[spectre] Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest - inauguration of the new location

geert geert at xs4all.nl
Sat Oct 23 16:27:39 CEST 2004

From: mihnea mircan <mihnea at sptv.org>
Subject: Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest - inauguration of the new
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2004 15:32:39 +0300

The official opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art in the Palace of

October 29: Wing E4, Palace of Parliament, 2-4 Izvor Blvd.

17.00 Press conference / round table: How should a Museum of
Contemporary art look in the 21st century? organized by MNAC with
Ambassade de France à Bucarest, Institut Français de Bucarest and AFAA,
in the presence of curators, invited artists, members of the board and
the accredited journalists.

Participants: Ruxandra Balaci (Scientific Director MNAC), René Block
(Director Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel), Nicolas Bourriaud
(Co-Director Palais de Tokyo, Paris), ES Philippe Etienne (French
Ambassadeur in Bucharest); Razvan Exarhu, Director Ex aequo), Heiner
Holtappels (Director Netherlands Media Art Institute - Montevideo Time
Based Arts, Amsterdam), Anders Kreuger (Independent curator, Stockholm),
Enrico Lunghi (Director Casino Luxembourg, Forum d'Art Contemporain),
Hans Ulrich Obrist (Curator, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris),
Mihai Oroveanu (General Director MNAC), Suzanne Pagé (Director Musée
d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris), Laurence Bossé (Curator, Musée
d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris).

19.00 Opening ceremony.

21.00 Party night: DJ's: Electric Brother vs. Rusu; VJ's: Casa Gontz,
Mihaela Kavdanska, Igu

Exhibitions and projects in the inauguration program:

Romanian artist (and not only) love the Palace?!

Artists: Irina Botea, Christoph Büchel, Jordi Colomer, Nicolae
Comănescu, Ştefan Cosma, Alexandra Croitoru, Josef Dabernig, Călin Dan,
Suzana Dan, Euroartist Bucureşti, Daniel Gontz, Dumitru Gorzo, Teodor
Graur, Ion Grigorescu, Karen Kipphoff, Iosif Kiraly, Peter Jacobi, Dan
Mihălţianu, Gianni Motti, Vlad Nanca, Marilena Preda-Sânc, Cristian
Pogacean, Cristi Puiu, subREAL, Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor.

Curator: Ruxandra Balaci. 

>From its inception in the ‘80s The House of the People and the major
urban displacement it produced have generated a series of metaphors,
myths and reactions. These in turn informed a wide range of artworks
relating to the building. This exhibition gathers all these artistic and
cultural responses to the social, ethical, architectural questions
concerning the building which hosts the new Museum. Interrogating the
history and symbolism of the edifice, the exhibition engages the
viewer-participant in a dialogue about the post-communist condition.
Caméra / travelling exhibition from Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de
Artists: Chang Yung Ho, Wang Jian Wei, Yang Fudong

Curators: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Vivian Rehberg

The collaboration between the two video-artists Jian Wei Wang and Fudong
Yang and the architect Yung Ho Chang is a reflection of current art
practices in China. Image-producing devices such as the Leica, Nikon,
Polaroid and Seagull cameras are reassembled out of metal, wood,
plastics and paper into inhabitable spaces of reflection. This
alternative to the new unplanned Chinese construction boom is a form of
‘micro-urbanism’ (a term coined by Yung Ho Chang), attuned to the
current historical, social and ecological issues stemming out of the
relationship between market economy and political power.          

Stock Zero (opera)

Artists: Boris Achour, Mircea Cantor, Plamen Dejanoff, Kendell Geers,
Bertrand Lavier, Franck Scurti.
Curator: Nicolas Bourriaud, Co-Director Palais de Tokyo,
Stock Zero follows the operatic moves and exchanges between Capital, the
art system and political power.

“Our epoch does not lack a political project, but is waiting for the
forms to incarnate and materialize it. Because form produces or models
meaning, orients it, and reflects it back onto everyday life.
Revolutionary culture created and popularized several types of
sociality: the assembly (the soviets, the agoras), the sit-in, the
demonstration and its processions, the strike and its visual symbols
(the bandanna, the manifestos, etc....)

Under what slogan could images parade today? What is their role in the
construction of the narrative of ‘reality’? (Nicolas Bourriaud, from the
Stock Zero libretto)
                                                                                                                                      Under Destruction #1

Artists: Christoph Büchel, Gianni Motti 

Curator: Mihnea
This is the first episode in a series of site-specific interventions
which address the real and symbolic architecture of the House of the
People/ Palace of the
Bernea and Neagu. Early works.

Artists: Horia Bernea, Paul Neagu
Curator: Mihai Oroveanu
The exhibition looks at a remarkable example of collaborative,
experimental practice uniting two Romanian artists, Horia Bernea and
Paul Neagu. It isolates a few works from the ‘60s and ‘70s, which evince
an engagement with the question of artistic freedom in stark contrast to
the production of the epoch, generally confined to a complacent
‘Socialist Surrealism’.




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