Rudolfinum Gallery, Prague: Traces / Stopy

Traces / Stopy

2. 10. 2014 – 4. 1. 2015

Galerie Rudolfinum

Curator: Stephanie Rosenthal, hlavní kurátorka / Chief Curator, Hayward Gallery a Petr Nedoma, ředitel / Director, Galerie Rudolfinum

„The basic instincts in a human being are eros, pleasure, life, and the death wish.“ Ana Mendieta

During her brief yet prolific career, Ana Mendieta generated a uniquely inventive visual language that is at once intimate, provocative and compelling.

Mendieta was born in Cuba in 1948. In 1961, in the wake of the Cuban Revolution, she was sent by her family to America. The pain and rupture of cultural displacement and exile – which she thought of as a sort of ‘orphanhood’ – would later fuel her creative process. Searching to find her place and context in the world, she embarked on a dialogue between the landscape and the female body. Her transient, almost immaterial ‘earth-body’ sculptures were private outdoor ceremonies and acts of meditation that she documented on film, or in photography. (more…)

Temnikova & Kasela Gallery: Andrius Zakarauskas (LT) – ‘In the Name Of’

Temnikova & Kasela Gallery has the pleasure of inviting you to the opening of Andrius Zakarauskas' first solo exhibition in Estonia, and to a small celebration of the gallery's 4th birthday on Thursday, 21st of August at 7 pm.

August 21 – October 11

One of the most promising and highly regarded painters of the younger generation of Lithuania, Zakarauskas's work occupies the gallery's entire exhibition space and will include paintings and collages created during the past years. In his work the artist explores the themes of painting as ideology and cult creation with an attempt to (de)construct their correlations. The questions addressed in the exhibition In the Name Of are inseparable from the artist’s earlier work in which he also reflected on painting, the role of the painter, and the suggestibility of painting. 

The latest works from Zakarauskas use painting techniques – colour, the stroke of the brush and almost abstract composition structures – to create a certain 'utopian ideology'” connecting it to painting and the figure of the painter. Quoting and interpreting the rhetoric of propaganda, pathos which is at the same time both insistent and inspiring, the postures and gestures cultivated by the great authoritarian ideologies and religions, the artist makes them subject to painting. Thus a fictional cult-like atmosphere is created highlighting the role of the artist as demiurge (omnipotent creator). (more…)

Alkatraz Gallery: Nataša Skušek: A Real Man

Nataša Skušek: A Real Man

20 August 2014 – 05 September 2014

You are kindly invited to the opening of the exhibtion A Real Man by Nataša Skušek. The opening wll take place at the Alkatraz Gallery, ACC Metelkova mesto, on Wednesday, 20th August 2014 at 8pm.

Nataša Skušek often problematizes deeply rooted taken-for-granted notions, stereotypes and roles socially attributed and ascribed to women. Pregnancy, motherhood, household chores, partner relationship, alimentation, leisure time activities, appearance, and fetishization of women’s body, represent the elements making up the content of her artworks. This time, the author has retained the topic of relationship, but directed her focus more on the man. A Real Man is a fanned out video-audio installation including a sculpture which makes an absurd caricature of the contrast of the social roles ascribed to a woman and a man in a partner relationship. She is asking herself what the term “a real man” means to either of the partners, inquiring into their wishes, expectations, disappointments, and traumas in a relationship. (more…)

SPACES: I Chisinau – a city in transformation

I Chisinau – a city in transformation – exhibition

opening: August 14 2014, 7 pm

period: August 14-26, 2014

Zpace (Casa Zemstvei Guberniale)

Al. Sciusev str. 103, Chisinau

The exposition of photography I Chisinau – a city in transformation includes the works of several authors, residents of Chisinau, but also the works of those who had the opportunity to spend several weeks or months in the city, as part of KIOSK artist in residency program. Their works document the changes and transformations through which the capital of the new state, which appeared after the fallout of USSR, is passing.

The theme of the exhibition, as it is reflected in its title, tackles the problem of the way the urban space was shaped within the last years and in which the residents of Chisinau live, spend their time and participate in various activities, and how this place influences the social relations and the daily practices – how it shapes us as collectivity and how we are related to it as individuals. (more…)

CAC, Vilnius: Vladas Urbanavičius. Standard Reservoirs

Vladas Urbanavičius. Standard Reservoirs

10.06 – 19.10.2014

Curator: Elona Lubytė

The sculptor Vladas Urbanavičius, who is the author of “Krantinės arka” (Quay’s Arch) (2009), the sculptural object constructed from old “Družba“ pipes of USSR gas-main, which aroused many disputes about contemporary art, , was invited to create a site-specific sculptural object in the courtyard of the CAC.

