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Books by researchers of G. Oprescu Institute of Art History

*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.

Balkan Cinema and the Great Wars, Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, Berlin, 2020, 282 p.
Language(s): English
ISBN 978-3-631-80396-7

The book – published with the support of Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul – includes the papers of 23 participants from 8 countries at the third international conference on Balkan cinema entitled “The Great War(s): Our Story” which was hosted by our institute from 8-10 May 2018. The First World War Centenary provided an opportunity to study from various perspectives how military conflicts are mirrored in Balkan cinema. Among the contributors are Adrian-Silvan Ionescu, Manuela Cernat, Marian Țuțui and Mihai Fulger from G. Oprescu Institute of Art History.
See also https://www.peterlang.com/view/title/70802

Catalogul manuscriselor muzicale de tradiţie bizantină din secolul al XVIII-lea. Fondul grecesc din Biblioteca Academiei Române, Vol. III, Bucureşti: Editura Muzicală, 2020
ISBN 978-973-42-1104-3

This work aims 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). The first volume appeared in 2010 and was signed by Ozana Alexandrescu and the late Daniel Suceava, eminent musicologist, member of the Institute of Art History. The work has been continued by researcher Ozana Alexandrescu, who provided to scholarly milieu the volumes II (2015) and respectively III of the catalogue (see below).

Isai Cârmu. Magia cărţii (album), Chişinău: Arc, 2019, 96 p. with photographies, color ill., bibliography.
Language(s): Romanian
ISBN 978-9975-0-0320-9.

The album Magia cărții – authored by Constantin I. Ciobanu – presents for the first time the biography and an important part of the vast work of one of the most prolific graphic artists and illustrators in Bessarabia: Isai Cârmu (1940-2015). Art critics have already outlined the wealth of artistic formulas found in Cârmu's arsenal, the diversity and inexhaustibility of his graphic formulas. The “blind librarian” Jorge Luis Borges, inventing The Garden of Forking Paths, stated that “in all fiction, when a man is faced with alternatives he chooses one at the expense of the others.” The multitude of solutions chosen by Isai Cârmu during the plastic interpretation of almost 400 illustrated books seems to transgress this truth of the formal logic: like the paths of the garden of the ancestor Ts'ui Pên from Borges's story, in the “garden” of images conceived by the Bessarabian artist during almost sixty years of creation , the “paths” form an endless labyrinth in which the free choice of an artistic itinerary does not necessarily imply the imminent repudiation of the others.

Principiul Migrației/ The Principle of Migration, edited by Olivia Nițiș and Ciprian Ciuclea, București: Experimental Project, 2019
Languages(s): Romanian, English
ISBN 978-973-0-30624-6

Catalog of the project The Principle of Migration held in Bucharest and New York (at the New York Foundation for the Arts). A project dedicated to the phenomenon of migration with an emphasis on East-European perspectives. 

For further details, see: http://www.experimentalproject.ro/migration.html

Die Donau und ihre Grenzen: Literarische und filmische Einblicke in den Donauraum, editor: Olivia Spiridon, Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2019, 356 p.
Language(s): German.
ISBN 3837648079

The book includes papers of 15 scholars from six countries (Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, France and Romania) presented at the conference Donau Grenzen in Literatur und Film held at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen (organiser: The Institute of Danube Swabian History and Regional Studies/Das Institut für donauschwäbische Geschichte und Landeskunde). The studies draw typological axes of Danube as a border based on the literary and cinematographic representations of the different regions along the river, while also providing previously unknown information on the fluid region of the Danube. Among the contributors is Marian Țuțui (G. Oprescu Institute of Art History) with the paper Die Grenze der unteren Donau in Spielfilmen [Borders of the Lower Danube in fiction films].

