ARTS & LEISURE

Exhibition on destruction of architectural and town-planning heritage

A manifesto-exhibition on the destruction of heritage sites will be opened on Thursday, May 13, 18:30, at the Romanian Peasant’s Museum. The exhibition, curated by the artist Doina Vella, is organized under the aegis of the Romanian Order of Architects, with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute. On this occasion, the Black Book of the destruction of Romanian architectural and town-planning heritage and the www.distrugeri.ro website will be introduced. The speakers in the event will include Vintila Mihailescu (the Romanian Peasant’s Museum), Virgil Scripcariu, Dan Lungu and Anca Bratuleanu (the Romanian Union of Architects). The www.distrugeri.ro website aims to present the dramatic reality of the degradation/ destruction of our national heritage. By this endeavour, communities are encouraged to take part in identifying the weak points and propose actions to prevent loss and counteract destruction. The exhibition includes photographs taken by Doina Vella, Adrian Balteanu and Irina Iamandescu, which will be shown between May 10 and 30 in the Aquarium and Foyer Halls and on the esplanade of the Romanian Peasant’s Museum. “A manifesto exhibition organized under the aegis of the Romanian Order of Architects and generously hosted by the Romanian Peasant’s Museum, www.distrugeri.ro invites beauty-lovers to embark on an initiating journey into the fascinating world of Assan’s Mill, an A-class monument, vandalized for years, among the trunks of cherry trees rescued by Serban Sturdza and brought back to life by the artist Virgil Scripcariu, to plunge into the stylistic richness of a surprising, moving city, largely unknown to its inhabitants,” the curator of the exhibition, Doina Vella, says. The exhibition highlights other initiatives as well, showing that solutions exist: projects of some NGOs in the field (e.g. the “My protected area” project of the Pro_Do_Mo association), the project of making a photographic inventory of heritage sites, initiated by Pro_Do_Mo and Save Bucharest, the project of urban exploration The Quest for Little Paris of the Resources Centre for Public Participation CeRe, blogs and websites promoting the protection of heritage. Each NGO in the field will have the opportunity to present its project(s) within the exhibition.

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