This time the artist, who develops minimalistic expression since the 1980s, has chosen to work with a well-known ready-made – a concretecrib. 

Three cribs are standing in the yard, sealed with black sheets of organic glass. According to the author, these standard reservoirs (“Standartiniai rezervuarai“) loaded with the darkness of chambers, can do nothing, just stand… (more…)

Quadro Gallery, Cluj: A Retrospective

LÁSZLÓ TÓTH

A Retrospective, August the 18th – October the 10th, 2014

Opening: Monday, 18th of August, 6 p.m.

Presenting: György Szücs art historian, Deputy Director at the Hungarian National Gallery (Budapest)

The Quadro Gallery organizes the first retrospective exhibition of László Tóth, presenting the whole oeuvre in its full richness, beginning with the early oil paintings of the 1960’s and 1970’s, through the compositions, portraits and nudes made in mixted technique, until the late years of the artist, spent in Germany.

Works are lent by the artistʼs estate, private collections and the Cluj-Napoca Art Museum.

 László TÓTH (Satu Mare, July the 13th, 1933 – Wertingen, December the 24th, 2009) (more…)

VONTOBEL- AMADEUS ARTS AWARDS

VONTOBEL- AMADEUS ARTS AWARDS

International curator competition

2014: Berlin-Budapest

CALL FOR HUNGARIAN AND GERMAN CURATORS

Amadeus Art Foundation as the largest private foundation for contemporary art in the country has been sponsored by the Swiss Bank Vontobel AG for years. This year the Vontobel AG invited the Foundation to create a permanent, art supporting independent program. As a result, in 2014 the Amadeus Art Foundation launches the Vontobel- Amadeus Arts Prize.

The Vontobel-Amadeus Art Prize aims to promote contemporary Hungarian art, to expand its international relations and to support especially important fields of art. To this end, similarly to our work so far, after careful consideration and cooperating with the significant organizations of the Hungarian scene we will fill the Prize with a new concept every year, which thus can become a flexible and dynamic intellectual product that includes several people and field of art, following the national and international trends. (more…)

SODA Gallery, Bratislava: Last Virgin

Last Virgin

Ivana OROSZOVÁ

Soloshow

Opening: 15. August 2014, 19.00

18. August – 15. September 2014

SODA gallery

Skolska 9, Bratislava

www.sodagallery.sk

tranzit.ro: Bulldozer watching itself in the mirror

08/08/–10/08/2014

Buldozer privindu-se în oglindă (Bulldozer watching itself in the mirror)

A project by Cezar Lăzărescu

8, 9, 10 August 2014

The esplanade of the Iaşi Palace of Culture

Inauguration: Friday, 8 August 2014, 19.00h

In 1997, the Iaşi artist Cezar Lăzărescu imagined a project for the public space around the Câlnic castle, part of an exhibition organised by the Bucharest SOROS Centre for Contemporary Art . His proposal at the time – Buldozer privindu-se în oglindă (Bulldozer watching itself in the mirror) –, however, did not materialise until now, in 2014, when tranzit. ro/ Iași committed to putting it into practice as part of the project Mecanica unui proiect de artă în spațiul public din Iași (The mechanics of a contemporary art project in the public space in Iaşi). (more…)

The 10th Anniversary Edition of Night Plovdiv 2014

The 10th Anniversary Edition of Night Plovdiv 2014 will be held on 12&13 September

The program features more than 120 events and a special anniversary bonus

On 12&13 September Plovdiv will host the 10th anniversary edition of the Plovdiv Night of Museums and Galleries. More than 60 000 visitors from across the country are expected to attend a program of events to be held in museums, galleries, theaters, cinemas, clubs bars and open spaces throughout the city. As in previous editions, the program is supported by the Special Projects Fund of the Open Arts Foundation in partnership with the co-organizers, the Municipality of Plovdiv and the America for Bulgaria Foundation.

