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Exhibitions ASTRA Museum of Traditional Civilization

ASTRA Museum has received 100% non-reimbursable funding for the Open Heritage project . Increasing public accessibility to the multi-ethnic values of the ASTRA Museum heritage. With the implementation of the new project, the museum gained two new visitor circuits: an external one - the Path of Ethnic Minorities (18 monuments representing the various minorities: Roma, Saxons, Hungarians, Sects, Swabians, Lipoveni) and an internal one - the basic exhibition Atelier. Cale.Târg; temporary exhibition Changes.

The basic exhibition aims to reflect the intercultural relations that led to the formation of Transylvanian civilisation over time. If the fair, through the reciprocal exchange of goods, facilitated mutual cultural borrowings, the craft workshops facilitate direct, visual and tactile contact with the way in which the Romanians, Saxons and Roma made the various products sold at the fair.

Workshop. Cale. Fair consists of 3 rooms: the Path, represented by Neuhauser's lithographs, is the transition between the 2 rooms, one representing the Fair and the other the Crafts workshops. The path, like any road, has a double meaning and so the exhibition also acquires multiple facets, being able to be visited from micro to macro, from from production to distribution and vice versa, depending on the perspective or anthropological perspective.

Cale Room. The most complete image of a Transylvanian fair is the work The Fair, painted in 1819 by Franz Neuhauser the Younger. Each character is national and ethnographic specificities in accordance with the status of the social and ethnic status.

Sala Atelier talks about production as a process and highlights the phenomenon of the transformation of object into commodity. The 5 workshops presented: hatter, blacksmith, woodworker, potter and weaver reflect the interaction between the nations, the borrowings and influences influences.

The Fair Hall becomes the opening of the Workshop Hall, and the central iconographic piece, from which the writing of the the exhibition's discourse is Show/Model/Mass Face. An anonymous object, embroidered, reworked, assembled from 198 elements, it constitutes a map of signs found in all the media of traditional culture: wood, metal, ceramics, textiles, stone. The display was replicated in 3D, but also underwent a deconstructive methodology resulting in a "metaphorical alphabet".