Our Venue

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Established in 1969 as the Romanian Library, the Romanian Cultural Institute (RCI) in North America is one of Romania’s oldest cultural diplomacy vehicles. The transformation from a library to a cultural center and, since 2004, a cultural institute has marked almost five decades of development and periodic reinvention.

Romanian Library New York Poster

Author: J. Molnar, 1978 

TRANSFORMATION OVER THE YEARS
 

A Colorful Renewal / Before & After

The radical transformation of our venue has been, from the very beginning, an integral part of our strategy of renewal and reinvention. Starting 2020, in eager expectation that the NYC cultural life will eventually bounce back to its breathtaking effervescence, we thought we could use this forced intermission to prepare to greet our audiences in a very different space, more functional and welcoming. Many thanks to our colleagues in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and A1 Construction team for the support.

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The Entrance 

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2022

The Hallway

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2018

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The Brâncuși Gallery 

 

Our Brâncuşi Gallery was inaugurated on September 17, 2021 through an extensive program of renovation and redevelopment of the RCI New York headquarters in Midtown Manhattan. The gallery is engaged in promoting Romanian and Romanian-American artists, offering a unique platform to Romanian visual creativity on New York's overcrowded art scene.

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The Norman Manea Room

Our renewed theater studio / conference space was inaugurated on November 8, 2021 and named The Norman Manea Room as an homage to one of Romania’s most acclaimed and best known writers and public intellectuals.

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2021

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2021

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2021