Teohari Antonescu Historic Museum

The restoration and implementation of cultural activities in the historic museum was a collaboration between myself, Amfiteatru Foundation and the County Administration of Giurgiu, Romania.

How can artists and locals together form creative narratives and build new ways of to identify this region. Through access to arts and activities we all grow and become creators ourselves, how do we express our situation, our local community? Together with artists form Norway and Romania we sought to explore how art can shape local identities and also how we see a town like Giurgiu.

This project was terminated in 2022 due to the decision of the County Administration of Giugiu. The reason for this termination was the local administration’s failure to secure a legal tender for the restoration of the museum. This regrettable situation meant that our common preparations and visions forward will not be put into action.

The general objective of the project aims at the economic and social development of Giurgiu County through cultural cooperation in the European Area and the improvement of the management of the cultural heritage owned by the County Museum “Teohari Antonescu”.

Specific objectives include:

“Teohari Antonescu” County Museum is a landmark of national history and the only historical museum in Giurgiu County. The museum building was built in 1870 and the last renovation of the museum took place in 1977. The restoration of the museum is a necessity for the local community and is an important objective of the project, but not the only one.

For the first time in its history, Giurgiu County Council will collaborate in the field of cultural management with a partner from Norway, Morten Bruun, and will benefit from the support and help of Norwegian professionals to capitalize and promote the cultural objective represented by the County Museum “Teohari Antonescu”.

Benefits for the community: Children, schoolchildren and young people, high school students and their families in Giurgiu, including the socially disadvantaged (Roma, low- income families, etc.) will benefit culturally and socially from a modern means of education, taste development for culture and socialization within the community, increasing the degree of information and culturalization, through visits to the museum, participation in cultural and artistic activities; Romanian and foreign tourists transiting the only bridge over the Danube between Giurgiu and Ruse will be able to practice cultural tourism; the entities that offer services related to tourism (hotels, restaurants, companies in the area) will benefit economically from the increase of service revenues and finally the local community will benefit from the economic and social development resulting from the capitalization of the museum’s cultural heritage. Cultural institutions in Giurgiu County (County Center for Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Culture, “Tudor Vianu” Theater, “IA Basarabescu” County Library), educational institutions and art schools in Giurgiu County, cultural NGOs and similar institutions in the area will benefit culturally and socially from a restored building, with modern facilities to carry out cultural and cultural-educational activities.