Pictorul Costin Petrescu la New York, 1919-1920, București: Paideia, 2019, 196 p.
Language(s): Romanian

ISBN 978-606-748-282-9

Based on unpublished documents from Romanian and American archives, the volume focuses on an unknown chapter in the life and activity of Romanian painter Costin Petrescu (1872-1954): the period spent in New York (November 1919 - March 1920), where he was sent to supervise the manufacture of the new Romanian banknotes, made according to his design, at the American Bank Note Company. Beyond this official purpose, Costin Petrescu has also established important contacts with representatives of the Romanian diaspora, such as the professor and journalist Leon Feraru, and with personalities from the New York artistic environment: among others, he met and portrayed the poet Edwin Markham and writer Robert Robert Foster, who introduced him to The National Arts Club, and met William Henry Fox, the director of the Brooklyn Museum, with whom he initiated the project of organizing a large Romanian art exhibition in the US. After returning home, the discussion has continued for some time, including ameeting with Stewart Culin, the curator of the American Museum, who came to Bucharest. Although, in the end, the exhibition could not be realized, Costin Petrescu's efforts prove his commitment to promoting the Romanian art in the USA. The book also provides a broader analysis of Romania's image in the US and of the cultural and socio-historical context immediately after the Great Union of 1918.

Imnul Acatist al Maicii Domnului. Ediție facsimilată după manuscrisul grecesc 113 al B.A.R., editor: Gabriela Dumitrescu, publisher: Excelență prin Cultură, 2019
Language(s): Romanian

The volume reproduces in facsimile the Greek manuscript 113 from the 17th century, written at the Vatoped Monastery of Mount Athos and owned by the Library of the Romanian Academy. Within the universal literature, the Akathist Hymn is considered a masterpiece of Byzantine hymnography, a literary and theological model for many other Eastern and Western liturgical compositions, to which important studies have been dedicated.
Among other specialists, a current and a former member of the Institute of Art History have contributed to this volume: Ion Andrei Târlescu (with a paper regarding the transcription of the text) and, respectively, Adriana Şirli (with the study of the Akathist Hymn in the Byzantine and post-Byzantine musical manuscripts).

Post-Totalitarian Cinema in Eastern European Countries: Models and Identities, editor: Nadezhda Marinchevska, Institute of Art Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2019, 217 p., 85 colour ill.
Language(s): English
ISBN 978-954-8594-79-0

The book gathers 21 studies by researchers and academics from eight countries (Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Kazakhstan, North Macedonia, UK, Romania and Serbia) that analyze the evolution of cinema in the former communist countries, identifying both common models and specific phenomena. The studies were presented at the conference of the same name, which took place in Velingrad (Bulgaria) between 2 and 5 November 2018   an event otganized by the Institute of Art Studies in Sofia. Among the contributors is Marian Țuțui ("G. Oprescu" Institute of Art History), author of the paper 30 years of post-communist cinema in Romania divided into four periods.

Portretul unei ţări. România Mare în fotografiile lui E.O. Hoppé, Institutul de Istoria Artei al Academiei Române, Bucureşti: Oscar Print, 2019, 120 p.
Catalogue of the exhibition at the Library of the Romanian Academy, 21 Mai – 20 iunie 2019 (curators: Adrian-Silvan Ionescu and Graham Howe)
Langauage(s): Romanian

In the preface signed by Queen Marie to his travel book “In Gipsy Camp and Royal Palace” (1924), the sovereign judiciously summed up his qualities: “Mr. Hoppé is master of his art, he not only sees, but feels. He manages to get at the heart of things, to catch the atmosphere, to penetrate the poetry, to make his pictures live, not only in beauty, but also in thought and inner understanding.”
In 1923, E.O. Hoppé has made the first and most truthful country portrait – the portrait of the Greater Romania – leaving an iconographic heritage of inestimable value which is only now fully exploited, after 96 years, through exhibitions and monographic volumes.

Adrian-Silvan Ionescu

E.O. Hoppé – Romania (album), Curatorial Assistance, Pasadena, 2019, 140 p.
Language(s): English
ISBN 978-1-7336414-1-8

During his 1923 Romanian trip, the famous Londoner photographer E.O. Hoppé discovered the country almost by himself, due to various small accidents and adventures. He was free to speak with people of all social strata and learn exquisite details; he could observe the local spirit and habits, on the whole and in particular, both in rural and urban milieus. He noticed and took notes, made drawings and took pictures with his hand-held reflex camera. He seemed to get well with everybody, and most people helped him, even though he was a foreigner.

