A collection of decorated eggs from Romania will be the centrepiece of an exhibition from 11 July – 28 September at Bruton’s Museum in the High Street. The eggs belong to the Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, London, and are on loan to Bruton as part of its Object in Focus programme funded by Arts Council England, which gives access to the Horniman’s collections by offering objects on short-term loan.
This display of Romanian eggs consists of 62 traditionally painted, waxed and dyed eggs. Easter is the most important religious celebration in Romania, and decorated eggs play an important part in the festival. Traditionally they were made using vegetable dyes, although nowadays the dyes are artificial. Eggs are used mostly for decoration, and the patterns have become increasingly intricate over the years. Although the eggs are traditionally made for Easter, they can be used to illustrate Romanian art in general and link to other traditions of egg painting or decorating in Europe.
To coincide with the exhibition, there will be a talk on Thursday, 13 July, by Roxana Gibescu, curator at Galateca Gallery and Tranzit Association in Bucharest. Free of charge and open to all, the talk on the Romanian tradition of decorating eggs begins at 6.30pm at the Museum.