Mărginimea Sibiului. The area of beautiful girls and peasants with libraries

Mărginimea Sibiului. The area of beautiful girls and peasants with libraries


Muzeul Brukenthal, Piața Mare, Nr. 4-5, Sibiu 550163, România

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Exhibition of photographs from the glass plate negatives collection of the Brukenthal National Museum

Period: 10 May - 20 June 2023

Location: Brukenthal Palace, second courtyard, room 79

Curators: Delia Voina, Alexandru Constantin Chituță 

The collection of glass plate negatives of the Brukenthal National Museum, Museum of History „Altemberger House” is one of the largest and most complex collections of this kind kept in a museum institution in Romania, covering most of the subjects specific to photography from the interwar period. 

Mărginimea Sibiului (with its localities: Boița, Cacova/ Fântânele, Galeș, Jina, Orlat, Poiana Sibiului, Poplaca, Rășinari, Rod, Sadu, Săliște, Tilișca - mentioned here in alphabetical order) was an area often visited by the photographers Emil and Josef Fischer from Sibiu, here the two photographers made about 277 photographic images.

For the exhibition „Mărginimea Sibiului. The Area of Beautiful Girls and Peasants with Libraries”, an exhibition of photographs from the Brukenthal National Museum's collection of glass plate negatives, were selected lesser-known images and general views of the towns and villages that are part of Mărginimea Sibiului, sequences of daily life, interiors of peasant homes, portraits of young and old people, women and men dressed in their best clothes, which they wore only at church or on holidays, all passed through the filter of a carefully thought-out scenography by the photographers. The exhibition also includes a number of objects belonging to the domestic textile industry (spinning fork, spindle), wooden objects and pieces of traditional costume specific to the area, from private collections.

The exhibition had already been organized in 2022 at the "Regina Maria" Municipal Museum in Iași and in 2023 at the Bistrița-Năsăud Museum Complex.