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Irina Nicolau, ethnologist and writer, co-organizer, together with Horia Bernea, of the Romanian Peasant Museum, coordinator of 6 volumes of oral memory, author of 8 books of alternative ethnology, creator of object-books, clothes and jewels; she loved kitsch objects, she loved her friends and she loved to play.

One day, it must have been nineteeneightysomething, I received a letter from Irina. She had managed to travel to Athens, to visit her aunt. I must also tell that she had first received an official negative answer from the Passport Department and she had been forced to request an audience at the Militia, hoping she would change their mind. She prepared thoroughly, she combed her hair back, tied it with a white ribbon and gathered it at the back of her neck, she wore a blue shirt with a white little collar, a straight dress, no make-up, she removed her famous rings and she took care that she looks stupid and poor. I don’t remember what she told the officer or whoever, but she finally obtained the passport. And thus I return to the letter I received from Athens! An elegant envelope, smelling of occidental glue, that I opened respectfully with the coupe-papier, only to find a piece of toilet paper inside, written upon with brown ink: THIS IS EXACTLY HOW I FEEL HERE. RIRI

Much later, in 2000, we made an album on Sibiel icons together with a younger friend. Thanks to Irina’s design, the book turned out to be a beautiful object. However, because of the bad binding, the colorful pages would fly away at the first skimming through the volume. Every time she gave the book as a present, Irina would write in the dedication: TO BE READ PREFERABLY CLOSED. RIRI

What is there to learn from these two stories? Well, first of all, that Irina Nicolau felt she was RIRI; secondly, that she had the gift of writing the essential, in simple words, short and very telling; thirdly, that she liked to work with her friends. And, in general, that she knew how to transform the unpleasant and the mistake in funny and memorable accidents.

Unfortunately, most of her books appeared in minuscule number of copies and where thus read mainly by her friends (Irina gave away as gifts everything she received as author’s rights and then bought some more so she could continue to make presents) and borrowed by her friends’ friends. The generous friendship, floating around her like mist led to a phenomenon manifest only after she left us: a sui generis community was formed of very different people who feel close to each other only by virtue of the feelings she had unveiled in them; some had just discovered her, other had known her for a long time and grew apart for whatever reasons; some, very young, were professionally formed by her, others adopted her (or were adopted?) as close relative.

Ioana Popescu

ARTIȘTI și ARTIZANI la MNȚR // 25 – 27 iunie 2021

Muzeul Național al Țăranului Român vă aşteaptă la prima ediţie a târgului ARTIȘTI și ARTIZANI la MNȚR, organizat de vineri, 25 până duminică, 27 iunie 2021, între orele 10 dimineaţa şi 6 seara.

La târg vor fi prezenţi artişti şi artizani care, prin arta lor, contribuie la recuperarea și revitalizarea meștesugurilor tradiționale incluzând revalorificări contemporane ale acestora.

Veţi putea admira şi târgui lucruri frumoase, realizate după vechi tehnici şi meşteşuguri aproape uitate: vase din ceramică, mobilier pictat, obiecte din lemn, podoabe din sticlă sau din ceramică, bijuterii din argint, fel de fel de jucării, icoane pe sticlă sau pe glajă, gravuri, picturi, ţesături, dar şi decoraţiuni din lavandă.

De asemenea, nu va lipsi oferta gastronomică care va fi asigurată de producători tradiționali. Aceștia vor aduce spre vânzare: miere, prăjituri de casă, ceaiuri, cozonaci şi turtă dulce.

Prețul biletului de intrare la târg: adulți - 8 lei; pensionari - 4 lei; elevi și studenți, posesori ai cardului Euro 26, în vârstă de până la 30 de ani, persoanele adulte cu handicap mediu sau ușor - 2 lei

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Curatori: Simona Hobincu şi Oana Constantin

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