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Born on April 4th 1872 in Bucharest in a family of small boyars, he goes to high school in Bucharest. In 1892 he is appointed custodian of the Antiquities Museum headed by Grigore Tocilescu. In 1893 he goes to study in Germany, at the München University, with King Carol’s support and Al. Odobescu’s advices; he studies art history there. He comes back to Romania and resigns from the Antiquity Museum in order to continue his studies in France and then, again, Germany, with an interest in museography. He studies with Wilhelm von Bode, a reformer of Berlin museums.
After finishing his studies he is appointed librarian and then director of the Carol I Foundation and professor in the Art History and Aesthetics Department of the Belle Arte School in Bucharest.
On October 1st 1906, Al. Tzigara Samurcaş is appointed director of the Museum of Ethnography, National Art, Decorative Art and Industrial Art renamed, in 1915, the National Art Museum Carol I. The new museum was temporarily hosted in the building of the former state coin factory on 3, Kiseleff Avenue, on the same spot where the palace of prince Mavrogheni used to be. From the beginning, Al. Tzigara-Samurcaş bases his museum on modern, scientific bases. His acquisitions considerably increase the collections, the main attraction being the house of Antonie Mogoş from Ceauru (Gorj) exhibited inside the museum.
A never-ending fight begins for acquiring the necessary funds to raise a new building (the current building of the museum). The plans where made in collaboration with the architect N. Ghica-Budeşti. To this purpose, he writes numerous newspaper articles that will be later gathered in his book “Romanian Museography” (1936). On June 30th, 1912 the foundation of the new building was laid. The construction was many times interrupted, so the building was only ready in 1941.
As long as he was director of the Museum, Al. Tzigara-Samurcaş lead a prodigious activity in connection with his other preoccupations: director of the Carol I Fundation and professor of art history and aesthetics in Cernăuţi. He writes articles on various topics, academic books, among which the ones on popular art are very important, holds conferences on the radio or at the Athenaeum, participates in international congresses and exhibitions. Al.Tzigara-Samurcaş becomes an important name in his field.
The situation becomes worse after the Second World War when the communist authorities dismiss him from the position of Museum director. In old age, sick and overly humiliated, the Father of the Museum on the Boulevard dies on April 1st, 1952.

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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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.

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