Adrian-Silvan Ionescu

Repertoriul expozițiilor de artă românească din București, 1865-1918, with a foreword by Adrian-Silvan Ionescu and a postface by Ioana Vlasiu, București: Vremea, 2019, 224 p.
Editors: Ioana Apostol, Virginia Barbu, Ramona Caramelea, Corina Teacă (coordinator: Adrian-Silvan Ionescu)
Langauage(s): Romanian
ISBN: 978-973-645-916-0

The repertoire of Romanian art exhibitions in Bucharest from 1865 to 1918 was a project carried out by a team of researchers in the 1970s and 1980s, coordinated by Theodor Enescu. Resumed and finalized by the current members of our Department for Modern Art and Architecture (under the coordination of Adrian-Silvan Ionescu), the repertoire was published in 2019 for the first time. An essential working tool for art historians, curators and collectors, the book offers as well a glimpse into the cultural geography of the old Bucharest.

The New Romanian Cinema, edited by Christina Stojanova, Edinburgh University Press, 2019, 334 p. with 36  b&w ill.
Language(s): English
ISBN: 9780748642649

Covering more than forty films made since 2001, this collection of essays on New Romanian Cinema is the first to contextualise it aesthetically, theoretically and historically. With its thorough bibliographic and filmographic references, and a comprehensive historical overview, the anthology represents a systematic guide to New Romanian Cinema as a consolidated cinematic movement, and highlights its potential as a rich interdisciplinary field of study. Scholars from across Europe and North America are brought together, reflecting on the realism and minimalism of New Romanian cinemas, on its approaches to issues of national and gender identity, and on its unique convergence of ethics and aesthetics. Dr. Marian Țuțui (G. Oprescu Institute of Art History) and Raluca Iacob are among the contributors to the book, with the study New Romanian Cinema: Geography and Identity.   

Războiul de fiecare zi. Viaţa cotidiană în tranşee şi în spatele frontului în Primul Război Mondial (1914-1919), editors: Bogdan Popa and Radu Tudorancea, Târgoviște: Cetatea de Scaun, 2018, 466 p. + ill.
Language(s): 19 papers in Romanian, 4 papers in English
ISBN 978-606-537-430-0

The book presents the proceedings of the conference organized by "Nicolae Iorga" Institute of History on 26-27 November 2018. The works analyze predominantly the impact of the Great War on everyday life. Among the contributors are three members of "G. Oprescu" Institute of Art History: Adrian-Silvan Ionescu („Viața culturală în Capitala ocupată, 1917–1918”); Virginia Barbu („Costin Petrescu, "La Iaşi, în timpul războiului. 1916–1917". Mărturiile unui artist în pribegie”); Ioana Apostol („G. Oprescu, Captive of the Central Powers. From Turnu Severin to Golemo Konare and back, 1917–1918").

LA IAȘI, ÎN TIMPUL RĂZBOIULUI (1916-1917). ÎNSEMNĂRILE UNUI PICTOR REFUGIAT, București: Humanitas, 2018, 192 p. + ill.
Edited by Virginia Barbu; with an introductive study, chronology and notes
Language(s): Romanian
ISBN: 978-973-50-6209-5

Costin Petrescu remains in the history of Romanian art as a painter with several skills. He was an excellent portraitist, he innovated the art of fresco in the interwar period by reviving the ancient techniques of religious murals, he became a pioneer in stage designing, and he worked as church decorator and as professor at the School of Belle Arte in Bucharest. His notes about the withdrawal in Moldova because of the German occupation, which we bring now to the attention of the public, represent an important testimony on the first world conflagration, a veritable and tragic document, yet full of spirit and charm, remarkable by the accuracy of perceptions and recorded information. Costin Petrescu’s remarks and observations reflect the sharp eye of the painter, and also his moral conviction that ‟the facts must be well evoked, so that they will never be forgotten.ˮ

Virginia Barbu

NARRATIVE AND AESTHETIC VALUES OF THE GOLDEN FIVE FILM. PAPERS FROM A SYMPOSIUM ((editor Sofia Trenchovska), Strumica: Tiveriopolska filmska aliansa, 2018, 154 p.
Language(s): Macedonian with abstracts in English
ISBN 978-608-4546-37-5

These proceedings are a part of the international scientific research project on the narrative and aesthetic values in the film Golden Five (2016) by Goran Trenchovski, an emblematic work for the contemporary Macedonian cinema. The volume is a result of the two-day scientific conference that took place on March 9th and 10th, 2018 in Strumica, Republic of Macedonia.
Among the participants to the symposium was Marian Țuțui (G. Oprescu Institute of Art History), who presented the paper An Essay on Faith or About the Film Golden Five (pp. 22-30).

罗马尼亚电影简史 [A Brief History of Romanian Film], translated  by Wang Yao, Beijing, 2018
Language(s): Chinese
Format: e-book

On 21 May 2018, the Chinese version of Marian Ţuțui's book O scurtă istorie a filmului românesc [A Brief History of the Romanian Film, 2nd edition, revised and expanded, Bucharest: Noi Media Print, 2011] was published in Beijing. It is the first publication in this field issued in Chinese language. Translator Wang Yao (Beijing Film Academy, Faculty Member) obtained his PhD with a dissertation on Romanian Cinema in 21st century: New Wave, Minimalism and ”Ostalgia”. Author Marian Țuțui wrote a special Preface for this edition, aimed at familiarizing the Chinese public with the evolution of cinema in the Romanian cultural space.

Études sur la peinture médiévale roumaine, Saarbrücken: Éditions universitaires européennes, 2017, 168 p.
Language(s): French
ISBN: 978-6202265379

This book includes enlarged and improved versions of five papers presented by the author in recent years at the Medieval Art Conferences organised annually by G. Oprescu Institute of Art History from the Romanian Academy. The volume is centered on the idea that medieval image is a kind of complex ideogram which requires a completely different kind of "reading" than modern painting. The author emphasizes that the icon and the orthodox mural painting are not "compositions" in the traditional sense of the verb "to compose". The medieval painter does not compose the image, he transposes it on the surface of the icon, the wall or another support. It is extremely interesting to note that the laws of this reading are closer to the laws of reading literary texts than to the laws of contemplating purely visual images. The medieval image has such a strict and detailed "grammar" that nothing – or almost nothing – is left to chance. Thanks to the rigor and predictability of this "grammar", the irreductibility of painting (and fine art in general) to spoken or written language is largely overcome.

AUDIO-VISUAL HERITAGE SPACE AND ITS PROTECTION. “IT'S YOUR STORY, DON'T LOSE ITˮ (edited by Deniz Bayrakdar and Özlem Avcı Aksoy), Ankara: Bağlam Publishing, 2017, 398 p.
Language(s): Turkish-English bilingual edition 
ISBN 978-605-66617-4-7

This volume gathers the papers presented at the international conference organized by the Turkish Committee for UNESCO on 18 and 19 October 2017 at Kadir Has University in Istanbul. Among the contributors is Marian Ţuțui (G. Oprescu Institute of Art History), member of the conference advisory board and author of the study The Visual Heritage of the Manakia Bros. in the Balkan Countries.

ARTIȘTII ROMÂNI ÎN STRĂINĂTATE (1830–1940). CĂLĂTORIA, ÎNTRE FORMAȚIA ACADEMICĂ ȘI STUDIUL LIBER, with a foreword by Adrian-Silvan Ionescu, București: Institutul Cultural Român, 2017, 472 p. + ill.
Co-authors: Gabriel-Badea Păun, Virginia Barbu, Ioana Beldiman, Ramona Caramelea, Olivia Niţiş. 
ISBN 978-973-577-707-4
Language(s): Romanian

The book is a collection of studies on the travels abroad of Romanian artists, from the middle of the nineteenth century to the interwar period. Travel is a type of experience designed to complete the formation of artists and broaden their visual and social horizons. It is a means of imposing models, cultural transfers, and establishing relationships with closer or more distant spaces and cultures. The approach of this theme allows a reconsideration of the local artistic life as well as the involvement of Romanian artists on the international stage. 

