Posted August 05, 2010 by admin

National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC)
Izvor St. 2-4, wing E4
Bucharest, Romania
tel.: 0040-21-3189137; 3139115
fax: 0040-21-3189138; 3121502

The National Museum of Contemporary Art opened in 2004 in The House of the Republic, which was built in the 1980’s and now serves as the Palace of Parliament. The enormous building was originally meant to host all of the administrative apparatus of the Communist regime, but a section was converted into the National Museum of Contemporary Art at the turn of the century by the then prime minister Adrian Nastase. The controversy that surrounded the establishment of MNAC was furthered by the fact that Romania lacks a Museum of Modern Art. Romanian Modernity, at least work from 1945-1989, remains deprived of a consistent showcase but is instead included in the program of the National Museum of Art (MNAR).

The Museum houses an archive which contains a Monographic Archive, Photo Archive and Digital Image Databank. The Library is the home of the Book Fund, which has been carried on from the former National Office of Art Exhibitions and includes dictionaries, studies, monographs and albums and is constantly updated with recent materials. The library also contains a collection of periodicals and catalogues. An offline database is also available and it represents the electronic version of the MNCA documentary archive, offering information on artists and their activity (CVs, references, images, statements, etc) and an integrated system of descriptive files: catalogues, videos, CD/DVD and events.

Contemporary Art Archive, Romania

No information is presently available. Lia and Dan Perjovschi in Bucharest were probably the first and most determined to defy the existing institutional framework by opening their own atelier for those interested in alternative culture as well as for young artists on the hunt for information. As early as the dawn of the '90s Lia Perjovschi founded the Contemporary Art Archive, a collection of issues, publications and reproductions. By the end of the '90s the CAA became a valuable database for all alternative art initiatives, a self-supporting archive created outside the network of state funds or self-government support. Besides issuing, on bases of archive material, publications of cheap design meant to inform upon and to classify various tendencies and thus also managing to create sort of a virtual art scene, the CAA organized several exhibitions paired with open discussions or series of lectures. An exhibition was organized in 2003, centered around the material of The Globe, the result of a ten-years' collection of artefact symbols of the globe, throwing some light on the value of the ever-growing archive founded by Lia Perjovschi. Beginning with the year 2003 the CAA has modified its function and is currently operating under the title of Center For Art Analysis (No additional information available at this time.)

Updated 9/2009