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Conferences, symposiums, colloquia, book launches


Visual arts and architecture, between two Revolutions (1848-1989). A local perspective, conference at the Library of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest, 28-29 November 2022

Theatres and cinemas in old Bucharest, Romanian Academy, 10 November 2022. Participants: Daniela Gheorghe, Lucian Sinigaglia, Marian Țuțui.

Conference Constantin I. Ciobanu: The apophthegms of the Desert Fathers in the mural painting of Moldovița and Sucevița monasteries, Romanian Academy, 20 October 2022

Conference Constantin I. Ciobanu: "The prophecies" of the sages of Antiquity in the Romanian exterior wall painting: the literary sources, Romanian Academy, 15 September 2022

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   

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New book releases

OZANA ALEXANDRESCU Catalogul manuscriselor muzicale de tradiţie bizantină din secolul al XVIII-lea. Fondul grecesc din Biblioteca Academiei Române, Vol. V, Editura Muzicală, Bucureşti, 2022, 193 p.


Women and Arts/ქალი და ხელოვნება (editor: Nato Nengiuri), International Journal of Arts and Media Researchers, 2 (12), Kentavri, Tbilisi, 2022.


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.


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


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

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


 Other news 

The digitization of the journal Studii şi cercetări de istoria artei. Seria Teatru, Muzică, Cinematografie has recently begun, as part of a joint project between G. Oprescu Institute of Art History and the National Institute of Heritage.

On 17 September 2022, Dr. Marian Țuțui participated, in Novi Sad (Serbia), in the series of conferences organized by the universities of Ulm, Tübingen and Novi Sad in the framework of the Danube Schools Series. He held the lecture entitled The Film "If the Seed Doesn't Die" by Sinisa Dragin or An Attempt to Find Missing People but also Missing Links of the Past of Vojvodina and Transylvania.

PROGRAMME (available only in German)

The 3rd edition of the National Congress of Romanian Historians took place in Alba Iulia between 8–10 September 2022. The event was organized by the "1 Decembrie 1918" University together with the Romanian Academy and the National Committee of Historians from Romania. Dr. Adrian Silvan-Ionescu, the director of G. Oprescu Institute of Art History, moderated a round table devoted to the role of photography in historical research and presented a paper on this topic, Photography – Historical Document or Personal Memory?. Elisabeta Negrău also participated in the Congress, with a presentation on the role of the Phanariote princes in the introduction of modern artistic styles in the two Romanian Principalities around the year 1800, particularly in the art of portraiture: The Phanariot Rulers and the Beginning of the Modern Portrait in the Romanian Principalities.

PROGRAMME (available only in Romanian)

The 24th edition of the International Congress of Byzantine Studies was held in Venice and Padua between 22–27 August 2022. The International Congress of Byzantine Studies is the world’s largest scholarly event devoted to the history and culture of the Byzantine Empire. The first edition of the Congress was organized in Bucharest in 1924 due to the influence of the Romanian historian Nicolae Iorga, one of the founding members. Since then, it has taken place every five years under the leadership of the International Association of Byzantine Studies, an umbrella association encompassing the world’s 42 national committees. Every edition draws around 1,500 scholars from around the world. The 24th edition was held in a hybrid format, offline and online. From G. Oprescu Institute of Art History, Vlad Bedros participated with the presentation Limits of Iconicity: Whirling Discs and Spiraled Visual Motifs as Conveyors of Divine Presence in Post-Byzantine Wall Paintings from Moldavia, and Elisabeta Negrău, with the paper Forgotten Saints: Thracian and Dacian Saints in the Balkan Medieval Menologia.


Mihai Fulger (right), next to Laura Baron, festival director, and the members of the international jury, at the Film 4 Fun 2022 awards gala.

Film critic Mihai Fulger, researcher at the Institute of Art History, served as programmer for the competition of the 14th edition of the Film 4 Fun international comedy festival (August 4–7, 2022). During this edition, 24 comedy short films from 12 countries (France, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Romania, Brazil, Germany, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Switzerland, and the USA), which had been selected by Mihai Fulger from the 945 film productions submitted to the festival from all over the world, could be watched on the Film4Fun.ro website, as well as in Sinaia, in the venues of Casino and Carpați Cinema. The competition of Film 4 Fun 2022 was evaluated by an international jury, which awarded the prizes for Best Short Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. The jury of experts of the 14th edition of the festival was composed of Croatian director and screenwriter Stanislav Tomić, French film journalist and critic Léo Ortuno, and Romanian actress Maria Obretin. The international jury awarded film productions from Belgium, France, and Spain, while the Audience Award, decided by the viewers’ votes, went to a Romanian short film.

Film critic Mihai Fulger, researcher at the G. Oprescu Institute of Art History, was a selection advisor, together with the Croatian critic Boško Picula, for the student programme of the 69th edition of the oldest film festival in Croatia, Pula Film Festival (July 16-24, 2022). At the festival, Mihai Fulger presented the 26 short films – fiction, documentaries and animations – selected in the student competition (among which six Romanian productions from UNATC Bucharest, two of them being awarded).
The Romanian researcher gave introductory speeches and moderated the Q&A sessions with the filmmakers for six fiction feature films included in the national and international competitions, the section of films for young audiences and the “Meet the Jury” programme. One of the 11 feature films selected in the international competition was Miracle (a Romania-Czech Republic-Latvia co-production), written and directed by the Romanian filmmaker Bogdan George Apetri.

Mihai Fulger (right) moderates the Q&A session with the Oscar-winning Austrian filmmaker Stefan Ruzowitzky.

The 29th edition of the International Conference on the History of Cartography Conference (ICHC) took place in Bucharest between 4-8 July 2022. The biennial event was held for the first time in Romania. The conference was organised by the National Museum of Maps and Old Books in Bucharest and the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest in collaboration with Imago Mundi, Ltd. The theme of this year’s edition, Conflict and Cartography, aimed to explore the intricate aspects of cartography and mapmaking concerning political issues, war, ideologies, and intellectual and cultural history. From G. Oprescu Institute of Art History, Elisabeta Negrău presented at the conference the paper Icons with Maps and Icons as Maps: The Geography of Devotion.

The Macadam Gallery of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Paris hold between 22 June – 12 July 2022 the exhibition Une vie dans une valise [A life in a suitcase].

Artists: Cosmin Grosu, Liz Martoncsak, Iulia Mihalcea, Anca Pașa Deaconu, Alexandru Potecă, Cătălin Trandafir, Piotr Grigorovici.

Une vie dans une valise is a multimedia project based on the journey of refugees from the south of Ukraine, who got through the customs at Isaccea, then crossed Romania, Hungary, Austria and Germany, to end up in the capital of France. The initiators of the project are the actress Iulia Mihalcea and the stage director Iulian Furtună. The exhibition was curated by the researcher and art critic Eduard Andrei (“G. Oprescu” Institute of Art History).

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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