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Books by IAH researchers
2010-2017*

*For a more comprehensive list of the books published by our researchers, please visit the pages Joint volumes and Books on the website of G. Oprescu Institute of Art History.   

ALIN CIUPALĂ 
BĂTĂLIA LOR. FEMEILE DIN ROMÂNIA ÎN PRIMUL RĂZBOI MONDIAL, Iași: Polirom, 2017, 392 p.
ISBN: 978-973-46-6577-8
 

OANA MARINACHE, CRISTIAN GACHE (editors)
ARHIVA DE ARHITECTURĂ 1860-1870, O COLECțIE UNICĂ DE PLANURI ȘI SCHIȚE, vol. II, București: Editura Istoria Artei, 2016, 208 p. 
ISBN: 978-606-8839-08-0

MANUELA CERNAT
JEAN NEGULESCU: UN ROMÂN LA HOLLYWOOD, București: Noi Media Print, 2016, 179 p.
ISBN: 9786065720909 
MARIAN ȚUȚUI (editor)
DRUMURI ȘI RĂSPÂNTII / ROADS AND CROSSROADS, Fundația pentru poezie ”Mircea Dinescu”, 2016
Volume of the international conference hosted by Divan Film Festival, 6th edition (Port Cultural Cetate, august 2015)
Language(s): Romanian-English bilingual edition  

OLIVIA NIŢIŞ (editor)
ISTORII MonuMentale/ MonuMental HISTORIES, Bucureşti: Arcub & Vellant, 2016; 
ISBN 978-606-8642-90-1
The catalog of the international exhibition MonuMental Histories (March 17 - May 8, 2016,
Bucharest, Gabroveni ARCUB).
Language(s): Romanian-English bilingual edition 

MonuMental Histories seeks to question the relevance of monuments in the process of writing history and memory preservation and to point out the consequences of ideological transitions over monuments, most of them abandoned, not assumed or replaced and reconverted, and others recovered by beautification policies. Igor Grubić is part of the group exhibition.
MonuMental Histories is a multimedia project which brings together video productions by artists and women artists whose discourses integrate political commentary to the mechanisms of historical and social manipulation, ideological handling of visual culture, assumes power critique and normative formulas, the difficult interaction with the ideologically conditioned edifice, but also the potentiality of monumental, architectural utopia as the formula of social non-regimentation and also of forced adaptation to an environment temporarily outside of political interests.
Participating artists: Irina Botea (Ro), Cătălin Burcea (Ro), Igor Grubić (Hr), Elana Katz (De), Sorin Oncu (Ro), Anca Munteanu Rimnic (Ro), Marilena Preda Sânc (Ro), Gabi Stamate (Ro), Valeriu Șchiau (Ro).
Curator: Olivia Nițiș

RUXANDA BELDIMAN
DOMENIUL LUI ION GHICA DE LA GHERGANIgraphic design: Cristian Gache, editor: Oana Marinache, with a postscript by Irina Bossy‑Ghica, București: Editura Istoria Artei, 2016, 112 p.
ISBN 978-606-8839-04-2

VIRGINIA BARBU, CORINA TEACĂ (editors)
MĂRTURIILE TOAMNEI. CORESPONDENȚĂ IONEL JIANU-BARBU BREZIANU, with a foreword by Virginia Barbu, București: Editura UNArte, 2016
Language: Romanian
ISBN 978-606-720-056-0

OANA MARINACHE
FAMILIA BIBESCU - BASARAB BRÂNCOVEANU: ÎNTRE PARIS șI BUCUREȘTIvol. II, București: Editura Istoria Artei, 2016, 544 p.
Language: Romanian
ISBN: 978-606-8839-03-5   

OANA MARINACHE
PATRIMONIUL IMOBILIAR AL FAMILIEI CHRISSOVELONI DE-A LUNGUL VEACURILOR, graphic design: Cristian Gache, București: Editura Istoria Artei, 2016, 368 p. 
Language: Romanian
ISBN: 978-606-8839-00-4 

