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September 27, 2021

Cultural Institute of New York launch cultural projects to commemorate Wallachian Prince Constantin Brancoveanu

The Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) of New York will start a series of major cultural project on October 3, commemorating three centuries since the death of Wallachian Prince Constantin Brancoveanu (1654-1714). The first event is a large architectural exhibition titled ‘Treasures of the Romanian and European Heritage – the Brancoveanu Age’, ICR informed. On the occasion ICR New York introduces the Romanian 17th and 18th centuries architectural heritage to the American public, through outstanding monuments of the Brancoveanu style. Their value qualifies them for the national, European and universal patrimony. The style of Brancoveanu Age is a unique synthesis of oriental influences, like the post-Byzantine and Ottoman rich decorations, with western European influences, echoes of late Renaissance and Baroque, mostly of Italian lineage. The exhibition includes over 300 photographs of the most representative monuments of that age, both secular and religious ones, like the Mogosoaia Palace and the Hurezi Monastery, already on UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage list. Images illustrate exteriors and interiors, sections, frescoes, details of sculpture, etc. in the most comprehensive inventory of the architecture and decorations of Brancoveanu style – a premiere for the United States. Architect and professor Sorin Vasilescu of the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism of Bucharest designed the exhibition. He has a PhD in architecture, and he is also a member of the Romanian Architects Union, of the Romanian Scientist Association, of the Centre for Palladian Studies of Vicenza (Italy), of the European Association for Architectural Education, a visiting professor of the architecture faculties of Strasbourg, Liege, Milan and Turin. Since 2008 he is the president of the Giulio Magni Foundation, and since 2013 he also chairs the National Committee for Public Forum Monuments. Besides the author, the opening of the exhibition will feature speeches of Professor Livio Dumitru, architect, of the Pratt Institute of New York, Doina Uricariu – a doctor in poetry and stylistic, and art historian Eduard Andrei. The exhibition will subsequently travel to several university and academic centres, and to the cultural centres of Romanian communities in the United States and Canada. On October 30, ICR New York will host a round table on the theme ‘East and West: intercultural influences in architecture and decoration arts as a source of originality,’ with the participation of designated representatives of cultural institutes of the EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) network. Starting from the pretext provided by the Brancoveanu exhibition, a series of mini-conferences will address the mutual influences of Orient and Occident in the architecture of several countries, ICR mentioned in a press release quoted by Agerpres.

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