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Friday, 31 March 2023 to Friday, 21 April 2023
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Friday, 31 March 2023 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

"From the Earthly Paradise" is the culmination of a collaborative exhibition that facilitates the experience of mixed reality, combining different mediums and generating a winding dialogue between old and new. Displaying some of the most impressive pieces from The Muzeul Textilelor in Băița and Hărţăgani, western Romania, especially headscarves and towels, alongside hand embroidery and embellishments made by the artist Rodica-Ioana Ghilea, the exhibition reveals Romania's rich tradition in the field of textiles and decorative objects, reconfirming the appetite of artists and the public for this type of craft.

The Muzeul Textilelor collection presented here and curated by Dr. Florica Zaharia, Conservator Emerita of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Muzeul Textilelor director, features surviving examples of exquisite craftsmanship, revealing the artistic skill of the unknown makers and the world in which they were created, the early 20th century South Romania, Romania.

The exhibition explores a selection of the most outstanding examples of Romanian embroidery heritage, selected by Florica Zaharia, in a unique dialogue with Rodica-Ioana Ghilea’s creations inspired by these artifacts. Focusing on the theme of nature and the organic, the exhibition selection demonstrates the power of the transcendence of textile and decorative arts, through the harmonious combination of various materials and mediums of artistic expression used by the two protagonists.

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Exhibition Opening at RCI's Brâncuși Gallery: Friday, March 31, 2023, 6-9 pm

Art Talk: "About fibers and textile art", 6-7 pm

The exhibition runs through April 21, 2023.

More Info here: https://www.rciusa.info/events/from-the-earthly-paradise

 

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Dr. Florica Zaharia is a Conservator Emerita of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Director and Co-owner of the Muzeul Textilelor in Băița and Hărțăgani, western Romania. For twenty-eight years, Florica Zaharia was a member of the Department of Textile Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met), and for thirteen years Conservator in Charge of the Department, working with a group of world-renowned textile conservators. After her retirement from The Met in 2016, she returned to her native country, Romania, and opened the Muzeul Textilelor. This is a private textile museum with a collection of approximately 12,000 pieces collected in Romania and worldwide by her and her family during the last four decades. Dr. Zaharia has researched, published, lectured, curated exhibitions, and taught on the subjects of textile conservation and preservation, textile materials and technology, and Eastern European textiles.

Rodica-Ioana Ghilea (b. 1956) graduated from the "Nicolae Grigorescu" Fine Arts Institute, Bucharest, in Professor Eugen Popa's class in 1982, Graphic Department. Since 1989 she has been a member of the Union of Visual Artists in Romania, and she had numerous group and personal exhibitions.  Between 1996 - 2016  she worked as an ambiental designer for Romanian prestigious institutions, like the Palace of Parliament, the Chamber of Deputies, and the Constitutional Court; also she organized art exhibitions for the Exhibition Hall  "Constantin Brancusi" at the Palace of Parliament.  Rodica-Ioana Ghilea relates herself to her own creations with introspection and care, succeeding anytime in practicing an alchemical process in order to transform, redirect and sublimate the rough matter. 

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200 EAST 38TH STREET, NEW YORK CITY, NY 10016

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