The Museum of Memories from Communism opens on Friday in the former Capitol Hotel | Express Monitor

The story of the everyday life of Romanians from 1948 to 1989 will be told through more than 100 exhibits at the Museum of Communism Memories (MADC), which will open in Brasov, on April 1. MADC’s permanent collection will display photographs, objects and testimonies that capture the personal side and complement historical data about Romania under the communist regime. Far from being a manifesto of nostalgia, the museum offers the public a unique perspective on life during the communist dictatorship, from 1948 to the 1989 revolution. Ordinary people, who felt those years strongly. “Every aspect of daily life under communism, from the smallest gestures and objects to the bravest actions, shaped the society we live in today. We wanted the museum to be a space in which answers to all the questions that those born after 1989 could ask, could be found, At the same time, to represent a link between current generations and those of parents and grandparents, a gesture to bring about greater understanding and appreciation.says Alina Petring, anthropologist and founder of Museum Space. The objects and testimonials that will be on display since 2021 have been collected through the #MAdCesidespretine campaign. These include pieces of furniture that are found in every home, such as a bedroom or library filled with ornaments, as well as household objects and decor, but also unique stories from people’s lives, with unusual, absurd or comic situations.He added, “We have been preparing this opening since 2021. The museum space has been arranged in parallel with the coordination of dozens of interviews. The people who responded to our call to donate objects and memories, within the #madcesidespretine campaign, gave us the opportunity to live with them in the moments they experienced. We hope that all visitors who have passed will feel Our threshold with emotions. An impulse to tell us in turn their personal experiences.”said, in turn, Ioana Bijan-Will, entrepreneur and founder of the Museum of Communism Memories.

The museum is located in the Capitol Hotel downtown, a building representing the communist period. Until 1989 there was a “Shop” type store operating in this place, where highly desirable goods, such as cigarettes, coffee, soap or cassette players, were sold for currency that the common people were not allowed to own. The decision to open a museum of communist memories was motivated by the desire to attract foreign tourists and satisfy their curiosity about this system, while contributing to the diversification of the cultural offer that the city of Brasov offers to those who come on vacation.
The cultural space, in the same building, will provide a permanent exhibition area, a temporary exhibition area, a café recreating the atmosphere of the communist period through a selection of era-specific products, as well as a one-of-a-kind souvenir shop, which will operate both parallel and online. On the website

The museum’s first temporary exhibition is dedicated to the BD Historia magazine collection – Historical Comics. The magazine he initiated
Author and comedy professor Mihai Ai Grigdiano, he adapts historical moments in the form of graphic caricatures. The temporary exhibition MADC features the second issue of the BD series, “Moments from the History of Communism in Romania”, which collects works by artists dedicated to the work of students of the Contemporary History Department of the Faculty of History,
University of Bucharest. At the same time, the museum will be a support point for NGOs, and it will be possible to use the space every Monday for the various cultural and social activities they organize. In addition to the tourism activity that it will undertake, MADC aims to actively participate in the involvement and inclusion of children from disadvantaged backgrounds in cultural and educational activities, by establishing strategic partnerships with NGOs and social directorates. Thus, the museum organizes special tours for children, as well as various workshops dedicated to them.

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