Monograph of the Union of Romanian Artists’ (UAP)

On the basis of archival documents and the studies consulted, Caterina Preda wrote a monograph study about the UAP and the state artist, which is prepared for publication. The book titled Uniunea Artiștilor Plastici din România (1950-2010): de la ”artistul de stat” la artistul dependent de statCrearea unei conștiințe socialiste artistice și reziduurile sale instituționale în postcomunism [The Romanian Artists’ Union of Romania (1950-2010): from the state artist to the artist dependent on the state. The creation of a socialist aristic consciousness and its institutional residues in post-communism] includes seven chapters, along with the preface, the introduction and annexes. Along with the preface, which presents the volume realized in the TE project, the Introduction describes the theoretical approach and the main references used in the book.

The first part of the book, “The State Artist (1950-1990)” includes 5 chapters. Chapter 1 “From the Syndicate of Fine Arts to the Union of Romanian Artists of RPR (1950)” describes and analyzes the establishment of the Union and the period of the 1940s when several entities existed dedicated to the defense of the rights of artists. Chapter 2 “UAP as the new ideological framework of institutionalized creation and the consolidation of the state artist in the 1950s” analyzes the establishment of Socialist Realism through measures adopted by the state, among which the guidance commissions and the planning of artistic activity. Chapter 3 “The bureaucratization of visual arts’ activity. The institutional framework of the Union and its immobile patrimony” documents the functioning of the Union from the institutional point of view and analyzes the different entities which were part of the UAP, among which the FP. Chapter 4 “The ideological dynamic of the UAP: from Socialist Realism through Socialist humanism to Realist humanism or Ceausescu’s realism” analyzes the ideological evolution of the Union and its transformation during the Ceausescu regime. In Chapter 5 “The relationship between the UAP and the state and party institutions: mediator of the cultural space or ideological and political subordination” analyzes the way in which the Union is included in an institutional system submitted to the Ministry of Culture under its different names.

The second part, “The Artist dependent on the state (1950-2010)” includes two chapters. Chapter 6, “The transformation of the UAP of Romania (UAPR) after 1990 and the change of the role of the artists: between autonomy and the dependence of the state” analyzes the modalities through which the Union was changed after 1990 and the reminiscences of the former model dominated by the state. Finally, Chapter 7 “The inheritance of the unions in democracy” offers the conclusions regarding the evolution of the Union in the interval 1950 to 2010.

The volume includes along with a bibliography, annexes which represent the results of the research project, such as the List of the monuments realized in Bucharest during the period 1950 to 2010, the List of members of the UAP between 1950 to 2010, Interviews with members of the UAP, as well as other documents from the archives we consulted (ANIC, CFP, AMC, CNSAS).


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