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The wizards from “Merlin” street

01 May 2010 / 08:05:41  GRReporter
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The Romanian contribution to theorizing on the topic was the conference “Modern Architecture and Bucharest in the period 1930-1940”, highlighting the connections between the architecture with other arts in the period between the wars and highlighting the complementary aspect of modern architecture.

For those who would like to take not only in “The eye of their memory”, the visual experience from "The faces of the Balkan modernism", the organizers have issued a beautifully illustrated and meaningfully written catalog in four laguages with an introductory text by Jan Figel - European Commissioner for Education, Training , Culture and Youth, theoretical text, photographs of those works, biographical notes on the artists and a comprehensive bibliography.

Coffee "Merlin" on the first floor of the Foundation “Teoharakis” with a view to the garden behind the Parliament, with its sophisticated, hospitable and unostentatious luxury, represents a miniature model of the overall concept of its founders combining the understanding of modern and classical. Visitors fall in it as in a natural projection of the experience in the showrooms on three floors above and on level -1 in perfectly equipped concert hall are waiting for him musical events and lectures. Music header of the exposition were concerts on April 15th and 16th in which compositions on the verses of K. Kavakis and Suite for Piano "Beatrice" by the world famous maestro Dimitris Mitropulos Greek were performed and The Bulgarian music vanguard of the early twentieth century was skillfully presented by pianist Lilia Boyadjieva through her marked by dramatism of the works musical technique as well as through the selection of music pieces by Bulgarian composers who graduated their education in Europe and took the spirit of Modernism: “Rhapsody Vardar” by P. Vladigerov, four fragments of “Cinema Suite” by D. Nenov, fragments of “Spring suggestions” by L. Pipkov and “Toccata” by the student of P. Vladigerov V. Kazandjiev (b. 1934).

Final touches to the months-long project will be raised by the symposium “Balkan modernisms” (23-25 April), which will bring together established art historians, art critics, curators and others. They will examine the phenomenon, pondering on the subject of the exhibition seen through the topics such as "Nationalism and universality", "Periphery and Center," “Historical vanguard”. At 18.00 on April 23rd will be held a tour of the exhibition with a "guide"-art critic, followed by a cocktail for professionals wishing to establish contact with their colleagues. Different perspectives will be shared for one of the most critical periods in the history of Southeastern Europe through the prism of the emerging modernism, in which could be distinguished ideological, cultural and political rivalries in the countries participating in the project. Simultaneously, they will be placed in the broader context of the European history of art, the local answers to issues with universal sound raised by the currents of modernism that flourished in major centers such as West Berlin, Paris, Zurich will be read. The ambition of the organizers is the result of enriching the understanding for the spread of the artistic creativity in thought as "periphery" geographical area of the Balkans, as well as understanding the importance of modernity for the crystallization of a European cultural area.

The presentations which confirmed their participation are: Stephen Mansbah, George Vida, Irina Subotich, Aphrodite Curia, Jonah Vlasiu, Beral Madre, Effie Strusa, Irina Genova and Adriana Sotropa. The working languages of the symposium are Greek and English, for which is provided simultaneous translation.
If you want to register to participate in it, click on, fill out the form and send it by e-mail to or fax No.: +30-210 3611349. Registering for the symposium is free.

The price of an entry ticket to the exhibition is € 6 and € 3 (and student discount).

Tags: Balkan modernism foundation Teoharakis art
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