Visiting hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 10:00-18:00.
The last entrance to the MNAR and the Museum of Art Collections is at 17.00, and to the Theodor Pallady Museum, the K.H. Zambaccian Museum and the temporary exhibitions at 17.30.
For technical reasons the Romanian Modern Art Gallery can be partially visited. Thank you for understanding!
On the 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th of September 2023, the Historic Spaces (Throne Hall, Royal Dining Room and Voivods' Staircase) will be closed.

The National Museum of Art of Romania

Nostalgia. Remembrance. Recapture European Landscape and Ruins in the 16th-19th Centuries

Curator: Malina Contu
Visiting hours: Wednesday - Sunday (10:00 to 18:00)
Last entrance: 17:30
Ticket price: 12 lei/ 6 lei/ 3 lei


The exhibition was extended until February 12, 2023.

The exhibition aims to present the various aspects and meanings that the ruin receives in European visual culture during the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries; the 140 works on display, from the patrimony of the National Museum of Art of Romania, articulate a thematic discourse built progressively in order to illustrate, during the six sections of the presentation, the transformation of ruin from an index symbol of ancient culture (during the Renaissance) to a state of mind, a special experience, close to the feeling of ruin of the soul, in the context of the interest of Romanticism in the sublime. Overlapping this historical path is a psychological discourse meant to highlight the relevance of ruin as a symbol of our relationship with the past and the relevance of the landscape as an emblem of the escape to an ideal world.

The landscapes selected for this exhibition aim to offer the visitors a possible interpretation for their attraction to nature’s picturesque, greatness, destructive power of and to the vestiges of the past, witnesses of times and deeds once considered grandiose. We therefore aim to capitalize on a less known heritage from the perspective of this perception.
The exhibition will highlight the attraction for landscape and ruin present in the Renaissance and in Mannerism, specific to the Classical, Baroque and Romantic styles as well as to contemporary mentality, still interested in the ruins as a symbol of the unconscious need to escape to a primordial world deemed ideal.

VISITING HOURS: Wednesday - Sunday (10:00 to 18:00)

- Wednesday, 16:00 - 17:00 - second and fourth week of every month, from July 2022 - January 2023
- Sunday, 16:00 - 17:00 - the third week of every month, from July 2022 - January 2023
The precise dates will be announced on the Facebook page.

given by the curator of the exhibition, Dr. Mălina Conțu:
- Sunday, October 9, 2022, 16:00 - 17:00 - We and the Ruin. Living with the Old Architectural Background
- Sunday, November 6, 2022, 16:00 - 17:00 - The Arcadian Landscape as a Reflection of the Lost Paradise

- Saturday, 11:00 - 13:00 (weekly, starting in July): workshops for children, teenagers and families
- Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 10:00 - 12:00 (weekly, starting in September): workshops for schools, on appointments requested at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Curator: Malina Contu

June 8, 2022 - February 12, 2023

Last entrance: 17:30 Ticket price: 12 lei/ 6 lei/ 3 lei: 17:30
Ticket price: 12 lei/ 6 lei/ 3 lei

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