Prodan Romanian Cultural Foundation
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
+44 (0) 20 7831 9905
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The following people are among the creative Romanian Personalities in whom the Foundation has an interest, and information about whom will steadily be added to the Foundation’s website. In many cases, considerable collections of their published works already exist in the Foundation’s repository and translations of some of their writings into English have already been completed, while many more are planned.


Please click on the names below for further information:
Art

Isaac Antcher
(1899-1992) Artist

Constantin Brancusi
(1876-1957) Sculptor

Brassai
(1899-1984) Photographer, Artist and Writer

Victor Brauner
(1903-1966) Surrealist Artist

Nicolae Grigorescu
(1838-1907) Painter

Jacques Hérold
(1910-1987) Poet and Artist

Isidore Isou
(1925-2007) Artist, Philosopher and Writer
The Foundation has recently completed the translation of one of his novels, The Love Express. The Foundation also a specially extensive collection of his published writings.

Marcel Janco/Iancu
(1895-1984) Painter
Jules Janco/Iancu
Georges Janco/Iancu

 

Eugene Ionesco
(1909-1994) Novelist, Playwright, Essayist, and Artist

 Downloads available in this section.

Gherasim Luca
(1913-1994) Surrealist poet and artist

 Downloads available in this section.

Stefan Luchian
(1868-1916) Impressionist Artist

Grégoire Michonze
(1902-1982) Painter
The Foundation has several of his works.

Jean Negulesco
(1900-1993) Film Director and Artist

Jules Pascin
(1885-1930) Artist

Jules Perahim
(1914-present) Surrealist Artist

Renee Perle
(Unknown-1977) Artist

Arthur Segal
(1875-1944) Painter
The Foundation has several of his works.

Janos Mattis Teutsch
(1884-1960) Artist

Ilarie Voronca
(1903-1946) Writer and Artist

 Downloads available in this section.

 

Literature

Konrad Bercovici
(1881-1961) Novelist

Prince Antoine Bibesco
(1878-1951) Playwright

Princess Elizabeth Bibesco
(1897-1945) Writer

Princess Marthe Bibesco
(1886-1973) Writer

Lucian Blaga
(1895-1961) Writer and Philosopher

Brassai
(1899-1984) Photographer, artist and writer

 Downloads available in this section.

Mircea Cartarescu
(b. 1956) Poet and Essayist

Paul Celan
(1920-1970) Poet

E. M. Cioran
(1911-1995) Philosopher and Writer

Professor Mircea Eliade
(1907-1986) Historian of religions and writer of fiction
The Foundation has recently completed the translation of his first novel, Diary of a Near-Sighted Adolescent.

Benjamin Fondane
(1898-1944) Philosopher, Essayist, and Writer

Matila Ghyka
(1881-1965) Philosopher, Essayist, and Novelist
The Foundation has recently completed the translation of his magnum opus, The Golden Number, which will be published by Inner Traditions in the USA.

Jacques Hérold
(1910-1987) Poet and Artist

John Houseman
(1902-1988) Actor, Producer, Director, and Writer

 Downloads available in this section.

Eugene Ionesco
(1909-1994) Novelist, Playwright, Essayist, and Artist

 Downloads available in this section.

Isidore Isou
(1925-2007) Artist, Philosopher and Writer
The Foundation has recently completed the translation of one of his novels, The Love Express. The Foundation also has a specially extensive collection of his published writings.

 

Gherasim Luca
(1913-1994) Surrealist poet and artist

 Downloads available in this section.

Gellu Naum
(1915-2001) Surrealist writer

 Downloads available in this section.

Peter Neagoe
(1881-1960) Writer

Countess Anna de Noailles
(1876-1933) Poet and Writer

Sasa Pana
(1902-1981) Writer

Paul Paum
Surrealist writer

Mihail Sebastian
(1907-1945) Novelist and Playwright

Claude Sernet
(1902-1968) Writer

Dolfi Trost
(1916-1966) Surrealist writer

 Downloads available in this section.

Tristan Tzara
(1896-1963) Poet, Essayist, Playwright

 Downloads available in this section.

Helène Vacaresco
(1864-1947) Writer

 Downloads available in this section.

Ion Vinea
(1895-1964) Writer

Ilarie Voronca
(1903-1946) Writer and Artist

Elie Wiesel
(1928-present) Novelist

 Downloads available in this section.

