HRH The Prince of Wales has visited the painting exhibition “Recording Botanical Glory”, opened at the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) in London on Tuesday, which also has put on display works granted by Prince Charles.
The exhibition provides a 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, are comprised in the works signed by artists from U.S., Australia, UK, France, the Netherlands, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland and Turkey.
Part of these artists, next to London’ personalities of the cultural scene, leaders of the Romanian community in the UK, as well as diplomats have also attended the opening event.
“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,” says ICR in a press release on their website.
The exhibition will stay open at the Romanian Cultural Institute in London until June 21 from Mon-Fri 10.00-17.30 (Except Mon 28 May and Fri 1 June).
The display is part of „The Romanian Centenary Garden’, 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 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.
On Thursday, ‘The Transylvania Florilegium’, a two-volume edition which contains paintings of 124 plants, has been also launched. The plants come from a list compiled by famous botanist Dr John Akeroyd FLS, an authority on European plants, who has been working on Transylvanian flora for over fifteen years. The project, headed up by Helen Allen FLS, artist and Principal of The Chelsea School of Botanical Art based at The Chelsea Physic Garden, has taken seven years to complete, with groups of artists visiting the region each year for five years.