Publication launch: Enchanting Views

Enchanting Views_book launch_23 April

Enchanting Views. Romanian Black Sea Tourism Planning and Architecture of the 1960s and 70s publication is an extension of the main research themes explored by the exhibition with the same name, which was held in Sala Dalles of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest between 10 October and 23 November 2014.

Inviting recognized authors from the fields of history and theory of architecture, art history, film and anthropology, the volume re-examines the experience of post-war modernity on the Romanian coast in a more nuanced way pointing: the sensitive conjunctions between the “social engagement” of the extensive development project on the Romanian seaside and the policies of (re)presenting local tourism; between the exceptional status this architectural laboratory acquired at the time and the architect’s complex motivations for taking part in the debates of post-war architectural culture.

The authors’ interventions argue for a rewriting of the meanings contained by the complex terrain of the seaside project during socialism and for mobilizing new theoretical and cultural references, renegotiating the multiple dimensions of leisure architecture. The publication provides a comparative reading of the Romanian seaside, including a series of three texts dedicated the Bulgarian, Turkish and Russian Black Sea Coast.

Authors: T. Elvan Altan, Irina Băncescu, Elke Beyer, Adina Brădeanu, Anke Hagemann, Claude Karnoouh, Olga Kazakova, Juliana Maxim, Carmen Popescu, Magda Predescu, Adelina Ștefan, Irina Tulbure, Ana Maria Zahariade.

Book launch:
Enchanting Views. Romanian Black Sea Tourism Planning and Architecture of the 1960s and 70s
Thursday, 23 April, 7pm

Hanul Gabroveni — ARCUB: Lipscani Street, 84—90, district 3, Bucharest

Invited speakers: architect and architectural critic Françoise PAMFIL, art historian Mirela DUCULESCU, director of Simetria Publishing House and artist Nicu ILFOVEANU

The bilingual volume (Romanian / English) is edited by art historian Alina Serban together with architects Kalliopi Dimou and Sorin Istudor and is published by the Association pepluspatru (Bucharest). The publication includes a selection of photographs from the archives of Arhitectura magazine and AGERPRES and a photographic reportage taken during 2013—2014 by the artist Nicu Ilfoveanu. Graphic design: Radu Manelici. Production: Atelier Fabrik.

Supported by: Romanian Chamber of Architects from the architectural stamp funds, ERSTE Foundation, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Union of Architects of Romania – the Image Archive of Arhitectura magazine, AGERPRES.