21/05 - 12/06/2018 @ RCI & Belgrave Square
The Centenary Celebration, the backbone of our programme in 2018, touch one of its peaks with 'Florilegium', a multi-art event honouring the diversity and vibrancy of the United Romania created in 1918 by showcasing the unique variety and beauty of Romanian botanical richness.
The astonishing biodiversity present in all historical provinces that came together to form a new, democratic state at the end of the First World War is showcased through an exhibition, a book launch, a talk, a botanical-artistic installation, and culinary delights.
The project is organised by RCI London in partnership with The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation, Addison Publications, creart - Bucharest Municipality Center for Creation, Art and Tradition, and the Embassy of Romania. With the support of Musiu and AVINCIS winery.
Exhibition: Recording Botanical Glory
21 May-12 June 2018 | Romanian Cultural Institute. Free. Mon-Fri 10.00-17.30. Please call in advance (020 77520134) to request a viewing
An irresistible showcase of Romania’s botanical richness through forty of the original watercolour paintings by thirty-six artists who illustrated 'The Transylvania Florilegium'. Campanula, crocus, gentian, geranium, hepatica, hellebore, iris and orchids have never looked so beautiful!
We are grateful to HRH The Prince of Wales for the permission to exhibit the works and for the support in setting up the exhibition.
Installation: 'The Great Union Garden'
21-27 May 2018 | Belgrave Square. Free, no booking required
We honour the Romanian Centenary (1918-2018) through a potent symbol of unified, democratic and diverse Romania that emerged after the First World War. The installation, pertaining to our unique bio-diversity, is made of plants from all the historical provinces that came together in 1918.
The work, placed right in Belgrave Square in the heart of London, evokes both Romania’s natural beauty, which has remained largely unspoiled despite the inexorable advance of modernisation, and is an invitation to natural and cultural discoveries.
The project benefited from the generous advice of Professors Elena Săvulescu and Mihaela Georgescu from the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bucharest.
Additional Events: Photo Exhibition, Palatal Delights
We accompany the main events of 'Florilegium' with a digital photographic exhibition depicting the most beautiful parks of Bucharest, old and new, shot by some of the best Romanian landscape photographers. The exhibition is an invitation to discover Romania’s multi-faceted and culturally rich capital and its cultural attractions.
Many thanks to Musiu from Timișoara, the Banat region, one of the first Romanian restaurants featured in the prestigious and exclusivist Gault & Millau Guide, for the culinary delights prepared by chefs Alina Hambaraș, Gabriel Săftulescu and Florin Ghibirdic, which are only matched by the exquisite wines provided by AVINCIS winery, lead by Cristiana Irinel and Valeriu Stoica, one of the top wine producers of the famous Drăgăşani hills in Oltenia region.