Visiting Restart 5.0 Exhibition

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Art is part of our lives and I think it's safe to say we can't live without it. Or I should say I can't. It motivates me to be better, to leave my comfort zone and try new things.

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When I'm traveling to another country or another city, I'm always looking to see as much as possible and also make museums with free entrance a priority. Museum entrance fee can burn your pocket pretty fast, so it's nice to looks for free entry, especially if you like what it is displayed.

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How To Get There

Targu Mures has a few museums, most with an affordable entrance fee, but there's one that you can visit for free and that's the Bernády House, situated at the Horea street no. 6. It is 1 minute walk from the city center, so if you're visiting the city, you may as well check out what is the theme of the exhibition that period.

One tiny suggestion if I may. Don't go there on empty stomach if you have no intention to serve lunch, or hungry as there's a restaurant at the basement and the smell coming from there will definitely convince you to eat something, which is not a bad thing as the food is very good.

The museum is open between 9am and 2pm from Monday to Friday. Yeah, I know, it's odd but basically it's an exhibition hall, not a normal museum.

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Restart 5.0 Exhibition by Dénes Molnár

Dénes Molnár was a well known Transylvanian graphic designer who lived between 1947 and 2000. This exhibition is also by Dénes Molnár, but the artist is the young Dénes Molnár, his son. I've seen some of the works of the late Dénes Molnár and I wanted to see the works of his son. You may think you'd see similar artworks, as continuation of the legacy of his father, but that's not what's happened.

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Before I entered the exhibition hall, I was told that there are specialists working on tuning the piano. This beauty is not part of the exhibition, but I think worth mentioning as it looks like a valuable piece.

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I know nothing about pianos, maybe @mipiano could tell us more about this beauty.

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Stepping into the exhibition hall and having a first look at the artworks, I knew right away it's going to be very different from his late father's work.

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Before I show you what you're able to see here, let me tell you the two words that were in mind after visiting the exhibition. Looks like it is becoming a habit, to pick one or two words that characterizes the artworks. So here I think it's safe to say the keywords are "details" and "same tone colors". The latter may not be accurate as I'm not familiar with the terms used to describe colors or group of colors, but you're going to see what I mean.

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This is a linocut and it's called Homage. I would have never guessed the title to be honest, but good thing there was a label next to each artwork. It wasn't easy to take photos as almost every artwork was under glass.

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Another linocut, called "Center".

Linocut, also known as lino print, lino printing or linoleum art, is a printmaking technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum (sometimes mounted on a wooden block) is used for a relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller (called a brayer), and then impressed onto paper or fabric. The actual printing can be done by hand or with a printing press. source

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I think this was where i decided that I don't like linocut. I knew what it was before I went to the exhibition and have seen linocut before, but these were not something I liked, no offense.

This artwork is called 'The Colors Of Heaven". I have no idea what color heaven is, but would have never imagined these to be. It's too dark for my taste.

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It is called Spiral and it's a pastel.

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This is a pastel artwork that I like.

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Another one that I like, it's called Hourglass. I love the colors, the details, but I would have expected the upper half t be upside down, don't know why. If I were to buy one, I think this would be the one.

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Power lines, the title of the pastel painting and I can see why. The church has power over people and maybe that's what the artist wanted to transmit.

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The Sun :)

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Krisztina Molnár

A different artist, I suppose it's the daughter of the late artist, the sister of Dénes Molnár. This is a tint drawing, monotype.

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Another strange one that is called Modern Petronius.

Gaius Petronius Arbiter; c. AD 27 – 66; sometimes Titus Petronius Niger) was a Roman courtier during the reign of Nero. He is generally believed to be the author of the Satyricon, a satirical novel believed to have been written during the Neronian era (54–68 AD). He is one of the most important characters in Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz. source

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Fish and Human :)

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This series is called Past - Present - Future. I stood in front of it, looking at it, trying to figure out which is which. Logic says you start from left, which means that should be the Past, but who knows. In any case, I like it.

All in all I can't say I did not like the exhibition, but it wasn't exactly the one I will remember for years. Maybe it's not my style, or I just don't understand this kind of art.

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Some fantastic art there! Nice shots too!

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Thank you! It was difficult to take photos due to the glass and light 😕

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I bet it was tough fighting those reflections! I almost got a glimpse of you in one of them! hahaha It was like trying to see a face behind a face... behind another face.

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Lol, you have no idea 🤣 The reflection was the biggest challenge. There were occasions when o had to take the photo not standing in front of the paint, but at the side of it. Terrible 🙁

But you can't see my face 😇😏

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Hi @erikah

Part of my job as a photographer is the graphic reproduction of works of art and I can assure you that the reflections on paintings in museums and exhibitions are a constant battle for photographers. And in some cases, we have lost that battle beforehand.

If the exhibition or museum has a big budget, they can spend the money on anti-reflective glass, otherwise the only solution is to use a polarizing filter and try to move a bit the art work to eliminate those unwanted reflections.

I didn't know the artists and I thought the exhibition was fantastic.

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Hello @xaviduran and thanks for the nice comment.

Not that it makes me feel better knowing that it's difficult for everyone, but at the scene I was thinking if I would be a paid photographer, working for a magazine, or website, I would do a really crappy job and maybe would be fired.

Maybe big and famous museums have a solution, as you said, but small units with limited budget can't afford to make this a priority. This was not even a museum, more like an exhibition hall, run by a foundation, the entrance is free, so you can imagine. I did what I could, sacrificed the frames most of the times. I'm using my mobile phone right now for taking photos, so my options are also limited.

I'm glad you liked the exhibition 🙂

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These paintings are pure art! Which one is your favorite?

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Lol, my answer is in my post 😀

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Hehe, sorry. I miss that point. My favorite is the one under yours 😎

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This reminded me to post my travel blog about the museum I visited this year haha.. Thanks for sharing. .

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It is a beautiful Viennese piano. It reminds me of the first piano that I had. It was brown in colour, maybe a little longer and had more carved parts. The legs were the same :)))

These pianos can hardly be completely restored. They have a wooden frame, in the resonant box, and this means that the pegs on which the strings are wound are already cut into the wood, and when you tune the piano, (you have to tighten the pegs) it doesn't stay in place for long. The pegs are slowly moving along the already carved path in the wood.
The English-made pianos from the same era had a metal frame in the resonant box, so that's why they still can be tuned. The Viennese ones are unfortunately here just for decoration and in half-tuned condition. Still, I love them.

And would love to still have my old one, but a long story about why it's not with the family anymore... Well, not that long! For many years I tried to fight for it hahahah, and didn't allow my family to sell it, but in the end, I moved, and because they needed the space in the house (as the piano was taking the space of half of a big room) they gave it away. End of the story. :/

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I knew you know more about these pianos, so thank you for the info. I looked at it and could tell it's old and beautiful, but apart from that ...

I can understand your pain as having been forced to say goodbye to an old friend that was with you throughout your journey is never easy. Maybe one day you can buy a similar one :)

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Wow. The piano belongs there. It's beautiful and those chairs (what do you call them). They're aesthetic. And art as always never fails to amaze me and stir my emotions.

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The piano is a nice addition to the exhibition room and the wooden chairs look good as I think are more close to nature and creation.

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