Exhibition „Cucuteni 2016" was organized by Art Studio „Picasso" in partnership with the National Museum of History of Moldova.
The exhibition brings together 73 ceramic artworks and 24 paintings which reproduce Cucuteni-Trypillian culture, one of the oldest civilizations in Europe, made by artists from Europe, Asia and Africa, participants at the Cucuteni International Art Camp 2016.
On display are a diversity of vessels with Cucuteni elements and female ceramic figurines made in different shapes and sizes. The ceramic vessels and female figurines are the main elements of Cucuteni culture.
The artworks were created within the three weeks of the Cucuteni International Art Camp 2016, the second edition of which was held in Ivancea between June 26 and July 16, 2016. The edition from 2016 was attended by 25 artists from 10 countries: Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Poland, Moldova, Romania, Russia and Ukraine.
The exhibition was opened to the public on the upper lobby of the museum. It ended on August 1 with a charity auction. *Cucuteni-Trypillian culture is a unique phenomenon in human history. This is one of the oldest civilizations in Europe which formed several centuries before the emergence of human settlements in Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt. The culture was spread on the present-day territory of Republic of Moldova, Romania and Ukraine, our republic being the center of its cultural area.
The Eneolithic culture developed in the forest steppe area between the Carpathian Mountains and Dnieper River in the period of the 5th-4th millennia BC, it adapted to local conditions giving rise to closely related cultural phenomena which formed together a vast archaeological complex spread on an area of over 350.000 km2 and called by specialists, under conventional laws of archaeology, Cucuteni-Trypillia-Ariușd, after the names of villages in Moldova, Ukraine and Romania where discoveries of this type were made for the first time at the end of the nineteenth century.
The ceramics is the exceptional legacy of this culture. Shaped and painted by hand with vivid polychrome spiral and meander motifs, the Cucuteni ceramics is an argument that stands for the high level of development of this civilization of sedentary farmers.
The archaeologists have found in every Trypillian home between 30 and 200 ceramic objects: ceramic vessels (for keeping supplies, cups, bowls, ritual vessels) and anthropomorphic and zoomorphic artworks. The quality of the ceramic is unequalled: fine, smooth, painted with great skill in red, white, black and brown. The decorative rhythm is perfect, loaded with symbols and ornaments and represent real works of art with an age of 6-7 thousand years old.