An exhibition featuring portraits of Emil Cioran by Mexican photographer Rogelio Cuellar, lectures and a performance by soprano Patricia Santos are but some of the events marking 80 years of diplomatic relations between Mexico and Romania, a press release by the Embassy of Mexico to Romania informs.
“The events will take place September 15-October 31. We wish to present the Romanian public with several of the lesser-known cultural ties which bring Mexico and Romania together and to avoid celebrations lacking in substance,” Mexican Ambassador Agustin Gutierrez Canet stated, according to the press release.
According to the ambassador, the Romanian public will be pleasantly surprised to see the portraits made by photographer Rogelio Cuellar. Furthermore, they are bound to be surprised to hear Francisco Prieto talk about Emil Cioran and Mircea Eliade’s influence in Mexico, the ambassador added. The exhibition, hosted by the National Library of Romania, can be visited September 15-October 31.
Rogelio Cuellar’s album ‘El rostro de las letras’, a retrospective work gathering the portraits of 155 world-renown writers, the majority hailing from Latin America, will be presented by the author and the editor Maria Luisa Passarge, director of La Cabra Ediciones. The Carturesti Carusel Bookstore will host a debate dedicated to the album on Thursday.
The National Library of Romania will also host the lithograph exhibition ‘Mexico visto por Europa (Mexico seen by Europe), from the private collection of old etchings of Mexican Ambassador Agustin Gutierrez Canet.
The ambassador explained that the works exhibited reflect the particular vision of European artists, whom first represented Mexico as an exotic and tragic land in the first etchings to be seen in Europe in the 16th century, shortly after the Spanish conquest, and then went on to recompose the image of a westernized and progressive miscegenation, in the 19th century. The exhibition can be visited September 15- October 31.
Romania-based Mexican soprano Patricia Santos will perform Romanian and Mexican music accompanied by pianist Lucian Dusa, during an event scheduled for Tuesday, at the National Library of Romania. Patricia Santos is the winner of the 2010 edition of Mexican TV contest ‘Opera Prima. Las Voces del Bicentenario’ and Lucian Dusa is a pianist at the Cluj-Napoca Romanian National Opera.
The ties between Mexican and Romanian intellectuals will be highlighted by renowned Mexican writer and academic Francisco Prieto, who will give three lectures on the influence of great Romanian philosophers Emil Cioran and Mircea Eliade on Mexico’s cultural life. The first lecture in this series will take place on September 15 at the National Library of Romania.
Professor Sorin Alexandrescu, nephew of Mircea Eliade, will moderate the second lecture in the series, featuring literary critic Dan C. Mihailescu and writer Anreeea Rasuceanu, scheduled for Thursday, at the Humanitas Bookstore in Cismigiu.
The third lecture of Francisco Prieto will take place on September 18 at Seneca Anticafe, and will feature professor Romulus Brancoveanu, dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Bucharest and professor Viorel Cernica, expert in the history of Romanian philosophy.
Photos by Rogelio Cuéllar
The Embassy of Mexico has the honour to present a unique exhibition of black-and-white portraits of Emil Cioran taken by the distinguished Mexican photographer Rogelio Cuéllar.
The photographs have never been exhibited before and will be presented to the Romanian public in world premiere. Cioran was photographed in the privacy of his Paris home, in full intellectual activity, reading a book, writing a text or talking to his wife, Simone Boué.
The photographer got in touch with Cioran through Esther Seligson, the Spanish language translator of the Romanian philosopher, towards the end of October 1989, and arranged to meet him in his flat three months later.
The exhibition will open at the National Library of Romania on 15th September, with the support of EPSON and can be visited until 31st October 2015.
Cuéllar will speak about the main themes addressed along his career, like the urban landscape, photographic nude and portraits taken to literature personalities at the photographic workshop held at F64 Shop on 14th September 2015, 18:30 hours.
Rogelio Cuéllar’s album, ‘El rostro de las letras’, a retrospective work comprising portraits of 155 world acclaimed writers, mostly Latin-American, will be presented by the author on 17th September, 20:30 hours, at Carturesti Carusel bookstore (55 Lipscani St.), along with photographer Matei Buță and editor María Luisa Passarge, the director of “La Cabra Ediciones.”
Conferences of the writes Francisco Prieto
The cultural connection between Mexico and Romania will be highlighted by the well-known Mexican writer and academic Francisco Prieto (photo), who will give three lectures on the influence of the work of renowned Romanian philosophers Emil Cioran and Mircea Eliade on Mexican cultural life. The first conference will be held on 15th of September, from 17:00 hours, at the National Library of Romania.
Francisco Prieto will speak about the reaction generated by Cioran and Eliade’s ideas among the intellectual circles in Mexico.
The second debate will be moderated by the famed literary critic Dan C. Mihăilescu and will take place on 17th of September, 19:00 hours, at Humanitas Cismigiu bookstore (38 Elisabeta Avenue).
Francisco Prieto’s third conference will be conducted on 18th of September, from 19:00 hours, at Seneca Anticafé (1 Ion Mincu St.), with the participation of Professor Romulus Brâncoveanu, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy from the University of Bucharest, and Professor Viorel Cernica, specialist in the history of Romanian philosophy.
Engravings exhibition “Mexico as seen by Europe”
In honor of the celebratory festivities held at the National Library on 15th September, the lithography exhibition México visto por Europa (Mexico as seen by Europe), containing pieces belonging to the private collection of old engravings of Ambassador Agustín Gutiérrez Canet, will be inaugurated at the National Library of Romania on 15th of September, at 17:00 hours.
The engravings present the particular vision of European artists, that first depict Mexico as an exotic and tragic realm in the first engravings in Europe in the 15th century, shortly after the Spanish conquest, and then re-compose the image of a half-blooded, Westernalised and progressive nation in the 19th century.
The engravings showcase different cultural aspects that are meant to give the public a better understanding of Mexico’s historical evolution over the centuries.
This activity is part of a total of four cultural events dedicated to the 80th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Mexico and Romania.
The exhibition will be opened from 15th September to 31st October 2015.
Recital Soprano Patricia Santos and pianist Lucian Dusa
Another notable cultural event is the recital of the Mexican soprano resident in Romania, Patricia Santos, who will perform Mexican and Romanian songs accompanied by the pianist Lucian Dusa, on 15th of September, 17:00 hours, at the National Library of Romania.
Patricia Santos is the winner of the 2010 edition of the „Ópera Prima. Las Voces del Bicentenario” TV contest in Mexico. Lucian Dușa has a vast concert experience and is a pianist of the Opera House of Cluj-Napoca.
“Ochii albaștri-s drăgălași”/ E. Caudella
“Bade, pentru ochii tăi”/ T. Brediceanu
“Doină Stăncuței”/ T. Brediceanu
“Muzică”/ G. Grigoriu
“La Flecha” song for the poet José Emilio Pacheco (Premiere) J.M. Delgado
“Íntima”/ Tata Nacho
“Te quero, dijiste”/ M. Grever
“Júrame”/ M. Grever
“Dime que si”/ E. Oter