Six Romanian contemporary artists are showcased in ”Manufacturing Nature / Naturalizing The Synthetic” exhibition at Frac des Pays de la Loire

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Manufacturing Nature / Naturalizing The Synthetic

Artists: Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Nona Inescu, Olivia Mihălțianu, Alex Mirutziu, Vlad Nancă

Curator: Diana Marincu

Residence: September - November 2018

Exhibition: 17 November, 2018 - 27 January, 2019

The XXXIInd International Workshops of the Frac of the Pays de la Loire are taking place this year as part of the France-Romania 2019 year. Frac invited Diana Marincu to design this new two-month residence with six Romanian artists.

Manufacturing nature / Naturalizing the synthetic” discusses new paradigms in understanding nature and culture, body and technology, politics and landscape. The exhibition and research residency tackles these issues through the works of the invited artists Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Nona Inescu, Olivia Mihălțianu, Alex Mirutziu, and Vlad Nancă.

“You walk for days among trees and among stones. Rarely does the eye light on a thing, and then only when it has recognized that thing as the sign of another thing: a print· in the sand indicates the tiger’s passage; a marsh announces a vein of water; the hibiscus flower, the end of winter. All the rest is silent and interchangeable; trees and stones are only what they are.” (Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities)

Italo Calvino’s “poetic of erasure”, as his understanding of Utopia has been called, functions as a perceptive mechanism – a construction of non-realities that can become accessible for the visitor only through projection, representation and erasure. This experience solidifies one’s mental representation of the city – the invisible one – instead of the existing visible context – the real one. The interplay between a need for understanding and, at the same time, a tendency of refusing reality creates a greater absence of the actual reference, escaping more and more. “The eye does not see things but images of things that mean other things”, so that in the end the signs of reality become part of an active agency – the city itself – while its own discourse seems stronger than any “truth”: “the city says everything you must think, makes you repeat her discourse”.

This excursion in the narrative strategies and method of representation employed by Italo Calvino opens up a larger territory, which reflects an ethical shift on how we perceive the strata of reality surrounding us – objects, beings, landscapes, etc. Do we listen to their voice? Are we ready to follow their codes and immerse into their stories? How do they perceive us? How do we affect them?

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The Frac des Pays de la Loire is in several respects a pioneering organization : since 1984 it has been offering periods of residence to artists as part of the Ateliers Internationaux ; International Workshops programme. The works produced during these residencies have helped to enrich the collection in original ways. This is also the first Frac in France to have been endowed with a building specifically designed for its various functions and tasks, i.e. producing artworks and exhibitions, creating and curating a collection, and getting this collection to circulate within the region, so as to familiarize the public with today’s art. It’s brief was—and is—to put together an international collection, organize exhibitions and shows in the region, and raise public awareness about today’s art, thus getting people to take part in the development, circulation, distribution, and knowledge of contemporary art.

With more than 1,600 works, plus the important gina pane collection, the collection of the Frac des Pays de la Loire has been put together since 1982, in compliance with an acquisitions policy encouraging the purchase of works by young artists. The Frac has thus done its utmost to focus on the most innovative aspects of presentday art. In tandem with the follow-up given to the emerging generation of artists, the Frac also purchases historical works.

”Once More into the Grey” - a collaboration between SABOT & UNA Galleria, soon in Piacenza

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UNA Galleria

Once More into the Grey”

Opening: October 27, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Exhibition: October 27 - December 29, 2018

Opening Hours: Tue - Fri 4 pm - 7 pm | Sat 10 am - 1 pm and 4 pm - 7 pm + by appointment

via Sant'Antonino 33, Piacenza, Italy

Photo credit: Marco Fava

UNA is pleased to announce its collaboration with SABOT gallery from Cluj-Napoca and to present ”Once More into the Grey”, a group exhibition which includes artworks by Răzvan Botiș, Radu Comșa, Camilia Filipov, Nona Inescu, Alex Mirutziu, Vlad Nancă.

