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Outset Residency has supported “Gaining in a State of Debt”, Alex Mirutziu`s first solo show in Israel

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Alex Mirutziu (1981, Romania) was a guest of Outset Bialik Residency during March 2019. During his residency Mirutziu prepared his solo exhibition “Gaining in a State of Debt”, presented at The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, curated by Nicola Trezzi.

“Gaining in a State of Debt” is the first solo exhibition by Romanian artist Alex Mirutziu (1981, Sibiu, Romania. Lives and works in Cluj-Napoca, Romania).

Mirutziu’s practice extends over a wide range of media and activities, including sculpture, drawing, poetry, and performance, as well as critical and curatorial projects. In his work, which is both highly intellectual and deeply physical, he expands the notions of approximation and proximity in connection to time, presenting “dislocated modes of arrival at meaning.” In his modus operandi, he seeks to facilitate the understanding of the body as a “turbulent performative occasion” – drawing on the poetics of homelessness and invisibility. Through his artworks, he looks at ways of suspending the set-ups of doing and un-doing, thinking and un-thinking. Alongside TAH29 (The Artist Himself at 29), he acts within a collective body whose modus operandi is “retroactive irony.”

His exhibition at CCA Tel Aviv features a new performative work, entitled Bottoms Know It, and a compilation of videos that contextualize the new work and at the same time open up new avenues of understanding. Conceived for CCA Tel Aviv and featuring three performers and three props, Bottoms Know It exposes what may come across as being implicit but unnoticed, which is not necessarily a feature of truth-making.

Through the combination of different streams of thoughts and informed by philosophical concepts that are always personalized and freely interpreted, the artist is capable of creating time-based and durational experiences between himself and the viewer, using the artwork – whether in the form of an object or a body (his own or somebody else’s) – as a channel, a catalyst, a sort of remote controller that is linking two individuals, himself and the viewer, possibly located in two different geographical and time zones. However, all the aforementioned notions never come as we usually expect them: “time-based” should be considered according to an unusual notion of time; “durational” should be perceived according to a larger scope of perception. The work of Alex Mirutziu not only makes us think, it also makes us think about the conditions allowing us to think, and un-think, to do, and un-do.

Kunsthalle Mulhouse presents ”La Brique, The Brick, Cărămida”: 43 artists, 54 artworks, 2 new productions

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La Brique, The Brick, Cărămida

Curated by Ami Barak

Dates: 14 February - 28 April, 2019

Opening: Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 18:30 am

Kunsthalle Mulhouse

La Fonderie - 16 rue de la Fonderie 68093 Mulhouse Cedex

As part of the France - Romania Cultural Season 2019, La Kunsthalle presents ”La Brique, The Brick, Cărămida”, a modern and contemporary art exhibition. The initiative of such an exhibition comes from the collector and benefactor from Timișoara, Ovidiu Șandor, and his desire to share his choices and passion for art in this French city twinned with his, Mulhouse. The opportunity is thus to open the doors on an intimate world, have an insight into the modern and contemporary Romanian narrative and a better understanding of the complex history of this country. This exhibition presents a committed and creative artistic scene from the early 20th century to this day.

The title of the exhibition is borrowed from an emblematic work by Ana Lupaș, an iconic figure of the avant-garde and undoubtedly a major discovery of the greatest museums in the world. It puts one brick after another in a building that is the founding act of a wonderful cultural enterprise.

From Constantin Brâncuși, Andrei Cădere, Ana Lupaș Geta Brătescu and Ion Grigorescu, leading figures in a national pantheon, to Adrian Ghenie, Victor Man, Ciprian Mureșan or Dan Perjovschi and taking into account a whole new generation that will not be long to be discovered outside national borders, the collection shows a high ambition and a strong commitment.

This is also an opportunity to invite two Romanian artists, Pusha Petrov and Alex Mirutziu, to produce and present new works. Both of their projects, produced for the occasion, will join the collection and will strengthen the presence of the young Romanian scene.

List of artists:

Ion Bârlădeanu, Ioana Bătrânu, Marius Bercea, Horia Bernea, Ștefan Bertalan, Ion Bitzan, Constantin Brâncuși, Brassaï, Geta Brătescu, Victor Brauner, Michele Bressan, Andrei Cădere, Mircea Cantor, Roman Cotoșman, Constantin Flondor, Adrian Ghenie, Ion Grigorescu, Marcel Iancu, Pavel Ilie, Mi Kafchin, Ana Lupaș, Victor Man, Hans Mattis-Teutsch, Dan Mihălțianu, Alex Mirutziu, Florin Mitroi, Ciprian Mureșan, Gellu Naum, Paul Neagu, Ioana Nemeș, Miklós Onucsan, Andrei Pandele, Dan Perjovschi, Pusha Petrov, Lea Rasovszky, Diet Sayler, Șerban Savu, Decebal Scriba, Arthur Segal, Sigma, Liviu Stoicoviciu, Mircea Suciu, Doru Tulcan, Andra Ursuța


Ami Barak - Independent curator and art critic based in Paris, Ami Barak initiated numerous projects in France and abroad. Among the recent ones: Role-playing – Rewriting Mythologies – Daegu Photo Biennale, South Korea (2018); Life- A User’s manual – Art Encounters Timisoara Biennale of Contemporary Art (2017); What does the image stand for? – Momenta Biennale of contemporary image Montreal (2017); Julião Sarmento The Real thing – Fondation Gulbenkian Paris, Peter Kogler Next ING Art Center Brussels (2016-2017); Le Salon de Montrouge 61st, 62nd & 63rd editions – Montrouge (2016 - 2018)

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.

TAH29 to operate at Centre For Dying On Stage

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The Artist and Himself at 29 (TAH29) will be in residence this autumn at The Centre For Dying On Stage #3. The collective known as TAH29 has been active from 2010 and since then it employs a museological activity informed by modern literature and philosophy to a point of taking more and more significance, to thin out its membrane. 

Autumn Residency programme at Cow House Studios
10 October – 20 November 2016

The Centre For Dying On Stage #3 is presented by Cow House Studios with the support of Wexford County Council and Wexford Arts Centre. This residency has been developed in collaboration with Kate Strain, curator-in-residence at Cow House Studios for 2016. This initiative is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland’s Visual Arts Curator Residency Scheme.

Participating artist: Jessica Foley, Marjorie Potiron & Lisa Hoffmann, Steven Randall and The Artist and Himself at 29 (TAH29)

Associate artists: Orla Barry, Aurelien Froment, Dennis McNulty, Isabel Nolan and Dick Walsh.

The Artist and Himself at 29 (TAH29) is a transhistorical genome and hyper-object which operates and co-activates humour and retroactive-irony as a way to approach the site of change and agency in the present. The artist, Alex Mirutziu is part of this collective alongside his twenty-nine-year-old-self. TAH29 is informed by a museological activity of the artist as the most unartistic of anything in existence as he, the artist is continually standing in for and filling some other body; an observation which only Keats could have made in a letter to Richard Woodhouse. The collective’s gravitational pull comes from phenomenology of presence and from the notion of a reality without presence developed by Graham Harman

The Centre For Dying On Stage is a research body that generates new artistic undertakings, anchored to notions around death and the stage.

The website archives, collects and collates instances of unexpected deaths that have occurred during moments of performance in the public domain. The Centre also comes to life through various real time iterations.