OZANA ALEXANDRESCU
CATALOGUL MANUSCRISELOR MUZICALE DE TRADIŢIE BIZANTINĂ DIN SECOLUL AL XVIII-LEA. FONDUL GRECESC DIN BIBLIOTECA ACADEMIEI ROMÂNE, Vol. II, Bucureşti: Editura Muzicală, 2015, 211 p.
Language: Romanian
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SBN: 978-973-42-0579-0

This book is part of a series started by researchers Ozana Alexandrescu and Daniel Suceava (co-authors of the first volume) in 2010. The aim of the series is to provide an extensive catalogue of the 18th century musical manuscripts of Byzantine tradition, owned by the Library of the Romanian Academy (the Greek Fund).  

MARIAN ŢUŢUI (editor)
EROI ŞI ANTIEROI BALCANICI / BALKAN HEROES AND ANTI-HEROES, București: Ed. Fundaţiei Culturale Est-Vest, 2015
Language(s): Romanian-English bilingual edition
ISBN 973-85680-8-III 

Starting with the 2012 edition, the Divan Film Festival (Portul Cultural Cetate, Romania) hosts each year a conference on Balkan cinema. This book gathers the papers presented at the 2014 conference by nine film professors, critics and historians from Great Britain, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Romania. After Evadarea din Balcani / Escape from Balkans (2012, issued in 2013) and Comedia balcanică / The Comedy of the Balkans (2013, issued in 2014), the present volume continues to offer fresh insights into the mentalities, customs, human typologies in this part of Europe, such as they were depicted by filmmakers. 

  

IRINA CĂRĂBAŞ, OLIVIA NIŢIŞ (editors)
AFTER BRANCUSI. PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ORGANIZED IN THE FRAME OF THE PROJECT 'THE SAINT OF MONTPARNASSE' FROM DOCUMENT TO MYTH. A CENTURY OF CONSTANTIN BRANCUSI SCHOLARSHIP, with a foreword by Ioana Vlasiu, București: Editura UNARTE, 2014
Graphic design: Ciprian Ciuclea
Language(s): English and French 
ISBN 978-606-720-022-5 

This volume gathers the contributions to the international conference After Brancusi, held in October 2013, through the collaboration between Brancusi Studies Center, founded by G. Oprescu Institute of Art History, and the National University of Arts in Bucharest. The call of the conference was extremely open, as was the chosen title. "After Brancusi" designates an indeterminate time when the history of sculpture crossed the problematics of its reception and where Brancusi plays an indicative role, that of a trigger of reflection upon artistic, political and theoretical concepts from various time frames and geographies. The conference has highlighted several lines of interest, seldom or even never before tackled in the Brancusi studies, it has re-contextualized certain interpretations or nuanced and clarified several moments of the sculptor's career.     

... the value of this contribution to a mature reappraisal of Brancuși, as well as to the broader, burgeoning study of art and its reception under communist regimes, is illimitable.

Jonathan Vernon, The God that Failed BrâncușiArt History, Volume 39,  Issue 5, November 2016

OLIVIA NIŢIŞ (editor)
IEEB6. ECOLOGICAL THINKING/ECOLOGICAL PRACTICESBucureşti: Experimental Project, 2015; catalog available online.
Language(s): Romanian-English bilingual edition
ISBN 978-973-0-17950-7 

The catalog of the 6th edition of the International Experimental Engraving Biennial edited by Experimental Project (Olivia Nițiș and Ciprian Ciuclea) includes the 5 events of the edition focused on "Ecological Thinking and Practices". Photographs from the exhibitions are accompanied by texts signed by the curators to which we add the concepts of each selected work. Texts by: Javier Martin-Jimenez, Adriana Oprea, Olivia Nițiș.

