UNARTE Publishing House was established through the decision of the Senat of the National University of Arts Bucharest, in May 5th, 2005. Starting from 2007 it functions as a separate department with mission, aims, and objectives in strong connection with the educational and research activities of the three faculties and UNAB Departments: Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Decorative Arts & Design, Faculty of Arts History and Theory, Center for Visual Arts, Research Department and UNAgaleria.
Mission UNARTE Publishing House supports and promotes the activities of the Research Department from the National University of Arts Bucharest, through the development of a strategic program of scientific research and analyze, through creating a specialized frame for these projects as well as developing the promoting tools for a professional research.
Objectives – to strengthen the scientific and theoretical approach of the artistic phenomenon using the analyze and research tools, artistic communication and creativity; – to support an stimulate the artistic and scientific research, – to promote it at the European and international level, – to encourage and to promote the contemporary creation to the young audience; – to show the educational role of research, – to enable the access to information; – to work as an interface between the Romanian cultural community and the international one; – to enable the access of the researchers to the international institutions, projects, and events for stimulating and promoting the local cultural values.
The research teams are composed by teachers at the National University of Arts Bucharest, artists, art historians, curators, etc.
The editorial programme is structured on collections and covers both the individual activity of the theoreticians, art historians, art critics and curators and artists – established or from the young emerging generation.
The supported and promoted projects are private or collective initiatives, independent or included in the editorial plan of the UNARTE Publishing House, specific to the field of research and promotion of arts and visual theories.
Collections: Academic Books, Scientific Books, Others. The Scientific Books collection includes the following sub-collections: Visual Studies and visual theories, Document, Archive, Essential Monographs, Portrait, Visual Research, Artist Project, Event, Interdisciplinary Books, Scientific International Events.
1). 50 Design UNArte. A history of the Bucharest School (1969–2019)
Editor: Mirela Duculescu
Texts by: Ruxandra Demetrescu, Mirela Duculescu, Dinu Dumbrăvician, Anca Oroveanu, Cristina Sabău Editing: Ioana Gruenwald
Text correction: Dușa Udrea-Boborel, Ioana Gruenwald
Translations: Anamaria Sasu
Graphic design: Faber Studio
The anniversary volume 50 Design UNArte: a visual history of the Bucharest School (1969-2019) is the result of research for the exhibition of the same title presented at the National Art Museum of Romania (24 October – 29 November 2019). The volume involved a significant and dense part of documentation and research. The project 50 Design UNArte: a visual history of the Bucharest School (1969-2019) offers a revelation of a field and a profession that contributed to the modelling of Romanian society, but also the evocation in images of the history of the Bucharest School of design and the exhibition of internationally renowned personalities, who studied at the National University of Arts in Bucharest.
2). In the world of George Löwendal’s characters (1897–1964). Painting, graphics and scenographic projects
Autori: Ruxandra Demetrecu, Cristina Cojocaru
The catalog of the exhibition with the same title opened at the Museum of Art Collections in Bucharest between October 13, 2017-January 31, 2018. The book contains the preface signed by Ariadna Dănilă-Lowendal, president of the Lowendal Foundation, the critical text signed by the curators of the exhibition, Ruxandra Demetrescu and Cristina Cojocaru, the list of works, fragments from George Lowendal’s memoirs, fragments from the critique of the time. The catalog is bilingual (Romanian-English).
3). Art history notebooks. 2018
Coordinators: Ada Hajdu, Mihnea Mihail
Although they do not have an explicit common theme, the selected articles focus on issues of iconography, understood in a broad sense, by studying the different relationships that can be established between images and textual and visual sources, or between images and reality. The chapters by Bianca Constantin, Simona Drăgan, Georgiana Istrate and Simona Vinitor have a more accentuated methodological focus, referring critically to the rich and complex historiography of the paintings they deal with. Oana Turcu and Marta Zamfirescu-Boceanu add their own interpretations to the existing bibliography, complementing the specialized literature without contradicting it. Ioana Marinescu and Maria Popescu write on subjects that have not been researched at all so far.
