Photo-documentary exhibition: Samuel von Brukenthal journey


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 Photo-documentary exhibition: Samuel von Brukenthal journey
 Location: Sibiu, Piața Mare/ Grand Square
 Duration: 23.07-1.10.2021
 Curators: Martin Rill, Prof. Sabin Adrian Luca
 Coordinator (Brukenthal Museum): Dr. Raluca Teodorescu
 Other contributions: Dr. Alexandru Chituță, Dr. Ghizela Vonica, Dr. Alexandru Sonoc, Mihai Vingărzan
 Partners: Monumentum Association, Sibiu City Hall
 Opening: Sunday, July 25, Great Square Sibiu (in front of the Roman Catholic Church), 13.00
 The exhibition is part of a project carried out in partnership with the Monumentum Association, an action co-financed by the City Hall of Sibiu.


Text from the curator prof. Sabin Adrian Luca:
Born in 1721, Baron Samuel von Brukenthal – Governor of the Grand Principality of Transylvania (1777 – 1787) – remained in the collective memory not so much through the political and administrative role that history has given him, but through the cultural achievements he has assumed. First of all, von Brukenthal is the founder of the first public museum opened in today’s Romania territories – the Brukenthal Museum, an institution whose bicentennial activity we celebrated in 2017. The accomplishment of his work as a collector brings together over 1,000 paintings (15th – 18thcenturies), about 1,000 prints (16th – 18th century European engraving) and 2,000 plates included in albums, a book fund of about 16,000 volumes, impressive collections of numismatics, minerals and antiques given to the public, which he considered his spiritual heir. Protector of local artistic circles, from painters to musicians, Samuel von Brukenthal set the patterns of the Sibiu cultural environment that would materialize, in 2007, in the first European Capital of Culture in Romania. The standardization of human survival, in modern times, concerns indicators related to the physical and social quality of life. The survival of cultural values, produced by the great spirits of mankind, is due to personalities such as Samuel von Brukenthal, through whose care we can speak today in Romania of Titian, Veronese, Cranach, Van Eyck, Brueghel and Memling, to name just a few of the masters who can be admired in exhibitions. The vast legacy left by Baron Samuel von Brukenthal urges us to pay homage, in 2021, to the importance of his work as a collector and founder of cultural institutions, on the occasion of three centuries anniversary of his birth.”