1 October 2021–27 February 2022. Visiting hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 9:30 am–8 pm. Sundays and holidays: 9:30 am–3 pm. Booking required
Under the distinguished patronage of: H.M. Felipe VI, King of Spain, and H.E. Klaus Werner Iohannis, President of Romania
Organised by: Romanian Ministry of Culture, Muzeul Național de Istorie a României, Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport and Museo Arqueológico Nacional
With the support of: Embassy of Romania in the Kingdom of Spain, Romanian Ministry of National Defence, Asociación Cultural de Protectores y Amigos del MAN and ASISA
Curators: Ernest Oberländer-Târnoveanu and Andrés Carretero Pérez
Visiting hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 9:30 am–8 pm. Sundays and holidays: 9:30 am–3 pm. Free admission
Booking required :
Booking (máximo 4 plazas por reserva) . Presente la reserva en el acceso a la exposición el día de su visita
This exhibition, part of the events to mark the 140th anniversary of the establishment of Romanian-Spanish diplomatic relations, surveys the cultural history of present-day Romania. It is the most important exhibition that the Muzeul Național de Istorie a României, Romania’s national history museum, has organised abroad in the last fifty years.
The show features princely gold and silver hoards, weapons, tools, fashion accessories, coins, pottery, glassware, wood and bone pieces, and metal and stone sculptures, among other objects. The nearly 800 cultural assets provided by 40 different museums in Romania are accompanied by loans from Spanish institutions such as the Museo Arqueológico de Sevilla, Guadix Town Council in the province of Granada, and the Museo Nacional del Prado.
Romania occupies a unique and exceptional geographical location at the crossroads of the Mediterranean world, Asia and Europe. It has the advantage of access to the Black Sea and a dense network of inland waterways, including the mighty Danube. It is also a particularly rich land of rolling plains, hills, mountains and delta flats, with a wide variety of natural resources. Thanks to this privileged situation, it has always been a cultural crossroads, a place of interaction and exchange.
This exhibition aims to trace the historical evolution of the territory of Romania over more than a thousand years, from the late Hallstatt and Scythian cultures (around the eighth–seventh century BC) to the invasions of the Germanic peoples (around the fourth–seventh century AD), with a particular emphasis on the period when Dacia was a Roman province (AD 106–271), after the Dacian Wars fought by Emperor Trajan (AD 101–106)
The show also highlights the historical connections between Romania and Spain via the Celts and Romans, the Sevillian emperor and the troops from Hispania who fought for him in Dacia, and the Visigoths who crossed the entire European continent and ended up settling on the Iberian Peninsula.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue in Spanish and English with numerous scholarly essays on different periods, undoubtedly destined to become a seminal reference on this part of Romanian history.