Depozitul de ARTĂ located in Cluj - Napoca, is a romanian cultural project whose outline appeared on the occasion of an encounter between an art historian and a collector, both passionate about fine Trasylvanian art, with its individual and relevant marks.
This led to a virtual art gallery, which aimes to raise the profile of these established or unjustly marginalized artists, active in Transylvania and after 1918, in Romania, over the 19th and 20th century.
The creators that we refer to are representatives of The Painting Colony of Baia-Mare, which in the years of 1896 to 1944 was a artistic center of reference in the Central East European space, the first teachers of the Belle-Arte School established in Cluj in 1926, subsequently transferred to Timișoara, whose exceptional students, after completing their studies, spreaded throughout Transylvania: Arad, Oradea, Cluj, Timișoara, prestigious names of the 20th century art scene, active until around 1970 - 1980.
Alongside artists from Baia-Mare, most of them originating in the Hungarian cultural background of the Austro-Hungarian Empire prior to 1918, we have an equal interest for the artists that come from the Romanian cultural environment, the University centers such as București, Iași, Cluj, Chșinău, that starting with 1920 - 1921 were frequent participants to the Baia-Mare summer classes.
Our main objective is the physical rehabilitation and the cultural revival of the works of art belonging to these Transylvanian artists, most of them as old as 50 - 100 years, through professional restoration interventions, documentation and promotion on a comprehensive social ladder of local cultural values.
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