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Temesvár Fine Art Museum - Timişoara
The museum building
Address: 300085, Timişoara P-ţa Unirii nr. 1
Phone number: (256) 491-592
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10-18
The "European Paintings" permanent exhibition is closed at the moment due to resurrection!

Ormós Zsigmond (1813-1894), the founder of Banat Museum, started buying the objects of art after 1857, when, because of political persecutions, he sold his fortune inherited from his uncle and autoexiled to Italy. He studied the history of Italian art in the 14-19th centuries, he visitied museums, libraries, archeological excavations and the studios of the artists in this country and in the West of Europe, he took part in public auctions of objects of art. A few works bought first were sent to the museum in Budapest, then he tried making up a personal collection following mainly the picture of Venice, come out of the studios of the famous masters' disciples. continue
Permanent exhibitions
The museum's collection counts about five hundred European paintings, being one of the largest and most important collections of European art in Romania. The items originate primarily from a private collection formed in the latter half of the nineteenth century: that of the Ormós Zsigmond (1813-1894). continue
In the 18th century, in the halls of the Local Council and in the Palace of the county there were already portraits of emperors, commanders and local dignitaries. Some of these were signed by some masters from Vienna or from Budapest, and some by local artists. Sava Petrovič, Konstantin Daniel, Melegh Gábor and later, in the second half of the century, Johann Wälder or Ferenczy József were called to finalize the portraits in the council hall of the town-hall's palace.The town rarely purchased works of the artists from Banat. Thus, at the begenning of the 20th century two compositions of big dimensions were bought and laid down at the museum: "The Wedding from Cana" (a copy after Veronese) of Brocky Károly and "The Colonization of the Schwabs in Banat" of Stefan Jäger. continue
The metal objects collection constitutes a part of the Museum of Art heritage. Thanks to the objects made of common metal, some important moments of the European metal craftsmanship are presented, and also the influence of the western technical and artistic innovations upon the local production. The main features of the collection are the metal-working techniques, the diversity of the morphological types and of the decorative repertoire. The objects come from the Ormós collection, from the Ciupe and Moga transfers, from donations and aquisitions. continue
Corneliu Baba was born in Craoive in Olténia in 1906 as the third son of Gheorghe Baba, a church painter of Karánsebes and Mathilda Baba. He moved to Temesvár after graduating from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Bucurest, at the beginning of the 1930's. Though he met several progressive artists, these three years of his life were spent with searching his own path. continue