The exhibition „BESSARABIA AND CRISANA. THE PERMANENCE OF THE ROMANIAN FOLK ART”: Event dedicated to the anniversary of Centenary of the Great Union

Chișinău, 82 M. Kogălniceanu str., The National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History
November 28th, 2018 - March 17th, 2019

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The National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History, together with the Țării Crișurilor Museum from Oradea, Romania, are inviting on Wednesday, November 28, at 16.00, to the vernissage of the exhibition “Bessarabia and Crisana. The permanence of the Romanian folk art in two provinces at the border of Great Romania”. The aim of the exhibitionis to reflect the diversity as well as the unity of the Romanian folk art that was created by the communities from the Eastern and Western periphery of the Romanian area. The exhibition is dedicated to the anniversary of 100 years from the Great Union. During the vernissage, the actors of the “Ion Creanga” Epic Theatre of Ethnography and Folklore (Chisinau) will delight the visitors with an artistic recital.

The display of items from museum collections offers the opportunity to recompose through time and space the accomplishments of the folk genius from both ethnographic regions, in order to point out the cultural identity, the techniques and knowledge associated with traditional crafts, as a reflection of the degree of creativity and exceptionality of the heritage bearer communities.

The main groups of items and domains of the traditional culture presented within the exhibition are pottery, artistic woodcarving, weaving vegetal threads, furniture items, fabrics, dress, and artistic stone carving. All of them reflect heritage, artistic, identity and symbolic values.

The temporal frames of the displayed objects comprise late 19th – mid-20th century. The cultural space of the exhibition refers to Crisana (Tara Crisurilor) – the western part of Romania, and Bessarabia – a territory of Great Romania (1918-1944).

The exhibition aims to clarify and promote the common cultural heritage, the practical, the ritual and symbolic functions of the exhibited art items, the techniques of manufacturing and decoration, the forms of artistic manifestation and the structure of decorative ensembles, viewed as expressions of folk mentality.

Visitors can come tothe exhibition between28 November 2018 – 17 March 2019 at the National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History.

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