The project

The project

A cultural project promoting museum-related activities and the written culture:

Museums and Religious Collections. Brancovan and post-Brancovan Treasures at Hurezi and Brâncoveni Monasteries

The National Heritage Institute (Institutul Național al Patrimoniului), in partnership with Brâncoveni Monastery, Olt County Museum, Olt Culture County Directorate, “Voievod Brâncoveanu” Primary School in Brâncoveni-Olt, Hurezi Monastery, Vâlcea County Museum, Vâlcea Culture County Directorate and Constantin Brâncoveanu High school in Horezu collaborated on the first cultural project entitled “Museums and Religious Collections. Brancovan and post-Brancovan Treasures at Hurezi and Brâncoveni Monasteries
(Rom. „Muzee şi colecţii religioase. Tezaurul brâncovenesc și post-brâncovenesc de la Mănăstirile Hurezi și Brâncoveni”), financed from grants given by AFCN (The Administration of the National Cultural Fund).

The aim of this cultural project, which has been proposed for financing, is intended to contribute, through a series of events, to preserving, promoting and harnessing a significant part of the Romanian religious movable heritage of Brancovan and Post-Brancovan styles, that are part of the national cultural heritage, since 2014 has been dedicated to the celebration of the saint martyrs of the Brâncoveanu family, commemorating three centuries from the time when ruler Constantin Brâncoveanu, his four sons and his son-in-law/counselor Ianache Văcărescu became martyrs. An important step on the way to knowing, preserving and promoting the ecclesiastical movable heritage is to pay a special attention to two of the most important museums/collections belonging to ecclesiastic institutions and to add value to this heritage by temporarily/permanently exhibiting them.

The purpose of the project is to promote heritage worship items of Brancovan and Post-Brancovan styles (icons, church books, silver or gold pieces, vestments, furniture etc.) by showcasing them in two exhibitions: one of them is hosted by Hurezi Monastery (Horezu-VÂLCEA) and the other one by Brâncoveni Monastery (Brâncoveni-OLT).

Both monasteries are historical monuments of national importance. Hurezi is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Brâncoveni monastery was rebuilt (1699 and 1704) and redecorated during the reign of prince Brâncoveanu, while Hurezi monastery (built 1690-1697) was founded by prince Constantin Brâncoveanu.

We have also partnered up with two educational institutions, since the project also supports cultural education and the education of the young, while preserving, promoting and culturally harnessing Romania’s religious heritage.

Each formal opening of an exhibition will be followed by a round table, attended by pupils and teachers (Brâncoveni elementary school, Horezu high school), representatives of the cultural institutions that hold Brancovan style movable and immovable heritage items, specialists, representatives of Slatina Bishopric and Râmnic Archbishopric, representatives of the local community and authorities, county culture directorates, other schools in the county and of county school inspectorates (Olt and Vâlcea), and the general public.

The first significant action of the project has been the competition (first, second and third prizes and two honorable mentions were awarded) entitled “Brâncoveanu and His Era” that took place at “Voievod Brâncoveanu” School on the 12th of June. The competition was attended by 47 elementary students and was organized by the National Heritage Institute (“INP”), together with partners in Olt county: Voievod Brâncoveanu School, the County Museum, the Culture Directorate, through its representatives: Ms. Florentina Udrea (Manea) - Project Manager, historian, PhD, Mr. Radu Dima - teacher, Director, Ms. Paulina Cojocaru - teacher, cultural and non-formal education adviser, Mr. Laurențiu Guțică-Florescu - Director, PhD, Mr. Gheorghe Iorga - engineer, specialized inspector.

The exhibition and the round table in Hurezi will be attended by students of “Voievod Brâncoveanu” School in Brâncoveni who took part in the competition, and by teaching staff. A group of students from Constantin Brâncoveanu High school in Horezu, together with their teachers of history/art/religion (appointed by the high school management board, and the history and art/religion department, respectively) will participate in the events to be held at Brâncoveni monastery.

The formal opening of the exhibition and the round table in Brâncoveni will be attended by partners in Olt and Vâlcea counties, and also by representatives of Slatina and Romanați Bishopric and Râmnic Archbishopric. Other guests will be heritage specialists in all fields, students, teachers, representatives of the School Inspectorate, the local and county authorities and of the local communities.

The project webpage and the DOCPAT software application will contribute to the improvement of the project, a project where the National Heritage Institute (through the Movable Heritage Records Directorate – aka cIMeC) is a national aggregator.

More information about this cultural project promoted by the National Heritage Institute in collaboration with partner institutions is available on muzee-religioase-Hurezi-Brancoveni (in a bilingual version, Romanian and English – summary).

Project Manager,

Florentina Udrea, historian, PhD

Institutul Național al Patrimoniului         Administrația Fondului Cultural Național

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