On February 5, 1990, Muzeul de la Sosea (the Museum on the Road – e.n.) was re-founded under a new name – Muzeul Taranului Roman (the Romanian Peasant Museum – e.n.). The recognition it gained is due to the vision of its founder Horia Bernea, being the only museum of authors in Romania and a favorable place for individualities. It is also one of the few Romanian museums whose intangible heritage is re-visited and re-interpreted in the artistic projects of some of its specialists.
Thus, yesterday, at the 28th anniversary of its re-foundation, several events were organized:
“Vini paplu di la put,/ Ncalar pi yumarut,/ Yumarutlu ni-anvitat, / Deadi paplu pisti cap! “
Riding a donkey (an imaginary one, yet screwy, as the one in the poem), paplu Yioryi/Grandpa Gheorghe told stories to the Aromanian children in the tent of the Cu Tenda exhibition in the Foyer Room which was full of lamni, busurat, miri, arapi, furi, dafni, amirarusi – scary but lovely characters who once inhabited the mountains, where Aromanians had their dwellings.
Cu Tenda is a European project that explores the cultures of the Southeast European region, focused on the culture of the Aromanian communities, continuing the approaches initiated by Irina Nicolau in the early 2000s.
The CU TENDA exhibition is one of the most important cultural products of the European project “CU TENDA” (traveling with the tent”) – STORIES, IMAGES AND SOUNDS ON THE MOVE [Living memory of the southeastern Europe], co-funded by the program Creative Europe of the European Union (2015-2019), developed in partnership with the Association Center for Intercultural Dialogue – Kumanovo of the Republic of Macedonia, O.R.S. Osservatorio ricerca sociale. Centro Studi, Politiche e Ricerché Sociali of Italy, and the „Paisii Hilendarski” University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. From April 2018, the exhibition will start traveling also across the partner countries.
This project is developed with the support of the European Commission.
Book release “Omul cu fluier”
In the evening, at Clubul Taranului (Peasant Club – e.n.), the present audience found out from Calin Torsan (Museum Education Department) how to write a book about pipes and how to sing a book about HUMAN BEINGS – in other words, the book “Omul cu fluier” was released.
When the birth of the Peasant Museum happened, I was on the street, with a hat in front of me, as a street musician. A man with a pipe. 28 years later, things will be like this: I will be on the stage of the Peasant Club, and my hat will be on my head. The man with a pipe. A book chirped by Calin Torsan.
Trei Parale in concert at Clubul Taranului
Trei parale is a traditional music band from Bucharest known for its reviving projects dedicated to the urban music of the 19th century or to the Romanian pastoral repertoire.
The band is also working on several different projects of musical reconstruction, partially published on CD: Bazar (urban music of the 19th century from Moldova and Wallachia), Ciobanul care si-a pierdut oile (pastoral songs), Balade vitejesti. The coordinator of the band is Florin Iordan, who is also an ethnomusicologist at the Romanian Peasant Museum and poly-instrumentalist within the band.
The concert held by the band on the Museum’s Day revealed to the public the connection between the experience in the ethnological research and the concert activity.
Launch of the [In]visible Museum
“Do you want to know how a museum lives? Like any other museum, the Romanian Peasant Museum lives like a living character. The Museum is curious – we are looking for answers through rural and urban anthropology researches; the Museum keeps the common heritage – we preserve, we restore and we document old and new objects of heritage; the Museum builds memories – we explore visual histories through the drawers of the Image Archive; the Museum plays – painters, storytellers, seamstresses, dreamers, at the Creativity Workshop. The Museum gathers people, things, happenings” is the organizers’ question from a press release announcing the launch, also on February 5, of the Muzeul [in]vizibil ([In]visible Museum – e.n.). #3
Exploration sites, presenting short exercises of memory, imagination and creativity, video materials by which the hosts aim to join the virtual visitors, too. Thus, the hosts are inviting those who are interested not only to visit the Museum, but also to visit them online, because they will launch every 5th of each month a new episode of the series [In]visible Museum #3.
The [In]visible Museum #3 continues the series of the museum explorations started on the occasion of celebrating the foundation of the MTR through the series of events [In]visible Museum.
In 1990, the Culture Minister Andrei Plesu appointed painter Horia Bernea as the manager of the Muzeul de la Sosea (the Museum on the Road – e.n.); for 10 years, the latter and his team will reinstate the collection alienated during the communism, “reviving a centenary museum” (Irina Nicolau).
In 1996, the great international recognition came: the EMYA Award for the European Museum of the Year. Until today, the Romanian Peasant Museum is the only one in Romania holding this distinction in its patrimony.
By its temporary exhibitions and old and recent collections, by its already traditional fairs and by promoting “the products of the Romanian peasant”, by its activities for children, by the diversity of its cultural actions (book launches and debates, concerts and movies, colloquia and cultural evenings, etc.), the National Museum of Romanian Peasant is permanently trying to keep up-to-date.