Sorin și Adrian ILFOVEANU

Painter and sculptor / Pictor și sculptor
Bucharest Potrait of an Artist

QUOTE

For a long while, Bucharest was to me the Amzei market, and its surroundings. We had a studio at the Brătianu establishment, with the windows facing the Amzei Church and attached to the angels’ house of Mița Biciclista. Professor Virgil Lefter, one of my collectors, told me that sometime in the 60s Mița B. would send her man to beg at the corner of Mendeleev Street and with the money they made they would go every Saturday, elegantly dressed, to dine at Athénée Palace.

For thirty years, my daily outings were almost identical: Amzei Market, through the vegetable, fruit and flower stalls of peasants from Teleorman, then the National Arts University on the street with chestnut trees, the Humanitas Publishing House back yard bookshop, and then, later in the evening, in the garden of the Writers’ Union
restaurant on Calea Victorieri, sipping wine with {tefan Agopian, Mircea Spătaru, Mirel Zamfirescu, at the owner’s table, the poet Eugen Suciu.

Again, Amzei Market, one evening on my way home, I bought from an old man a fig tree sprig in half a plastic bottle. Now, in the interior yard of our house, on summer days, I rest in its shadow, among my son, Adrian Ilfoveanu’s, sculptures, sipping Turkish style coffee, made using the recipe of an Armenian in our neighborhood. And now, when I have moved my studio close to home, I carry with me the nostalgia of those places; but maybe it is not about the ‘there’ but more about the ‘then’.

CITAT

Vreme îndelungată, Bucureștiul a însemnat pentru mine Piața Amzei cu împrejurimile ei. Aveam atelierul la Așezămintele Brătianu, cu ferestre spre Biserica Amzei și lipit de casa cu îngeri a Miței Biciclista – profesorul Virgil Lefter, unul dintre colecționarii mei, mi-a povestit că prin anii ’60 Mița B. își trimitea bărbatul să cerșească în colțul străzii Mendeleev, iar cu banii strânși mergeau în fiecare sâmbătă, îmbrăcați elegant, să cineze la Athénée Palace.

Treizeci de ani, drumurile mele zilnice au fost aproape identice: Piața Amzei, printre tarabele cu legume, fructe și flori ale țăranilor din Teleorman, Universitatea Națională de Arte, pe strada cu castani, librăria din fundul curții a Editurii Humanitas, iar apoi spre seară, după atelier, în grădina restaurantului Uniunii Scriitorilor de pe Calea Victoriei, la un vin cu {tefan Agopian, Mircea Spătaru, Mirel Zamfirescu, la masa patronului, poetul Eugen Suciu.

Tot din Piața Amzei, într-o seară în drum spre casă, am cumpărat de la un bătrân un lăstar de smochin pus într-o sticlă din plastic tăiată de la jumătate. Acum, în curtea interioară a casei noastre, în zilele de vară stau la umbra lui, printre sculpturile fiului meu, Adrian Ilfoveanu, bând cafea la ibric după rețeta armeanului din cartier. {i acum, când mi-am mutat atelierul în apropierea casei, port în mine nostalgia acelor locuri; dar, poate, nu e vorba de „acolo“, ci de „atunci“.

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 Sorin Ilfoveanu and Adrian Ilfoveanu for taking part in this project. More information about the album can be found here. These photos were taken at around his studio place near Piața Amzei. If you are interested to see other artists involved in this project then follow this link.

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