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Conferences, symposiums, colloquia, book launches


The events of the Institute of Art History will be organized in conformity with the restrictions and health measures regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

GHEORGHE PETRAȘCU – 150, conference and exhibition opening, G. Oprescu Institute of Art History & The Library of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest, 6 June 2022  

RESEARCHES ON ROMANIAN MEDIEVAL AND PREMODERN ART, 18th ed., G. Oprescu Institute of Art History – The National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest, 28-29 April 2022

Book launch: Studii de film românesc și balcanic by Marian Țuțui, Eforie Cinematheque, Bucharest, 13 January 2022 

Book launch: Les ébénistes de la Couronne sous le règne de Louis XIV by Călin Demetrescu (Paris), G. Oprescu Institute of Art History, 10 January 2022, 12:00   


G. Oprescu Institute of Art History

Call for papers (available only in Romanian)

Visual arts and architecture, between two Revolutions (1848-1989). A local perspective, conference at the Institute of Art History, Bucharest, 24-25 November 2022

New book releases

Risipitorul de talent: Ilie Cristoloveanu, pictor și filolog în România și SUA, Bucureşti: Paideia, 2022, 522 p.


Feminism intersecțional în România/Intersectional Feminism in Romania/Intersektionaler Feminismus in Rumänien, editors: Olivia Nițiș (Institute of Art History) and Doina Talmann, K-West Verlag, Essen, Germany, 2022, 160 p.


Flavia Lupu. Narațiuni ale performativității/Flavia Lupu: Narratives of Enactment, editor: Olivia Nițiș (Institute of Art History), București: Vellant, 2022, 144 p.


Personalia. Art readings 2021 (ed. by Kamelia Nikolova), Institute of Art Studies, BAS, Sofia, 2022, 700 p. 

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 Other news 

The 14th International Scientific Conference organized by the Institute of Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Moldova, entitled Cultural Heritage: Research, Valorisation, Promotion, took place on May 30 and 31, 2022. Researchers from Georgia, Romania, the Republic of Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine participated in the conference.
Invited to the event, Marian Țuțui (G. Oprescu Institute of Art History) presented online the communication Suggestions for the Functioning of the National Film Archive of the Republic of Moldova.

Dr. Marian Țuțui presented online the paper Soft Power of the Exotic Romania at the International Conference Soft Power of the Balkan Screens which took place from 26-27 May 2022 at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts of the University of Arts in Belgrade. The conference was attended by film specialists from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, USA and Turkey.
Further details can be found on the facebook page of the event.

On May 18, 2022, three researchers from the „G. Oprescu” Institute of Art History participated in the National History Colloquium, 24th edition (with international participation), organized by and held at the Cotroceni National Museum (The Flowers Salon), within the section “Cultural Heritage”, with the following papers:
Adrian-Silvan Ionescu, An unknown portrait of Omer Pasha by C. D. Rosenthal;
Ramona Caramelea, „Izvoade strămoșești”. Some Historiographical Notes on an Album of Decorative Arts from the Early Twentieth Century;
Eduard Andrei, The Romanian Painter Ilie Cristoloveanu and His Family at the New York World’s Fair, 1939-1940.

PROGRAMME (available only in Romanian)

Hosted by the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, the International Congress on Medieval Studies is an annual gathering of thousands of scholars interested in medieval studies. The 57th edition of this event took place online from 9-14 May 2022. The Congress embraces the study of all aspects of Middle Ages, extending to into late antiquity and the early modern periods, including history, language, literature, linguistics, art, archaeology, religion, science, medicine, music, drama, philosophy etc.
From the G. Oprescu Institute of Art History, Elisabeta Negrău participated with the paper The Cult of St. Elijah and the Fur Trade in Byzantium: Toward an Integration of the "Barbarian", and Vlad Bedros presented the paper The Prophet Elijah and the Theme of Spiritual Filiation in Moldavian Iconography, ca. 1480-1530. Vlad Bedros also moderated the session "The Image of St. Elijah."

On Thursday, 7 April 2022, our colleague, dr. Marian Țuțui, participated, with a paper entitled Moldovan Films in Romania, at the conference on National Cinema: History and Destinies. The event was organised online in Chișinău by the Institute of Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Moldova, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Moldova Film Studio.


