The Transylvanian Museum of Ethnography, a public cultural institution that operates under the authority of the Cluj County Council, in partnership with the Bistrița-Năsăud Museum Complex, the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, the Gorj “Alexandru Ștefulescu” County Museum, the Ethnographic Museum of Moldova, the Viticulture and Pomiculture Museum Golești, the Maramureș County Museum of Ethnography and Folk Art, the Brașov Ethnography Museum, the Maramureş Museum from Sighetul Marmatiei, the “Carol I” Brăila Museum, the Dacian and Roman Civilization Museum from Deva and “Marius Matei” Ethnographic Collection, invite you on Thursday, February 2nd, 2023, from 1 p.m., at the opening of the traveling exhibition “Beyond the story. The language of the inherited garments”, initiated by the Bistrița-Năsăud Museum Complex.
A number of 36 pieces of clothing and traditional ornaments started a journey across the country, leaving from Bistrita, in April 2022. The story is about simple things and the joy of meetings. The journey follows the thread of some stories to see what brings us closer and unites us as a nation. The exhibition aims at deciphering what messages our ancestors send to us, what life was like in the past, what was the garment worn on ordinary days, but also on holidays.
The project at the basis of the exhibition puts garment pieces in the foreground. The participating museums have proposed for documentation the movable heritage objects specific to both Romanians and other national minorities present in different areas of the country.
“Beyond the story. The language of inherited garments” is a project in which diversity gives voice to unity. The approach is interdisciplinary, the chosen themes being multicultural and multi-ethnic. With a little from each partner, a project was created that would matter in the public space, but that would also be a reference in the museum space.
Through this common, itinerant exhibition, we try to capture the features of the ethnographic areas represented by each museum. The exhibition also has a unique catalogue, made in the form of a very attractive newspaper, with an impact in the online environment. With the suggestive name of Z.MEU. The museum newspaper, this catalog will be distributed free of charge on the varnishing day in Cluj.
The exhibition can be visited from Wednesday to Sunday, between February 2-26, 2023, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., last entry at 5 p.m.