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Exhibition on 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War opens

On 30 June 2014, an exhibition “Art in trenches of the First World War” was opened in Cercul Militar National (Central Army House) in Bucharest. The exhibition reflects the War in works of art of Czech and Romanian artists.

The exhibition was opened by Ambassador Jiří Šitler together with Director of the Central Army House Col. Cristian Dorca, curator of the Romanian part of the exhibition Valentin Tanase, Director of the Institute for Political Studies of Defense and Military History Gen. Mihail Ionescu and Director of the Czech Center Bucharest René Kubášek. Among approx. 100 guests there were representatives of Romanian institutions, historians, journalists and members of the Diplomatic Corps. In his speech, J. Šitler pointed out that “with this exhibition we want to recall all victims and participants in the First World War regardless of which side they fought for".

A Czech part of the exhibition was prepared in collaboration of the Embassy of the Czech Republic and Czech Center Bucharest with the Military History Institute in Prague and a Public Diplomacy Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, a Romanian part was made in collaboration of the Central Army House, the Art studio of the Army, the Institute for Political Studies of Defense and Military History and the National Military Museum “Ferdinand I”.

A Czech exposition involves – among others – works of the following artists: František Kupka, Otto Gutfreund, Emil Filla, Jan Štursa, Václav Špála, Josef Váchal, Vincenc Beneš, Ladislav Šíma and Vojtěch Preissig.

At a Romanian exposition there are on display works of art of the following contemporary artists: Marcel Chitac, Catalin Gadei, George Grigorescu, Bela Kromer, Valentin Macarie, Albin Stanescu, Valentin Tanase, Andrei Damo and Ion Draghici, as well as works of classical painters Camil Ressu and Costin Petrascu.

On the occasion of the exhibition a monthly Magazin Istoric published in its June issue an extensive article on participation of soldiers from the Czech minority in Romanian Banat in the Austro-Hungarian Army and volunteers in Czechoslovak Legions.

The exhibition will last until 10 July 2014.