FROM DECEMBER 2nd 2020
THEMATIC EXHIBITION AT THE SUȚU PALACE
CARICATURE AND HUMOR – A SATIRIC “PEN” FROM THE BUCHAREST MUNICIPALITY MUSEUM COLLECTIONS
The exhibition on the theme of caricature and humor will be presented to the general public, between December 2020 and March 2021, at the Suțu Palace, and will highlight cultural objects from the heritage of the Bucharest Municipality Museum, that have never been exhibited and become thus first known to the visiting public.
There will be exhibited:
Portrait cartoons from the political and artistic world, belonging to The Plastic Arts – Painting Collection: oil on cardboard, oil on wood, oil on canvas, watercolors and drawings.
Glazed pottery from the 20th century, Romanian workshops: humorous drawings of exaggerated aspects and situations, to intentionally attract attention and satire, belonging to the Decorative Art – Glass and porcelain Collection.
Postcards – political cartoons, belonging to the Photography, postcards and photo clichés Collection.
Lithographs, imprints (text caricatures) and prints belonging to the Prints and Imprints Collection complete the list of the selected works.
The caricature is an intentionally amplified or deformed representation, usually grotesque, created by exaggerating some characteristic features of the physical appearance or character of a person (face, body, moral or mental characteristics), or of a situation, having various modes of expression, depending on its purpose: friendly attacks, humorous, satirical, critical or attention-grabbing caricatures.
A successful caricature can have a direct target and can be more eloquent than many other complex and/ or sophisticated visual or auditory means. The quality caricature focuses, in a single visual form, what cannot be said by many words or speeches.
Something unique can be achieved through the satirical drawing, through the talent of extracting the extraordinary from the banal and making a powerful impression with intelligent simplicity. For the caricature needs a strong understanding of the sense of humor and proves that nothing is more hilarious than reality.
Ortanța Constantin, Heritage and Centralized Computerized Records Department