Lot 8

Horia Bernea

Altarpiece (Iconostas)


Watercolour on paper
92 × 65 cm (36.2 × 25.6 inch)


Sold for €1,000


Artwork description

Signed, dated and located lower right, in pencil "Bernea, 23 septembre, 1994, București"; titled lower left, in pencil "Iconostas Mic"

Lot Notes

One cannot overestimate Horia Bernea’s contribution to the development of Romanian contemporary art. Horia Bernea was the central figure of the “Poiana Mărului” School, an informal, heterogenous group of artists that emerged in Romania during the 1960s. Bernea endeavoured to return to the roots of creativity and produce an untainted plastic language. Thus, the motifs he repeatedly approaches are not used for their own sake, but rather as a gateway to discover the universal.

Bernea participated in the 1978 and 1980 editions of the Venice Biennial and had solo exhibitions at Romania’s National Museum of Art (1985, 1997), as well as at several British art galleries, including Richard Demarco Gallery (1970, 1976) and Sigi Kraus Gallery (1971).


Horia Bernea

Bucharest, Romania, 1938 - Paris, France, 2000


Solo (Selection)
  • 2014 - ”Watercolours 1999 - 2000”, Ivan Gallery, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 2011 - ”Real Time”, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 2010 - 2011 - "Horia Bernea Real Time", The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1997 - ”Concentrations - Columns”, National Museum of Art, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1994 - ”Pillar”, Catacomba Gallery, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1992 - ”Prapor”, Mucsarnock, Budapest, Hungary (International)
  • 1985 - ”Prapor”, National Museum of Art, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1980 - Riverside Studios, London, UK (International)
  • 1980 - Polytechnic Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (International)
  • 1978 - ”Hill V”, Simeza Gallery, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1976 - ”Hill III”, Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh, UK (International)
  • 1976 - ”Hill IV”, The History Museum of Communist Party, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1975 - Generative Art Gallery, London, UK (International)
  • 1974 - ”Hill II”, Romanian Atheneum, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1972 - ”Hill I”, Simeza Gallery, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1971 - Sigi Krauss Gallery, London, UK (International)
  • 1971 - Compass Gallery, Glasgow, UK (International)
  • 1970 - Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh, UK (International)
Group (Selection)
  • 2017 - ”Situații și concepte”, Salonul de Proiecte, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 2015 - ”Dealuri și câmpii. Ion Țuculescu și Horia Bernea - antropogeografii atavice”, Craiova, România (National)
  • 1994 - ”Prolog”, Instituto Romeno di Cultura e Ricerca Umanistica, Venice, Italy (International)
  • 1984 - ”Soils”, Centre National d (International)
  • 1983 - ”The Place - Fact and Metaphor”, Folk Art Museum, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1980 - ”Contemporary Art from National Collections”, Centre National d'Art Contemporain Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (International)
  • 1974 - ”News Challenges of the Image”, Atelier 35, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1971 - ”Romanian Art Today”, Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh, UK (International)
  • 1969 - "Eight Romanian Artists", Touring in Turin, Hague, The Netherlands (International)
  • 1968 - "Six Romanian Painters”, Lambert Gallery, Paris, France (International)
Biennial (Selection)
  • 1980 - Venice Bienniale, Romanian Pavilion, Venice, Italy (International)
  • 1978 - Venice Bienniale, Hill V, Romanian Pavilion, Venice, Italy (International)


  • The Pontifical Medal, awarded by Pope John Paul II, 1998
  • Main Prize, Romanian Fine Arts Union, 1982
  • "Ioan Andreescu” Award of the Romanian Academy, 1978
  • Prize of the Biennale of Young Artists in Paris, 1971

News & Events

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    By Lavacow Editorial

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    By Lavacow Editorial

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