The artist with the Artist and Himself at 29 at CCA Tel Aviv

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The first exhibition curated by newly appointed chief curator and director of CCA Tel Aviv, Nicola Trezzi, entitled  KEDEM-KODEM-KADIMA encluded two works which belong to Alex Mirutziu and The Artist and Himself at 29. 

  • Alex Mirutziu -- If your love is right your life is right, 2011
  • The artist and Himself at 29 -- The Urgency of the Idea of Closure in Drawing, 2011 -- 

Installation shots / camera: Barak Rubin

Diti Almog, Arahmaiani, Yochai Avrahami, Ilit Azoulay, Guy Ben-Ner, Monica Bonvicini, Born from Rock, Rafram Chaddad, Latifa Echakhch, Ceal Floyer, Shilpa Gupta, Peter Halley, Michal Helfman, Chourouk Hriech, Gaston Zvi Ickowicz, Eti Jacobi, Christian Jankowski, Kitty Kraus, Jannis Kounellis, Agnieszka Kurant, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Benoît Maire, Alex Mirutziu & TAH29, Jonathan Monk, Laurent Montaron, Natan Tarfe, Joshua Neustein, Adrian Paci, Eli Petel, Pratchaya Phinthong, Wilfredo Prieto, Public Movement, Tomer Rosenthal, Miri Segal, Ariel Schlesinger, Shiri Tarko, Jan Tichy, Naama Tsabar, Alice Tomaselli, Lihi Turjeman, Günther Uecker, Johannes VanDerBeek, Lawrence Weiner, and Nevet Yitzhak

The CCA Tel Aviv is pleased to announce, “KEDEM–KODEM–KADIMA,” the first exhibition curated by the center’s new director, Nicola Trezzi. Among the many ideas connected to this project, six of them deserve to be mentioned in this context.  

The first one is the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the CCA Tel Aviv, which was initiated in 1998 by Sergio Edelsztein, who directed it until 2017. Mirroring this pivotal moment in the history of the institution, “KEDEM–KODEM–KADIMA” will include works by artists whose work has been exhibited at the CCA in the past—such as Arahmaiani, Yochai Avrahami, Ceal Floyer, Michal Helfman, Christian Jankowski, Agnieszka Kurant, and Adrian Paci—and works by artists who will present projects in the future—such as Ilit Azoulay, Laurent Montaron, Naama Tsabar, and Nevet Yitzhak.  

The second idea is connected to the title of the exhibition. Hebrew is a fascinating language based on roots; from one root you can “build” multiple words, sometimes different if not in contradiction with each other. This is the case of the root kuf (ק), dalet (ד), mem (מ), from which you can build kedem [ancient or east], kodem [before], and kadima [forward]. Following this concept, many works will be created, or recreated, especially for the exhibition, and some of them will eventually disappear or be destroyed. Following this attitude, the exhibition is dedicated to Jannis Kounellis (1936-2017), whose last exhibition was conceived and presented in Israel.  

The third idea connected to this exhibition is the choice of a specific display. On the ground floor and balcony of the CCA, and also in the three additional spaces, works have been juxtaposed in accordance to disparate associations. Concepts, notions, and figures as diverse as “human condition,” “site-specific,” “Passover,” and “fire and water” have been employed to bring works of art together. Inspired by the “Radiant Face of Moses” (Exodus 34:29-35), on the first floor gallery of the CCA, the space will be kept dark and all the works presented there will generate their own light in the form of video projections, light bulbs, light boxes, and more.  

The forth idea is the decision to include an exhibition-within-the-exhibition called “Department of Rocks and Stones.” Rocks and stones both symbolize construction and destruction. They also appear in seminal passages of the New Testament, from Jesus’s provocation “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:1-10) to his verbal testament “And I tell you that you are Peter, [The Greek word for Peter means rock] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it” (Matthew 16:13-20). Scattered within the exhibition, the “Department of Rocks and Stones” includes works by Jannis Kounellis, Michal Helfman, Joshua Neustein, Shilpa Gupta, Johannes VanDerBeek, and Jonathan Monk among others.  