The exhibition, specially conceived by Sabot for the space of UNA, features a selection of black and white artworks only by Romanian artists - an allusion to the state of the (art) world today and, at the same time, to the famous Cluj "grey school of painting”. Nonetheless, not only paintings are on display, the exhibition is conceived as a colorless dialogue between several rather mysterious works – sculpture, photography, installation.

SABOT gallery has been founded by Daria D. Pervain and Marcel Janco at the beginning of 2009 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, as an attempt to verify the raison d'être of a gallery in the third millennium. Hidden relationships, longtime friendships, communality, fictional identities and situations blurring the barrier between public and domestic — these are the main, statutory highlights of SABOT. A laboratory, an incubator, a research tentacle, the gallery acts equally as a curator, a producer, and a habitat. Since its debut, SABOT has co-founded two art centers in Cluj-Napoca - The Paintbrush Factory, in 2009, and Centrul de Interes, at the beginning of 2017 - hugely contributing to the development of the Romanian contemporary art scene. Until 2018, the gallery has participated in more than 30 international art fairs – from Artissima or ARCOmadrid, to LISTE, Paris Internationale and NADA Miami, to name just a few.

Instalatia ”Where is the poem?” a artistului Alex Mirutziu va fi expusa in cadrul Media Art Festival Arad 2018

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Media Art Festival Arad 2018

”De Rerum Natura”

5 octombrie - 3 noiembrie 2018

Program: marti-duminica, 09:00-17:00

Complexul Muzeal Arad

Piata Enescu 1

 Expozitia principala a  Media Art Festival Arad  2018 propune interjectii si intersectii cu / printre galeriile si exponatele sectiei de Stiintele Naturii de la  Complexul Muzeal Arad . Interventiile in spatii atipice sau "non-conventionale" au devenit caracteristice festivalului. Aceste gesturi nu trebuie sa fie percepute in opozitie cu estetica cubului alb. Reactiile sunt mai degreaba unele pozitive, perturbari delicate si totusi sigure pe sine ale parametrilor si circumstantelor date. Cautam modalitati de joaca, folosind spatiile disponibile pe post de pretext. Preocuparile noastre in domeniul artei si tehnologiei reunesc un grup eterogen de artisti/e multimedia. Publicul va experimenta, si va regasi un spatiu bine-cunoscut dar modificat, nostalgia sitului fiind intrerupta prin instalatii si dispozitive mai mult sau mai putin subtile.  Festivalul promoveaza artistii tineri, cauta sa motiveze producatorii locali si sa faciliteze crearea unor retele de colaborare internationale in domeniul cultural. O serie de evenimente conexe au fost planificate in cadrul festivalului, care va include in seara deschiderii lucrari de performance, sunet / muzica, si proiectii multimedia. Muzeul de Arta Arad gazduieste un proiect digital on/offline si o instalatie performativa.  Curatori: Calin Man, Ileana Selejan  Autori: Apparatus 22, Arantxa Etcheverria, Andi Icaza, Anna Handick, Adela Muntean, Andreea Anghel, Andreea Bencsik, Adelina Ivan, Arina Varga, Adriana Oprea, Alexandru Antik,  Alex Mirutziu , Alexandra Stache, Alexandru Boca, Alexandru Leric, Amalia Ignuta, Adrian Ganea, Andrei Nacu, Adrian Sandu, Anca Rujoiu, Bogdanator, Bogdan Tomsa, Balasz Szabo, Caius Grozav, Catalin Alb, Catalin Batranu, Catalin Cretu, Cinetik, Ciprian Ciuclea, Claudiu Cobilanschi, Constantin Vica, Corina Mitrovici, Cristina Bogdan, Cristian Nanculescu, David Kelley, David Indreica, Diana Serghiuta, dslx, Edin Velez, Felippe Moraes, Flaviu Rogojan, flo’, Frédéric St-Hilaire, Gelu Giricz, gH, Horea Avram, Ilie Ciotir, Ioana Ionescu, Ioan Paul Colta, Ioana Vreme Moser, Ioana Marchidan, Iulia Toma, Linda Barkasz, Livia Mateias, Lea Rasovszky, Levente Kozma, Laurian Popa, Luminita Andreica, Maria Tamasan, Marius Stoica, 13m10j, Mihnea Rares Hantiu, Mimi Ciora, Mona Nicoara, Natalia Lazurca, Nita Mocanu, Oana Furdea, Oana Tarce, Octavian Belintan, Olivia Nitis, Patty Chang, Pablo Jose Ramirez, Pnea, Rares Moldovan, Ursu, reVoltaire, Sabin Bors, Sandor Bartha, Sergiu Sas, Simona Dabija, Simona Deaconescu, Sorin Neamtu, Pandele Pandele, Sandor Bartha, Stefan Tiron, Thea Lazar, Taietzel Ticalos, Tomas Saraceno, Ute Meta Bauer, V. Leac

