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Two exhibitions were officially opened on 6 April, 2017 in the National Archaeological Museum. The first one shows the unique Nagyszentmiklós gold treasure, which is part of the collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna (http://www.khm.at/). Its display in Bulgaria is a cause for pride, but also an attainment of the ultimate result of a dedicated and purposeful work of the team of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum in collaboration with the Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OREA) (http://www .orea.oeaw.ac.at /).
The second exhibition is “Pagan Bulgaria: power and society” presenting the everyday life and culture of Bulgarian notables over a 200-year period since the establishment of the Bulgarian state when it has increasingly become a major political factor in the region. The considered period corresponds to the time when the Nagyszentmiklós gold treasure was being collected and buried. The items included in the exhibition come from several museums in Bulgaria: NAIM-BAS, National History Museum, Archaeological Museum (AM) Varna Regional Museum of History (RMH) Silistra, RMH Dobrich, RMH Shumen, AM Pliska, AM “Maritsa-Iztok” – Radnevo, AM Veliki Preslav and RMH Haskovo.
The exhibitions were opened by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lyudmil Vagalinski, Director of NAIM-BAS, as the opening ceremony was attended by the official guests Mrs. Iliana Yotova, Vice President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr. Rashko Mladenov, Minister of culture in the caretaker government, Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia Municipality, H.E. Mr. Roland Hauser, Ambassador of Austria to Bulgaria, Acad. Yulian Revalski, President of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic missions resident in Bulgaria. Greetings were made by Mrs. Iliana Yotova, Mrs. Sabine Haag, Director of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Mr. Rashko Mladenov, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Todor Chobanov, Deputy mayor of Sofia Municipality on “Culture, education, sports and dependency prevention”, H.E. Mr. Roland Hauser, and Acad. Yulian Revalski.
The opening ceremony was accompanied by musical performances of the “Yoan Kukuzel the Angel-Voiced” Chamber Ensemble with artistic director and conductor Kristian Popov.
The exhibition “The Nagyszentmiklós gold treasure” will be on display until 9 July, 2017 in the Treasury Hall of the National Archaeological Museum. It is implemented with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria, Sofia Municipality, the Austrian embassy in Sofia, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, UNIQA Insurance Group AG, HYPO NOE Group Bank AG and Raiffeisen bank.
The exhibition “Pagan Bulgaria: power and society” can be seen until 24 September, 2017 in the Temporary exhibitions Hall of the National Archaeological Museum. It is implemented with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria, Sofia Municipality, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Austrian Embassy in Sofia and Raiffeisen bank.