6th BSEC Month of Culture
1-30 November 2022
Sculpture-Republic of Moldova
In Moldova, the development of sculpture dates back to the centuries.
The evolution of professional sculpture was deeply marked by sculptor Alexandru Plamădeală who created medals, portraits and numerous sculptural compositions. His most famous work is ‘’Stephen the Great’’ Monument in Chişinău, while the greater part of his works was donated in 1945 by his wife Olga to the National Art Museum of Moldova.
At the beginning of the 21st century, the museum became the owner of an important sculpture collection, counting more than 900 items and representing a rich material for research. The collection includes masterpieces of different genres, motifs, stylistic trends and materials (wood, stone, bronze, marble, ceramics, etc.). In addition to that, there is the World Decor Art and Sculpture Collection which comprises at the moment 1263 unique pieces. The majority of them is of European origin, and made of faience and porcelain.
In 2008, Valéria Suruceanu, museologist and conservator of the National Art Museum, received the Europa Nostra Medal in the category of Dedicated Service. Being responsible for the sculpture and decorative arts collections, Suruceanu set up a documentation system, resulting in an inventory of the 20th century Moldavian sculpture at the museum. Numerous exhibitions were organised, showcasing the importance of this heritage.
You can enjoy a virtual tour of the museum as well as of its sculpture collections, here:
Pictures No 1, 2, 5: ©Europa Nostra
Picture No 3: Commemorative coin on the occasion of Alexandru Plămădeală’s 125th Birth Anniversary, depicting him and ‘’Stephen the Great’’ Monument (2013)
Picture No 4: Sculpture, National Art Collection ©National Art Museum of Moldova
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