See also the book's launch event.

ISBN 978-973-668-443-2
Language(s): Romanian

This volume gathers the papers presented at the conference The Forest Of The Hanged, a mirror of the Great War: 50 years since the release of Liviu Ciulei’s movie, held in Bucharest 26-27 October, 2015, and hosted by the Library of the Romanian Academy. The Conference was organized by G. Oprescu Institute of Art History in partnership with The Romanian Filmmakers Association and The National Film Archive.

ISBN: 978-973-46-6577-8
Language(s): Romanian

The book presents Romania's engagement in the first world conflagration from the perspective of the role played by women in supporting the war effort. Historian Alin Ciupală provides solid information regarding the work of several female personalities of the time, such as Olga Sturdza, Sabina Cantacuzino, Nadeja Ştirbei or Martha Bibescu – involved in the organization of campaign hospitals and sanitary trains, the setting up of kindergartens, orphanages, canteens, or finding solutions to ease the life of injured soldiers in hospitals and Romanian prisoners in foreign camps. A special place is reserved for Queen Maria, who, since Romania's neutrality period, has begun to prepare a basis for supporting the war effort from a logistic point of view, being one of the most active supporters (through public actions or within the royal family ) of the country's alliance with the Entente. The author also presents aspects of the social life of women during that period, showing how their work during the First World War determined the change of their social status.

GOTICUL ÎN TRANSILVANIA. PICTURA, Foreword by acad. Răzvan Theodorescu, București: Oscar Print, 2016, 240 p., 153 ill. 
Language(s): Romanian, with summaries in English (Gothic in Transylvania. The Painting), French (La Gothique en Transylvanie. La Peinture) and German (Gotik in Siebenbürgen. Die Malerei). 
ISBN: 978-973-668-456-9.
Excerpts from the book

CONTENTS: • Instead of Introduction • The Stage of Research • Transylvania in the Late Middle Ages • Transylvania between East and West. Historical sketch • The Crisis of the Security Symbols • The New Religious Sensitivity • The Care for Afterlife • Transylvanian Gothic Painting in European Context • The Iconography of Transylvanian Gothic Painting • Thematical Sketch: The Chapel, The Church, The Altarpiece • Images from the World "Beyond" • Devotional Images. The Cult of Saints • Norm and Creativity in Transylvanian Medieval Art • Image. Text. Sources • Artists. Artistic Centers • Patrons • Instead of Conclusion • General Bibliography • Index • Summary • Resumée • Zusamenfassung

„The precise and evocative stylistic analyses, the natural interdisciplinarity – from the history of mentalities to subtleties of the Catholic dogma – make from this book signed by Dana Jenei a work that worthily continues Victor Roth, Virgil Vătăşianu, Vasile Drăguţ, this last one professor being remembered by the pupil, with pious reverence [...]. Excellently equipped in the iconographic and liturgical realms, the author knows to make us close the eschatological and devotional atmosphere, that of the pilgrimages with indulgences from the age preceding the Protestant triumph, in this rather conservative province, that prolonged the Occident, where the burning of Luther’s books was ordered – shortly before the Universitas Saxonum has converted to the new confession – but where the Catholic artifacts survived for long.
Dana Jenei’s volume is a contribution of scholarly attitude and the testimony of an emotional dedication to a subject that she deeply masters”.

Răzvan Theodorescu

JEAN NEGULESCU: UN ROMÂN LA HOLLYWOOD, București: Noi Media Print, 2016, 179 p.
ISBN: 9786065720909
Language(s): Romanian