The fifth idea is connected to the choice of extending the exhibition to additional spaces—going against territoriality and instead embracing collegiality and inclusivity. Following these premises “KEDEM–KODEM–KADIMA” goes beyond its own premises—the Rachel & Israel Pollak Gallery—scattered in different areas of the city. Like its logo, the Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv will function as a “black sun” with several satellites (spaces), emphasizing elliptical trajectories (elliptical time versus linear time) and its related concept of “eccentricity.”  

The sixth and last idea is a public program that will start before the exhibition opens and will continue throughout its duration. The program includes a conversation between Pratchaya Phinthong and Nicola Trezzi on March 20, a conversation between Monica Bonvicini and Sergio Edelsztein on the opening day on March 29, an artist talk by Chourouk Hriech on April 2, a roundtable with Drorit Gur-Arie, Doron Rabina, and Nicola Trezzi, moderated by Hila Cohen-Schneiderman on May 9, and a conversation between Christian Jankowski and Sergio Edelsztein on May 17. In addition to this program, on April 13 and 14 Public Movement will perform their action The Interview.  

“KEDEM–KODEM–KADIMA” is made possible with the support of the Ruth Ivor Foundation, Dana Sheves, Daniel Milman, Ann and Dr. Ari Rosenblatt, Yehoshuah Gessel & Yoel Kremin, Yifat Gurion and Fresh Paint, OUTSET with special thanks to Candida and Zak Gertler, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Tel Aviv, Institut Français, Tel Aviv, and the Fondation Jacqueline de Romilly under the auspices of the Fondation de France, Artport, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo / Rio de Janeiro, Inga Gallery, Tel Aviv, Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, and Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv.  

The Center for Contemporary Art is supported by: The Ministry of Culture and Sport – Visual Arts Department; Tel Aviv Municipality – Culture and Arts Division; UIA – The United Israel Appeal; The International Council, which welcomes its new members Luca Barbeni, Manon Slome, Susanna Perini; IL Collection; The Zucker Foundation Fund; and those who wish to remain anonymous.

Alex Mirutziu's works ”Unit of Survival” will be shown at Kisterem gallery in Budapest!

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Travelling with a blind map

6 June – 6 July, 2018

Opening: 5 June 2018, 6pm

Kisterem Gallery

Képíró u. 5, Budapest

  Alex Mirutziu - Unit of survival #7      The starting point of the exhibition is the notion of home and its goal is to map out the uncertain situations departing from there. What does the notion of searching for a home, belonging mean today, can we still use this word in its traditional sense? How can the process of constant travelling, nomad lifestyle which often affects contemporary artists, alter this? Instead of talking about looking for home, could we talk about a constant homecoming, when the person is in a continuous moving and intends to find stability within this drift.  Another keyword in the exhibition is the notion of travel in which the joy of discovery coming from free will are paradoxically intertwined with those social-political situations when leaving is forced.  The artists reflect on these themes in a more poetic, indirect way and present different kinds of strategies, starting from their personal background, through analyzing their countries past, towards wider geopolitical and ecological aspects. Through these they bring into notion such pressing issues as migration, nomadism, the ownership of land and the so-called green xenophobia.   Participating artists: Anca Benera and Arnold Estefán, Kitti Gosztola and Bence György Pálinkás, Hiwa K,  Alex Mirutziu .  Curator:  Flóra Gadó

Alex Mirutziu - Unit of survival #7

 

The starting point of the exhibition is the notion of home and its goal is to map out the uncertain situations departing from there. What does the notion of searching for a home, belonging mean today, can we still use this word in its traditional sense? How can the process of constant travelling, nomad lifestyle which often affects contemporary artists, alter this? Instead of talking about looking for home, could we talk about a constant homecoming, when the person is in a continuous moving and intends to find stability within this drift.

