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Exhibition Review: Vladimír Kokolia’s ‘Epiphany’ (Ikon Gallery, Birmingham) – ‘a guaranteed conversion’

‘I only paint what I see’, says Vladimír Kokolia, one of the Czech Republic’s most established contemporary artists. For most, seeing the ordinary and the everyday’s an act of involuntary dismissal. For Kokolia, seeing the everyday’s wonderment. His first UK exhibition, Epiphany, hosted by the Ikon gallery in Birmingham, is a precious lesson in looking and seeing.…

Camelia Ciobanu | 18/07/2018
Alex Mirutziu, Between too soon and too late, 2018. Installation view, Delfina Foundation, London. Photo Tim Bowditch. Courtesy Delfina Foundation and European ArtEast Foundation.
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European ArtEast and Delfina Foundation present: Alex Mirutziu ‘Between too soon and too late’ – ‘a window that could take one closer to the essence of things’

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With distractions pulling us in all directions, Alex Mirutziu wants to stop us in our tracks.  He’s done this on many occasions, not least with his video Tears are precious, which received the Best Independent Artist Award at the Optica International Video Art festival in 2008. Between too soon and too late, Mirutziu’s first solo show in…

Camelia Ciobanu | 05/05/2018
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ROFILMFEST REVIEW: Ana, Mon Amour (Netzer, 2017)

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The advertising material played before the start of Ana Mon Amour said Romania couldn’t make bad movies. Although tongue in cheek, it shows the confidence of the Romanian New Wave that’s enjoyed a sustainable wind for some time now.Ana Mon Amour is one of the latest offerings of this movement – and the film’s director…

Camelia Ciobanu | 25/04/2018
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CINEMATHEQUE REVIEW: ‘The Fixer’ (2016) – a transformative experience not to be missed!

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Romania’s foreign-language submission for the 2018 Academy Awards, The Fixer had its British premiere this month at the Romanian Cultural Institute in London as part of Cinematheque, a monthly programme that focuses on promoting Romanian cinema. The movie comes out of the Romanian neo-realist cinema tradition that recently claimed prizes at Cannes and Berlin (Cristi…

Camelia Ciobanu | 27/03/2018
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The Annual Salon of UK-based Romanian Artists

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The Romanian Cultural Institute in London is hosting, for the second consecutive year, The Annual Salon of UK-based Romanian Artists. The theme is the celebration of Shakespeare’s life and work, 400 years after his death. This year’s artists are different from last year’s but the format stays the same: an exhibition-cum-sale. The artists – Anna…

Camelia Ciobanu | 30/09/2016
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Eliade on Film: ‘The Bengali Night’ (Katz, 1988) at the Romanian Cultural Institute

It’s now exactly 30 years since the death of Mircea Eliade (1907-1986), the world-renowned Romanian philosopher, religious historian and writer. This year also marks the ground-breaking publication in English of one of his first novels, The Diary of a Shortsighted Adolescent, by Istros Books. The Romanian Institute in London do a great job at marking…

Camelia Ciobanu | 12/05/2016
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Saviana Stanescu: ‘Aliens with Extraordinary Skills’, by Tales Told in Romanian

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The first 100% Romanian play in London – created by Romanians for the  Romanian community – had its West End premiere at the Leicester Square Theatre. Suggestively called Aliens with Extraordinary Skills, it’s the product of determination and enthusiasm both on and off the stage.The artists involved have succeeded in bringing it to life through sheer self-belief, along…

Camelia Ciobanu | 30/03/2016
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A Romanian Christmas, by Camelia Ciobanu

I’ll tell you who you are if you tell me what you do for Christmas. If, among family gatherings and presents, you happen to be a “sinner” and “a saint”, and feast on a multitude of pork dishes, chances are you could be Romanian… The Romanian Orthodox Church, St Gheorghe, in the City of London,…

Camelia Ciobanu | 24/12/2015
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Romanian Surrealist Gellu Naum – Centenary Celebrations, reviewed by Camelia Ciobanu

It’s one hundred years since the birth of Gellu Naum, Romania’s greatest Surrealist poet. Two recent London events notably marked this centenary: N(aum), a play brought from the Romanian stage to the Leicester Square Theatre, and Gellu Naum: The Incendiary Wanderer, an evening of readings and discussions at the Romanian Cultural Institute. Gellu Naum, born in…

Camelia Ciobanu | 05/11/2015
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The London Salon of Romanian Art, reviewed by Camelia Ciobanu

This September, the ICR is hosting ‘The London Salon of Romanian Art’, as part of a new permanent programme. It’s different from previous art displays:  the five names on show –  Florin Ungureanu, Cristian Luchian, Monica Madas, Ioana Pioaru and Viniciu Les – are young Romanians coming not from Romania but living and working in…

Camelia Ciobanu | 25/09/2015