On the first night, the program will focus on the festival’s core participants – more than 20 municipal, state and private museums and galleries, who have prepared special exhibitions, concerts and presentations. On the second night, more than 30 theaters, universities, community centers, bookshops, clubs, bars, studios, workshops and other alternative art spaces will take part in the Culture&Club program. (more…)

​Tirana Art Lab – Center for Contemporary Art: Metamporphic Narratives 2014, Ilir Lluka, Video Still

​Tirana Art Lab – Center for Contemporary Art is pleased to present as part of the MUSIC/ART Collaboration: 

Metamporphic Narratives 2014, Ilir Lluka, Video Still 

Metamorphic Narratives, Concert #3

By Ilir Lluka

Audiovisual Live Performance

Duration Approx. 40 min

08, August 2014, 8 p.m.

Art Kontakt Festival 2014

Kalaja e Ali Pashë Tepelenës, Porto Palermo, Himarë, Albania 

Ilir Lluka’s most recent audio-visual project Matamorphic Narratives is the result of a complex fieldwork research and studio composition, for which he has been working the last six months. His artistic practice, a reconciliation of image, sound and voice; deals with questions of human intimate perception of the present and its relation with past and future. The territory of Lluka’s audio-visual performances turns into a fourth dimension where time-space-world functions as a tribute to the contemporary, creating an illusionary moment. The spectator is challenged to embrace the present as an infinite moment, as a permanent delay where both segments of past and future representations amalgamate, ensuring the occurrence of the contemplative process as the ultimate experience of the present. Metamorphic Narratives that will be conducted in an a 19th century castle, remote from industrialised city space, invites us to engage with a long-drawn imaginary transformation from rural to urban landscape. (more…)

Aiurart, Bucharest: Jungwoon Kim > Stair away

Jungwoon Kim > Stair away

Curator: Erwin Kessler

Mogosoaia Palace, opening: Suturday 17th of August, 2014, at 5 pm.

Aiurart Contemporary Art Space, opening: Monday 18th of August, 2014, at 7 pm.

18-31 August, 2014 | Aiurart Contemporary Art Space | Bucharest, 21 Lirei | Monday-Saturday, 3-7 pm.

Jungwoon Kim is a young graduate from Kunstakademie Duesseldorf, and a bursary of the artists residency exchange between The Cultureal centre Mogosoaia Palace and Kulturamt Duesseldorf, running from eight years by now.

Jungwoon Kim is exemplary for the younger generation of artists: she is Korean by birth, German by education and global by artistic practices, while being temporarily a local host in one of the most idylic places near one of the most dystopic metropoles, Bucharest.

There is nothing directly and explicitly Korean or German in her work. More than an artist in the traditional sense of the work, she is rather a producer of visual entities. They are either concrete objects or virtual, video or animated apparitions. Similarly to her contemporaries, Jungwoon Kim is not captive of an artistic genre or technique, as well as she is not captive of a definite ideology. Her objects do not feed upon an elitist science of mixing colors or carving stones. Neither they grow out of a rhetorical symbolism dependent of a political choice. (more…)

Gergő Horváth becomes the Artistic Director of Pavilion Bucharest

30 July 2014 – Gergő Horváth becomes the Artistic Director of Pavilion Bucharest

After an extensive search involving a number of highly qualified Romanian and international candidates, the Board of Pavilion is delighted to announce the appointment of Gergő Horváth as Pavilion's new Artistic Director, effective September 1, 2014.

He will also design the program of the art center and will work on the general program of the organization.

Gergő Horváth will develop Pavilion´s role locally and internationally, and will develop a program that will encompass a series of strands rooted in long-term critical inquiries, cross-modeling practices that have emerged from recent shifts in, and diversification of, concepts and forms in art and contemporary culture. Gergő Horváth’s activities will take multiple formats and will be devised in collaboration with a network of Romanian and international organizations. (more…)

BUCHAREST BIENNALE APPOINTS NIELS VAN TOMME AS CURATOR FOR 2016 EDITION

BUCHAREST BIENNALE APPOINTS NIELS VAN TOMME AS CURATOR FOR 2016 EDITION

The 7th BUCHAREST BIENNALE (Bucharest International Biennial for Contemporary Art), generated by Pavilion – journal for politics & culture – is set for May 26th – July 17th, 2016, under the curatorship of Niels Van Tomme (BE).

The Bucharest Biennale International Advisory Board met in Berlin on July 14, 2014 and awarded the curatorship for the 7th Bucharest Biennale unanimously to Niels Van Tomme (BE).

