Situated in south-east Europe, bordered by the Carpathians, the Danube and the Black Sea, Romania is the meeting point of Slavic, Balkan and Germanic cultures. Due to its location, it has long been a privileged place of exchange between East and West.
The Lower Danube region was one of the first to experience the Neolithic revolution. In the middle of the 7th millennium BC, a new way of life arrived from the Middle East,
characterized by human settlements, agriculture, livestock, architecture, crafts and new funerary practices. One millennium later, these profound societal changes gave birth to agglomerations of thousands of people and some of the most remarkable craftsmanship in Europe. The oldest metallurgy in the world, that of copper and gold, also developed here as early as the 5th millennium BC, followed by bronze in the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC. The adoption of these technologies gave rise to new economic and societal structures that reflected a way of thinking about a continuously evolving world.
Resulting from an intense collaboration with the National History Museum of Romania, this exhibition presents the early beginnings of our contemporary world through more than 250 major artefacts. Pottery, anthropomorphic figurines, jewelry and weapons in gold and bronze – many from recent excavations and exhibited for the first time – will underline the symbolic evolution that took place in the Neolithic, the Bronze Age and the First Iron Age on current Romanian territory.
Curators: Corina Borș Ph.D., Katia Moldoveanu Ph.D. (National History Museum of Romania); Geoffrey Schoefs (Grand Curtius)
You can visit this exhibition with the MuseumPASS