Lee Miller: A Romanian Rhapsody Photo exhibition at RCC

Romanian Cultural Centre in London will host the photo exhibition titled “Lee Miller: A Romanian Rhapsody” from 10th July to17th August 2014.

A Romanian RhapsodyLee Miller (1907-1977) is one of the most remarkable female icons of the 20th century.

The exhibition is curated by Adrian Silvan-Ionescu under the patronage of HRH The Crown Princess Margarita.

It explores hidden corners of rural Romania before and right after WW2, at a time of significant social and political change.

A Surrealist photographer, Lee Miller is often best remembered for her fashion work and as a WW2 combat photographer freelancing for Vogue magazine.

In the summer of 1938 together with the artist Roland Penrose she travelled through Romania by road in Miller’s large American Packard car. Their journey began in Athens, and led to Bucharest where they met the noted musician and anthropologist Hari Brauner and his partner Lena Constante, a puppeteer and stage designer.

Their route led to Târgu Jiu, Brebu, Tismana, Sibiu, Brasov, Bran, Baia Mare, and back to Bucharest.

Driven by her surrealist passion, Lee Miller was fascinated by the wonderful rituals of Romania capturing through her lenses customs such as Calușarii, Paparuda or Caloian.

The exhibition includes rarely seen and un-shown photographs of 1930s Romania, a record of the last moments of an innocent world.

After ’46 Lee Miller went back, determined to find out if her friends had survived the war. Her images subtly reflect the turbulence of the post-war years and capture the nation poised for major political and social change.

Her writing is veiled as she records evidence of the destruction of peasant life during the Nazi occupation.

Beautifully illustrated, Lee Miller’s images reflect the scars of irreparable damage, a world of hardship and unremitting toil, but also of great beauty and uniquely strong cultural values to be found today woven into the fabric of Romania.

Curator: Adrian Silvan Ionescu
10th July to 17th August 2014
Mon – Fri, 11.00 am – 6.00 pm

Romanian Cultural Centre in London
Manchester Square, 18 Fitzhardinge Street
London W1H 6EQ
Booking is essential at [email protected]

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