Romanian Kitsch Museum opens in Bucharest

 
 
Posted5/5/2017 7:00 AM
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  • In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, photo mannequin depicting Dracula is backdropped by a poster attempting to differentiate Bram Stoker's character from Romanian medieval ruler Vlad the Impaler, seen at left, at the newly opened Bucharest Kitsch Museum, in Bucharest, Romania. The Kitsch Museum opens for visitors on Friday, May 5, 2017.

    In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, photo mannequin depicting Dracula is backdropped by a poster attempting to differentiate Bram Stoker's character from Romanian medieval ruler Vlad the Impaler, seen at left, at the newly opened Bucharest Kitsch Museum, in Bucharest, Romania. The Kitsch Museum opens for visitors on Friday, May 5, 2017. Associated Press

  • In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, photo a replica of Michelangelo's world-famous statue of David wearing a gaudy gilt necklace with a large US dollar ($) pendant, stands at the entrance to the newly opened Bucharest Kitsch Museum, in Bucharest, Romania. The Kitsch Museum opens for visitors on Friday, May 5, 2017 .

    In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, photo a replica of Michelangelo's world-famous statue of David wearing a gaudy gilt necklace with a large US dollar ($) pendant, stands at the entrance to the newly opened Bucharest Kitsch Museum, in Bucharest, Romania. The Kitsch Museum opens for visitors on Friday, May 5, 2017 . Associated Press

  • In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, photo a plaster statue is backdropped by an interpretation of the European Union flag at the newly opened Bucharest Kitsch Museum, in Bucharest, Romania. The Kitsch Museum opens for visitors on Friday, May 5, 2017.

    In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, photo a plaster statue is backdropped by an interpretation of the European Union flag at the newly opened Bucharest Kitsch Museum, in Bucharest, Romania. The Kitsch Museum opens for visitors on Friday, May 5, 2017. Associated Press

  • In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, a journalist looks arrives for a preview visit at the the newly opened Bucharest Kitsch Museum, in Bucharest, Romania. The Kitsch Museum opens for visitors on Friday, May 5, 2017.

    In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, a journalist looks arrives for a preview visit at the the newly opened Bucharest Kitsch Museum, in Bucharest, Romania. The Kitsch Museum opens for visitors on Friday, May 5, 2017. Associated Press

  • In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, copies of the now-defunct Dracula weekly one showing a front page headline that reads "Extraterrestrials steal electricity." at the newly opened Bucharest Kitsch Museum, in Bucharest, Romania. The Kitsch Museum opens for visitors on Friday, May 5, 2017.

    In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, copies of the now-defunct Dracula weekly one showing a front page headline that reads "Extraterrestrials steal electricity." at the newly opened Bucharest Kitsch Museum, in Bucharest, Romania. The Kitsch Museum opens for visitors on Friday, May 5, 2017. Associated Press

  • In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, photo a man takes pictures in the religion kitsch section of the newly opened Bucharest Kitsch Museum, in Bucharest, Romania. The Kitsch Museum opens for visitors on Friday, May 5, 2017.

    In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, photo a man takes pictures in the religion kitsch section of the newly opened Bucharest Kitsch Museum, in Bucharest, Romania. The Kitsch Museum opens for visitors on Friday, May 5, 2017. Associated Press

  • In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, photo Communist era milk bottles are on display along with a metal fish at the newly opened Bucharest Kitsch Museum, in Bucharest, Romania. The Kitsch Museum opens for visitors on Friday, May 5, 2017.

    In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, photo Communist era milk bottles are on display along with a metal fish at the newly opened Bucharest Kitsch Museum, in Bucharest, Romania. The Kitsch Museum opens for visitors on Friday, May 5, 2017. Associated Press

  • In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, photo a quartz clock icon is on display in the religion kitsch section of the newly opened Bucharest Kitsch Museum, in Bucharest, Romania. The Kitsch Museum opens for visitors on Friday, May 5, 2017.

    In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, photo a quartz clock icon is on display in the religion kitsch section of the newly opened Bucharest Kitsch Museum, in Bucharest, Romania. The Kitsch Museum opens for visitors on Friday, May 5, 2017. Associated Press

  • In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, photo a Communist education ministry poster depicting a traffic policeman is on display at the newly opened Bucharest Kitsch Museum, in Bucharest, Romania. The Kitsch Museum opens for visitors on Friday, May 5, 2017.

    In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, photo a Communist education ministry poster depicting a traffic policeman is on display at the newly opened Bucharest Kitsch Museum, in Bucharest, Romania. The Kitsch Museum opens for visitors on Friday, May 5, 2017. Associated Press

  • In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, a man walks by exhibits in the Gypsy kitsch section at the newly opened Bucharest Kitsch Museum, in Bucharest, Romania. The Kitsch Museum opens for visitors on Friday, May 5, 2017.

    In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, a man walks by exhibits in the Gypsy kitsch section at the newly opened Bucharest Kitsch Museum, in Bucharest, Romania. The Kitsch Museum opens for visitors on Friday, May 5, 2017. Associated Press

  • In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, photo museum owner Cristian Lica poses at the newly opened Bucharest Kitsch Museum, in Bucharest, Romania. The Kitsch Museum opens for visitors on Friday, May 5, 2017.

    In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, photo museum owner Cristian Lica poses at the newly opened Bucharest Kitsch Museum, in Bucharest, Romania. The Kitsch Museum opens for visitors on Friday, May 5, 2017. Associated Press

  • In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, photo a news photographer works inside the newly opened Bucharest Kitsch Museum, in Bucharest, Romania. The Kitsch Museum opens for visitors on Friday, May 5, 2017.

    In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, photo a news photographer works inside the newly opened Bucharest Kitsch Museum, in Bucharest, Romania. The Kitsch Museum opens for visitors on Friday, May 5, 2017. Associated Press

BUCHAREST, Romania -- A museum showcasing Romanian kitsch items has opened in the country's capital.

The 215 exhibits include a flat-screen TV with flickering flames imitating an open fireplace, a cushion that looks like a one-euro coin, and of course a life-size Dracula, Romania's national brand.

The first exhibit you see upon entering the museum is a copy of Michelangelo's world-famous statue of David. But that's the only reference to classical art in this space devoted to kitsch.

The statue, a miniature copy of the 16th-century century sculpture, wears a gaudy gilt necklace with a large U.S. dollar pendant and stands on a sequined cloth, setting the tone for visitors to the Romanian Kitsch Museum.

Some objects are Romanian retro such as glass fish that adorned television sets in the communist era.

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