The 6th edition of IEEB (13th December 2014 - 28th March 2015) has addressed issues of ecology. Ecological Thinking and Practices was the general theme of the edition that brought forth a variety of environmental subjects. Artists's thinking and production function as a tool for observing, criticising and revealing aspects of our life that are sometimes slightly debated, going unnoticed, being subject to ignorance or power relations, therefore left marginal. Thinking ecologically represents an imperative for our civilisation today, the parallel process between thinking and acting accordingly providing the context for further political and ethical debates. 

BURÇAK EVREN - MARIAN ȚUȚUI SÖYLEŞISI, colection Sinemada Tarih Yazımı, Istanbul, 2015, 83 p.
Language(s): Romanian-English bilingual edition
ISBN: no

This book is a transcript of the conference given by Prof. Burçak Evren and Dr. Marian Ţuţui on 15 November 2014 in the frame of  Bosphorus International Film Festival, 1st edition. The dialogue focused on the centenary of Turkish cinema and its pioneers: Sigmund Weinberg and the Manakia brothers.    

ADRIAN-SILVAN IONESCU
THE GREAT WAR. PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE ROMANIAN FRONT, 1916-1919, București: Institutul Cultural Român, 2014. 
ISBN 978-973-577-655-8

Including a great number of pictures, this work is dedicated to the photographers – both professionals and amateurs – who left us a visual diary of life on the front. The album was published in three editions: in Romanian (Războiul cel Mare. Fotografia pe frontul românesc, 1916-1919, ISBN 978-973-577-653-4), in French (La Grande Guerre : La photographie sur le front roumain, 1916-1919, ISBN 978-973-577-654-1), and in English.

These photographers and cameramen – champions of expressive imagery, of the impeccably framed photograph taken under enemy fire and of exciting and sometimes even humorous subject matter – have no name and no face, even less so than their subjects, the rank and file soldier, the machine gunner, the pontonier, the aviator, the sailor and the rifleman on the front line, leaning against the parapet of the trenches and looking vigilantly towards the enemy. At most we glimpse the corner of a tunic or coat leaning over the camera on its tripod. (...) Like their collective work, they too are anonymous. They put their lives at risk, just like the ordinary soldiers whose images they immortalised, in order to produce an enduring body of work of great documentary and historical value. In their own ways, the photographer and his subject both contributed equally to the creation of Greater Romania.

Adrian-Silvan Ionescu  

CONSTANTIN I. CIOBANU
MUZEUL NAȚIONAL DE ARTĂ AL MOLDOVEI. COLECŢIA PICTURĂ NAŢIONALĂ/ NATIONAL ART MUSEUM OF MOLDOVA. NATIONAL PAINTING COLLECTIONMuzeul Naţional de Artă al Moldovei, Chişinău, 2014, 200 pages + color reproductions of 165 paintings
Language(s): Romanian-English bilingual edition
ISBN 978-9975-80-855-2 

Focusing on an apparently anachronistic genre – the easel painting – the album presents over 160 artworks, carefully chosen from the collections of the National Art Museum of Moldova. In the era of virtual web museums, this luxury edition album is a traditional tribute to the work of artists, but also of conservators and restorers

PATRIMONIUL CULTURAL AL REPUBLICII MOLDOVA, authors: Tudor Stavilă (Institute of Cultural Heritage, Chișinău) and Constantin I. Ciobanu  (G. Oprescu Institute of Art History, Bucharest), 2nd edition revised and expanded
Language(s): Romanian-English bilingual edition, with an abstract in French
Chișinău: Editura Arc, 2014
ISBN 978-9975-61-824-3

The album includes various documents and photographs regarding the cultural heritage created across the millennia in the area between the rivers Nistru and Prut. The core of the album is a study on the evolution of arts and crafts in the Republic of Moldova. The illustration presents samples of archaeological vestiges of ceramic and bronze (statuettes, helmets, vessels, etc.), handicrafts (items worked in stone and wood, carpets, folk costumes and others), icons and religious ornaments, sacred and civil architecture, as well as works of modern and contemporary fine arts.
The book was awarded the Stefan Ciobanu Prize of the Moldavian Ministry of Culture. 

