Erwin Kessler, Director of the MARe/Muzeul de Arta Recenta

Conference: “Sounds Like Image” Music in the Romanian Avantgarde, 1924-1931

Monday, September 4th at 5:00 pm, National University of Music, Bucharest



Erwin Kessler studied Philosophy (MA 1989, Bucharest University), Art History (MA 1995, Art Academy Bucharest), Theory of Art and Architecture (Prague, CEU, 1992), Historical Anthropology (Paris 1995-1997, DEA from EHESS Paris) and Aesthetics (Maastricht, Jan van Eyck Akademie, 1997-2000).

He is the founding director of MARe/Museum of Recent Art Bucharest.

Erwin Kessler is a scientific researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Romanian Academy.

Since 1993, he is art critic with Revista 22. He wrote many books about Arts such as Grupul Euroartist Bucuresti in 2013, Florin Mitroi: Zile in 2018 or Ion Grigorescu. Opera pictată 1963-2022 in 2022.

Serge Haroche, Nobel Prize in Physics 

Conference: “Revolutions in physics at the turn of the twentieth century”

Monday, September 4th at 5:00pm, Institut français, Bucharest


Serge Haroche is a French physicist born in 1944 in Marocco. After his studies at the University of Paris VI, he worked for almost ten years at the CNRS. He developed new methods for laser spectroscopy, based on the study of quantum beats and superradiance.

He taught in many prestigious institutions such as Paris Vi University, Ecole Polytechnique, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Yale University and École Normale Supérieure, among others.

Since 2001, Haroche is a professor at the Collège de France and holds the chair of quantum physics.

On 9 October 2012 Haroche was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, together with the American physicist David Wineland, for their work regarding measurement and manipulation of individual quantum systems.

Valentina Sandu-Dediu, Rector of New Europe College and Professor of Musicology

Conference: “Conference-Dialogue about George Enescu” with Sever Voinescu (Director of Dilema Veche magazine)

Tuesday, September 5th at 5:00 pm, Institut français, Bucharest



Valentina Sandu-Dediu is graduated in musicology from the National University of Music in Bucharest in 1990. Since 1993, she has been teaching at the same institution (professor of musicology, stylistics, theories of performance).

Author of more than 30 studies, 300 articles and a series of broadcasts for Radio Romania, Sandu-Dediu has written and edited books on Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, musical mannerism, style and rhetoric, Romanian music, music and ideology.

She also played piano in chamber music (CDs published in Romania with Aurelian Octav Popa, in Germany/Neos with Dan Dediu, in Boston/Albany with Ray Jackendoff). Latest release: Hybrids, Hints & Hooks. Music by Dan Dediu: Irina Mureșanu/V.Sandu-Dediu, Divine Art (USA/Canada), 2021. 

Valentina Sandu-Dediu was a fellow of Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, she is rector of New Europe College in Bucharest and in 2008 received the Peregrinus Prize of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences.