Aurel Vlad

Sculptor / Sculptor
Bucharest Potrait of an Artist

QUOTE

Buildings are like people. You pass by most of them without noticing them; you lean on some and end up loving others.

This is why I can say I don’t know my city as I don’t know all of my fellow citizens, but only a few streets inhabited by buildings to which my life is connected. The building on Calea Griviței, where I trained professionally and where, since 1990, I have taught sculpture. The Aman Museum, where for two years I worked in the sculpture studio as a fellow. The house on Pavlov Street and the studio on General Berthelot Street are the “islands” where I withdraw, away from the bustle of the city.

And, recently, thanks to the research of sculptor Alin Carpen, I have discovered Moara lui Assan (Assan’s Mill), with its growth, development, greatness and then periods of abandonment.

But what connects me in a way to my destiny as a Bucharest inhabitant is the Kretzulescu Palace, which I met one night and around which I have lived a wonderful romantic story.

CITAT

Clădirile sunt la fel ca oamenii. Pe lângă majoritatea treci fără să le observi, pe altele te sprijini, iar pe unele ajungi să le iubești.

Din această cauză, pot spune că nu-mi cunosc orașul, așa cum nu-mi cunosc toți concetățenii, ci doar câteva străzi locuite de clădiri de care viața mea este legată. Clădirea de pe Calea Griviței, unde m-am format profesional și unde, din 1990, predau sculptura. Muzeul Aman, unde timp de doi ani am lucrat în atelierul de sculptură ca bursier. Casa de pe strada Pavlov și atelierul de pe strada General Berthelot sunt „insulele“ unde mă retrag departe de tumultul orașului.

Iar, de curând, urmărind cercetările sculptorului Alin Carpen, am descoperit Moara lui Assan, cu perioadele ei de creștere, dezvoltare, măreție, apoi de abandonare.

Dar cel de care mă leagă într-un fel destinul meu de bucureștean este Palatul Kretzulescu, pe care l-am întâlnit într-o noapte și în preajma căruia am trăit o minunată poveste romantică.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

I have invited 37 artists to take part in this project, and to choose a place in Bucharest to be photographed and to write a text about their relationship with the city. This idea would have remained only an idea without the support of ARCUB. Artists involved: Mircea Albulescu, Coca Bloos, Dragoș Buhagiar, Ștefan Câlția, Mihai Constantin, Corvin Cristian, Alexandru Darie, Ruxandra Donose, Vivi Drăgan Vasile, Tudor Giurgiu, Ilinca Goia, Adrian Ilfoveanu, Sorin Ilfoveanu, Vlad Ivanov, Doina Levintza, Ovidiu Lipan Țăndărică, Marius Manole, Irina Marinescu, Medeea Marinescu, Răzvan Mazilu, Horațiu Mălăele, Dan C. Mihăilescu, Horia-Roman Patapievici, Oana Pellea, Florin Piersic jr., Răzvan Popovici, Marian Râlea, Victor Rebengiuc, Analia Sellis, Răzvan Suma, Tiberiu Soare, Dorin Ștefan, Roman Tolici, Andi Vasluianu, Gheorghe Visu, Dorel Vișan and Aurel Vlad.

This is an extract from “Bucharest Portrait of an Artist” album published in 2015. I would like to thank Aurel Vlad for taking part in this project. More information about the album can be found here. These photos were taken in the courtyard of Moara Assan. If you are interested to see other artists involved in this project then follow this link.

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