 

Music

Bela Bartok
(1881-1945) Composer
The Foundation has his book 'Rumanian Folk Music', translated into English.

George Enescu
(1881-1955) Violinist, Conductor, and Composer
The Foundation has sponsored the first British performance of one of his compositions.

Angela Gheorghiu
(b 1965) Opera Singer

Clara Haskil
(1895-1960) Pianist

 

Dinu Lipatti
(1917-1950) Pianist and Composer
The Foundation has sponsored the world premiere performance of one of his compositions taken from the manuscript.

Radu Lupu
(b 1945) Concert Pianist

Sergiu Celibidache
(1912-1996) Orchestra Conductor

 

Cinema & Theatre

Prince Antoine Bibesco
(1878-1951) Playwright

I.A.L. Diamond
(1920-1988) Screenwriter

Nadia Gray
(1923-1994) Actress

John Houseman
(1902-1988) Actor, Producer, Director, and Writer

 Downloads available in this section.

Eugene Ionesco
(1909-1994) Novelist, Playwright, Essayist, and Artist

 Downloads available in this section.

Peter Lorre
(1904-1964) Actor

Elina Lowensöhn
(1966-present) Actress

Radu Mihaileanu
(b. 1958) Film DIrector

Bela Lugosi
(1882-1956) Actor

Marin Karmitz
(1938-present) Film Producer and Director

 

Jean Negulesco
(1900-1993) Film Director and Artist

Gabriel Pascal
(1894-1954) Film producer, director, and stage producer

Lupu Pick
(1886-1931) Silent Film Director

Emeric Pressburger
(1902-1988) Film Producer and Director

 Downloads available in this section.

Edward G. Robinson
(1893-1973) Actor, Painter, and Art Collector

Marcel de Sano
(1897-1939) Film Director

Mihail Sebastian
(1907-1945) Novelist and Playwright

Johnny Weissmuller
(1904-1984) Actor

 

Intellectuals, Philosophers & Scientists

Lucian Blaga
(1895-1961) Writer and Philosopher

E. M. Cioran
(1911-1995) Philosopher and Writer

Ioan Petru Culianu
(1950-1991) Historian of religions,
philosopher and writer

Professor Mircea Eliade
(1907-1986) Historian of religions and writer of fiction
The Foundation has recently completed the translation of his first novel, Diary of a Near-Sighted Adolescent.

Benjamin Fondane
(1898-1944) Philosopher, Essayist, and Writer

Matila Ghyka
(1881-1965) Philosopher, Essayist, and Novelist
The Foundation has recently completed the translation of his magnum opus, The Golden Number, which will be published by Inner Traditions in the USA.

 

Isidore Isou
(1925-2007) Artist, Philosopher and Writer
The Foundation has recently completed the translation of one of his novels, The Love Express. The Foundation also has a specially extensive collection of his published writings.

Professor Serge Moscovici
(1925-present) Social Psychologist
The Foundation has recently completed the translation of his autobiography, The Years Adrift.

Hermann Oberth
(1894-1989) Rocket Scientist and pioneer of space flight

Tristan Tzara
(1896-1963) Poet, Essayist, Playwright

 Downloads available in this section.


Romainian Royal Family

Carmen Sylva
(1843-1916) Poet and Queen of Romania (Regina Elisabeta)
Queen Marie

(1875-1938) Writer

King Ferdinand I
(1865-1927, reigned 1914 - 1927)

King Carol II
(1893 - 1953, reigned 1930 - 1940)

 

Queen Anne of Romania
b 18 September 1923 died 1 August 2016

Queen Anne, consort of King Michael of Romania

Please click on the following link to read an obituary from The Telegraph Website from 1st August 2016

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2016/08/01/queen-anne-of-romania--obituary/




Obituaries



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Antoaneta Ralian
b 24 May 1924; died 26 November 2015

Antoaneta (Antoinette) Ralian, Romanian translator and publisher.

Please click on the following link to read an obituary from The Guardian Website from 14th December 2015:

Antoaneta Ralian's Obituary



Ionel Talpazan
b 16th August 1955, died 21st September 2015

Tarpazan was an ‘outsider artist’ inspired by UFOs.

