Art History and Theory Department
Ever since the beginning of artistic higher education in Bucharest, the need to offer future artists a solid theoretical background and a general plastic culture was adamant, and this tendency was reaffirmed all the more subsequent to the transformation of the School of Belle Arte in a higher education institution in 1931, when it became the Academy of Fine Arts. Starting with 1950, through the reform in artistic higher education, a special department of Art History emerged within the restructured Institute of Fine Arts “Nicolae Grigorescu”, which took over the functions of the Art History Department within the University of Bucharest. This department became the main center for the training of specialists in the fields of historiography, art criticism and theory, museography, museology (and later, after 1990, of cultural management), contributing at the same time to the formation of plastic artists’ artistic conscience and culture.
At present, we offer a multidisciplinary education, responsive to the methodological renewals in the international context, in order to provide a complex and balanced development to future specialists and in order to help them integrate adequately on the labor market, taking into account contemporary demands. In order to increase the academic prestige of our department, but also in order to raise extra-budgetary funds, we have started research projects coordinated by tenured personnel in the department and including within the research teams Master and doctoral students. The specializations and research interests of the members of the personnel cover a vast historical area, from ancient classicism to contemporary times, approached through varied and complementary study methods. The direct examination of the works of art are combined with the exploration of new theoretical trends in the subject. The courses are structured on a few major directions: art and culture history in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, the history of Romanian art from Late Antiquity to contemporary times, the history of European art within the same interval, the development of art theory from Pre-Renaissance to the 20th century, museology, curatorial studies, cultural management, aesthetics and the philosophy of image. We place a special emphasis on the assimilation of the terminology specific to the subject in international languages, a large part of the compulsory bibliography being studied in the original.
The study program owns six course rooms, two of which are equipped with projection equipment. The collection of negatives in the audiovisual section represents an essential source which is undergoing a process of digitalization. The study program also owns a library whose development constitutes a priority of the educational strategy. For the most part, the equipment for the digitalization of images and their projection was purchased with extra-budgetary funds, within research grants.
The tenured or adjunct personnel are either established personalities in the field, or young PhDs whose research activities confirmed a well consolidated academic training. The doctoral students whose projects are compatible with the structure of the curriculum are equally recruited for seminar activities with Bachelor students.
The study program organizes annually a conference of the faculty of Art History and Theory, in partnership with the colleagues from the program study Conservation and Restoration of the Work of Art.
The students in the study program were involved in various cultural and artistic events, as volunteers or members in the organizing committees. We should also name here the research excursions carried out by students under the supervision of members in the study programs, to visit objectives in the national and even international patrimony (Bachelor students may benefit from a research mobility of approximately one week in Rome, within a partnership with Accademia di Romania).
Area of taught subjects: Special course on Romanian art, Creative strategies in European and Romanian art, Art History, The development of the Master’s project / M.A.
Area of taught subjects: Visuality and knowledge, The development of the, Master’s projectThe evolution and methods of art history and theory, The status of museums in contemporary times, Dissertation / M.A.
Dean of Faculty of History and Theory of Art
Area of taught subjects: History of universal art, Art History, History of Romanian art, Iconographic and language landmarks in contemporary art / M.A.
Discpline predate: Istoria designului, Teoria designului, Habitat în context
Mirela Duculescu (n. 1972), istoric de artă, activitate de cercetare în istoria arhitecturii și a designului, masterat în istoria artelor, designului şi culturii vizuale la Universitatea Alberta/Canada (2008) cu tema designului democratic în perioada Războiului Rece, doctor în istoria designului românesc la Universitatea Naţională de Arte din Bucureşti (2014). Lector titular în istoria şi teoria designului la Universitatea Naţională de Arte (2017) și lector asociat la Universitatea de Arhitectură şi Urbanism „Ion Mincu” din Bucureşti (2003).
Alumnus al Colegiului Noua Europă (NEC) din București cu tema istoria designului românesc din perioada socialistă (2013), activitate de cercetare în istoria arhitecturii şi designului, editare de cărţi, autoare a numeroase articole şi eseuri în presa de specialitate, secretar executiv şi organizator al evenimentelor culturale ale Ordinului Arhitecţilor din România (2003-2006), redactor-şef al revistei DeSIGN Buletin (2001-2003), cronică de design la revista Igloo (2003-2006). Membru fondator Arhiterra (2006), jurizare de concursuri pentru design, interesată de meşteşuguri şi regenerare urbană. De-a lungul timpului s-a implicat ca iniţiator, autor de concept şi organizator Street Delivery Bucureşti (2005-2014) de impactul intervenţiilor privind arhitectura şi designul în spaţiul public urban.
Experiență editorială ca director executiv al Editurii Simetria (2010-2016) și coordonare de programe în cadrul Fundației Pro Patrimonio România.
Editor pentru Arhiterra al volumelor Acoperişuri Înverzite. Simplu şi Eficient. Proiectare, Detalii de Execuţie, Sfaturi Practice (Gernot Minke, Arhiterra 2010), Norme pentru Construcţii din Pământ (traducere Springer 2009, Arhiterra 2010), Caiet de notiţe pentru meşteri şi meşteşuguri (Simetria 2009, Arhiterra 2010) şi Arta feroneriei.Ghid practic de fierarie pentru copii şi adulţi (Sylvain Gabriel, Arhiterra 2012).
Vice-comisarul Pavilionului României la Bienala de Arhitectură de la Venezia 2008, producător general şi co-editor al catalogului pentru Pavilionul Romaniei la Bienala de Artă de la Venezia 2009 (Seducţia Intervalului – curator Alina Şerban).
Printre altele, autor al volumului monografic George Matei Cantacuzino (1890-1960) – arhitectura ca temă a gândirii / Architecture as a Subject of Thought (Simetria 2010), concept editorial pentru volumul Fondul documentar de arhitectură din România. Raport preliminar de politică culturală (Simetria 2010), co-autor şi concept editorial pentru publicaţia Cui i-e frică de cartierul Matache? Principii de regenerare urbană pentru zona Matache – Gara de Nord din Bucureşti (Pro Patrimonio 2012/Premiul național pentru carte de arhitectură, Bienala Naţională de Arhitectură, Bucureşti 2012), consultanță de specialitate pentru filmul documentar Matache. Berzei-Buzești, regizor Dragoș Lumpan, 2016 (Premiul Administrației Fondului Cultural Național pentru inovație în promovarea patrimoniului de arhitectură 2016).
Area of taught subjects: Internship, History of universal art, The evolution and methods of AHT, The evolution and methods of AHT, Art History, Special course on modern art.
Area of taught subjects: Romanian Art in East European Context, Fundamental Art History Texts, 19th Century Art in Europe, Art History Writing, Art History Research Methodologies