Apart from the exceptional patrimony of vernacular architecture exhibited on the open-air expo, the „Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum is on a quest to continually support folk creation, be it anonymous in nature, or the works of master craftsmen skilled in traditional techniques, to advocate an artistic genre most cherished by specialists and all people alike, to protect the objects of yesteryear, as still asserting themselves today.
The contemporary popular arts gallery hosts a permanent sale expo featuring objects crafted by contemporary folk masters, sculptors, painters and artistic societies centered on popular arts and crafts. The objects exhibited illustrate the rich heritage of folk creations – ceramics, textiles, weavings, wood, painted eggs, wood and glass paintings, popular rugs and carpets, toys, furniture, masks, popular adornments, costume pieces, sheepskin waistcoats, leather objects etc. The visitors will discover the famous red and black ceramics, rough or enameled, representative of (still) active pottery centers: Horezu, Rădăuți, Baia Mare, Corund, Marginea, Oboga, Romana, Vlădești. The gallery features sale pieces like plates, bowls, jugs, mugs, lampads, terracotta tiles, toys, with prices ranging from 5 to 120 RON.
Textile art is represented with a rich variety of fabric pieces to fit the wants and needs of our public. Pieces ranging from napkins, towels, table cloths, traditional wear like chemises and blouses, vests, fabric belts, aprons etc., made from cotton, flax, hemp or wool. Noteworthy fabrics to peruse are Avrig cotton scarves, mini Bucovina scarves, Dobrogea region borangic scarves, cotton chemises and Breaza blouses. You will find pieces that fit all sizes, shapes and styles, with prices that vary between 10 and 900 RON.
Renowned for their beauty and execution, Romanian rugs and carpets are favorites among our visitors. The fabrics originate from Maramureș, Oltenia, Bucovina or Muntenia, are made of wool and add a touch of folk panache to a warm interior. Available for purchase inside the store, with prices ranging from 100 to 3000 RON.
We feature wooden items, objects such as – cupels, forks, curd cheese patterns, stampers, sp0ons, musical instruments, coffers, furniture pieces – handmade by talented folk craftsmen and painters from the lands of Vâlcea, Vrancea, Maramureș, Teleorman, Brașov, available for purchase with prices ranging from 30 to 2800 RON.
Religious icons painted on wood or glass, by the hands of icon masters from Țara Făgărașului, Brașov, Maramureș, Bucovina, Tuclea, Vâlcea – represent a distinct category in our gallery, available for purchase, with prices ranging from 90 to 1000 RON.
The Village Museum Library holds a substantial archive of research publications – studies made by prestigious specialists from fields such as ethnology, ethnography, museology; promotional publications to showcase Museum patrimony – flayers, guides, albums, pocket books and tourism magazines. Additionally, the Museum features a generous collection of electronic resources – CD’s, DVD s, audio and video cassettes, available for visitors that wish future documentation about the cultural values we hold so dearly, the Museum patrimony, and of course, our Romanian folk music thesaurus.
EDUCATIONAL GAME “THE VILLAGE”
The educational game “The Village” was launched on the 1st of June, the official game of “Dimitrie Gusti” National Museum in Bucharest, on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the museum.
For children who are familiar with letters, but also for teenagers and even adults, the Village is a kind of visit to the museum.
On the back of the board there are representative images of the museum. The visit covers the entire route of the museum, from the entrance to the final point, Dragomireşti Church, Maramureş. The route is covered by forming words as long as possible with the letters from the cards. The surprise cards, with extraordinary artwork designed the Rodica Vieru, make the game even more interesting. On the back of all 130 cards there are 4 types of traditional Romanian patterns taken from the costumes in the museum heritage.
The game is designed for two age groups and can be played both separately by maximum 8 players, as well as by teams, with more players, which makes it more attractive.
The game was created by writer Danion Vasile, who also writes children’s books. It is the first game in a series of games to promote museums and parks.
The educational game “The Village” can be also bought from the museum store for 75 RON.