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Anddrei Gabriel Plesu, Philosopher, Art Historian, Former Minister

Andrei Gabriel PLESU
Philosopher, Art Historian
Former Minister

Born: August 23, 1948, in Bucharest

Married, in 1972, to Catrinel Maria Lacramioara. Two sons, Matei and Mihai


  • 1966-1971 - Faculty of Plastic Arts, Institute of Fine Arts "Nicolae Grigorescu", Bucharest, Department of History and Theory of Art
  • 1975-1977 and 1983-1984 - scholarship "Alexander von Humboldt" in Bonn and Heidelberg. Lectured on culture and arts in Romania in Bonn, Dortmund, Dusseldorf and Freiburg
  • 1980 - PhD in Art History with the dissertation "The Feeling of Nature in the European Culture"

Professional Career

  • 1971-1979 - Scientific Researcher with the Institute of  Art History of the Romanian Academy
  • 1980-1982 - Lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Bucharest, for Modern Romanian Art and History of Art Criticism
  • 1982 - excluded on political grounds from the University
  • 1984-1989 - referent at the Romanian Plastic Artists Union and documentalist at the Institute of Art History, Bucharest
  • 1989 - expelled from Bucharest, for political reasons, and exiled to Tescani, Bacau County,  as librarian of "George Enescu" Memorial House
  • December 1989-October 1991 - Minister of Culture in the Government led by Petre Roman
  • since 1990 - professor of religion philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest
  • February-July 1992 - visiting researcher at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin
  • Since January 1994 - Rector of the "New Europe" College, the first Romanian institute of advanced studies
  • October 1994 -Una's Lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley
  • December 1997-January 2000 - Minister of the Foreign Affairs as independent at the proposal of Democratic Party
  • Since 2000 - member of the National Commission for the Study of Former Security Archives

Publishing Activity

  • Debut in 1968
  • Articles and studies in Romanian and foreign publications as Amfiteatru, Contemporanul, Romania Literara, Luceafarul, Secolul XX, Romania Libera, Viata Romaneasca, Plai cu Boi, Art Press, Cahiers de l'Herne, Reprresentations, Die Zeit, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Tagesspiegel, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Suddeutsche Zeitung and others
  • 1993 - Founding Member and Director of the weekly "DILEMA" (now founding director)


  • "Calatorie in lumea formelor" (Journey to the World of Forms), Meridiane Publishing House, Bucharest, 1974
  • "Pitoresc si melancolie. O analiza a sentimentului naturii in cultura europeana" (Picturesque and Melancholy. An Analysis of Feeling of Nature in the European Culture", Univers Publishing House, Bucharest, 1980, republished at Humanitas Publishing House, 1992
  • "Francesco Guardi", Meridiane Publishing House, Bucharest, 1981
  • "Ochiul si lucrurile" (The Eye and the Things), Meridiane Publishing House, Bucharest, 1986
  • "Minima Moralia. Elemente pentru o etica a intervalului" (Minima Moralia. Elements for an Interval Ethics), Cartea Romaneasca Publishing House, Bucharest, 1988, republished at Humanitas Publishing House, 1994. (translations into French 1990, German 1992, Swedish 1995)
  • Dialoguri de seară ("Evening dialogues"), Harisma, 1991
  • "Jurnalul de la Tescani" (The Diary of Tescani), Humanitas Publishing House, Bucharest, 1993
  • "Limba pasarilor" (The Language of Birds), Humanitas Publishing House, Bucharest, 1994
  • "Chipuri si masti ale tranzitiei" (Faces and Masks of the Transition), Humanitas Publishing House, Bucharest, 1996
  • Transformări, inerţii, dezordini. 22 de luni după 22 decembrie 1989 ("Transformations, inertias, disorders". 22 months after December 22, 1989"), co-authors Petre Roman and Elena Ştefoi), Polirom, 2002
  • "Despre ingeri" (On Angels), Humanitas Publishing House, Bucharest, 2003
  • Obscenitatea publică ("Public obscenity"), Humanitas, 2004
  • Comédii la porţile Orientului ("Comedies at gates of the Orient"), Humanitas, 2005
  • Despre bucurie în Est şi în Vest şi alte eseuri ("About Joy in East and West and other essays"), Humanitas, 2006

Audio books

  • Despre îngeri ("On angels") Humanitas, 2003, 2005
  • Comédii la portile Orientului ("Comedies at East Gates), Humanitas, 2005
  • Un alt fel de Caragiale ("A different Caragiale"), Humanitas, 2006
  • Despre bucurie în Est şi în Vest şi alte eseuri ("About Joy in East and West and other essays"), Humanitas, 2006


  • Since 1997 - Member of the World Academy of Art and Science

Prizes and Awards

  • 1980 - Prize for Art Critic of the Plastic Artists Union of Romania
  • 1980 - Prize for Essay, Romanian Writers Association of Bucharest
  • 1990 - Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, Paris
  • 1991 - Grand Prize of the revue Athenaeum, Bacau
  • 1993 - Prize "New Europe", Berlin
  • 1993 - Prize of "Flacara" Revue, Bucharest
  • 1994 - Prize for Essay of the Romanian Writers Union of Romania
  • 1994 - Prize "Book of the Year" for "Limba pasarilor" (Birds Language), Cluj-Napoca
  • 1995 - Prize for Essay of the Writers Union of the Republic of Moldova
  • 1996 - Prize for Essay, Romanian Writers Association of Romania
  • 1996 - Prize of "Cuvantul" Revue, Bucharest
  • 1996 - Prize of the Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, Berlin
  • 2002 - "Joseph Bech" Prize for merits in promoting the European Unity

Foreign Languages

  • English, French and German (fluent)