20 avril 2014

Hristos a înviat! Simplicity, passion and joy!

(Image source: Viorica Ana Farkas) Hristos a înviat! Paste fericit tuturor alaturi de cei dragi! What better day for a post bursting with joy than this? I have always adored Naïve Art, particularly from Romania. This post is therefore dedicated to all those who love it too, along with the artists who have filled and continue to fill our hearts with such energy and unbridled exuberance. According to Wikipedia, Naïve art is often characterised by a childlike simplicity in subject matter and technique. While many naïve artists appear... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 17:51 - Permalien [#]

18 avril 2014

Arethia Tătărescu - the lady and the bust

(Photo source) Too busty. Too voluptuous. Too suggestive. Doesn't correspond to reality. It must go! According to the Ministry of Culture, this sums up the bust of Arethia Tătărescu by Paul Popescu erected in Targu-Jiu and inaugurated last October in the park named after her. The nearby bust of her husband (also rather voluptuous) Gheorghe Tătărescu, who served twice as Prime Minister (1934–1937; 1939–1940), three times as Minister of Foreign Affairs (interim 1934 and 1938; appointed 1945-1947) and once as Minister of War (1934) is... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 15:19 - Permalien [#]
25 mars 2014

Happy Birthday, dear Ana Blandiana!

(Photo source) How difficult it is to find words rich enough to describe Ana Blandiana, one of Romania's most outstanding contemporary poets. With every bit of the country of my heart that gets destroyed and abused, my faith in humanity dies a little. People like Ana Blandiana, Doina Cornea, Ion Varlam, the not-long deceased Vasile Paraschiv, the much-mourned Cicerone Ionescu and others like them bring that faith back to life again.... I must admit to having become something of an 'Ana-groupie' over the last fourteen years. Sighetu... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 15:09 - Permalien [#]
22 mars 2014

David Croitor - 'dor' on canvas

(Image source: David Croitor - Acoperisuri in Bucurestiul vechi) Not long ago and quite by chance, I fell upon the work of artist David Croitor on my Facebook newsfeed. Instantly charmed by his style, colours and subjects, I rushed off to find out more. Befriending him on FB, I discovered not only a deeply sensitive artist, but a very nice chap holding the brush. Member of the Writers' and Artists' Association in Vatra Dornei (his home), the "Nicolae Tonitza" Art Association in Suceava and the Artists' Association in Mures, David... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 17:25 - Permalien [#]
21 mars 2014

Book launch: 'Ultimul Nud' by Ellis Avery

(Image source) The launching of Ultimul Nud (The Last Nude) by Ellis Avery, translated into Romanian by translator and journalist (ex-Reuters) Roxana Dascalu at Libraria Humanitas near Cismigiu on April 1st at 19h promises to be full of surprises. A translator of prose and poetry for Lettre Internationale, the Romanian Writers' Union and Cultura magazine, this is Roxana's literary 'book' debut. Hosted by Denisa Comănescu (poet and director of Humanitas Fiction since 2007), the evening will include an eight minute reading by... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 17:08 - Permalien [#]
08 février 2014

Farewell to Cicerone Ionitoiu

(Photo source) Oh, how sad... I have just seen a post on the Facebook page of La Maison Roumaine by its president Alexandre Herlea on the recent death of writer, resistance fighter and political prisoner under the communist regime Cicerone Ionitoiu. Here is a translation of Mr Herlea's words: 'Cicerone Aristotel Traian Ionitoiu, the great Romanian anti-communist resistant, died in Paris today, 26th January 2014. La Maison Roumaine announces the death of one of the most representative of Romanian anti-communist resistance fighters at... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 19:14 - Permalien [#]

08 février 2014

Gabriela Moga Lazar

I have just received an e-mail from Simina Lazar who is currently organising an exhibition in Angers of some of the wonderful tapestries created by her mother, artist Gabriela Moga Lazar. She writes, "Moi, je continue avec l’organisation des  expositions de tapisseries de  ma mère, Gabriela Moga Lazar. Maintenant  j’organise une exposition à Angers (la cité de la renaissance de la tapisserie).  Il y a quelques années,  elle a eu déjà une exposition aux environs d’Angers. A l’époque, la conseillère de... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 17:32 - Permalien [#]
30 janvier 2014

SOS!! Bucharest's Jewish State Theatre in tatters

(Photo source) It was a tragedy waiting to happen that could so easily have been avoided - and another example of 'merge si asa' from mayor oprescu... City Hall has been well aware of the urgent work required at the theatre for quite some time but did they move? Don't be daft. As recently as last year, the theatre accountant was informed that City Hall would prioritise renovation in 2013. But 2013 has been and gone and nothing has been done. Voilà, the result. (Photo source) On Saturday night, severe snowstorms destroyed 80m, ie 30%,... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 18:44 - Permalien [#]
22 janvier 2014

In memory. And in anger.

(Photo source: Roza Zah) I don't want to go into details of the dramatic forced landing of a plane (misleadingly reported as a 'crash' by the majority of Romanian press) in the Apuseni mountains near Cluj on Monday afternoon. You can find reports all over the web. Suffice to say, this is another affirmation of "Copilul cu multe moașe rămâne cu buricul netăiat" (too many cooks spoil the broth) with tragic consequences underlining a fatal allergy to responsibility, accountability and professionalism in positions where dedication should... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 23:19 - Permalien [#]
25 décembre 2013

Sarah's 'Ode to Sarmale' - Merry Christmas one and all!

(Photo: Sarah In Romania)   Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! and a little festive ode just for you. Any likeness to that of Pastorel is pure figment of your imagination. Sarah's lil Ode to Sarmale Normal 0 21 There’s something ‘bout sarmale That turns my legs to gel, I’m sure that all my readers Know this feeling very well  * The prep is ceremonious And it can’t be done alone – For that accentuates the ‘dor’ And longingness for home.  * Ingredients loved and fashioned Into each, a... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 19:59 - Permalien [#]