MARe presents to the public over 150 works, exhibited in a building of 1200 sqm. spread on five levels, equipped with all the spaces, equipment, services, programs and specialized staff required by the current demands in museography.
Designed by YTAA (Youssef Tohme Architects and Associates), the new museum will present a permanent collection of the most representative works of Romanian art from the 1960s to the present. After the Simu Museum, MARe is the first private art museum opened in Romania in the last 100 years, in a building dedicated exclusively to it, not in some construction, converted into a museum.
By emphasizing the Romanian art produced from the 60s to the present, MARe offers its visitors a critical perspective on the risks, successes and compromises of the Romanian artists during the communist dictatorship and after the fall of the regime in 1989. In July 1965, at the 9th Congress of the PCR, the official ideology got rid of the socialist realism’s dogma to encourage “stylistic diversity” in arts, but without going beyond the limits imposed by the regime. From that moment, unknown artists, such as Ion Țuculescu, who was self-educated, were transformed into heroes and prophets of renewal.
Younger artists quickly caught up the techniques and means of Western art, from abstraction and neoconstructivism to photorealism and from performance to installations and land art.
In the permanent exhibition appear important works by Ion Țuculescu, Andrei Cădere, Ion Grigorescu, Paul Neagu, Ștefan Bertalan, Roman Cotoșman, Pavel Ilie, Diet Sayler, Alexandru Chira, Horia Bernea, Florin Mitroi, Marian Zidaru, Ioana Bătrânu, Vioara Bara, Teodor Graur, Dan Perjovschi, Dumitru Gorzo, Victor Man, Ecaterina Vrana, Vlad Nancă, Gili Mocanu, Anca Mureșan, Ovidiu Feneș, Cristina David, Ion Bârlădeanu and many others.