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EMYA

The award was inaugurated in 1973 by the Council of Europe. The candidates are new museums or museums after radical reorganization or extension. The main goal was to discover and promote new ideas in European museums.

In 1996, EMYA was awarded for the first time to an East European museum, the Romanian Peasant Museum from Bucharest. His Majesty Queen Fabiola handed the EMYA trophy, The Egg by Henry Moore to the director Horia Bernea. In his speech, the EMYA president, Kenneth Hudson, said:

“My colleagues and myself are convinced that the Big Prize of this year must be given to the Romanian Peasant Museum from Bucharest. The wonderfull collections of objects are presented and interpreted with exceptional imagination and skill, in an original style with great impact on the visitor. The director of the museum is loved and respected by his colleagues and his artistic formation has helped him build a museum that goes beyond the traditional level of display and creates a whole more important then the sum of parts. Horia Bernea is an exceptional man and we are sure that the European museum world will hear much more of him in the future. He, as well as the museum, is destined to have an international influence.”

Other awards:
Margareta Sterian Award for best exhibition (1993, 2001 and 2003)
“Hospitality Award” (Ministry of Tourism), 1995
National Cultural Patrimony Awards: “Horia Bernea” National Museography Award for the exhibition “Work. Fire – Water – Wind, 2002; “Vasile Dragut” Award, 2002;
“Al.Tzigara-Samurcas'' Award, 2003.
National Committee ICOM Award for the exhibition “Tiles”, 2002.
Multimedia Award for the CD series “Face to face”, 2002.
Multimedia Award for the “Info Kiosk”, 2003.
“Mihai Bacescu” Award for the patrimony obtained in 2004 for the project promoting the cultural patrimony in Tara Hategului, in partnership with GeoMedia Center, Geology Museum and “Grigore Antipa” Museum.
Honorable mention awarded by the National Committee ICOM (2005) for the thematic concept of the exhibition Icons. Spiritual abstractions displayed at Chateau –Edgar Mèlik Museum, Cabriés, France.

Draw me like one of your French girls...
28 mai -16 iulie 2021




Ioana Sisea transforms the familiar into the uncanny, convention into immanence, static systems of meaning into dynamic ones and vice-versa. Focusing on the socio-symbolic relations between the artistic object, the artist and the viewer, her artistic practice is medium agnostic. She embraces the freedom to approach various visual media, such as drawing, sculpture, installation and video, and different styles and art genres according to their impact on the spectator’s perception. Her works give way to subtle inversions, complex alignments and changes of position between the object and the subject, in a genuine game in which the viewer becomes voyeur, therapist and patient.


"Draw me like one of your French girls..." is an installation and performance challenging the long-held practices of society determining a woman’s inner world. The classical motif of the Odalisque is re-interpreted to empower the female subject, placing her in contemporary poses of sexual pleasure, exploration and self-adoration. The title references a request for objectification and sexualisation, given by the woman at her own pleasure. This inverts the history of the Odalisque as a passive, voiceless object of male sexual gratification and transforms male voyuerism into female indulgence of adoration.

The accompanying performance breaks the fourth wall of the Odalisque, physically animating the figure and giving her the power to interrogate her audience. She is given a voice through a set of texts written by the artist. The texts are secret repositories for instructions, impulses and reflections narrating the ideological impositions of sexuality on the female, even in the present day, as well her own sensibilities and sensations.

Performer - Claudia Chiraș
Project coordinator - Ilina Schileru
 




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