In 1930, at the establishment of the ”Barabás Miklós” Guild, the writer Jenő Szentimrei summarized the aims of Transylvanian artists: „To create Transylvanian, European and contemporary art, striving for the most modern standards while preserving Transylvanian roots.” *
In the history of Transylvanian graphic arts/fine arts, the social necessity of a collection created in the spirit of regional/authentic identity has repeatedly risen. According to this need the idea of founding the Transylvanian Art Centre – as we previously called Transylvanian Art Museum – was one of the special aspirations of Transylvanian artistic life almost since the political change in 1989.
The main goal of the Transylvanian Art Centre’s is to create, within reasonable time, a realistic, cross-culturally appreciable, convertible self-image of the Transylvanian fine arts, both for itself and for the community . Therefore, the objective of the Centre is to collect, operate, display and present representative Transylvanian art created after 1920 . It also assumes professional care of artists’ legacy and saving their art for future generations.