Another keyword in the exhibition is the notion of travel in which the joy of discovery coming from free will are paradoxically intertwined with those social-political situations when leaving is forced.

The artists reflect on these themes in a more poetic, indirect way and present different kinds of strategies, starting from their personal background, through analyzing their countries past, towards wider geopolitical and ecological aspects. Through these they bring into notion such pressing issues as migration, nomadism, the ownership of land and the so-called green xenophobia. 

Participating artists: Anca Benera and Arnold Estefán, Kitti Gosztola and Bence György Pálinkás, Hiwa K, Alex Mirutziu.

Curator: Flóra Gadó

'Doing Sub Thinking' will premiere in June 2 at Royal Academy of Arts, as part of Block Universe 2018

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  Alex Mirutziu, Doing sub thinking       Block Universe  presents  Doing sub thinking , a new performance work by  Alex Mirutziu , co-commissioned by  Delfina Foundation  and  European ArtEast Foundation .  Referencing philosophical thought, national displays of power and collective agency, this work seeks to illustrate the performative forces at play in society. Exploring the de-personalisation of an individual within a crowd, Mirutziu will bring the audience on a journey to make manifest the intangible gaps between thought and action within group dynamics.  Block Universe is London’s leading international performance art festival, taking place in collaboration with cultural institutions and organisations across the city, including the Royal Academy of Arts, Siobhan Davies Dance, The Store X, the British Museum, Somerset House, Studio Voltaire, Oval Space and the Brunel Museum.  From 26 May to 3 June 2018, the festival will present work by some of the most innovative UK-based and international artists working in performance today, alongside talks, workshops and special projects.  Following the performance there will be a reception at Delfina Foundation from 16:30, with the final chance to see Alex Mirutziu's exhibition,   Between Too Soon and Too Late  , on the show's final day.

Alex Mirutziu, Doing sub thinking

 

Block Universe presents Doing sub thinking, a new performance work by Alex Mirutziu, co-commissioned by Delfina Foundation and European ArtEast Foundation.

Referencing philosophical thought, national displays of power and collective agency, this work seeks to illustrate the performative forces at play in society. Exploring the de-personalisation of an individual within a crowd, Mirutziu will bring the audience on a journey to make manifest the intangible gaps between thought and action within group dynamics.

Block Universe is London’s leading international performance art festival, taking place in collaboration with cultural institutions and organisations across the city, including the Royal Academy of Arts, Siobhan Davies Dance, The Store X, the British Museum, Somerset House, Studio Voltaire, Oval Space and the Brunel Museum.

From 26 May to 3 June 2018, the festival will present work by some of the most innovative UK-based and international artists working in performance today, alongside talks, workshops and special projects.

Following the performance there will be a reception at Delfina Foundation from 16:30, with the final chance to see Alex Mirutziu's exhibition, Between Too Soon and Too Late, on the show's final day.

Doing Sub Thinking

Performance

with: Jenn Vogtle, Rowdy_SS, Ekin Bernay

Saturday 2 June 2018

2pm-2:40pm / 3pm - 3:40pm

Annenberg Courtyard, Royal Accademy of Arts

Free, no booking required

Pause for Weight! - a lecture performance at TRAFO

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THOUGHT SCULPTURE

10.05.2018. 6 - 8 pm.
Lecture-performances by Alex Mirutziu and Ryan Rivadeneyra

Curator: Borbála Szalai
Venue: Trafoclub
Free entrance, all are welcome! The lecture-performances will be in English.

 Alex Mirutziu ©2013

Alex Mirutziu ©2013

This event holds a provocative topic and spins it in such a way that the result has the potential to open up new thinking and conceptual provocations. 

My presentation entitled "Pause for Weight" dealt with my constant preoccupation with the problem of thinking in relation to form. 
 