4). Romanian Design between the Problematics of Democratic Design and Socialist Practice (1970-1990)
Author: Mirela Duculescu
ISBN 978-606-720-112- 3
The paper is a doctoral research that shapes the history of Romanian design from the socialist period. The subject falls from a temporal perspective (1970-1990) in the concept of recent history, and from a theoretical perspective in the issue of democratic design, a conceptual construction of socialist origin from the late nineteenth century, identified mainly, by the following characteristics: everyday objects, of quality, mass-produced, for the “masses” of users and available at affordable prices for “everyone”
5). Cătălin Bălescu – Mannerism as a state
Texts by: Cristian Velescu, Ruxandra Demetrescu, Mihaela Velea, Emilian Ștefârță; Traducere : Zenovia Popa
Design : Faber Studio
The catalogue accompanies the exhibition at the Art Museum in Craiova, an event supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute, where the artist exhibited paintings, drawings and objects from the last period of creation, as well as a sample of representative works from previous periods.
Considering Mannerism, through the cultural quotation, through the fragmentary approach of certain forms with a clear content in other periods and in another context, as a constant of the 20th century, Cătălin Bălescu affirms that everything that is structured and defined as postmodernism, is, in substance, only a new form of cyclical manifestation of Mannerism.
6). Arts, architecture, design. Current trends
Editor: Constantin Hostiuc
Texts by: Emil Barbu Popescu (pref.), Marius-Marcu Lapadat, Cristina Constantin, Dorina Horătău, Constantin Hostiuc, Viorica Slădescu, Claudia Muşat, Claudia Constantinescu, Marina Teodorescu
This publication contains the interventions of the participants in the round table on the theme “Arts, architecture, design. Current Trends” organized by the Center for Architectural and Urban Studies and the Doctoral School of the University of Architecture and Urban Planning “Ion Mincu”, Bucharest, in collaboration with UNArte Bucharest, on 7 July 2017, preceded by the introductory text of Prof: Viorica Slădescu. Moderator – Constantin Hostiuc.
7). City and public monument
Texts by: Cristina Victoria Ochinciuc, Marilena Preda Sanc, Constantin Aslam, Cornel Florin Moraru, Maria Bostenaru Dan, Constantin Hostiuc
Editor: Constantin Hostiuc
Preface by: Emil Barbu Popescu, Dorina Horatau
Circulation ISBN 978-606-720-084-3
Round table organized by the Ion Mincu National University of Architecture and Urban Planning Bucharest and the National University of Arts Bucharest concerning the presence of the monument in the city. Thanks to the multidisciplinarity of the participants, many qualified points of view are provided on this subject, materials that can serve as a basis for further research for those who wish to deepen their understanding of the subject.
8). Time Maps. Real communities – Virtual worlds – Experimented pasts
Editor Dragoş Gheorghiu
The publication includes research reports of a PN II IDEA project exploring the relationship between art and science and a chapter describing the practical applications of project ideas in a community in Portugal.
9). PHILOSOPHY OF ART COURSE. MAJOR TRADITIONAL ORIENTATIONS AND CONTEMPORARY ANALYSIS PROGRAMS
- 1st volume – Philosophy of art in premodernity
ISBN general 978-606-720-080-5
ISBN vol. I 978-606-720-081-2
The breadth and intensity of the debates generated by contemporary artistic phenomena, including creative but also theoretical practices, explored in at least five major paradigms of thought (continental, analytical, scientific, pragmatic, critical and communicational) and interdisciplinary research (art history and theory, sociology of art, art psychology) increasingly compel us to make, when considering philosophical-aesthetic analyses, the systematic distinction between the philosophy of art and the philosophy of aesthetic experience. This course organizes information on this subject.
- 2nd volume – Philosophy of art in modernity and postmodernity
ISBN general 978-606-720-080-5
ISBN vol. II 978-606-720-082-9
The research of the work of art within philosophy and with the specific methods of philosophical reflection has placed us, as illustrated by the contents of the first volume, from the very beginning, in the thematic field explored by the history of philosophy. A succession of great eras of European culture, understood as the expression of a certain vision of the world or, in the technical terms of philosophy, of a Weltanschauung. We therefore follow the same method, explicitly indicated in the third chapter of the first volume, in dealing with the question of the philosophy of art in modernity and contemporaneity.
