Category Archives: Art

Art Encounters

“There’s more to Romania than Dracula, dumplings and the Danube. Thanks to the curatorial team behind Art Encounters, Transylvania could be your next stop for contemporary art. Positioning itself somewhere between an experimental art festival and a contemporary Biennial, the event centres around the title, “Life a User’s Manual”, with a focus on how everyday life manifests itself through art. Neglecting Bucharest for lesser-known cities Timisoara and Arad, Art Encounters is dedicated to putting Romania on the European art map.”


“Graduation” graduates with Best Director award at Cannes

“Romania’s Cristian Mungiu and France’s Olivier Assayas (in picture) share best director prize at Cannes for this 69th edition. Mungiu, who won the Palme d’Or in 2007, was rewarded for his critically-acclaimed ‘Baccalaureat / Graduation’. (…) Other Romanian movies and co-productions were awarded during this festival”. 

More details here:

A longer review (spoiler alert!), here:



Dancing Bucharest

”I’m a photographer from Romania, who usually takes pictures of dance scenes at the theater in Bucharest.

Three years ago, I decided to move dancers to the urban space and created the ‘Dancing Bucharest’ project. The city is alive and spontaneous. It’s a source of pleasure and inspiration, unlike a simple studio. I felt that images had their own personality and soul.”


“When Jane Long stumbled upon a stash of old portraits by the Romanian photographer Costica Acsinte, she knew she was on to something special. So she took his pictures, coloured them in and added some bizarre props – like donkey ears, flocks of skeleton birds and pelicans wearing hats”


More about Costică Acsinte:

The Atlas of Beauty

“The Atlas of Beauty is a project which aims to challenge the ideals of beauty dictated by the women’s fashion magazine industry.

Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc travelled to 37 countries in search of diverse female beauties in their twenties to prove than beauty can only be measured by the eyes that are looking.”

More here:

Happy Women’s Day!

(every day should be Women’s Day, not only March 8th 😉

Brancusi in New York, 1913-2013

“‘[Constantin Brancusi] introduced three of the decisive inventions in sculpture of the twentieth century: environmental sculpture, minimalist sculpture, and serial sculpture.’ – Museum director and Brancusi expert Pontus Hulten

Paul Kasmin Gallery presents Brancusi in New York 1913 – 2013, an exhibition of works from the Brancusi Estate collection. The show celebrates Brancusi’s 100th anniversary in New York following his debut at the Armory Show in 1913, where the sculptor exhibited five works that directed modern sculpture on a radical new path. The Gallery will present five masterpieces by Brancusi: Head, Mademoiselle Pogany II, The Newborn, Sleeping Muse II, and Fish. The works will be presented in a contemporary context at Paul Kasmin Gallery’s 515 West 27th Street location, from November 7, 2013 to January 25, 2014.”

If you’re in New York, don’t miss it. See more details here:


The 7000-years-ago-Picassos from Cucuteni

“An egalitarian Neolithic Eden filled with unique, geometric art flourished some 7,000 years ago in Eastern Europe, according to hundreds of artifacts on display at the Vatican.

Running until the end of October at the Palazzo della Cancelleria in the Vatican, the exhibition, “Cucuteni-Trypillia: A Great Civilization of Old Europe,” introduces a mysterious Neolithic people who are now believed to have forged Europe’s first civilization.

Little is known about these people — even their name is wrapped in mystery.”

Read the full article here:

image source: wikipedia

The Nightingmale

Close your eyes and listen to this voice:

Now open your eyes and see what the Eurovision song contest does to people:


The most controversial show Romania has ever come up with for this event. Good? Bad? Opinions diverge hugely; among a sea of critics, some Britons with taste for the extra-ordinary give it credit for its whackiness.

Call it what you may, ultimately it is yet another tiny lil’ proofpoint that, you know… a.r.a.v.


Wiki loves Romanian monuments

Wiki loves monuments” is a photography contest organized by the Wikimedia foundation. It “started in 2010 as a photo competition in one country (Netherlands) and turned into a European competition in 2011. 18 countries participated in the organization and over 165.000 photos were contributed by over 5000 (mostly new) users. Of these 160.000 photos 169 finalists were selected for the European jury.” (source:

The jury selected 11 runners up and 1 winner to be bundled in a calendar. The winner is from Romania, is called Mihai Petre, and the picture shows the Chiajna Monastery at the outskirts of Bucharest.

Congratulations Mihai!

The full jury report with the top-26 and the reasoning of the jury is available here, on Wikimedia Commons.

The competition website is here and the article about the winner here.


Posts on this website come in two categories:

“Vlad-Toma” means Vlad started the drawing and Toma finished it.
“Toma-Vlad” means Toma started the drawing and Vlad finished it.

The cool thing is if you move your mouse over the picture you can see the original “challenge” drawing. It won’t work here, do it on their website: