October 13, 2010 - 19:54 AMT
The Transylvanian Armenians’ Collection becomes one of the winners at 2010 Bucharest Architecture Biennale

The ninth edition of the 2010 Bucharest Architecture Biennale designated the winners in the six sections of the competition: architecture under 1000 sq m, architecture larger than 1000 sq m, town planning, interior architecture, stage setting and object design, monument restoration and the rehabilitation of buildings, and architecture journals. The winners include the “Dinca Home, Borsa, Maramures” (photo), “the Media and Design Academy, Mina C. Genk, Belgium”, “PUG Berzeasca”, “Pilot exhibition – the Transylvanian Armenians’ collection”, “the Evangelical Church Administrative Office, Brasov, 17 Town Hall Square” or “Banat-Crisana Tourist’s guides”. The exhibitions associated with the 2010 Bucharest Architec­ture Biennale include “Rien Ne va Plus/ Faites vos Jeux” – a Dutch exhibition on architecture at a time of crisis, the “Ro­ma­­nian Architecture Com­pe­tition Exhibition” or “2010 Magic Blocks – Behind the Concrete Curtain”, Nine oClock reported.

The Museum of the Armenians in Transylvania – Dumbraveni (Sibiu county) was officially inaugurated on July 15th.

The initiative to establish a museum collection of the Transylvanian Armenians belongs to the National Network of Romanian Museums and its partners and is part of a broader project – Regeneration actions for the Armenian community – financed by the governments of Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway under the NGO Fund of the EEA Financial Mechanism.

The museum is in the old medieval Apafi castle, in completely refurbished hallrooms, and showcases the history, the religion and the everyday life of the Armenians. The project is a perfect example of public-private partnership with the town hall of Dumbraveni, making the location available, with the Armenian Foundation providing information about the community, and with the NGOs doing the relevant work – rehabilitation of the historical monument, setting up the museum collection, and training the personnel of the museum. The project also aims at enhancing the touristic attractiveness and the economic development of the town through the valorization of cultural heritage. The delegation was also taken on a tour in the ancient Armenian catholic church in Dumbraveni.