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HORIA BERNEA

One of the greatest contemporary Romanian painters, whose exhibitions inside and outside the country remained permanent landmarks in the field. From 1990 to his death in 2000 he was director of the Romanian Peasant Museum. He established an original style in European ethnomuseography which he liked to call nascent or flickering museology.
I learned from him that you must not hurry or get stubborn when you want to accomplish a project. You first have to think about it really well, to see if your initial idea is correct. Nobody saw better than he did. Then you should consult with others, preferably with those whom you know to have different opinions. Then you try to take into account all these remarks, arguing against those you reject and including those that can enrich the project. Then you wait, germinate, preparing the illumination. For Horia Bernea, illumination meant the conviction that the idea was convergent with the faith – freely chosen to be the Christian faith. Only then, the project could start the adventure of the mise-en-oeuvre. Only then, could the miracle of the formation of the team happen. I haven’t yet met anyone so capable of constructing little punctual families with people, all too human, to transform their weaknesses in creativity, their complexes in personal style, their frustrations in a new enthusiasm, their preferences in wish for collective accomplishment.
He was not afraid to shock, to irritate, to incite. He contaminated us with courage by asking difficult questions – what do you see here? What do you think about this? What do you understand? Why don’t you like it? – or by simply inviting us to contradict him. It wasn’t and it is still not easy. But nothing that we do at the museum under his wing is easy.

Ioana Popescu

Decades of Visual Memory - Photographs by Ana and Gheorghe Tripon




We are pleased to invite you to the viewing of the exhibition Decades of Visual Memory -Photographs by Ana and Gheorghe Tripon, at the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, June 3rd - July 18th, with the opening on June 3rd, at 5 pm.
 

The exhibition dedicated to the photographers Ana and Gheorghe Tripon includes photographs taken by them between 1958-1992, as well as a few taken by unknown photographers during the first half of the 20th century – before their time. Located in Băița, Hunedoara County, România, the two photographers portrayed places, people, the important moments in their lives, social events, and the costumes and textiles specific to the region. Their photographs are mostly monochrome (black-and-white,) but there are also some in color, and some that have been colored.

The photography of Ana and Gheorghe Tripon served the need of Băița region community members to immortalize in images the people they loved, capturing the important moments in their lives. Along with the fulfillment of this mission, their photographs convey the documentary value of recording people's life style, and the traditional physical assets of the region – the architecture, the costume and the home-made textile inventory.

The rapid transformations that occurred during the 20th century can be observed throughout the Tripons’ photographs, and we can establish connections between various eras.

In today's context, when photography produces instant images, Ana and Gheorghe Tripon’s photography, which from photo shoot to film processing was the result of an intense creative labor but also of technical accuracy, remain unique.

The photographs included in the exhibition belong to the following collections: Ana Tripon, The Textile Museum, Nicșa Family, Elena Țucă, and Victoria Tripon.

The exhibition is organized by the Textile Museum in collaboration with the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant.

 




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