150 DE ANI DE ÎNVĂȚĂMÂNT ARTISTIC NAȚIONAL, editorAdrian-Silvan Ionescu
Language(s): Romanian
București: Editura UNArte, 2014

This volume gathers the papers presented at the conference held to celebrate 150 years since the founding of the School of Fine Arts in Bucharest. The contributors shed light on various aspects of the history of the School: the development of high education in fine arts over time, the influence exerted by renowned professors such as Theodor Aman, Cecilia Cuţescu-Storck, Camil Ressu, Simion Iuca, George Sterian, etc. The reader can also find here an account regarding similar institutions in Moldova and Transylvania. 

SMALL CINEMAS IN GLOBAL MARKETS: GENRES, IDENTITIES, NARRATIVES (editors: Lenuta Giukin; Janina Falkowska, David Desser)
Language(s): English
Lexington Books, Maryland, USA, December 2014
 
ISBN: 978-0739196526

The papers included in this volume focus on debates and changes in small cinema industries, analyzing the impact of expansion and diversification of the cinematic product at local, regional, and global levels. Authors address aspects such as identity, revisiting the past, internationalized genres, new forms of experimental cinema, markets and productionMuch needed to continue and expand the existing scholarship in the field, the volume is based on research by authors who approach their subject from Western theoretical perspectives with a professional (mostly native) knowledge of the language, cultural realities, and film industry practices. It covers aspects from fifteen different countries, including BoliviaBrazilChina (Hong Kong), Croatia, East Africa (KenyaTanzania, and Uganda), Greece,IndonesiaLithuaniaBulgariaPolandRomaniaMorocco, and the United StatesAmong the 14 contributors is film researcher Marian Țuțui (G. Oprescu Institute of Art History), author of the study New Bulgarian Documentary.

Excerpts of the book can be read here.  

SZATHMÁRI. PIONIER AL FOTOGRAFIEI SI CONTEMPORANII SĂI / PIONEERING PHOTOGRAPHER AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES 
Editor: Adrian-Silvan Ionescu
București: Oscar Print, 2014
ISBN: 978-973-668-377-0

Accompanied by a DVD, this volume gathers the papers presented at the international conference held to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Carol Popp de Szathmari. The contributors offer fresh insight into the life and career of this gifted artist, who has gained fame both as a photographer and as a painter. Richly illustrated, the publication includes a number of previously unpublished pictures.  

OLIVIA NIȚIȘ
ISTORII MARGINALE ALE ARTEI FEMINISTE
Language: Romanian
Design: Ciprian Ciuclea
București: Editura Vellant, 2014
ISBN: 978-973-1984-79-7

Istorii marginale ale artei feministe [Marginal Histories of Feminist Art] is the first book published in Romania dedicated to feminist theories and practices in contemporary art in Eastern Europe. The author follows the sociopolitical and cultural contexts in this area as well as the ideological mechanisms that shaped specific discourses differently intersected with the paradigm of gender and feminist issues before and after 1990. Marginality is seen both as reality to be assumed, and as the effect of micro-histories oriented towards overcoming dichotomous type mannerisms such as East / West, marginal / peripheral.