The Bucharest Biennale is interested in exploring links between creative practice and social progress, as well as correspondences between local and global contexts. Now in its tenth year, the Biennale continues to build a strong partnership between Bucharest—a geocultural space where the political is reflected in all aspects of life—and the rest of the World. In transcending specific geographical, historical, or political frameworks, it connects to a broader complexity, namely the one of “resistance” within the quotidian realm. (more…)

Videoholica – international video art festival 2014

videoholica international video art festival 2014

PROGRAM

01.08. friday

01.08/21.00

Primorski Swimming Complex – Varna, Coastal Alley, South Beach

OPENING

1/7 / Program of competition / Duration: 46 min. (more…)

Bucharest Biennale 6: Brief Final Report

BUCHAREST BIENNALE 6

Apprehension. Understanding Through Fear of Understanding

May 23rd – July 24nd 2014

Thursday, July 24h 2014, BUCHAREST BIENNALE 6 – Bucharest International Biennial for Contemporary Art – curated by Gergő Horváth, entitled "Apprehension. Understanding Through Fear of Understanding", has closed after more than 8 weeks, during  which it has enjoyed an unprecedented success for a Romanian contemporary art event. 

BUCHAREST BIENNALE has gained throughout the years an international reputation and its last edition has expressed the potential for development of this type of artistic event. 

BB6 has been composed of the main exhibition curated by Gergő Horváth (b. 1993) with 19 participating artists from 12 countries, 22 artworks, 9 works being produced especially for the biennial. BB6 had more then 20 parallel and 5 connected events. In the frame of the BB6, the curator generated every week "Expose Practice" a weekly series of talks where the participating artists in Bucharest Biennale 6 where invited to discuss their practice, research methodologies and thinking in an informal setting. (more…)

Vernon Gallery, Prague: Derivatives

Miłosz Flis

Derivatives

29. 7. – 30. 8. 2014

Gallery Vernon, Janáčkovo nábřeží 21, Prague 5

My objects are an intuitive way to tell what could go wrong

Gallery Vernon and Galeria Miejska presents a solo exhibition by young Polish artist Miłosz Flis that shows his paintings, sculptures and objects experimenting with a form, meaning and cultural context. Intuitive, visionary and playful at the same time might be the synonyms for Flis`s art.

Milosz Flis was born in 1986 in Lublin, Poland, and has graduated in 2012 at the studio of prof. Janusz Kucharski at the Sculpture Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw. He deals with sculpture, painting, graphics and computer graphics based on both formal and technological experiments. He is interested in abstraction as well as figurative art. He has held three individual exhibition in Wroclaw and participated on group exhibitions at different location of Poland. (more…)

MSU, Zagreb: William Anthony – Perfect Imperfections

NO Gallery, 24 July – 26 August 2014

William Anthony – Perfect Imperfections

Very few artists take advantage of mistakes in the drawing technique as the starting point for their entire work. This is precisely why the work of William Anthony, a New York-based artist of Croatian origin, is interesting and stimulating. How did it all begin? Teaching drawing in an art school led him to build his own artistic expression. For educational purposes, he tried to demonstrate and point to beginners’ mistakes in painting to his students by deliberately exaggerating. Wanting to show how not to draw, he used irregular, grotesque, over-dimensional and disproportionate human figures. He described the result of such a didactic method in his book A New Approach to Figure Painting, published in the mid-1960s. However, through the use of irony and parody in the first steps in painting a human body he soon noticed a certain aesthetics and embraced such a satirical treatment, turning it into a new painting style which he consistently maintained throughout fifty years of continuous work. (more…)

Ioana Ciolacu – Hunters, Spring/Summer 2015

Ioana Ciolacu, Romanian designer and winner of the fashion talent award “Designer for Tomorrow 2013“ by Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf and its online shop Fashion ID, presented her new Spring/Summer 2015 collection, entitled “Hunters”, at her first own catwalk show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin. 

The idea of the collection, conceptually entitled HUNTERS, revolves around the unpredictable and inter-changing relationship between the hunter and the prey. Contrasting elements such as love vs. war or power vs. weakness come to life both in the human society and in the wilderness. This is precisely the notion encompassed by the 25 outfits showcased and evoked through color, fabric use, silhouette, prints, technology. (more…)

Victoria Art Center: STARTPOINT PRIZE ROMANIA

Victoria Art Center invites you to the opening of the exhibition STARTPOINT PRIZE ROMANIA on Thursday, 24th of July 2014.