Expozitia principala a Media Art Festival Arad 2018 propune interjectii si intersectii cu / printre galeriile si exponatele sectiei de Stiintele Naturii de la Complexul Muzeal Arad. Interventiile in spatii atipice sau "non-conventionale" au devenit caracteristice festivalului. Aceste gesturi nu trebuie sa fie percepute in opozitie cu estetica cubului alb. Reactiile sunt mai degreaba unele pozitive, perturbari delicate si totusi sigure pe sine ale parametrilor si circumstantelor date. Cautam modalitati de joaca, folosind spatiile disponibile pe post de pretext. Preocuparile noastre in domeniul artei si tehnologiei reunesc un grup eterogen de artisti/e multimedia. Publicul va experimenta, si va regasi un spatiu bine-cunoscut dar modificat, nostalgia sitului fiind intrerupta prin instalatii si dispozitive mai mult sau mai putin subtile.

Festivalul promoveaza artistii tineri, cauta sa motiveze producatorii locali si sa faciliteze crearea unor retele de colaborare internationale in domeniul cultural. O serie de evenimente conexe au fost planificate in cadrul festivalului, care va include in seara deschiderii lucrari de performance, sunet / muzica, si proiectii multimedia. Muzeul de Arta Arad gazduieste un proiect digital on/offline si o instalatie performativa.

Curatori: Calin Man, Ileana Selejan

Autori: Apparatus 22, Arantxa Etcheverria, Andi Icaza, Anna Handick, Adela Muntean, Andreea Anghel, Andreea Bencsik, Adelina Ivan, Arina Varga, Adriana Oprea, Alexandru Antik, Alex Mirutziu, Alexandra Stache, Alexandru Boca, Alexandru Leric, Amalia Ignuta, Adrian Ganea, Andrei Nacu, Adrian Sandu, Anca Rujoiu, Bogdanator, Bogdan Tomsa, Balasz Szabo, Caius Grozav, Catalin Alb, Catalin Batranu, Catalin Cretu, Cinetik, Ciprian Ciuclea, Claudiu Cobilanschi, Constantin Vica, Corina Mitrovici, Cristina Bogdan, Cristian Nanculescu, David Kelley, David Indreica, Diana Serghiuta, dslx, Edin Velez, Felippe Moraes, Flaviu Rogojan, flo’, Frédéric St-Hilaire, Gelu Giricz, gH, Horea Avram, Ilie Ciotir, Ioana Ionescu, Ioan Paul Colta, Ioana Vreme Moser, Ioana Marchidan, Iulia Toma, Linda Barkasz, Livia Mateias, Lea Rasovszky, Levente Kozma, Laurian Popa, Luminita Andreica, Maria Tamasan, Marius Stoica, 13m10j, Mihnea Rares Hantiu, Mimi Ciora, Mona Nicoara, Natalia Lazurca, Nita Mocanu, Oana Furdea, Oana Tarce, Octavian Belintan, Olivia Nitis, Patty Chang, Pablo Jose Ramirez, Pnea, Rares Moldovan, Ursu, reVoltaire, Sabin Bors, Sandor Bartha, Sergiu Sas, Simona Dabija, Simona Deaconescu, Sorin Neamtu, Pandele Pandele, Sandor Bartha, Stefan Tiron, Thea Lazar, Taietzel Ticalos, Tomas Saraceno, Ute Meta Bauer, V. Leac

Alex Mirutziu will be showing in ”A World Has Still To Be Build” at Art Encounters Foundation

