The museum was founded to celebrate 100 years since the opening of the first Belle Arte School in Bucharest (1864), a prestigious educational establishment and important cultural, educational and promotional center.
It started working under the name of the "Didactic and Scientific Museum" in May 1972 under decision 51807 on the 5th of May 1972, with the approval of the Ministry of Education. At present, its official name is the "Museum of the National University of Arts in Bucharest" and it operates under the Rector Catalin Balescu's Ph.D. direct management and supervision. Starting with 2005, as a consequence of museographer Nadia Ioan Ficiu's initiative, the patrimony has been reorganized in collections according to modern, competitive criteria, thus reintegrating in the cultural circuit a major art patrimony.
Operating in conformity with advanced methodological criteria of historiography and art research, being organized chronologically and progressively, the university's art museum has also become an exhibition area for artistic potential and existing plastic values, for works by professors who, throughout the times, have been masters, supervisors, mentors of whole generations of artists.
In its actual stage of development, the museum preserves its collections in four warehouses organized by departments - painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, metal, a.s.o. This criterion of organization allows first of all for controlling the climate in a relatively small space, for maintaining an appropriate micro-climate for each set of works and also for a correct display of items of different types and sizes.
An important series of works in the patrimony have been presented and viewed due to their exhibition within the premises of the university (in General Budisteanu 19, General Budisteanu 10, Calea Grivitei 22, Calea Grivitei 28): the Rector's office, other faculty and departments offices, course rooms, studios, halls, lobbies. The works which permit an outdoors exhibition are displayed in the courtyards.
The works in the fields of painting, graphic arts, sculpture, ceramics, glass, metal are fairly well preserved. Their condition is detailed in the registries and in the conservation files. The Museum Department collaborates with the University's Conservation Department for works which may represent health hazards.
The patrimony of the university's museum consists of over 3000 registered works, including major donations by the professors.
Objectives for promoting the collections
NEWS / EVENTS
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The UNARTE Sculpture Department will participate at the Museums Night at MNAR with the event Museum - Workshop @ MNAR 2018
19 May 2018
The National Art Museum of Romania, together with students and teachers from the Sculpture Department at the National University of Arts Bucharest proposes the transformation for one evening of th...
Open Doors Day at UNArte - 2018 Edition
10 June 2018
Sunday 10th June 2018 will be held The Day of the Open Doors at the National University of Arts, Bucharest. For one day, you will have the opportunity to visit the university's workshops an...
European Academy of Participation (EAP) Summer School at the National University of Arts Bucharest
12 February 2018
The National University of Arts Bucharest will host in May 2018 the one of the three summer schools organised in the framework of the project European Academy of Participation (EAP) – Buchare...
Exhibition of UNARTE's Painting Departmentat at the Ilfoveanu Cultural Foundation
December 2017 - January 2018
On the 19th of December 2017 the Ilfoveanu Cultural Foundation from Pitesti hosted the opening of the exhibition of the professors from the Painting Department from the National University of Arts...