to UNESCO monuments from Southeast Europe
The Austrian Cultural Forum organizes in collaboration with the Central University Library from Bucharest and the National Library of Romania, the photograph exhibition “Culture Matters,” which presents monuments from Southeast Europe included by UNESCO in the universal cultural patrimony. The exhibition is opened during January 18-28 at Galateca Gallery. On 38 panels of big dimensions are exhibited photos representing historical sites and medieval monuments from Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo. The images come from artists born and living in those regions. The monuments presented in the exhibition show that the region of the Balkans, with its Greek, Roman, Paleochristian, Byzantine, Judaic and Ottoman influences is, to a considerable extent, part of the multicultural European identity. One of these monuments, the bridge from Mostar, was rehabilitated and lavishly inaugurated, after it had been completely destroyed during the most destructive war which raged in Europe at the end of the 20th century. Another monument represented in the exhibition is the medieval city of Dubrovnik, largely destroyed in this war, and which was reconstructed. But, other sites are still left derelict and threatened to be destroyed.
ICR Paris honors
a forgotten philosopher: B. Fundoianu
Sixty-five years after he was deported to Auschwitz, the poet and philosopher Benjamin Fondane (B. Fundoianu) is paid a homage on January 22, by European scholars in a round table dedicated to the philosophical dimension of his work, at the Romanian Cultural Institute from Paris. Disciple of the Russian philosopher Shestov, Benjamin Fondane – a Jewish poet, essayist, film-maker, literary critic and philosopher born in Romania in 1898, and settled in Paris in 1923 – was considered in the ‘30s one of the main representatives of the existential philosophy in France. “I became a philosopher in order to defend my poetry,” used to repeat Benjamin Fondane, whose ambition as a creator was to render philosophy and poetry as an art of living.
The discussions organized by ICR Paris on January 22, 2010, whose host will be the writer Michel Carrasou bring together Ramona Fotiade and Olivier Salazar-Ferrer from the University of Glasgow, Nicolas Monseu from the Catholic University of Louvain, and Jerome Thelot from Lyon 3 University.
fetches highest price
at GoldArt Auction
Sabin Balasa’s painting ‘Daughter of the Ocean’ was sold off for RON 26,000 at Sunday’s auction, the first organized by the GoldArt auction house this year, the house’s director, Luminita Ghildus, told Agerpres. The auction started with RON 10,000 . Although supposed to sell for between RON 45,000 – 47,000, ‘Peasant Homestead’, a painting by Stefan Luchian, failed to stir bidder interest. Among the works sold off in the GoldArt auction Sunday, ‘Grove’, by Arthur Verona – RON 24,000; ‘Flowers in a Violet Vase’ by Octav Bancila – RON 12,000, ‘In the Fields’ by Rudolf Schweitzer Cumpana – RON 13,000 and ‘Still Life with Fruits’ by Constantin Stahi – RON 10,500.