Culture (10)
Miercurea Ciuc abounds with a great offer of art and cultural events throughout the year. All this is due to the fact, that there has been existing art tuition here since 1968. That is why we can say that more than a hundred artists, musicians, actors, writers, poets live and create in this area even today. At the same time, the town has enough squares and proper institutional setting for its artists to manifest themselves and their works to the public from time to time. You can find both classical and contemporary genres whether it is music, art or theatre as well as cultural locations as well. Along the classic squares – theatre, galleries, museums – several new alternative locations have enriched the town recently, that present by themselves points of interest.

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Pál Auction House and Gallery (PAG)

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Pál Auction House and Gallery (PAG)

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Pál Auction House and Gallery (PAG)

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Kossuth Gallery

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“Új Kriterion” Gallery

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“Új Kriterion” Gallery

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Silo – Contemporary Art Centre

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“Székelyföld” periodical

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County Hall Gallery

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County Hall Gallery

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Pál Auction House and Gallery (PAG)

Miercurea Ciuc’s newest gallery is the 11th among the local exhibition places. The gallery and auction house was opened by Gábor Pál, a free time photographer and his wife in January 2012. The purpose of this gallery is to give an opportunity for collectors and local artists to meet. With the guidance of an advisory board of local art specialists monthly exhibitions are organized here. Beside numerous guest exhibitions they lay great emphasis on finding and supporting young Szekler artists. Hence every year a young artist’s work is exhibited here trough an application, respectively the members of the TAG group (Transylvanian Art Group) are periodic exhibitors of the gallery. The TAG group was founded in 1990; its members are the first generation of artists of the Art School. Another goal of the PAG is to represent local artists over the border with exhibitions or art catalogues.
So far auctions have not had a tradition in this area, but perhaps they will have in the future. This initiative offers this opportunity. The owners of the gallery while keeping in mind the worldwide growth of contemporary art sales, would like to offer access to all artists from Szeklerland too.
Visitors have the opportunity to buy contemporary art from the gallery.
Opening hours from Monday to Saturday, 10:00-18:00.
More information: www.palgallery.ro

Kossuth Gallery

After two years of being closed, the gallery located on Kossuth Street (no. 12, first floor), the former Ko.Ke.M (Contemporary Art Museum and Gallery), reopened in 2010. This gallery is maintained by the City Council and run by the Szekler Museum of Ciuc. Monthly exhibitions of local and foreign artists are organized in its modern equipped and enlarged space. At the same time this place is multifunctional, hosting architectural exhibitions, frequent film screening, short film festivals. The gallery is located on the first floor of a ten-storey block of flats. The integral, transparent and minimalist design of the place makes the gallery suitable primarily for hosting periodic contemporary exhibitions of the museum itself.
So the gallery maintains its museum aspect, though without being forced to close up to contemporary art.
Opening hours on weekdays, 12:00-18:00.
More information: www.csszm.ro

“Új Kriterion” Gallery

The gallery owned by Kriterion Foundation (located on Petőfi Street, No. 4) organized exhibitions from the nineties. In December of 2011, after Hajdú Áron, director of Bookart Publishing House became the director of the foundation, the gallery itself was redesigned. This is when the word “New” becomes part of the name, which not only refers to the renewal of the gallery, but to the new concept of management. Accordingly to this, artists are allowed to exhibit only by invitation, this is how by using big names the foundation is trying to create a renowned gallery in this small town.
This exhibition space is attracting its visitors by using accomplished, well known artists, but not exclusively foreign artists. Every august of the year, on the occasion of the Town Days of Miercurea Ciuc they organize an exhibition of a local artist. Generally exhibitions are held every two months. Up to this moment the gallery exhibited artists like Mircia Dumitrescu, Antal Vásárhelyi and the “Jánosi Antal” graphic artists from Miercurea Ciuc, Răzvan Alexandru, Duliskovich Bazil and József Gaál painters, respectively the photographer György Tóth, famous for his portrait of Yoko Ono.
Opening hours on weekdays, from 10 am and 6 pm.
More information: www.ujkriteriongaleria.ro

Silo – Contemporary Art Centre

Albin Biró, the tenant of the silo of Miercurea Ciuc, which was built in 1942, changed the building’s original function as for a few years this was a dead square. He redesigned the spaces stuffed with machines, pipes and wood structures for grain storage offering the place to civil organisations for hosting various cultural events. Thus the seven-storied concrete building with its two towers, being the highest building in the town, has become a place for leisure time and cultural events since 2010. The Silo – Contemporary Art Centre is a space for art exhibitions, experimental theatrical productions, smaller concerts, screenings. The place is an exciting and creatively challenging place. Although the industrial zone is outside the town centre (Brasovului Street, No. 17), it is gladly visited by contemporary art lovers. Presently the activities are periodically organised, however the historical significance of the building itself is enormous. Visitors can still admire the details of the slip-way of grain sacks, or of the old Siemens machinery and the wood structures for grain storage – these last ones serve as mobile exhibition surfaces. It’s worthy of your time! The panoramic view from the tower is a unique view of Miercurea Ciuc.
Opening hours on weekdays from 5 pm to 9 pm.

“Székelyföld” periodical

In the December of 2009 the editorial staff of the “Székelyföld” periodical, owned by Székelyföld Foundation and Harghita County Council, moved to its new separate hall. They opened a small gallery on the second floor of their cosy hall, which is on the Vladimirescu Street, No. 5, near 56th Square. This gallery expands the work done so far by the staff. In general they organize every two month smaller individual exhibitions, which usually exhibit the works of the artists who illustrate a periodical. Besides exhibitions in this gallery also takes place the periodical’s monthly preview. Visitors are welcome by the cosy and familiar atmosphere of the house. Besides enjoying art, they get to know a little about editorial life. And the fine wine served in cold weather in a space designed for protocol in the basement and during summer in the summer-house, just intensifies the delight.
Opening hours on weekdays, from 8 am to 4 pm.
More information: www.hargitakiado.ro

County Hall Gallery

The gallery maintained by the Harghita County Council, situated in the same building (Liberty Square, no. 5) opened once again for the public on the 30th of October 2012. Exhibitions were hosted before in this charming place now redesigned, but the fact that this was a passage-way did not favour the popularization of arts. During the communist dictatorship this patio served as an entry place for the party leaders. Presently visitors are welcome in a multifunctional space with mobile walls, which is separated distinctly from the County Hall’s atrium. The new gallery was designed by Alpár András and Barna Lőrincz, both local architects. This new design opens the door to various cultural events. Beside organising local and guest exhibitions, the place is suitable for hosting other types of art, too. An interesting fact about this gallery is that thanks to the doorman service of the County Council this is the only exhibition place in this area open for 24 hours. Guided tour possibility on weekdays between 9 and 11 am, contact galleria@hargitamegye.ro.
More information: galeria.hargitamegye.ro