Exhibition on the Czech architect to the Romanian Royal Court, Karel Zdeněk Líman, opens in Bucharest
On 24 October 2013, Ambassador Jiří Šitler opened – under the presence of HRH Crown Princess Margareta of Romania – an exhibition and presentation of a book on an official architect to the Romanian Royal Court Karel Zdeněk Líman.
Karel Líman (1855 – 1927), born in Mladá Boleslav, worked in Romania from 1884 and participated at construction or renovation of what are today the most visited attractions in the country, such as former summer residencies of the Royal Court Peles and Pelisor chateaus, a castle Bran near the city of Brasov or a current Presidential palace Cotroceni in Bucharest. The exhibition and a book issued in Romanian and English by the Igloo publishing house were initiated by the Embassy of the Czech Republic and supported by ČEZ Romania Group. For many months a team of reputable Romanian experts worked on them in order to restore architect Líman to public awareness.
The event, which took place on the occasion of the 92nd birthday of former King Michael, was attended by number of public and cultural representatives., the diplomatic corps, but also member of the Líman family, who arrived from the Czech Republic, as well as from the U.S.A. and contributed with number of items from a family archive.
On this occasion HRH Crown Princess Margareta of Romania stated that “the architectonic legacy which Karel Líman left to future generations is one of the many examples of friendship between our nations“. Ambassador Šitler thanked a General Manager of the National Museum of Art of Romania Dr. Theodorescu, authors of the exhibition and a book Dr. Beldiman, Prof. Vasilescu, Dr. Ion and Dr. Hortopan, members of the Líman family and ČEZ Romania and its country manager Jan Veškrna in particular, without whose support this event would not have been possible. He pointed out that “current generation of Czech investors and experts consciously continues long and fruitful tradition of Czech tradesmen and specialists of the 19th century and an interwar period in Romania, a tradition, which already lasts for number of generations”.