 

The poem of too Soon and too Late at Delfina Foundation

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Between Too Soon and Too Late

26 April – 02 June 2018

Times: Mon - Fri, 10:00 – 18:00.
Sat, 12:00 – 18:00

Opening: Wednesday, 25 June 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

Delfina Foundation

29/31 Catherine Place, London

 Alex Mirutziu - Gestalt me out

Alex Mirutziu - Gestalt me out

Delfina Foundation and European ArtEast Foundation collaborate to present Between Too Soon and Too Late, the first solo exhibition in the UK by Alex Mirutziu (b. 1981, Sibiu, Romania).

Mirutziu's practice interrogates the process of how we create meaning to interpret the world around us. Inspired by philosophy, literature and design, he explores the inadequate use of objects, language and the body as tools of communication.

For a few years, Mirutziu has been researching the work of novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch and the different methodologies she employed to create meaning, both spoken and unspoken. During a short residency at Delfina Foundation, Mirutziu visited Murdoch's archives at Kingston University. Instead of focusing on her most prolific writing period, he concentrated on unfinished writings from the latter stages of her career, which was marked by the onset of Alzheimer's Disease.

In Between Too Soon and Too Late, Mirutziu uses Murdoch's writings as a starting point to reflect on the notion of time and space in relation to meaning. The exhibition, which includes newly commissioned and existing works, explores the 'tiny space' - as identified by Murdoch - where meaning stays tacit, where being and not being are the same. According to Murdoch, this point is in between being 'too soon' and 'too late'. The works in the exhibition attempt to occupy this space and prolong the process of establishing meaning; they refuse to yield a sense of resolution and closure, entangling the viewer in a space that is indefinite and inconclusive.

For Between Too Soon and Too Late, Mirutziu transforms corrections to writing and comments made in Murdoch's hand writing into large sculptural forms that represent where meaning is simultaneously gained and lost. This is juxtaposed with an existing video work Where is the poem? (2013), that refers to the dynamics and politics of writing and reading, and to the dialectical understanding of their relationship, from production to reception. Working with Graham Foust's poem Politics, the artist's hand marks the distance created within and around the text, which Mirutziu claims is as integral as the sequence of words in terms of understanding the complexity and structure of a poem.

The space in between the hand and the writing surface is also fundamental in Gestalt me out (2018), a specially designed desk featuring impressions of the artist's elbow and wrist positioned alongside an image of Murdoch's tea-stained notebook. These two works attempt to give form to the construct of time as well as the conceptual space where meaning is created. Prepared Poem #3, written by the artist in response to Murdoch, is presented in a disjointed sculptural form.

The exhibition coincides with a new performance by Mirutziu for Block Universe Festival, co-commissioned with Delfina Foundation with European Arteast Foundation, entitled Doing Sub Thinking. Referencing philosophical thought, national displays of power and collective agency, the work seeks to illustrate the performative forces at play in society. Exploring the de-personalisation of an individual within a crowd, Mirutziu will bring the audience on a journey to make manifest the intangible gaps between thought and action within group dynamics.

Alex Mirutziu's practice extends over a wide range of media and activities, including sculpture, drawing, poetry and performances as well as lectures and curatorial projects. In his current work, he explores time and space in relation to 'the arrival of meaning'. His works attempt to dislocate modes of arrival through text, words and the body by expanding the concepts of approximation and proximity, as well as challenging the notion of 'thinking' versus 'doing'.

Mirutziu formed a collective - TAH 29 - which is involves collaborations with the artist himself at 29. The collective's modus operandi is retroactive irony.

Mirutziu has collaborated with artists, writers, musicians, designers, and philosophers including Grit Hachmeister (DE), Elias Merino (ES), Graham Foust (US), and Graham Harman (US), to name a few. Mirutziu has participated in solo or group exhibitions at Power Plant, Toronto; The Glass Factory Lab, Boda; Mucsarnok Kusthalle, Budapest; Center for Contemporary Art and National Museum, Warsaw; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, to name a few.