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DARE – programme of Documenting, Archiving, Revaluing and Exhibiting the art produced in Romania in 1944-1990

In 2015 PostModernism Museum has initiated the 5-year programme of Documenting, Archiving, Revaluing and Exhibiting the art produced in Romania in 1944-1989, named DARE.

The programme consists of a series of pluri-disciplinary researches analyzing the relationship of Romanian artists to different political ideologies and social climates within the historic periods of post-war and communism, during 1944-1989. The programme includes a series of research-exhibitions, debate conferences and books, aiming to socially and culturally reevaluate the phenomena of the communism, in the light of the 30-year anniversary of 1989 Romanian Revolution in 2019.

So far, no private or public institution in Romania has assumed an initiative of research recovery of the cultural and artistic segments for this historic period of time.

The innovator concept of research-exhibition launched by DARE is the result of a pluri-disciplinary vision from history, anthropology, art and sociology. The research-exhibition presents documentary sources, archive proofs, artworks, memorabilia, films, books, audio and video interviews, in order to seriously and broadly open for view and discussion still sensitive and historically-tensioned subjects and themes, by using the exhibiting, debating and publishing as means of expression. Without subscribing to any thesis or interpretation, the research-exhibition brings its own tools of open probation, in a non-partisan relationship with various, adverse, politically or ideologically polarised elements.

The publications accompanying the projects are part of “History Dustbin Collection” edited by PostModernism Publishing House.

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Projects within the programme:

Before & After the cultural revolution in Romania:1971
From Political Propaganda to Baby Boom 
Socialist Architecture in Bucharest
Minorities in Visual Culture – Focus Romania
Nationalism și multiculturalism în cultura vizuală din România
Erotism and sexuality in ”Golden Age” – Ceaușescu’s dictatorship, 1965-1989
Women in Arts in Communist times

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