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September 25, 2022

Romania to attend Venice Art Biennale with two projects

Romania will attend the 54th edition of the Venice Art Biennale with two projects, the winners of the national contest organized by the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Romanian Cultural Institute, a release by the Ministry of Culture informs. The two projects – “Performing History” and “Romanian Cultural Resolution” – will be exhibited in Venice in the Romanian Pavilion in Giardini della Biennale, in the New Gallery of the Culture and Humanist Research Institute in Venice. The “Performing History” project, initiated by curators Maria Rus Bojan and Ami Barak, proposes an original approach to Ion Grigorescu’s body of work, which includes both earier historical works and new creations, set against a series of new projects by the artistic duo Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkacova. Under the coordination of the writer Bogdan Ghiu, in collaboration with the editor Timotei Nadasan, “Performing History” will benefit from an exceptional editorial coverage, as the catalogue for the project will be published as a special supplement to the 38th issue of the “IDEA arta+societate” magazine.

Belonging to different generations, Ion Grigorescu and the artistic couple Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkacova were invited to collaborate on the idea of art as an alternative, free and intransigent performance of history, to ponder on the past historical conditions, in terms of political domination and the margin, peculiar to this European area and to give an account of the present stage of Eastern Europe’s self-definition process.

The project “Romanian Cultural Resolution”, initiated by Adrian Bojenoiu and Alexandru Niculescu, consists in transferring the activity of the Club Electro Putere Contemporary Culture Centre to the Venice Biennale, with a stress on the editorial and documentary stage of the “Romanian Cultural Resolution” manifestation, which was meant as an investigation of the contemporary artistic context in Romania.
Benefiting from the participation of an impressive number of artists, art critics and curators, “Romanian Cultural Resolution” retraces the solutions and trends developed by visual artists in Romania in the past years, which point both to a renaissance and a reformation of contemporary artistic discourse, as well as an entire range of problems and situations which illustrate the precarious condition of the artists in the local context and their repositioning in the global context, confronted with the notions of spectacle and mercantilism.

The 54th edition of the Venice Art Biennale will take place between June 4 and November 27.

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