The exhibition “100 years – Romania in National Geographic” will be open on Tuesday as of 5 p.m. at the headquarters of the Romanian National History Museum (MNIR).
The exhibition is one of the events organized to celebrate 125 years of existence this year of National Geographic’s international edition and 10 years of the magazine’s Romanian edition. The first article about Romania entitled “Romania and its ambitions” was published in National Geographic in 1913. The article “Romania, the pivoting state”, published in Oct. 1915 is followed shortly afterwards by “Romania and its Rubicon”, published in Sept. 1916. The US journalists notice the fact that after tactical hesitations, Romania decided to cast the dice in the right direction. The 20-year-long Romanian “spring” is presented by the famous publication in bright articles that unveil themselves as tourist invitations to a country where the holidaymakers have the opportunity to admire unique scenic landscapes, the Danube Delta, the Transylvanian castles and monasteries, as well as a traditional rural world showing a lot of originality due to its mosaic of ethnic groups, customs, folk costumes and different cultures. Although the feature reports tend to acquire an exotic nature sometimes, the seduction of the old Romanian village is definitely emphasized. This exhibition reveals the same universe.
After the article published in 1940, no article about Romania has been written for 29 years. The article titled “The Americans step into Romania once again” published no earlier than 1969 hails the new beginning for the Romanian politics. But things do not seem to move in the right direction for Romania. The National Geographic publishes a new article in 1975 that underscores the uncertainty engulfing Romania, “Romania, a rebel on the wire”. A 25-year-long pause comes next.
The articles published in 1990 and 1998 present Romania embarking on the difficult path to democracy.
Some of the photos displayed at the exhibition are taken by famous Romanian photographs such as Alexandru Bellu and Iosif Berman. Other works of these artists can be seen on the website www.imagoromaniae.ro, a project launched by the Romanian National History Museum at the end of 2011. The project contains currently a database of over 5,500 pictures.
The exhibition is open at the Romanian National History Museum between October 22 – November 17. The opening hours are 10 a.m – 6 p.m. (the summer schedule) and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (the winter schedule) from Wednesday till Sunday.