10). Kunst des Theaters, Theater der Kunst (Art as theater, theater as art)
George Löwendal (1897-1964) – Malerei, Graphik, Bühnenbilder
(painting, graphics and și scenographic projects)
Texts by: Ruxandra Demetrescu, Cristina Cojocaru
The catalogue of the exhibition devoted to the work of Georg Löwendal, on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of the artist’s birth, is a moment of re-evaluation of a creativity that is deciphered under the sign of a paradoxical and happy exception. Born in St. Petersburg into a noble family with old Danish princely roots, he arrived in Romania after the First World War by an accident of fate: he first settled in Bucharest (1921-1925), then moved for a decade to Cernăuți, where he worked as a set painter and technical director of the newly created National Theatre. The cosmopolitan city of Bucovina, a legendary Central European space consecrated by poets such as Paul Celan, undoubtedly benefited Löwendal’s creativity, which came to the forefront of the theatrical and artistic movement, documented mainly through scenographic and costume sketches, but also through expressionist studies of his portraits.
11). Aurora Király – Proiecte recente / New projects
Texts by: Liviana Dan, Aurora Király, Cristina Stoenescu
Editor: Cristina Stoenescu
Traducere: Cristina Stoenescu
Proof-reading: Giles Eldridge
Text correction: Ileana Savu, Sandra Demetrescu
The book Aurora Király: New Projects offers an up-to-date perspective on the artist’s work. Aurora Király’s projects address the creation of modern and contemporary women artists in art history and attempt to draw up an artistic genealogy of her art. Photography is her medium of choice and she explores it both conceptually and in terms of its development as a medium. Her art projects analyze and discuss aspects such as: the artistic process in contemporary art, the way artists select their research sources and express their individuality.
12). Bucharest, layers and perspectives. Between reality and fiction, between literature and architecture
Editors: Iosif Király, Aurora Király, Mirela Dăuceanu, Texts by: Ion Bogdan Lefter, Simona Popescu, Bogdan Iancu
The project is based on two recently published books, which propose different approaches to the city: Bucharest. Architecture. An annotated guide. Authors: Mariana Celac, Octavian Carabela, Marius Marcu-Lapadat, Editura Ordinul Arhitecţilor and Arhitectul B. Ioanide. Life and Work, author Mariana Celac, published by UNARTE publishing house.
The project and its events focused on interdisciplinarity and the creation of a communication platform between students and professors from different universities to experience working together.
13). Real-time education. Bucharest, itineraries through space and time
Editors: Iosif Király, Aurora Király, Mirela Dăuceanu, Texts by: Victor Cobuz, Lorena Iacob, Anamaria Omer, Ștefania Paruș
The project analyzes, discovers and shares with students, project participants and the public unique perspectives of knowledge and understanding of the city. The starting points are two recently published books: Bucharest. Architecture. An annotated guide. Authors: Mariana Celac, Octavian Carabela, Marius Marcu-Lapadat, Ordinul Arhitecţilor Publishing house (https://carturesti.ro/carte/bucuresti-arhitectura-un-ghid-adnotat-452318) and Architect B. Ioanide. Life and Work, author Mariana Celac, published by the UNARTE Publishing House.
The publications offer two different perspectives on the city, points of view that have been broadened and have generated nuanced ideas and experiences translated into exhibitions, debates and an interdisciplinary seminar.
Artistic project team: Iosif Király, Mariana Celac, Marius Marcu Lapadat, Octavian Carabela, Bogdan Iancu, Simona Popescu, Mihaela Dedeoglu, Aurora Király
14). Pink biopigmentation in the refectory of Hurezi Monastery
Texts by: Ioana Gomoiu, Dan Mohanu, Ileana Mohanu
The book presents the results of the interdisciplinary study on the change in the initial colour of the mural painting in the refectory of the Hurezi Monastery, as a result of the growth and multiplication of microorganisms that synthesize carotenoid pigments.
15). Romanian Ethos – Tradition, interpretation, contemporary clothing creation
Texts by: Unda Popp, Doina Lucanu, Paula Barbu, Ioana Sanda Avram, Alina Maria Griga, Venera Arapu, Sergiu Chihaia, Răzvan Vasilescu, Alina Gurguță, Viorica Slădescu, Dorina Horătău, Claudia Mușat, Bogdan Hojbotă, Ionuț Cristian Marin
It is a publication edited in the framework of the AAICREA (Arts-Archetypes-Industries Créatives) project. The book includes different points of view regarding specific Romanian attributes, illustrated by images of clothing created as a result of experimental research coordinated by teachers from the FASHION, TEXTILE and CERAMIC-GLASS-METAL departments. The chapters refer to contemporary interpretations inspired by the Romanian ethos, both in terms of clothing with artistic values, costume-object, performance costume, but also textile design, jewellery and accessories.