The Exhibition StartPoint Prize held at Victoria Art Center presents a selection of the best projects of graduates from different art universities in Romania. A designated jury will choose the participant to the international contest that will take place in Prague at The Center for Contemporay Art DOX. (more…)

PLATFORM X: OPEN CALL for young interactive and new media artists in Bucharest, Romania

PLATFORM X > OPEN CALL for young interactive and new media artists in Bucharest, Romania

Preparatory to the 9th edition of the eXplore Dance Festival – Bucharest International Contemporary Dance and Performance Festival, Romania’s main dance and performance event, 4Culture Association in co-production with Tangaj Dance kick start Platform X – a residency program dedicated to the new generation of interactive artists across Europe that supports the research and the production of interactive, new and trans-media projects.

Seeking to express a critical understanding of technology, the X Platform program is open to young visual artists who are concerned with the syncretism between artistic genres, with a main focus on digital projects and interdisciplinary installations. The creative platform’s hot-spot is the technological invasion in contemporary art. Biotechnology, genetic engineering and molecular robotics, somatic exploration of light, sound or other technological mechanisms are speculated in the context of immersive video-art installations, which may or may not have performative value. (more…)

rotor, Graz: Performanceserie

Performanceserie

>>     KNIHT by GRÜBELPRODUCTIONS

NEXT PERFORMANCE:

Part 4: Thursday, 17th of July, 4 pm, Duration: 30 min. 

at < rotor >, Volksgartenstraße 6a, 8020 Graz

Episodes of this Performanceserie will take place on a regular basis in the frame of the current exhibition The Artists are present.

Additional dates: (more…)

rotor, Graz: BLACK SEA CALLING on tour

Exhibition Plovdiv 2014

at Art Today Association

We cordially invite you to the presentation of the exhibiton BLACK SEA CALLING

on Friday, July 11, 2014, 6 pm

at Art Today Association, Center for Contemporary Art – The Ancient Bath

Bul. 6-ti Septemvri 179, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

with works by

Dan Acostioaei, Yeşim Ağaoğlu, Ilgen Arzik, Michael Aschauer, Mher Azatyan, Catrin Bolt, Gabriele Edlbauer, Markus Hahn, Michael Hieslmair / Michael Zinganel, Karl Karner / Linda Samaraweerová, Konstantine Kitiashvili / Group Bouillon, Katharina Lackner, Paran Pour, Alexandru Raevschi, Christoph Schwarz, Vasili Subbotin, Veronika Tzekova, Gamlet Zinkovsky (more…)

tranzit. ro/ Cluj: KEEP IN MIND THE POOR

tranzit. ro/ Cluj presents the project

KEEP IN MIND THE POOR

by Laurențiu Ridichie

In the new project ― Street, we negotiate; city, we reinstitute ― developed by tranzit. ro/ Cluj, the artist-activist Laurențiu Ridichie, will display inside the windows of the building on Brassai Samuel street works that address social and political issues, both at the local and global level. He will post weekly inside the 4 windows of the building drawings (170 x 75 mm) which, until now, were circulating exclusively on facebook. (more…)

SARIEV Gallery, Plovdiv: Vikenti Komitski – Commodities Unplugged

Sariev Contemporary, Plovdiv presents:

Vikenti Komitski

Commodities Unplugged

Solo Show

Curator: Walter Seidl

July 12 – August 30, 2014

Opening July 12,  8 p.m.

Opening of “Commodities Unplugged” at SARIEV Project Space, 12 Hristo Dyukmedzhiev Str., Kapana 10 p.m.

After Party and DJ set by the artist Vikenti Komitski and the curator Walter Seidl, in Gramophone Club, Plovdiv. For more information about the party, please follow us on Facebook.

Sariev Contemporary is pleased to present the solo project by Vikenti Komitski “Commodities Unplugged", curated by Walter Seidl. The exhibition will be on view between July 12th – August 30th, 2014 at SARIEV Project Space in Kapana Quarter at, 12 Hristo Dyukmedzhiev Str. 

The artistic work of Vikenti Komitski revolves around everyday objects whose context and meaning are analyzed, scrutinized and transferred into a different reality. Komitski changes the nature of objets trouvés as well as of specifically chosen commodity goods that refer to the reality from which they were taken and in which they were originally used. However, Komitski's use of ready-made principles is not only applied to objects but also to ideas. Sometimes the content of his work aims to create a critical view over the creation of an object itself, while other times it does not. (more…)

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