Please click on the following link to download an obituary printed in The Daily Telegraph on 2nd October 2015:

Ionel Talpazan's Obituary (JPG, 0.6MB)



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Radu Florescu
b 23rd October 1925, died on 18th May 2014

Radu was a Romanian historian who "discovered" links between Bram Stoker's Count Dracula and Romania's real-life bloodthirsty arisocrat, Vlad Tepes, the 15th-century prince better known as Vlad the Impaler.

Please click on the following link to see the obituary printed in The Daily Telegraph on May 21st 2014:

Radu Florescu's Obituary (JPG, 0.4MB)



Liviu Ciulei
b 1923, he died on October 25th 2011 aged 88

A director, actor and set designer, Liviu Ciuleiwas a leading artist in Romanian theatre and film. Born in Bucharest to Liviu Ciulley, a lawyer and constructor, Ciulei studied architecture and theater at the Royal Conservatory of Music and Theatre. He made his theater debut in 1946, as Puck in an Odeon Theatre production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Soon after, he joined the theater company knwon as Teatrul Municipal din Bucureşti, later renamed Teatrul Bulandra, and directed his first stage production in 1957 — The Rainmaker. Between 1956-57, his theatre directing work was also reinforced by a series of consistent essays on directing an stage designing, in the context of a national media debate around the modernisation of the theatrical aesthetics.

In 1961, Ciulei gained an overall recognition for his version of Shakespeare's As You Like It. He was the recipient of the Directors' Award at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival for The Forest of the Hanged,[3] the film version of the Liviu Rebreanu's eponymous novel (where he also starred in the role of Klapka). In the 1980s, he was marginalized by the regime and transferred to work at Sahia film studio, as documentary filmmaker. He left in 1980 Romania with the motor vessel "Polar V" during the conduct of a documentary film about the life of Romanian sailors.

Ciulei was the artistic director of Teatrul Bulandra for more than a decade. After that, he worked in several European countries, as well as in the United States—notably at The Arena Stage in Washington D.C., where he directed Leonce and Lena (in Canada and Australia). Between 1980-85, he was the artistic director of Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After 1986 he taught at Columbia University and at New York University.

After the Romanian Revolution of 1989, back in his native Romania, Ciulei has directed a series of stage productions that have been both publicly and critically acclaimed. He was named Honorary Director of the theater he has always loved the most, Bulandra. Besides being the costume and set designer of the majority of his own productions, Ciulei, as an architect, contributed to the rebuilding of the auditorium of Bulandra Theatre. In 1996, UNITER (Uniunea Teatrală din România) awarded its annual prize to Ciulei.

Text from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liviu_Ciulei

Please click on the following link to see the obituary printed in the London Times on November 17th 2011:

Liviu Ciulei's Obituary (JPG, 0.4MB)



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George Ross
b 1935, died at Hammersmith Hospital in London
on 18th April 2011

Romanian émigré and eccentric who tought physics and the philosophy of science whilst living a restless, bohemian life in London

Please click on the following link to see the obituary printed in the London Times on May 12th 2011:

George Ross' Obituary (JPG, 0.4MB)



Monica Lovinescu
19th November 1923 - 20th April 2008

Monica Lovinescu, the Romanian dissident whose broadcasts from exile in Paris enraged the communist authorities, died in April 2008 at the age of 84.

Please click on the following link to see the obituary printed in the London Times on April 25th 2008:

Monica Lovinescu Obituary (JPG, 0.4MB)



1952 Lettrist self portrait by Isidore Isou

Isidore Isou
29th January 1925 - 28th July 2007

Isodore Isou, the Romanian-born founder of Lettrism, died in Paris on 28th July 2007 at the age of 82. Isou was a hugely influential figure: an artist, poet, film maker and critic, his Lettrist movement was influenced by Dada and Surrealism. A memorial service was held on 3rd August 2007 in Paris.

See more information on Isidore Isou in the Personalities section here.



Professor Liviu Librescu

A tribute to Professor Liviu Librescu

The Foundation would like to pay tribute to the memory of Professor Liviu Librescu who was gunned down while protecting his students from a crazed gunman at Virginia Tech on April 16th 2007.

Please click on the link below to see some articles about him from British newspapers The Telegraph and The Independent.

Newspaper articles (PDF, 0.4MB)