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Romanian Kitsch Museum opens in Bucharest

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/5/2017
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. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) © The Associated Press 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. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A museum showcasing Romanian kitsch items has opened in the country's capital.

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

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.

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. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) © The 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. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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.

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. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) © The 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. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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.

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. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) © The 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. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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

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. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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