Opening speech Ambassador of Romania

This year, the 26th edition of Huntenkunst International Arts Fair welcomes an impressive number of artists and art lovers from twenty-five countries.

As Ambassador of Romania to the Netherlands, I am delighted that, for the first time, my country is in the spotlight with a pavilion of its own and the participation of eight young, extraordinarily talented artists. Dan Acostioaiei, Andreea Albani, Adrian Dica, Diana Manole, Sorin Maxim, Daniel Roșca and Victoria Zidaru will show their work and interact with the public of Huntenkunst. Some of them are emerging artists belonging to the so-called super-contemporary area while others are already well-known in the Romanian contemporary art milieu.

I welcome this initiative as well as the commitment and enthusiasm of the organizers to create and develop an international cultural platform meant to increase the visibility of young artists, to promote cultural diversity and to act as a catalyst for intercultural dialogue. In an ever more complex world it is crucial, maybe as never before, to reach out - through art - to people from different backgrounds and across generations.

Romania’s presence at the 2018 Huntenkunst International Arts Fair comes at an important moment for my country. This year Romanians celebrate 100 years of existence of modern Romania. At the same time preparations are in full swing for the first half of next year when Romania will hold the Presidency of the EU Council, starting January 1, 2019. These are two landmarks of critical importance for Romania and also, in a wider context, for an ever evolving European Union.

Huntenkunst International Arts Fair is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness about the manifold cultural influences that shape our identities, to help us get to know each other better – and to recognise our diversity as well as what we have in common.

For the last two decades, a genuine renaissance took place in the Romanian contemporary art. Romanian artists of all genres made real breakthroughs on to the global avant-garde scene. The visibility is increasing and has increased lately stimulated by the high quality of the artists` activities and exhibitions. A large part of the rising visibility owes to the creative boldness of the young generation.

Romanian contemporary art distinguishes itself through a plurality of voices and approaches thus fitting synchronically into the major trends of contemporary art at global level. It is a plurality of alternative ideas, visions of style, languages and genres, from painting to video art, photography, performance, objects and installations.

Concluding, I would echo the words of the great Romanian Constantin Brâncuși, a pioneer of modernism, the father figure of modern sculpture and one of the most influential artists of the 20th-century, who, pondering on the essence of the work of art and its anchoring into contemporaneity said: “The work of art expresses precisely those things which do not die. It must do so, however, in a form that bears witness to the artist's own era.” I truly believe that the young Romanian artists present at Huntenkunst in 2018 impeccably illustrate the enduring validity of Brâncuși’s observation thus being witnesses of our challenging times.

Brândușa Predescu
Ambassador of Romania to the Netherlands

The Ambassador of Romania could not attend the opening of Huntenkunst. Her speech was pronounced by Isabela Dragnea, Diplomatic Counselor of the Romanian Embassy.