16). Simona Runcan
Ioana Măgureanu (coordinator)
Texts by: Ruxandra Demetrescu, Patricia Bădulescu, Cristina Cojocaru, Ioana Măgureanu
Ştefan Sava (photographs), Serioja Bocsok (graphic design)
The retrospective catalogue devoted to Simona Runcan’s creation on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition at Mogoșoaia Palace, reproduces a large part of the artist’s works, offering a chronological perspective of her creative stages and highlighting how they are articulated through affiliations of motifs, themes and ideas. The volume, a necessary tool for the (re)reading and (re)interpretation of these works, includes a series of studies, signed by prof. Ruxandra Demetrescu, Cristina Cojocaru, Patricia Bădulescu and Ioana Măgureanu, coordinator of the publication.
17). Art in Romania between 1945-2000. An analysis and a reassessment from a present-day perspective
Coordinators: Călin Dan, Iosif Király, Anca Oroveanu, Magda Radu
Texts by: Mădălina Brașoveanu, Irina Cărăbaș, Adriana Copaciu, Mirela Duculescu, Simona Dumitriu, Celia Ghyka, Bogdan Iacob, Cristian Nae, Olivia Nițiș, Adriana Oprea, Veda Popovici, Magda Predescu, Magda Radu, Mara Rațiu, Irina Tulbure
18). In(visible) Frames. Rhetoric and exhibition practices in Romania during the period 1965-1989
Coordinator: Nae Emil Cristian
Texts by: Mădălina Brașoveanu, Daria Ghiu, Adrian Guță, Ileana Pintilie, Delia Marinescu, Wanda Mihuleac, Cristian Nae, Olivia Nițiș, Veda Popovici, Magda Radu, Alina Şerban, Anca Vasiliu.
Translations by: Alistair Ian Blyth, Sorana Lupu, Carmen Dobre Hametner, Roxana Ghiță
The book “Invisible Frames. Rhetoric and exhibition practices in Romania during the period 1965-1989” is part from the TE research project entitled “Pluralization of the public sphere. Art exhibitions in Romania during 1968-1989”, financed by UEFISCDI and held at the New Europe College in Bucharest, which analyses the artistic production considered as unofficial (Cârneci 2014), alternative (Pintilie 1999), subversive (Chirst and Dressler 2011) or, in a generic way , experimental (Titu 2004) in Romania in the period mentioned, from the point of view of institutional frameworks.
The publication covers the most important alternative/experimental exhibition phenomena of the period under study, as well as significant case studies on official exhibitions. As far as the authors are concerned, well-known art historians contribute to this volume, as well as the coordinator, who was familiar with the artistic phenomena they comment on (Adrian Guță, Ileana Pintilie), young authors with expertise in the field studied (Daria Ghiu, Alina Șerban, Magda Radu, Olivia Nițiș) and young doctoral researchers, some of whom are in their early stages (Mădălina Brașoveanu, Veda Popovici, Diana Marinescu). The relevance of the volume is increased by the publication of an interview with Wanda Mihuleac and by the textual testimonies of the organizers of some of these exhibitions, such as Anca Vasiliu.
19). Architect B. Ioanide 1887-1968. Life and work
Auhor: Mariana Celac
Photographs – Király Iosif, Graphic Design : Alexandru Șchiopu & Cristina Sabău – Factum Design
This essay explores, in juxtaposed texts, the reconstructed trajectory of the literary hero (namely the architect Ioanide, central character of the novels Bietul Ioanide şi Scrinul Negru by G. Călinescu) and the history of the personalities and works of real architects who lived and built during Ioanide and who, apparently, provided the reference material for the novelist’s writings.
20). RO_Archive. An Archive of Romania in Times of Transition
Editors: Iosif Király, Raluca Oancea (Nestor), Raluca Paraschiv (Ionescu)
Designer: Radu Manelici Translator: Alistair Ian Blyth
The volume RO_Archive aims to present the results of an artistic research started in 2007 with the perspective of revealing the real image of a Romania engaged in the process of post-European integration.
The book consists of a series of texts that aim at presenting Romania from different angles – anthropological, artistic, philosophical – texts that will accompany a rich collection of photos taken by the young team coordinated by the renowned artist and professor Iosif Király.