From classic to contemporary art, the city’s galleries create a cultural scene unlike any other in the cities outside Bucharest. Take a tour through the main ones to discover how artists in Iași and beyond see the world.
We’ll start off with more of a permanent exhibition that’s displayed at the entrance into the University Palace. The murals in the Hall of Lost Steps, painted by Sabin Bălașa, stand out through their composition vigor, chromatics and themes. This is a unique, poetic, place.
In the city center, on Lăpușneanu Street, you will find the “Dumitru I. Grumăzescu” Antique Galleries, which is more than a place. It’s the sum of experiences and passions of the one who gave the galleries their name. With over 50 years experience as a collector, Grumăzescu has brought together in this magical place many of the stories of the past, and you’ll feel it straight as you enter the door. Among them, the smallest book in Romania which is 3×3 mm, of Eminescu’s “Luceafărul” poem, jewelry and decorative unique items. This place is not only a gallery and a museum, but also hosts plays in its “pocket theatre”, the first in Romania, and other events such as book launches and music events. It’s a must-see.
The U.A.P.R Art Galleries are 100 metres away on the same street. The exhibitions of paintings and contemporary art in these galleries, hosted in the Istrati House, invite the viewer to meditate and interrogate. There are actually two galleries inside the same building, „N. Tonitza” and “Th. Pallady”.
The Dana Art Gallery is close by too. With a focus on promoting young artists, Dana is an established brand since 2006 and highly appreciated. Farther away in the north of city you’ll find Borderline Art Space, a newer gallery that’s committed to promoting art that addresses current social and political issues and to acting as an educational environment.
In the industrial area of Iași, you can visit the most awarded art gallery and producers in the city. Art Georgies differentiates itself through the unique techniques used. Over 200 artists from Iași and all over Moldavia are working on these marvelous works of art. Read down below to find out more.