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 Designed to be part of the  Foundation ’s permanent program, the exhibition ”A World Has Still to Be Built” emphasizes one of our long-term missions – creating a dialogue platform for artists from different generations, and engaging the public in a knowledge exchange mediated by contemporary art.  The world has never stopped building and rebuilding itself and the expectation to deliver a better, a fairer or merely a more bearable future is always returning as a yearning of the process of situating oneself in time and space. What happens after something falls apart, how do you rebuild a system, and what is the consequence of collective and individual redefining? The reading of the title, which is an excerpt from W.G. Auden’s 1962 Prologue: The Birth of Architecture, can be enriched with larger snippets from Auden’s text: “It's our turn now / to puzzle the unborn. No world / wears as well as it should but, mortal or not, / a world has still to be built”. What is not yet visible, known, what is on the threshold between what has been and what will be, can be grasped as an intensified shape of the present, a task of the present time and a responsibility of knowledge.  The exhibition on display starts from questions and proposals coined by the invited artists in relation to an unstable and antagonistic socio-political climate, ever more trapped in its own cyclic system of revolt and obedience. The islands of knowledge that art lay bare group themselves here in solid territories, defined by the direct experience of a context the artists confront. They react to social drives, collective revolt, and personal discontents by drawing out the language of revolt and reworking it into an abrasive poetic vocabulary apt to foretell the zeitgeist. Whether we are talking of irony, reenactment, collective actions or individual gestures, the strategies the artists employ outline different ways of reading and contesting reality at the time of its breakdown and recreation.  ***  Parte din programul permanent al fundatiei, expozitia ”O lume inca asteapta sa fie construita” marcheaza una dintre misiunile noastre pe termen lung – crearea unei platforme de dialog pentru artisti din generatii diferite si implicarea publicului in schimbul de cunoastere mediat de arta contemporana.  Lumea nu a incetat sa se fie construita si reconstruita de-a lungul istoriei, iar incercarea de a produce un viitor mai bun, mai corect sau doar mai suportabil revine mereu ca o aspiratie a procesului de pozitionare in timp si spatiu. Ce se intampla dupa ce se dezintegreaza ceva, cum se reconstruieste un sistem si care e urmarea redefinirii colective si individuale? Citirea titlului, extras din poemul scris de W.G. Auden in 1962, „Prologue: The Birth of Architecture”, poate fi completata de un decupaj mai larg al versurilor lui Auden: „It's our turn now / to puzzle the unborn. No world / wears as well as it should but, mortal or not, / a world has still to be built”. Ceea ce nu este inca vizibil, cunoscut, la limita dintre ce a fost si ce urmeaza, poate fi intuit ca o forma intensificata a prezentului, o sarcina a timpului actual si o responsabilitate a cunoasterii.  Expozitia de fata porneste de la intrebarile si propunerile formulate de artistii invitati in relatie cu un climat social-politic instabil, antagonic si tot mai blocat in propriul sistem ciclic al revoltei si supunerii. Insulele cunoasterii pe care arta le formuleaza se grupeaza aici in teritorii solide, definite de experienta directa a unui context cu care artistii se confrunta. Acestia reactioneaza la impulsurile sociale, revoltele colective si nemultumirile personale distiland limbajul revoltei intr-un vocabular poetic abraziv in masura sa defineasca spiritul timpului. Fie ca vorbim de ironie, reenactment, actiuni colective sau gesturi individuale, strategiile la care recurg artistii decanteaza moduri diferite de a citi si dezbate realitatea, in momentul naruirii si reconstructiei ei.

Designed to be part of the Foundation’s permanent program, the exhibition ”A World Has Still to Be Built” emphasizes one of our long-term missions – creating a dialogue platform for artists from different generations, and engaging the public in a knowledge exchange mediated by contemporary art.