COLECȚII DE ARTĂ  Vol. V of the series TEZAURUL ACADEMIEI ROMÂNE
Series edited by acad. Ionel Haiduc and acad. Păun Ion Otiman
Volume edited by Marina Sabados
Photographs: Maria Ştefănescu
Language: Romanian
București: Editura Academiei Române, 2014
ISBN: 978-973-27-2406-4  

Less known by the public, the rich art collection of the Romanian Academy is catalogued in this book by researchers of G. Oprescu Institute (Ioana Vlasiu, Corina Teacă, Ruxanda Beldiman, Olivia Niţiş, Virginia Barbu, Marina Sabados) and by museum specialists (Ana Bârcă, Olivia Tudoran Ciungan, Mircea Dunca, Mircea Hortopan). The book invites the reader to learn more about the remarkable artworks and decorative objects donated over time to the Romanian Academy by personalities such as George Oprescu, Victor Eftimiu, George Călinescu, Dumitru Furnică Minovici and others. 


SIMPOZIONUL INTERNAȚIONAL DE MUZICOLOGIE BIZANTINĂ. 300 DE ANI DE ROMÂNIRE (1713–2013), editors: Nicolae Gheorghiță, Costin Moisil, Daniel Suceava 
Bucureşti: Editura Glissando, December 2013
ISSN: 2344-6188. 

This volume gathers the 26 papers presented at the International Symposium of Byzantine Musicology, 2nd ed. by researchers from Greece, Finland, Macedonia, and Romania. The event was organized by the National University of Music together with G. Oprescu Institute of Art History. 


KAREL ZDENĚK LÍMAN. ARHITECTUL CEH AL CASEI REGALE A ROMÂNIEI / THE CZECH ARCHITECT TO THE ROMANIAN ROYAL COURT, București: Editura Igloo, 2013 
Language(s): Romanian-English bilingual edition
ISBN: 978-606-8026-28-2

Richly illustrated, the publication sheds light on the various architectural projects carried out by Líman during his stay of more than 30 years in Romania. Authors: Ruxanda Beldiman (researcher at G. Oprescu Institute, Department for Modern Art and Architecture), Mircea Hortopan, Narcis Dorin Ion, Sorin Vasilescu. 

An excerpt of the book can be seen here.  

NINETEENTH-CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHS AND ARCHITECTURE. DOCUMENTING HISTORY, CHARTING PROGRESS, AND EXPLORING THE WORLD, editor: Micheline Nilsen
Ashgate Publishing Group, Farnham, Surrey, England 
 Burlington, USA, 2013
Language(s): English
ISBN: 978-1-4094-4833-4

Eschewing the limiting idea that nineteenth-century architecture photography merely reflects functionality, the objective of this collection is to reflect the aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural concerns of the time. The essays hold appeal for social and cultural historians, as well as those with an interest in the fields of art history, urban geography, history of travel. Contributors include Adrian-Silvan Ionescu (G. Oprescu Institute of Art History), author of the study Romanian Architecture and Cityscape: The Legacy of Nineteenth-Century Photography.

Excerpts of the book can be read here

ISTORIA ROMÂNILOR, VOL. X: ROMÂNIA ÎN ANII 1948-1989, editor:  acad. Dinu C. Giurescu
Bucureşti: Editura Enciclopedică, 2013
Language(s): Romanian
ISBN:
  973-45-0667-5.

The 10th volume of the monumental history of Romanians, published by the Romanian Academy, gives a broad overview of the political, social, economic and cultural changes brought by the communist regime. Chapters on art history were written by current and former researchers of G. Oprescu Institute: Carmen Popa (music, pp. 1093-1103), Daniela Gheorghe and Ion Cazaban (theatre, pp. 1103-1112), Manuela Cernat (film, pp. 1113-1133), Ioana Vlasiu (fine arts, pp. 1133-1140), Ruxanda Beldiman (architecture, pp. 1142-1148).

MARINA SABADOS
GRIGORESCU LA AGAPIA
Language(s): Romanian
Iaşi: Editura Doxologia, 2012, 240 p., 207 ill. + 37 plates
ISBN 978-606-8278-29-2

Nicolae Grigorescu, a founder of Romanian modern art, began his career as a church painter. The author analyses in her book the mural paintings and icons created by young Grigorescu at Agapia Monastery between 1858 and 1861. The work fills a gap in the field of Romanian art history, since the religious painting of the 19th century – whose secular tradition was coming to an end – is less explored.   

