Exhibitions in the ASTRA Museum of Traditional Civilization

The ASTRA Museum received 100% non-refundable financing for the project “Open Heritage. Increased public accessibility to multi-ethnic cultural values in ASTRA Museum”.With the implementation of the new project, the museum won two new tours: outside – The Path of Ethnic Minorities (18 monuments representing various living minorities: Roma, Saxons, Hungarians, Szeklers, Swabians, Lipovans) and inside – the basic exhibition ”Workshop.Path.Fair”; temporary exhibition Changes.

The basic exhibition aims to reflect the intercultural relations that led to the Transylvanian civilization. The fair facilitated mutual cultural borrowing and  the crafts workshops facilitated the direct, visual and tactile contact of the way in which the Romanians, the Saxons, the Roma made the various products sold in the fair.

„Workshop.Path.Fair” consists of 3 halls: The path, represented by Neuhauser’s lithographs, makes the transition between the 2 halls, one representing the Fair and the other the Craft Workshops. The path, like any road, has a double meaning and thus the exhibition acquires multiple qualities, being able to be visited both from micro to macro, from production to distribution and vice versa, depending on the desired historical or anthropological perspective.

“The Path” Hall. The most complete image of a Transylvanian fair is the work “The Fair”, painted in 1819 by the younger Franz Neuhauser. Each character is surprised by the national and ethnographic specificity according to the social and ethnic status.

”Atelier” Hall talks about the production as a mechanical process and highlights the phenomenon of transforming the object into manufacture. The 5 workshops presented: hatter, blacksmith, carpenter, potter and weaver, reflect the interaction between nations, loans and interethnic influences.

”The Fair” Hall becomes the market of the Atelier Hall, and the central, iconographic piece from which it started writing the exhibition speech is Sampler / Shaper / Tablecloth. Anonymous object, embroidered, retouched, assembled from 198 elements, is a map of the signs found in all areas of traditional culture: wood, metal, ceramics, textiles, stone. The sampler was replicated in 3D, but it also experienced a deconstructive methodology which resulted in a “metaphorical alphabet”.

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