The International Conference Above the Curve: Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Woodwork in Mediterranean and Balkan Perspectives, 11th-16th Century, organized by Aristotle University and the Ephorate for Antiquities of Halkidiki and Mt Athos, took place between 18-20 February 2022. It is the first international conference to address this topic, still unsystematically studied and unsufficiently published. The conference brought together specialists from Greece, Cyprus, Albania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Turkey, Israel, Italy, Spain, France and the USA and dealt with various types of pieces belonging to multiple spaces with common cultural features, from the Caucasus to Catalonia and North Africa. The techniques and stylistics of Byzantine and post-Byzantine wood carving were the prevalent theme of the conference, but other topics were present such as Moorish and Ottoman sculpture, Gothic and Renaissance painted ceilings. Dr. Elisabeta Negrău participated on behalf of the Institute of Art History with the presentation: The Decorative Repertoire of Moldavian and Wallachian Wooden Iconostases in the 16th Century: A Comparative View. The conference was held online.


Wednesday meetings

Beginning with September 2011, the G. Oprescu Institute hosts monthly meetings where researchers share with their colleagues various novelties in the field of fine arts, theatre, music or film history.  


IAH kinema

The project "IAH kinema" started in February 2017. Films of documentary and artistic value, less known to the Romanian public, will be projected occasionally for researchers interested in the history of cinema.   
Venue: G. Oprescu Institute of Art History, 196 Calea Victoriei. 


Romanian Academy Awards and honorary degrees

Dr. Adrian-Silvan Ionescu, director of G. Oprescu Institute of Art History, was awarded the Anniversary Medal "Centenary of the Great Unification".

In the Decree no. 1137 of 25 November 2021, published in Monitorul Oficial al României, Part I, no. 1129/26.XI.2021, p. 4 – a document signed by the President of Romania, Klaus Werner Iohannis and countersigned by the Prime Minister, Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă – states that the medal was awarded “in appreciation of the effort made to preserve and promote the memory of events and participants in the achievement of national unity and the modern Romanian state, contributing to the defense and perpetuation of the values in whose name the Great Unification was accomplished."

This distinction honors both the beneficiary and our Institute, which has distinguished itself by its contribution to the study and preservation of the cultural and artistic traditions of the Great Unification era.

The ‟George Oprescuˮ Prize of the Romanian Academy for the year 2016, in the field of art history, went ex aequo to the books Goticul în Transilvania. Pictura (c. 1300-1500) by Dana Jenei and Medieval Wall Paintings in Transylvanian Orthodox Churches: Iconographic Subjects in Historical Context by Elena Dana Prioteasa. The award ceremony took place on 13 December 2018.

Goticul în Transilvania. Pictura (c. 1300-1500) with a foreword by acad. Răzvan Theodorescu and summaries in English and German (București: Oscar Print, 2016, 240 p., 153 ill.), is an updated version of the author’s doctoral thesis.
Since 2013, dr. Dana Jenei is researcher at G. Oprescu Institute of Art History, Department for Medieval Art and Architecture.

The 2015 "George Oprescu" Prize of the Romanian Academy was awarded ex aequo to Ioana Vlasiu, Ioan Şulea, Cora Fodor for their book Ion Vlasiu, and to Rodica Vârtaciu Medeleţ for Valori de artă barocă în Banat. The ceremony took place on 15 December 2017 in the Aula Magna of the Romanian Academy. 
The monograph album Ion Vlasiu gives an ample insight into the work and life of an outstanding Romanian artist. 
Dr. Ioana Vlasiu, daughter of the artist and a renowned art historian, was a member of G. Oprescu Institute for more than forty years. 

In recognition of his achievements, Adrian-Silvan Ionescu, director of G. Oprescu Institute, was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Academy of Music, Theatre and Arts in Chisinau. 

The ceremony took place on 4 November 2016. November 2016. 

Suzana Móré Heitel (1947-2008) was posthumously awarded the 2010 "George Oprescu" Prize of the Romanian Academy for her book Începuturile artei medievale în bazinul inferior al Mureşului. The awards ceremony took place on 13 December 2012.
During the last 18 years of her life, Suzana Heitel was a researcher at the Institute of Art History - the Department for Medieval Art and Architecture.

The 2009 "George Oprescu" Prize of the Romanian Academy went to Ioana Iancovescu (Institute of Art History) and Corina Popa (National University of Arts Bucharest) for their monograph Mănăstirea HureziThe awards ceremony was held on 15 December 2011. 

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