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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.

20 iulie - 15 august 2021

The National Museum of the Romanian Peasant alongside the Center of Excellence in Architecture, Arts and Audiovisual are pleased to invite you to the opening of “EXPERIMETRU” exhibition on the 20th of July at 6:00 p.m.

“EXPERIMETRU” presents three elaborate experiments outside the daily perimeter created by three contemporary personalities in the fields of architecture, restoration and fine arts: Matei Luca STOIAN, Graziella STOIAN and Nicolae STOIAN.

This artistic project presented, first to the wide public from the capital of Italy at “Accademia di Romania” from Rome, is exhibited today in Bucharest, being hosted by the Romanian Peasant National Museum during the period of 20th of July to 15th of August at Media Hall, entering from no. 3 Monetariei Street. This artistic project which was exhibited in the private art galleries from six european capitals: Rome, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Mainz, Luxembourg and Vienna is today presented to the public of Bucharest. Concerned with finding new means of expression in their work, the artists successfully rely on visual and sensory perception.

“EXPERIMETRU” exhibition represents the creations of three contemporary artists: Graziella STOIAN, Nicolae STOIAN and Luca Matei STOIAN, members of the Union of Plastic Artists from Romania, creations that have a special place in the artistic practice of the XXI century, by spreading unique colors, “these are differentiated by smooth, fibrous, calm or tensioned textures, which by capturing the light, create a savant compositional game in light and shadow, specific to the contemporary art.”

This exhibition, marked by a multitude of art works of large format, created on a various support-surfaces with mixed materialities, compose under the exhibition’s concept “EXPERIMETRU" a symbiosis of contemporary art works, a concept that is outstanding in its uniqueness and which presents to specialists and to the wide audience which loves contemporary art, a creative reinterpretation through an abstractization in the plastic arts.

“EXPERIMETRU " exhibition is open for visiting for the general public during the period of 20th of July till the 15th of August 2021, at Media Hall, entering from no. 3 Monetariei Street, at Romanian Peasant National Museum.

E X P E R I M E T R U artistic project’s coordinator and curator:

Luca Matei Stoian, Ph.D., Architect
Main Partners: Romanian Peasant National Museum

Partners: Lucas & Partners Architecture Studio, Igloo Media, M.N.G. ART S.R.L., CATENA, GLULAM S.A., GIP.S.R.L. ANNWINE .

Institutional Partners: The Union of Plastic Artists from Romania, The Order of Architects from Romania – Bucharest Territorial Branch, “George Enescu” National College of Music, The Union of Architects from Romania.

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We are initiating and organizing cultural events, we are building a community that reunites professionals but also the cultural and creative public from Romania.

Through all that we do, we are dedicated in contributing to building an infrastructure for the development of creative entrepreneurism in the country, the growth and diversity regarding workshops audience, designers, small businesses, promoting creative professionals on national and international scale.

The Center of Excellence in Architecture, Arts and Audiovisual is an non-governmental organization, with a self-governing character, who supports the interests of the creative community from Romania in a productive dialogue with the States Institutions and with international organizations. We act on creating a favourable environment for the development of the creative community from Romania.

One of our many priorities over the last years, was initiating artistic and architectural development projects through bringing together the creative communities in spaces and projects that can bring into the light and enhance the importance of Bucharest and of Romania on the European cultural map.

Our portfolio includes organizing activities with the purpose of creative interaction on a national and international scale, programmes of professional trainings, exhibition, book signings, creative workshops, seminaries and debates.


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