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Romania/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and debates  

4.2.1 Conceptual issues of policies for the arts

In 2001, in the reorganisation of the Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs, the Direction of Visual Arts merged with the Direction of Museums and Collection, amongst a General Direction of Heritage. At the same time, the programmes supporting artworks merged with the National Programme for Valuating Cultural Heritage. The direct result of these changes was the subordination of visual arts to national heritage.

After the fall of communism, Romania had no functional art market. Moreover, without a national contemporary art collection, the country also lacked institutions that expose contemporary art. In 2001, Romanian Government founded the National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC). Inaugurated in 2004 in a renovated pavilion of the Palace of Parliament, MNAC was seen as an institution which stores creativity and showcased recent art creation.

In 2009, through The Programme for the Support of Contemporary Fine Arts and Architecture, the MoCNH organised a public contest for the selection of a Romanian art project for the Venice Art Biennale.

Chapter published: 21-08-2012

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