„Roads to 1989. East-Central Europe 1939-1989” exhibition on display in Bucharest as of mid-October


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Universitatii Square in Bucharest will host an exhibition on the CEE’s path during 1939-1989 starting October 14.

„Roads to 1989. East-Central Europe 1939-1989” exhibition designed by the historians belonging to the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (REMS) is presenting the complicated process of the liberation of this European region from the communist dictatorship. The event is part of the „Freedom Express” social and educational campaign promoted by the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity in partnership with the Romanian Culture Ministry and with the Culture ministries from Poland, Germany, Slovakia and Hungary.

Warsaw exhibition
Warsaw exhibition

The official opening of the exhibition will take place in Universitatii Square on October 14 at 14:00 in the presence of Irina Cajal-Marin, secretary of state within the Romanian Culture Ministry and of the ambassador of Germany in Bucharest, Werner Hans Lauk, of the Hungarian ambassador Botond Zákonyi, the Polish and Slovak envoys Marcin Wilczek and Ján Gabor.

The exhibition, on display so far in Berlin, Warsaw, Budapest and Wienna, presents the various types of civil rights’ restriction in the former communist block and the attempts made to regain them. It focuses especially on the question of what connects and divides remembrance of the events that preceded the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe.

„The idea of this exhibition was born out of the conviction that the reflection upon the transformations that took place in 1989 in various countries is getting deeper when the overall European context of those events is perceived. Our target is to firstly remind the processes that eventually led to the communism fall in this part of Europe,” said professor Jan Rydel, the president of the Management Board of REMS.

Budapest exhibition
Budapest exhibition

The exhibition content is presented in the guise of a story about various faces of freedom: the freedom of speech, the religious freedom or the economic freedom.

„The geometrical shape of the block enables the confinement of an rendez-vous meeting with history in the public space. The archive photos and texts were placed on some alight cubes which allows guests also visit the exhibition after nighfall,” said Miros?aw Nizio, the author of the architectonic concept.

The exhibition will be on display in Bucharest until October 31, when it will continue its journey throughout Europe. The virtual display is available at http://1989.enrs.eu/exhibition.

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