Night of the Museums 2023! What can be seen today in Iasi

Night of the Museums 2023! What can be seen today in Iasi
Night of the Museums 2023! What can be seen today in Iasi

The European event Night of the Museums, now in its 19th edition, is celebrated today, May 13, 2023, offering the public the opportunity to visit the exhibitions open at the museums within the “Moldova” National Museum Complex Iași for free

The Night of the Museums event was initiated by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and is sponsored by the Council of Europe, UNESCO and the International Council of Museums, and on a national level it is organized by the National Network of Museums in Romania (RNMR), being highly anticipated interest every year.

The program at the Night of the Museums

The public must know that this year’s edition comes with the following program: Palace of Culture, 17:00 – 22:00, entry time of the last visitor. Museum of the History of Moldova: The “Royal Court of Iași: a rediscovered history” exhibition, organized in the spaces that highlight the ruins of the Royal Court, highlighting its role as a fortified residence, always subject to military assaults. The collections of white weapons and firearms, exhibited in this context, give life to the old walls, evoking the heroic times in the history of the old capital of Moldova.

The exhibition “Socialization and entertainment in 1900” reproduces the atmosphere of the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. The exhibition “Underground Iași – Histories Rediscovered” capitalizes on the local heritage discovered as a result of archaeological research carried out in the adjacent areas of the historical center of Iași. Fine art exhibition “Poetry of the Muses”, exhibition project organized in partnership with Bella Rosenbaum and Yaakov Herev-on (Israel). Further, at the Ethnographic Museum of Moldova – the Fair of Folk Craftsmen, the XXIIIth edition, an event organized by the Ethnographic Museum of Moldova, in partnership with the Iași City Hall and the “ART – Prut Crafts” Association, during May 12-14, 2023, on the esplanade of the Palace of Culture, with a schedule until 10:00 p.m., on May 13.

The exhibitions “Holiday in the religious community” and “Peasant daily life: inventiveness and craftsmanship” capture the two fundamental coordinates in the life of the Romanian archaic civilization: the holiday and the daily life. The exhibitions create for the visiting public a scientific, artistic and spiritual connection with an archaic world in an accentuated and worrying process of dissolution.

Special exhibitions

The “Mechanical Musical Instruments” exhibition in the collections of the “Ștefan Procopiu” Museum of Science and Technology: a visual and sound journey that allows the (re)discovery of the fascinating world of musical automata, with its entire palette of devices that belong to it: music boxes, organs, clocks and albums with musical mechanisms, symphonies, polyphons, mechanical pianos and grand pianos, etc.

Unlike classical instruments that require interpretative skills, musical boxes with reeds, strings, bells or sound tubes are operated by a spring mechanism that automatically triggers the melody recorded on the support. “Ștefan Procopiu” Hall, 7:00 p.m. – The literary-musical-choreographic performance “May Reverie”, performed by students from the “Octav Băncilă” National College of Art in Iaşi, as part of the “Young Artist’s Portable” project, with the participation of the Quartet Virtuoso String Quartet, instructor: Prof. Virgil Popa.

The program will include artistic moments supported by students from the theater department, tutors: Prof. Nicolae Ionescu and Prof. Denisa Cernat; choreography section, tutors: Prof. Rodica Fălișteanu, Prof. Adrian Spătărescu and classical singing, tutor: Prof. Dr. Daniela Ciocoiu. In this setting, there will be a musical moment played by Codrin Cheptine on the piano. The project coordinators are Dr. Eng. Monica Nănescu, head of the “Ștefan Procopiu” Museum of Science and Technology and Prof. Carmen Zaharia-Danicov, “Octav Băncilă” National College of Art.

In the Rotunda of the Art Museum, an exhibition of video installations will be presented, presenting video artworks signed by Prof. Univ. Dr. Florin Grigoraș (National University of Arts “George Enescu” from Iasi) and Professor Dr. Jose Maria Alonso Calero (University of Malaga).

Visiting the exhibition “Documentary evidence belonging to the academician Petru Bogdan” illustrates the role that the distinguished scientist had, as the founder of the school and researcher in the field of physical chemistry.

At 18:00 – The “Beginnings” ballet show, supported by the ensemble of children, aged between 4-16 years, from the Dance Studio Club, coordinated by Prof. Alice-Diana Edu. They will perform classic dance moments from famous ballets such as: The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, La fille mal gardee, Don Quixote, Esmeralda, Paquita.

“Mihail Kogălniceanu” Memorial Museum Iasi, Mihail Kogălniceanu str., no. 11 (16:00 – 21:00, entry time of the last visitor): visiting the exhibition “Vices, habits and small innocent passions between the XVIII – XX” (May 12, 2023 – January 15, 2024). Organizers: The History Museum of Moldova, the “Mihail Kogălniceanu” Memorial Museum and the Union Museum within the National Museum Complex “Moldova” Iasi, in partnership with the Târgu-Neamț Museum of History and Ethnography and the Piatra-Neamț Ethnography Museum within the National Museum Complex Neamț, the Museum Complex “Iulian Antonescu” Bacău and the National Military Museum “King Ferdinand I” – Bacău Branch.

At 16:30 – vocal-instrumental recital by Lorena Bulei, Bianca Maria Iova, Maria Vamanu, Elena Consuela Costăchescu, Ioana Rusu, Parascheva Pintili, Antonia Maria Codreanu, Beatrice Maria Florea from the Singing and Chamber Music Class, prof Dr. Daniela Mihaela Ciocoiu, National College of Art “Octav Băncilă” Iasi. “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” Palace from Ruginoasa, Unirii str., no. 34 (16:00 – 21:00, entry time of the last visitor): visiting the exhibition “Faces and everyday life contained in banknotes of the 19th and 20th centuries”, which includes a great diversity of pieces, banknotes and coins, both in dating , as well as their origin.

Thus, visitors will be able to admire, in the showcases of the exhibition halls, Romanian banknotes depicting allegorical figures, the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Romania, alongside picturesque banknotes with female figures in popular attire, issued in the XIX-XX, which circulated in our area. Their peculiarity also consists in the fact that they present medallions with prominent personalities from our history: Decebalus and Trajan, King Michael, Horia, Cloșca and Crisan.

The article is in Romanian

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