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Bulgarian Auteur Poster Art: ‘Favourite City’ at the BCI, reviewed by Jo Varney

The exhibition Favourite City at the Bulgarian Cultural Institute  is one of the final events in this year’s London Festival of Bulgarian Culture, and the first London Exhibition of contemporary Bulgarian poster and graphic design.  Curated by Anna Simeonoff,  co-founder of the online Sophia-based graphic arts platform PlakatKombinat and a designer specialising in posters, book covers and…

Jo Varney | December 17, 2014
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‘The Romanian Imaginarium’ at the RCC, reviewed by Julia Secklehner

The Romanian Imaginarium – a magical title! And indeed, when entering the room on the first floor of the Romanian Cultural Centre, I’m confronted with shadow-creatures, flowery skulls and birds that ride on faceless humans. Even though the exhibition space is not purpose-built, the period-style chandelier and stucco decoration on the ceiling add to the…

Julia Secklehner | November 14, 2014

‘Capturing Carpathia’ at the Romanian Cultural Institute, reviewed by Eugenia Ellanskaya

George Butler is a talented young illustrator, with a special focus on travel and current affairs. Having previously explored such hot subjects as the oil fields of Azerbaijan, soldiers in Afghanistan and the Syrian civil war, his latest exhibition at the Romanian Cultural Institute in London was dedicated to the lush region of Transylvania. This…

Eugenia Ellanskaya | November 10, 2014
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Robin Ashenden reviews ‘Lee Miller: Romanian Rhapsody’ at the Romanian Cultural Centre

For any more-than-casual visitor, it’s always interesting to see what others have made of Romania.  The country is like nowhere else in Europe – to a visitor it’s more hospitable, more generous, and, for all its bafflingly unspoken codes, apparently less hemmed in by rules and regulations. A note of the surreal hangs over everything:…

Robin Ashenden | July 14, 2014
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Jonathan Karstadt reviews Trafačka: Temple of Freedom at Red Gallery, Shoreditch

The Trafačka artistic collective have been running a countercultural art gallery in the Libeň district of Prague (once home to subversive Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal) since 2007. According to its website: “Trafačka is a creative space, a place for meeting and free expression. At Trafačka it is possible to follow the emerging trends in contemporary…

Jonathan Karstadt | May 26, 2014