The exhibition “Karel Zdenek Líman, the Czech architect of Romania’s Royal House “ will be opened between October 25 – January 12, 2014, in the Kretzulescu Halls of the Romanian National Art Museum (MNAR) in Bucharest.
The opening of the exhibition will take place on Thursday at 5 p.m. in the presence of Princess Margaret of Romania. Within the same event, the monographic album of architect Karel Líman, published by the Igloo Media publishing house, will also be launched. The event is organized at the initiative of the Czech Embassy to Romania, on occasion of King Michael I’s 92nd birthday.
The exhibition aims to initiate the Romanian art lovers into the work of the Czech architect Karel Líman (1855 – 1929). The pictures reflect the architect’s vision of the total art of construction, Líman being the most appreciated architect of Romania’s Royal House. The curator of this exhibition is Sorin Vasilescu.
Karel Líman was born in Bohemia, at that time a province of the Austrian Empire, in a family of craftsmen. He studied architecture at the Prague Polytechnic University. He also followed the courses of the prestigious German higher education institute Bauakademie in Munich.
After having finished his studies, he went to Vienna to work for the firm Hellmer & Felmer, specialized in the construction of luxury homes located in Vienna’s residential area. In 1984, Karel Líman left Vienna for Bucharest where he lived for 45 years until his death. His first job in Romania was at the architecture service of the Ministry of Cults and Public Instruction. He was for thirty-five years in the service of the Royal House of Romania (1894-1929), and was head of the Royal Architectural Bureau from 1904 until his death.
By the order of King Carol I, important architectural works have been assigned to Karel Líman, such as the reshaping, extension and refurbishment of the Peles Castle (1896-1914), the design and construction of the Pelisor castle (1898-1903) and the redesign of all the administrative buildings on the Peles Royal Estate.
Between 1924-1929, Líman has renovated and refurbished the interiors of the Bran Castle, one of the residences of Queen Mary. For a short period of time, Karel Líman has also worked as an architect for the former royal place located on Victoria Avenue.