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Romania’s treasures arrived to China: 445 exhibits will be presented in Beijing and then in Chengdu

The most precious objects of our country, manufactured by skilled and hard-working hands during thirty millenniums of human evolution and civilisation in the Romanian space, made it to China.

Starting with their careful packaging in the greatest museums of our country, to placing them on a special plane, their most careful downloading and preparing for the exhibition, the goods were guarded nonstop by armed police officers whose mission was to make sure these priceless values of universal culture would return to their home country unharmed.

Since being unpacked, Chinese specialists of China’s National Museum in Beijing surrounded them with all due attention and respect to prepare them for the ample exhibition entitled “Romania’s Treasures”.

The event represents a major project in the program of cultural cooperation between the Romanian Government and the Government of the People’s Republic of China and may be considered a courtesy response to the exhibition “China’s Treasures”, presented with the generous support of the Chinese Government and hosted by Romania’s National History Museum during April 29 – August 1, 2013, organizers pointed out.

Objects from late paleolithic until the beginning of the nineteenth century

At the exhibition “Romania’s Treasures”, there are pieces that cover a vast period of time, from late paleolithic and until the end of the eighteenth century and the beginning of the nineteenth. Also, the exhibition includes patrimonial objects that reflect both the cultural richness of all Romanian historical regions and the cultural heritage of ethnic minorities living
in common, for many centuries, with Romanians: the Hungarians and the Germans.

The public may admire outstanding creations by great neolithic civilisations, from the age of bronze and iron, both Dacian and Roman works that preceded the appearance of Romanians on the stage of history, a well as exhibits of the Romanian medieval and pre-modern culture, many of them unique not only in Romania, but also in Europe or throughout the world, representing genuine treasures of the universal human creation.

Dozens of persons worked together for this event

Like any other grand exhibition, “Romanian Treasures” required accomplishing a masive volume of visible and invisible work, due to the dozens of Romanian and Chinese colleagues and institutional partners – museographers, preservation experts, restorers, architects, jurists, diplomats, Government officials of the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, translators, photographers, economists, highly diverse technical and auxiliary personnel, officers of the Gendarmerie and of the Romanian Police Department.

“We want this exhibition to represent an occasion for the Chinese people and foreign tourists visiting China’s National Museum in Beijing to discover and to gain a better comprehension of the massive and original cultural heritage of Romanians and their ancestors, thus contributing to the strengthening of the traditional friendship that unites the two nations.”

Over 30 museums worked on selecting the exhibits

The honour to coordinate preparations and to organize the exhibition “Romania’s Treasures” went to the National Museum of Romania’s History (MNIR) and to the National Museum of Romania’s Art (MNAR), and the General Commissars of the project were Dr. Ernest Oberlander – Tarnoveanu – General Manager of MNIR and Ms. Ruxandra Ileana Theodorescu – General Manager of MNAR.

The organization of this highly important event of Romanian museography was also attended by 29 more museums, the most important of the entire Romania.

“Although selecting the 445 exhibits presented as part of the project was not an easy task at all, considering the richness and complexity of the patrimony included in Romanian museum collections attending the organization of the project, we think we will be able to manage, nonetheless, offering the Chinese public and specialists a relevant image of the originality and diversity of Romanians’ cultural heritage”, organizers of the exhibition declared.

The opening of the exhibition was scheduled on January 28. It will be open in Beijing until May 8, 2016 and afterwards it will be transported to the Sichuan Province Museum in Chengdu.

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