Jean Negulescu directed all the great stars of his time: Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Maureen O'Hara, Lauren Bacall, Joan Crawford, Hedy Lamarr, Micheline Presle, Joan Fontaine, Sylva Koscina, Ann-Margret, Leslie Caron. He was known for the ability to guide actresses, leading them to outstanding creations, but he worked with equal authority and efficiency with great actors: Richard Burton, Maurice Chevalier, Peter Lorre, Victor Francen, Fred Astaire, Sessue Hayakawa, Louis Jourdan, Curd Jürgens, Alec Guinness, Rossano Brazzi, Gabriele Ferzetti. His screenwriters were Faulkner, Hemingway, Clifford Odets, Romain Gary, Françoise Sagan. A refined art collector, he generously contributed to the launching of many young visual artists. Precious for our Pantheon, artist with double vocation, painter and filmmaker, and triple cultural identity – Romanian, French and American – Negulescu has not entered yet into the cultural consciousness of the Romanians. When so few Romanian personalities succeeded in achieving a great international notoriety in the western culture of the twentieth century, the indifference with which our compatriots keep treating Jean Negulescu remains, in the best case, incomprehensible. His films were nominated for 31 Academy Awards and they won 4 statuettes. Rated among the top ten Hollywood film directors in the 1950s, the artist remains almost unknown in his homeland.

Manuela Cernat

DRUMURI ȘI RĂSPÂNTII / ROADS AND CROSSROADS, Fundația pentru poezie ”Mircea Dinescu”, 2016
Language(s): Romanian-English bilingual edition
ISBN 973-85680-8-IV

Volume of the international conference hosted by Divan Film Festival, 6th edition (Port Cultural Cetate, August 2015).

ISTORII MonuMentale/ MonuMental HISTORIES, Bucureşti: Arcub & Vellant, 2016;
ISBN 978-606-8642-90-1
The catalogue 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

DOMENIUL LUI ION GHICA DE LA GHERGANI, graphic 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

The volume brings to light a less known facet of Ion Ghica. A notable politician, diplomat and writer, he was also architect commissioner and art collector.
The author presents the three components of the Ghica's domain in Ghergani: the mansion, the chapel and the park, as well as his work in collaboration with the architects Dimitrie Berindey and Gheorghe Mandrea between 1876-1887.

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

This volume gathers in a critical edition the letters of Ionel Jianu sent from Paris to Barbu Brezianu, from 1968 until 1993. The correspondence was found in the Barbu Brezianu Archive of "G. Oprescu" Institute of Art History. The letters are of particular relevance for the field of Romanian art history, for a better understanding of the personality of art historian Ionel Jianu, for the in-depth study of the work of Constantin Brâncuşi, as well as for the French-Romanian cultural relationship in the last decades of the 20th century. They also add new details to the identity of ‟The New Generationˮ of Romanian intellectuals from the interwar period, to which both correspondents belonged.

Language: Romanian
ISBN: 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).

EROI ŞI ANTIEROI BALCANICI / BALKAN HEROES AND ANTI-HEROES, București: Ed. Fundației 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.

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 Centre for Studies on Brancusi, 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 Brâncuși, Art History, Volume 39, Issue 5,
November 2016

IEEB6. ECOLOGICAL THINKING/ECOLOGICAL PRACTICES, Bucureşti: Experimental Project, 2015; catalogue available online.
Language(s): Romanian-English bilingual edition
ISBN 978-973-0-17950-7

The catalogue 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 Ţuțui 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.

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

MUZEUL NAȚIONAL DE ARTĂ AL MOLDOVEI. COLECŢIA PICTURĂ NAŢIONALĂ/ NATIONAL ART MUSEUM OF MOLDOVA. NATIONAL PAINTING COLLECTION, Muzeul 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.

ATRIMONIUL 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, editor: Adrian-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 Cuțescu-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 production. Much 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 Bolivia, Brazil, China (Hong Kong), Croatia, East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda), Greece,Indonesia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Morocco, and the United States. Among the 14 contributors is film researcher Marian Țuțui (G. Oprescu Institute of Art History), author of the study New Bulgarian Documentary.

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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.

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.

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 Nițiş, 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.

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.

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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.

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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).

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.

Authors: Ioana Vlasiu, Gabriel Badea-Păun, Virginia Barbu, Ruxanda Beldiman, Irina Cărăbaş, Olivia Nițiş, 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)

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.

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.

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 culturală, ISBN: 973-1805-96-2).

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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