I have always said that Iasi is one of the most interesting cities in Romania. It exudes a special warmth that you cannot find elsewhere, it is loaded with history and everywhere you look you will find traces of old and glorious times. If you walk around the city, you will find discover an interesting mixture of new and old, of vintage and modern buildings, that will certainly make you daydream about the young ladies and gentlemen that were brought to their fancy balls with their carriage or about the crazy jazz parties or at least about the feminine looks à la Dior that were actively strolling around the city.
Fashion@theMuseum adventure will take you inside the homes of different personalities, inside the present museums, giving you a glimpse of how people from the past used to live! This adventure begins in Iasi but we will definitely expand our territory!young creative
Known for its bohemian surroundings of the interwar period, this city has hosted a whole range of great personalities, some well known, others more obscure. In this second category we can fit one interesting figure: the poet Mihai Codreanu. Born in Iasi in 1876, he was considered the most prolific Romanian sonneteer.
* sonneteer – a poet who writes sonnets
Since his early days, the man showed an undesirable passion for literature, publishing the first volume of poems at the time when he was attending the National High School’s courses. Although he decided to follow his father’s profession, that of a lawyer, Codreanu did not give up his passion for writing, being inspired mainly by French literature. His artistic limits didn’t stop here! When he gave up law due to health reasons, he headed to the teaching career at the Conservatory only after he had graduated the course called “Diction, expressive reading, critical psychology and theatrical stage “. Mihai Codreanu was also noted as director of the National Theatre in Iasi. His desire was to become an actor, but his eyesight problems got worse to the age of 30 years so he gives up this dream. Despite the health issues, he continued to write sonnets, dictating them to his close friends. He died in 1957 at the age of 81, in the villa that you can see in the photos.
Imagine this …..
Tape 1: In a chic gown, Mihai Codreanu sitting at a magnificent desk writing a sonnet while puffing a pipe filled with scented tobacco.
Tape 2: Mihai Codreanu looking after forgotten details about a literary work in “La Grande Encyclopédie, Inventaire raisonné des sciences, des lettres et des arts” which can be seen in his overwhelming library.
Tape 3: Mihai Codreanu taking his steel-end stick hanged on the wooden hanger in the bedroom to go down the stairs at the entrance, guarded by two bronze bulldogs.
In this house, called “Villa Sonnet”, master sonneteer Romanian Mihai Codreanu lived and created between 1934 – 1957. The building is located in an old neighborhood of the city, near an “ancient” pub with historical resonances, called “Bolta Rece”. Built in Romanian style, “Villa Sonnet” will forever bear the imprint of the poet and of the numerous literary meetings between some other Romanian writers, including Sadoveanu, G. Topîrceanu, Ionel Teodoreanu, Otilia Cazimir and others.
By visiting it, you will be thrilled to see the manuscripts and the poet’s first editions of some of his publications, medals, letters, books translated by Mihai Codreanu, photos, authentic furniture (XIX – XX) and art (painting, sculpture).
Photos taken&edited by Dan Filipciuc from young creative Location: Vila Sonet, Str. Rece, nr. 5 (in front of “Bolta Rece”), Iasi, Romania
“They said that fashion is madness but nowadays madness turned out to be in style”
– Mihai Codreanu