A temporary photo-documentary exhibition titled “Iarna la noi” (Winter Here) opens on Friday, December 23, at the National Museum of History of Romania (MNIR), the museum’s website informs. The exhibition invites us to embark on a journey through history focusing on events which occurred during the “cold season”, reflected in images, documents and texts meant “to draw a comprehensive picture of winter in Romania”.
Starting from the idea that “winter is not only about snow and holidays, but also about… history, as, throughout the time, wintertime has seen special, major events in our past”, the exhibition presents military actions in Romanian history. Also featured on the list are “events which occurred in winter and had a decisive impact on the course of Romanian history: the 1859 union and the 1918 one (which marked the birth and completion of the modern Romanian state) or the abolition of monarchy and the proclamation of the People’s Republic”.
The exhibition also “commemorates a host of landmarks in the history of the press (the first daily, the first newspaper in Transylvania printed exclusively in Latin script, the first Romanian pedagogical revue, the first satirical paper or the first magazine dedicated to folklore), the inauguration of major theatre and concert halls (the Iasi National Theatre, the Bucharest National Theatre, the Romanian Philharmonic) or the founding of scientific institutions (the Geological Institute, the Cluj History Institute)”, which occurred in winter. The same goes for the inauguration of the University of Bucharest building and the Romanian Athenaeum.
Last, but not least, the exhibition reminds us that winter was, then, as now, a season of joy for children and adults alike, filled with the emotion of a great religious feast and the colourful traditions associated to it.