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February 4, 2023

MNIR displays The Thinker, Cantacuzino Bible, Enescu’s violin as part of anniversary exhibition

“MNIR 45,” an exhibition that retraces the history of the Post Palace, a landmark of Bucharest City, the establishment developments in and collections of the National Museum of Romania’s History (MNIR), the museum’s own publications, virtual projects and future plans opened on Monday at MNIR.

The event brings back to public display some exceptional artefacts from the Romanian national heritage, including The Thinker and The Sitting Woman Neolithic statuettes, a famous pair unearthed at Cernavoda that became the visual symbol of the museum.

“Visitors will see objects that have not been publicly displayed in a long time: the Cantacuzino Bible, the first Romanian language Bible of 1688; the Bujoru oxcart; the Histria sundial; the Papazoglu atlas; the Bull’s Heads postage stamp collection and a violin that belonged to George Enescu,” MNIR Deputy Director Cornel Ilie told Agerpres.

The exhibition is open throughout end-May.

The exhibition started off a series of events to celebrate the 45th anniversary of MNIR that will span May 8-12.

Attending the official opening, MNIR Director Ernest Oberlander-Tarnoveanu, made a brief presentation of the museum’s objectives, which he called “a true school of museography,” also mentioning what he called three MNIR “major failures”: missing on the redistribution of a new venue in the spring of 1990, on a project for the refurbishment of the MNIR building in 2002-2006 and a failed international competition of architectural solutions for the museum.

Mentioning that he represents an institution 128 years old, Director General of the AGERPRES National News Agency Alexandru Giboi said that MNIR, which he called a place where “when you enter, you step back in time,” “facilitates access to the past for the future.”

“And I am thinking mainly about my children and yours who, because also of the National Museum of Romania’s History, will get the chance of knowing the past, knowing their predecessors, knowing their history and what they can count on. I believe it is very important to our children that they have a well-developed feeling of national identity in the European milieu where we are all growing,” said Giboi.

Anniversary diplomas and medals were also awarded on this occasion.

Established in 1970 and opened in 1972, MNIR is one of the most emblematic institutions of Romanian culture. It is housed in a building classified as historical monument that used to be called the Post Palace, which was built between 1894-1899 on blueprints by architect Alexandru Savulescu.

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