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

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

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



Dimitrie Grigoraş. Ordinea clasică a privirii, Bucureşti: Editura Paideia, 2021, 312 p.


Studii de film românesc și balcanic, București: Noi Media Print, 2021


Catalogul manuscriselor muzicale de tradiţie bizantină din secolul al XVIII-lea. Fondul grecesc din Biblioteca Academiei Române, Vol. IV, Editura Muzicală, Bucureşti, 2021


 Other news 

Mihai Fulger in dialogue
with film director Andreea Știliuc
(photo: Florin Andreescu, Ad Libri)

Marian Țuțui (second on the right) next to
Laurențiu Damian, Dana Duma, Marian Țuțui and Ovidiu Lazăr (photo: Florin Andreescu)

Film critic Mihai Fulger, researcher at the G. Oprescu Institute of Art History, served as artistic coordinator of the 41st edition of the “Autumn in Voroneț” International Film Festival, which took place in Gura Humorului from 6th to 10th October 2021. The four competitive sections of the edition (Documentary films, Student films, Travel films and Digital diaporamas) included 50 films, selected by Mihai Fulger from the over 2,500 film productions, representing 107 territories of the world, submitted to the festival. The film critic moderated the discussion with the filmmakers present at the event.

“Autumn in Voroneț” 2021 had as a guest film critic and historian Marian Țuțui, head of the “Performing Arts. Theatre and Cinema” department within the Institute of Art History. In Gura Humorului, he launched his latest volume, Studies on Romanian and Balkan Cinema. The speakers at the book launch were Laurențiu Damian, president of the Romanian Filmmakers Union, and Ovidiu Lazăr, theatre director. Marian Țuțui also introduced the films Live and Become by Radu Mihăileanu and An Unforgettable Summer by Lucian Pintilie.

The third edition of the annual colloquium of the Institute for South-East European Studies (Bucharest) took place from 7th to 8th October 2021, with the theme “La coopération entre les peuples du Sud-Est européen du Moyen Age à l’époque moderne”. Traditionally hosted by the Romanian Academy Library, the colloquium was organized online this year. The G. Oprescu Institute of Art History was represented by Vlad Bedros, with the presentation The Devotion to the Five Martyrs of Sebaste in Post-Byzantine Moldova: Texts and Images, and Elisabeta Negrău, with the paper The Evolution of Private Devotion in Post-Byzantine South-Eastern Europe and the Development of the Icon Painting in the Times of Neagoe Basarab.

Programme of the colloquium

The Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm hosts from 6th October 2021 to 20th January 2022 the retrospective exhibition Spirituality in watercolor by Ligia Podorean-Ekström. Born in 1935 in Sebeş, Romania, she trained as an architect in Bucharest and soon became known and respected in her country. In 1977 she married the famous writer Per Olof Ekström (1926-1981) and emmigrated to Sweden. But while architecture is her profession, painting is her passion. She participated in exhibitions in many parts of the world, including Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Romania, Austria, Germany, Italy or Canada. 
The retrospective at RCI in Stockholm was curated by Adrian-Silvan Ionescu, director of G. Oprescu Institute of Art History in Bucharest. Sharing his thoughts on the artist's works, he noted in the preface of the catalogue: “Because watercolors do not allow retouching in the same way as oil painting do, watercolor painting is a difficult and exquisite technique reserved only for experienced skilled artists. Ligia Podorean Ekström is such an artist, sensitive and sure-handed”.

Actress Tora Vasilescu and acad. Răzvan Theodorescu
on stage at the 2021 UCIN Gala
(photo: Cristian Radu Nema, Rock House Events)

Film critic Mihai Fulger, researcher at the Institute of Art History, was part of the jury of the Romanian Filmmakers Union (UCIN) awards, presided by acad. Răzvan Theodorescu. The other members of the jury who awarded the best Romanian film productions of 2020 were actress Tora Vasilescu, director of photography Gabriel Kosuth and film director Doru Nițescu. The 49th edition of the UCIN Gala was held at the National Opera in Bucharest on 20th September 2021. The film Malmkrog by Cristi Puiu received the Grand Prix and the Trophy of the Filmmakers Union.

The Hall of Columns of ARCUB – Gabroveni Inn, Bucharest, hosted from 20th August to 5th September 2021 an art exhibition included in the project The Romanian novel on the left bank of the Prut, organized by Arbor Association for Culture and Arts in partnership with the "Mihail Kogălniceanu" National Museum of Literature in Chișinău. In the framework of the same project, on 24th August, the art historian and critic Constantin Ciobanu, deputy director of the Institute of Art History, participated in a literary debate, moderated by Mirela Nagâț, on the novels Biserica Albă [The White Church] by Ion Druță (1987) and Venetica [The Stranger] by Ariadna Şalari (1998), alongside Bogdan Creţu, Marius Chivu and Maria Şleahtiţchi.

Presentation of the project

CEFFTM 2021 Jury and the organizers of the festival
at the awards ceremony (photo: Daliana Iacobescu)

Researcher Mihai Fulger was part, alongside actress Ana Covalciuc and producer László Kántor, of the jury of the competition section of Central European Film Festival Timișoara (CEFFTM). The fifth edition of CEFFTM, with the theme “New Reality”, took place from 1st to 5th September 2021. The jury had the task to evaluate six feature films from the previous two years, either Central-European and South-Eastern-European, or co-productions, most of them presented in Timișoara in a national avantpremière. The Best Film trophy went to the debut feature of the Hungarian directors Nandor Lörincz and Balint Nagy, As Far as I Know (Legjobb tudomásom szerint). The German filmmaker Hüseyin Tabak received the Best Direction award for Gipsy Queen (a Germany-Austria co-production). The award was handed to the lead actress of the film, Alina Șerban. The Best Screenplay award went to Ilja Zofin for Persian Lessons (a Russia-Germany-Belarus co-production), directed by Vadim Perelman.

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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