The world has never stopped building and rebuilding itself and the expectation to deliver a better, a fairer or merely a more bearable future is always returning as a yearning of the process of situating oneself in time and space. What happens after something falls apart, how do you rebuild a system, and what is the consequence of collective and individual redefining? The reading of the title, which is an excerpt from W.G. Auden’s 1962 Prologue: The Birth of Architecture, can be enriched with larger snippets from Auden’s text: “It's our turn now / to puzzle the unborn. No world / wears as well as it should but, mortal or not, / a world has still to be built”. What is not yet visible, known, what is on the threshold between what has been and what will be, can be grasped as an intensified shape of the present, a task of the present time and a responsibility of knowledge.

The exhibition on display starts from questions and proposals coined by the invited artists in relation to an unstable and antagonistic socio-political climate, ever more trapped in its own cyclic system of revolt and obedience. The islands of knowledge that art lay bare group themselves here in solid territories, defined by the direct experience of a context the artists confront. They react to social drives, collective revolt, and personal discontents by drawing out the language of revolt and reworking it into an abrasive poetic vocabulary apt to foretell the zeitgeist. Whether we are talking of irony, reenactment, collective actions or individual gestures, the strategies the artists employ outline different ways of reading and contesting reality at the time of its breakdown and recreation.

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Parte din programul permanent al fundatiei, expozitia ”O lume inca asteapta sa fie construita” marcheaza una dintre misiunile noastre pe termen lung – crearea unei platforme de dialog pentru artisti din generatii diferite si implicarea publicului in schimbul de cunoastere mediat de arta contemporana.

Lumea nu a incetat sa se fie construita si reconstruita de-a lungul istoriei, iar incercarea de a produce un viitor mai bun, mai corect sau doar mai suportabil revine mereu ca o aspiratie a procesului de pozitionare in timp si spatiu. Ce se intampla dupa ce se dezintegreaza ceva, cum se reconstruieste un sistem si care e urmarea redefinirii colective si individuale? Citirea titlului, extras din poemul scris de W.G. Auden in 1962, „Prologue: The Birth of Architecture”, poate fi completata de un decupaj mai larg al versurilor lui Auden: „It's our turn now / to puzzle the unborn. No world / wears as well as it should but, mortal or not, / a world has still to be built”. Ceea ce nu este inca vizibil, cunoscut, la limita dintre ce a fost si ce urmeaza, poate fi intuit ca o forma intensificata a prezentului, o sarcina a timpului actual si o responsabilitate a cunoasterii.

Expozitia de fata porneste de la intrebarile si propunerile formulate de artistii invitati in relatie cu un climat social-politic instabil, antagonic si tot mai blocat in propriul sistem ciclic al revoltei si supunerii. Insulele cunoasterii pe care arta le formuleaza se grupeaza aici in teritorii solide, definite de experienta directa a unui context cu care artistii se confrunta. Acestia reactioneaza la impulsurile sociale, revoltele colective si nemultumirile personale distiland limbajul revoltei intr-un vocabular poetic abraziv in masura sa defineasca spiritul timpului. Fie ca vorbim de ironie, reenactment, actiuni colective sau gesturi individuale, strategiile la care recurg artistii decanteaza moduri diferite de a citi si dezbate realitatea, in momentul naruirii si reconstructiei ei.

A World Has Still To Be Built

Silvia Amancei & Bogdan Armanu, Apparatus 22, Alex Bodea, Brassaï, Geta Brătescu, Mircea Cantor, Simion Cernica, Teodor Graur, Dan Mihălțianu, Alex Mirutziu, Nita Mocanu, Ciprian Mureșan, Ioana Nemeș, Andrei Pandele, Dan Perjovschi, Lea Rasovszky, Daniel Spoerri, Andra Ursuța, Gabriela Vanga

Curator: Diana Marincu

29 September - 23 November, 2018

Times: Mon - Fri, 10 am - 5 pm

Opening: Saturday, 29 September, 6 pm

Art Encounters Foundation

Take Ionescu 46C, 300043 Timisoara

In Pictures: 'Around the Truth is the Truth' solo show by Alex Mirutziu at Kunstverein Ost - KVOST Berlin

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Around the Truth is the Truth

6 September - 15 December, 2018

Kunstverein Ost

Leipziger Str. 47 / Entry Jerusalemer Str., Berlin

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Photos by Alex Mirutziu