On the occasion of the 14th edition of the large-scale cultural event dedicated to the museum circuit called “Museums Night”, organized by the National Network of Romanian Museums (RNMR), the public from all over the country will have the opportunity to visit approximately 180 museums and benefit from cultural and curatorial activities proposed by more than 40 friends of the museums, on the evening of May 19.
“We are living a moment in which, at the world level, museums are not afraid anymore of various competitors in the fight for public, such as commercial spaces, because in the recent period we appreciate that malls are an incredible source to attract people to museums. We are living a period in which, at international level, investments are made in museums, various spaces with numerous, original and interesting collections appear, spaces designed and created by famous architects and designers. We are going to these things, too, because we have the resources and we have reasons to rise to these standards, and the Museums night is a living example that it’s possible here, too!”, stated the Executive Manager of RNMR, Dragos Neamu.
Museums night 2018 will bring to the public’s attention a new ingredient: a series of 10 documentary short films by which unknown and unseen aspects from the backstage of 10 museums in Bucharest, members of RNMR. This project was funded with the support of the National Cultural Fund Administration and with the collaboration of the Romanian Television Company. The documentaries were made with the specialized assistance of museum experts and they capture unknown and untold aspects of the selected museums: the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, the National Museum of Romanian Art, the “Grigore Antipa” National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of Romanian Literature, the Mogosoaia Palace, the National Geology Museum, the Documentary Exhibition Center of the “Ion Mincu” Architecture and Urbanism University, the “Prof. ing. Dimitrie Leonida” Technical National Museum, the “George Enescu” National Museum and the National Museum of Old Maps and Books.
“We are honored to be part of this project and to have the opportunity to transpose the unknown stories of 10 museums in Bucharest into images. I strongly believe that cultural institutions can coagulate communities around them and I believe in the power of the stories told in these 10 mini-documentaries through Maia Morgenstern’s voice. Events like Museums Night are essential for the development of a society, and one million people going out in the street for this event says a lot about the Romanians’ cultural potential” stated the Managing Partner of Quarts Media Production, Oana Dragulinescu, the producer of the series of mini-documentaries “Unknown Stories of the Museums”.
Each museum prepared for its public a diverse, interesting program that brings together various arts and sensorial experiences.
Moreover, more than 30 museums form all over the country can be explored by interactive tours, available for free through the Questo app. The tours, designed by museographers in collaboration with experience architects in the Questo team, bring an additional interaction to visitors and will be available on May 19.
“In this app, visitors will find different exciting missions and will be guided step-by-step through the exhibits in the museums. As they solve the app’s challenges, they find out unknown stories about exhibitions or people related to them.
For instance, visitors can discover the connection between the Culture Palace from Iasi and Suleiman the Magnificent, while at the Bellu Cemetery they can find out things about the actions of those who made Great Union to be possible. These stories and legends, and hundreds more, can be discovered in more than 30 participating museums through the tours in the app. Furthermore, at the Antipa Museum, visitors will benefit from two tours, of which the first one can be traveled while they are waiting to enter the museum” stated the Questo founder, Claudiu Petria.