The exhibition “Elena Cuza, Romania’s first lady” can be visited, this month, at the Cotroceni Museum. The exhibition opens the series of cultural events organized by the Cotroceni Museum to mark 20 years since its founding.
The exhibition features personal objects which belonged to the first lady of Romania: the golden bracelet and seal with the initials H.C., her cloak, the replica of a dress worn by Elena Cuza after Al. I. Cuza’s death, cases for beauty products and sewing, a writing set, a travel set, a turtle shell fan bearing the E.C. monogram and the kingly crown in precious stones, handkerchiefs, shawls, the portrait of Elena Cuza, painted by Theodor Aman in 1863, to be donated to “Azilul Elena Doamna”, and the portrait of the prince Al. I. Cuza, dating from 1864.
The exhibition also includes Sèvres china table services which belonged to the Cuza family (bearing the A.I.C. and H.C. monogram, the emblem of the United Principalities and the quotation “All in one”), plates, fruit dishes, Baccarat crystal glasses, silver platters with monogram, forks, spoons and knives with the United Principalities’ emblem, a Bohemia crystal candy dish sporting the quotations “All in one” and “Joining forces”, a silver tea and coffee service, table cloths, napkins and towels with the monogram of the prince and of the princess Elena Cuza.
Elena Cuza founded, in 1862, at Cotroceni, “Azilul Elena Doamna”, an orphaned girls’ home, an act commemorated in the exhibition by displaying the medal “Azilul Elena Doamna, 1862”, made of gilded bronze, with a patina, the jubilee medal “50 years since the founding of Azilul Elena Doamna, 1912”, made of bronze, icons embroidered by the orphaned pupils, etc. The items on display also include letters, photographs, lithographs, stamps, photo albums, as the one dedicated by Carol Pop de Szathmary to the princess Elena Cuza, books, etc. The opening of the exhibition will be followed by a concert dedicated to March 8 – the International Women’s Day, offered by Patricia Seymour – soprano and Adina Cocargeanu – piano. The Cotroceni National Museum hosts two other exhibitions in March. On March 24 the exhibition “Theodor Aman – painter and engraver” will open, while March 31 will see the opening of the exhibition “Chromatic universe – Iosif Iser”. The two exhibitions mark the anniversary of 180 and, respectively, 130 years since the birth of the two classical Romanian painters.
The exhibition “Elena Cuza, Romania’s first lady” is running until May 31. The opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. The exhibition is complete with a catalogue which can be purchased from the museum’s shop.
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