DICŢIONARUL SCULPTORILOR DIN ROMÂNIA. SECOLELE XIX-XX, Vol. I-II, edited by Ioana Vlasiu
Authors: Ioana Vlasiu, Gabriel Badea-Păun, Virginia Barbu, Ruxanda Beldiman, Irina Cărăbaş, Olivia Niţiş, Adrian-Silvan Ionescu, Tudor Stavilă, Corina Teacă, Adriana Şotropa, Alexandra Titu, Gheorghe Vida
Language(s): Romanian
Bucureşti: Editura Academiei Române, 2011-2012. 
ISBN vol. I: ISBN 978-973-27-2126-1
ISBN vol. II: ISBN 978-973-27-2222-0.
 

The dictionary of Romanian sculptors  result of a laborious research – is a valuable tool for art historians. Both volumes are available online: 

Volume I (A-G)
Volume II (H-Z)

RUXANDA BELDIMAN
CASTELUL PELEŞ, EXPRESIE A FENOMENULUI ISTORIST DE INFLUENŢĂ GERMANĂ
Bucureşti: Editura Simetria, 2011, 304 p.
Language(s): Romanian
ISBN 978-973-1872-22-3

This monograph album is adapted from the author's PhD. dissertation. Through many documents hitherto unpublished and a comprehensive iconographic material, the book covers various aspects regarding Peles Castle: the stages of its construction, the stylistic particularities of the building, and also the relationship between commissioners and architects. 

SILVAN. PORTRETISTUL / THE PORTRAIT ARTIST
Introduction, chronology and illustration selection: Adrian-Silvan Ionescu
Language(s): Romanian-English bilingual edition
Bucureşti:  Institutul Cultural Român, 2011, 190 p.
ISBN: 978-973-577-627-5 

The album comprises numerous works signed by Silvan, the artist who has created in his career of more than seven decades a rich gallery of caricature portraits featuring celebrities from the world of letters, theatre, music and fine art. Along with portraits of writers and artists who are familiar especially to the Romanian audience, the collection includes worldwide known personalities, such as Eugène Ionesco, Constantin Brancusi, George Enescu, Sir John Barbirolli, Dinu Lipatti, Herbert von Karajan, Yehudi Menuhin, Arthur Rubinstein, Dmitri Shostakovich, Igor Stravinsky, Pablo Picasso, Luciano Pavarotti. 

VLAD BEDROS
ARMENIAN ARTISTIC HERITAGE IN ROMANIA. BETWEEN EXILIC NOSTALGIA AND CULTURAL INTEGRATION 
Language(s): English
București: 
Noi Media Print, 2011
ISBN: 973-1805-97-9

Armenian communities have been formed in Moldavia, Wallachia and Transylvania centuries ago  and their cultural contribution is significant. As the title shows, this book provides an overview of the Armenian artistic heritage in Romania. The author underlines the fundamental affinity of Armenian diaspora with the majority population.
The English version was published together with the original text (Patrimoniu artistic armenesc în România. Între nostalgia exilului şi integrarea culturalăISBN: 973-1805-96-2). 

OZANA ALEXANDRESCU and DANIEL SUCEAVA
CATALOGUL MANUSCRISELOR MUZICALE DE TRADIŢIE BIZANTINĂ DIN SECOLUL AL XVIII-LEA. FONDUL GRECESC DIN BIBLIOTECA ACADEMIEI ROMÂNE, Vol. I
Language(s): Romanian
Bucureşti: Editura Muzicală, 2010
ISBN: 978-973-42-0580-6 

In the first volume of their work, the authors have thoroughly catalogued a part of the 18th century musical manuscripts of Byzantine tradition, owned by the Library of the Romanian Academy (the Greek Fund). The book is a useful resource for scholars specialising in Byzantine music. 
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