. Some may say secret lies in the details, which is true, but not in this case. Look at this painting for example, that illustrates a big house, behind the trees, during winter. The house is like covered in fog, so this way the artist lets the viewer to use their imaginations to figure out the details. I love it!
This is another example of greatness by simplicity. The painting illustrates three adobe house covered with shingles. Back in those days this is how village houses looked like. By making the surrounding so simple and uni colored, the main focus falls to the houses. I would hang this painting on my wall any day, along with the previous one.
Now that I am going through the paintings again, I have the feeling that there's a certain amount of sadness in them, or it is just me, because I know how hard life was back in those days.
What I appreciate these days when I go to a museum is that everything is listed in three languages. Romanian and Hungarian, which is normal and English too. It makes my job much more easier.
You can see the church shows up on his paintings a lot, which is not a surprise at all as religion was part of people's life back then and Sunday was church day.
If you paid attention to the paintings, you could see there are only a few colors the artist had used, which are blue, orange and white.
This was the biggest painting of the exhibition and to my surprise, this was very different from the others. It is called Funeral of the war.
Here's another example of simplicity and greatness in art.
I hope you enjoyed the exhibition as much as I did. I'm going to remember these paintings for a long time and thanks to photography, I have them on my laptop now.