Exhibition: Polyperiphery-Public Spaces after ’89 and ’22 (Kyiv, Warsaw, Bucharest, Brno)

This is an exhibition which explores the manner in which the negotiation centre vs. periphery, periphery vs. periphery, national/cultural centres vs. local/constructed centres is taking place in four cities of Eastern-Central Europe: Kyiv (Ukraine), Warsaw (Poland), Bucharest (Romania), and Brno (Czech Republic). The time of focus is the transition from the communist to the democratic…

Sweets and Candies’ Commercials and Packages, from Interwar to Communist Romania

In Romanian Principalities, the first confectionary enterprises appeared in the 18th century, during the Phanariot rule, when the Greek and the Ottoman culinary influences were intertwined. The most common sweets and desserts of the time were the baklava related ones and the preserves. Rose water was an important ingredient. Once the Western influences took a…

Cubist Interior Design in Prague, Czechia 

Cubism, one of the first avant-garde movements in Europe, which drew its inspiration mainly from natural science and from the theories of perception, found an outstandingly fruitful territory in the Czech lands, in the years before WWI.  Here, artists grouped in the Manés Association of Fine Artists, established in 1887 in Prague, on the model…

Christmas Time at the Castle (Cantacuzino Winter Residence in Bușteni, Prahova Valley, Romania)

For further details on Cantacuzino Castle and on Bușteni, please read my previous post, Vernacular Architecture in the Southern Corridor of the Carpathian Mountains https://ralucagolesteanu.com/2018/02/06/vernacular-architecture-in-the-southern-corridor-of-the-carpathian-mountains/

The Mansion of Princess Ljubica in Belgrade, Serbia

Princess Ljubica (1785-1843), by her maiden name, Ljubica Vukomanović, was the daughter of a wealthy Serbian owner and the wife of Prince Miloš Obrenović (1783-1860), the ruler of Serbia and the founder of the Obrenović dynasty, which ruled Serbia for most of the 19th century. Underlying Obrenović's aim as a ruler of Serbia, namely the…

Real Borders, Fictional Borders: Transylvania, ‘Galiciaʼ, and the Ways of Asserting Historical Exceptionalism, Then and Now

Abstract: Based on two recent events, Klaus Iohannisʼ political victory, by the help of civil society, in the election campaign for Romanian Presidency in November 2014, and the civic activism connected to what is labelled as the Maidan protests in Lʼviv, Ukraine, in February 2014, this text takes into discussion past and present manners in…

When East Meets West in Architecture: Public Buildings in Craiova (south-western Romania)

Craiova is the county seat of the historical region called Oltenia, an ethnographic area located in south-western Romania (Wallachia). Given its closeness to what, up to World War I, were parts of the Ottoman Empire, Oltenia has been strongly influenced for most of its modern history by Turkish and Greek (neo-Byzantine) patterns in architecture and…

A Deserted Place on a Stormy Afternoon: Pine Bluff (South-Eastern Arkansas, USA)

Pine Bluff is a part of the metropolitan area of Little Rock, the capital city of the state of Arkansas. It is the seat of Jefferson County. Geographically, Pine Bluff is a flat area filled with creeks, streams, and bayous, and it makes for the southeastern section of the Arkansas Delta. The numerous pine trees…

A Victorian Manor in the American South: Colonel Peel`s Mansion in Bentonville, Arkansas (USA)

Colonel Samuel West Peel (1831-1924), an Arkansas businessman, was the first native of the state who became a member of the US Congress. Here, he was named a legal representative to the most important five tribes (1) in the Indian Territory (Oklahoma). During the Civil War, as a member of the Confederate Army, he was…