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Museum 3017-People in Bucharest and their homes at the beginning of the 21st century. A museum experiment from the future

Starting on May 19, 2017, an original exhibition place, preceding a new museum concept, will be proposed to Bucharest people by the National Network of Museums in Romania (RNMR) and NOD makerspace.

In the year of 3017, a mysterious “time capsule” is discovered: photos, interviews with people in Bucharest, objects, data, plans, all of these being the result of an anthropologic research on how people in Bucharest were leaving in 2016. The curators of the year 3017 discover and reveal, in this exhibition, not only the results of the research, but also several strange concepts that they try to explore: LIVING IN A HOUSE, HOME, MUSEUM.

Museum 3017. Bucharest people and their homes at the beginning of the 21th century provides us the opportunity to safely leave the familiar things to be able to look at ourselves through somebody else’s eyes and to try to look the other one through his eyes. We use LIVING as a MAGNIFYING GLASS through which we can look and understand Romania’s profound issues of the beginning of the 21st century: social and space segregation caused by poverty, the right to live in a house and the dramatic consequences of violating it, the retirement of the middle class in “gated communities” and the appearance of a speech on the “danger” of the urban living, the accelerated consumption always searching “new things”, the devaluation of the “old things” and of the perceived past as a “symbolic dirt”, according to the anthropologists.

The exhibition is based on the research and the web documentary series Bucharest Housing Stories, made under the project “Living Houses. The Cultural Diversity of the Living Spaces in Bucharest its Surroundings” (www.bucharesthousingstories.ro). The Bucharest Housing Stories Team has identified and researched seven types of living in Bucharest: living in a block, in a hostel, in residential complexes, in the ghetto, on the street, in nationalized houses, in the peri-urban area. All these types of living are presented in an exhibition through a specific installation, images, interview fragments and objects.

One of the exhibition windows is at the disposal of visitors who are invited to bring objects that mean “home” for them and which they would like to see kept in a museum of the future.

Children are also welcome! Curators have prepared texts and special places for them in the exhibition so that the whole family can enjoy the museum experience. Dedicated workshops will be organized for children during the exhibition and will be announced later.

The opening of the exhibition will be on May 19, at 19.00, in the new MATER premises, under ND Makerspace (160 Splaiul Unirii) and can be visited every day, from 17.00 to 20.00 and on Sunday from 10.00 to 20.00, until June 19.


The curator team: Simina Badica, Iris Serban, Wolfhouse Productions

Design and graphics: Wolfhouse Productions

Production: NOD makerspace – coordinator: Nicolae Lupu

Project Manager: Dragos Neamu


The exhibition is initiated by the National Network of Museums in Romania and NOD makerspace and carried out in partnership with the Vira Association, based on the project “Living Houses. The Cultural Diversity of the Living Spaces in Bucharest and Surroundings”, funded by a grant from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and the Romanian Government – www.bucharesthousingstories.ro. With the support of: The National Museum of the Romanian Peasant and THE INSTITUTE.

The curatorial initiative is part of the project entitled “Museum Night 2017. In the Backstage”, co-funded by the National Cultural Fund Administration, cultural projects session I / 2017.

The project doesn’t necessarily represent the position of the National Cultural Fund Administration. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the way the project results can be used. This is entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.


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