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"CON-FRONT EAST" / Painting from Cluj


"CON-FRONT EAST" / Painting from Cluj

Artists:

Ioan Sbârciu
Kudor Duka István
Olimpia Bera
Anca Bodea
Andrei Ciurdărescu
Ioana Olăhuț
Cristian Lăpușan

Curator: Olimpia Bera

November 4 -26, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 2017, 6-9PM

Gallery RIVAA
527 Main St, Roosevelt Island - New York, NY 10044
Gallery hours: Wednesdays & Fridays 6-9 pm, Saturdays & Sundays 11am - 5pm
Phone: (212) 308–6630
www.rivaa.com
The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, in partnership with the University of Art and Design Cluj-Napoca and Gallery RIVAA, has the pleasure of inviting you to the group show:

"CON-FRONT EAST" / Painting from Cluj

Artists:

Ioan Sbârciu
Kudor Duka István
Olimpia Bera
Anca Bodea
Andrei Ciurdărescu
Ioana Olăhuț
Cristian Lăpușan


Curator: Olimpia Bera

November 4-26, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 2017, 6-9PM


Gallery RIVAA
527 Main St, Roosevelt Island - New York, NY 10044
Gallery hours: Wednesdays & Fridays 6-9 pm, Saturdays & Sundays 11am - 5pm
Phone: (212) 308–6630
www.rivaa.com

Cluj-Napoca, a city that was recognized as one of the most important cultural centers of Transylvania, has become, since the early 2000’s, a very dynamic nucleus of powerful generations of visual artists, highly noticed both in Romania and on the international art scene.

The University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca (UAD) is the prestigious institution that has actively contributed to the creation of a favorable milieu for supporting the creative approaches of students and teachers through both an academic program that combines technical rigor and creative freedom, and an extraordinary opening to internationalization (under the strategic management initiated by the Rector of the UAD in the early 2000s, painter Ioan Sbârciu). Consequently, successive generations of graduates from the Painting Department have become internationally recognized as the “Painting School of Cluj”. The notoriety created around this “school” is a phenomenon of high importance, a result of the commitment and energy flowing from the artist and professor Ioan Sbârciu, the trainer of several generations of artists, including Adrian Ghenie, Victor Man, Marius Bercea, Mircea Suciu, Şerban Savu, Bencze Laszlo, who are perhaps the most appreciated and internationally acclaimed names.

Within this framework, the idea of “CON-FRONT EAST / Painting from Cluj-Napoca” questions an apparent ambivalence: the disjunction between East and West, on the one hand, and the West's contribution to Eastern aesthetics, on the other hand, under the systemic functioning of the two artistic areas in the international space. As a premiere in New York City, the current exhibition aims to highlight a close connection between Prof. Ioan Sbârciu, a distinguished personality, and several generations of artists whom he guided on the path of knowledge, appreciation and a shared experience, that have brought together artistic attitudes of the most diverse kinds. The idea of a "common front" attempts to coagulate artists from different groups / generations around the same objectives, in order to attract international attention, generate debates, provoke reactions, and create, autonomously, an extremely broad movement in the contemporary artistic environment.

The exhibition gathers a series of personal projects of painters who teach at the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca, the Painting Department, namely Professor Ioan Sbârciu, together with his younger fellow-artists of the "new wave" of the “Painting School of Cluj”: Kudor Duka István, Anca Bodea, Olimpia Bera, Andrei Ciurdărescu, Ioana Olăhuț, and Cristian Lăpușan.

The show symbolically reflects the idea that Transylvania represented, throughout history, a frontier between Western and Eastern civilizations, a final "redoubt" where various ethnic, confessional and ideological communities coexist, the habitat of an original regional cultural heritage. The approach of each selected artist is highly individualized and, from this perspective, one can speak of a contrast between ideas, techniques, manners, while one can still identify stylistic continuities and aesthetic compatibility that can be achieved at the level of fragmentary juxtapositions. Last but not least, the gap among the generations to which the featured artists belong, as well as the diversity of their artistic ideas and discourses, come as surprise elements in the current show.

Ioan Sbârciu / b. 1948 / Lives and works in Cluj-Napoca / Education and Professional Experience: 2005 Ph.D. in Visual Arts from the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca (UAD) / 1973 Graduate of the Painting Department of "Ioan Andreescu" Fine Arts Institute, Cluj-Napoca (currently UAD) / Selected Solo Shows: in Romania 2015 “The Rapt of Europe”, Jecza Gallery, Timişoara / 2014 “Semn (di) Segni” – Ioan Sbârciu in dialogue with Masters of the Modern Art (A. Boetti, A. Rainer, H. Nitsch, E. Scanavino, AR Penck, B. Munari, E. Vedova and César), IAGA Gallery, Cluj-Napoca / 2013 “The Cinder Forrest”, Museum of Art, Cluj-Napoca / 2009 “Syo / Studio”, Museum of Art, Cluj-Napoca (with Tarohei Nakagawa) / 2007 “Landscape, Man and Device. Art that settles rules” (with Markus Lüpertz), Contemporary Art Gallery of Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu / 2007 “The Cinder Forrest”, Anaid Gallery, Bucharest / 2006 “Sbârciu / Painting / 2006”, Brâncoveanu Palace - Cultural Center Mogoşoaia / “The Mistery of Friendship” (with Markus Lüpertz), Museum of Art, Cluj-Napoca / International 2016 “Reflections of the Transylvanian Forest”, MB-XL Contemporary & Modern Gallery, Brussels, Belgium / 2015 “Transylvanian Lights”, Hugo Voeten Art Center, Herentals, Belgium / 2015 “The Rapt of Europe”, Accademia di Romania, Rome, Italy / 2010 “Street of Happiness No. 1” (with Radu Solovăstru), Tarohei Nakagawa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan / 2006 “Toscana / Transylvania”, RCI Venice, Italy / 2004 Museum of Contemporary Art Murlo, Italy / International Group Exhibitions: 2017 Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York, USA / 2016 Galeria za Szklem, Art Academy, Wroclaw, Poland / 2014 Fortino Sant’Antonio, Città Vecchia, Bari, Italy / 2011 Fondazione Maimeri, Milan, Italy / 2009, Lethaby Gallery, London, UK / 2008 MODEM Debrecen, Hungary / 2007 MKM Duisburg, Germany / 2007 RCI Venice, Italy / 2005 International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic / 2004 Museum of Contemporary Art Murlo, Italy / 2003 Etruscan Museum in Murlo, Italy / 2003 Accademia di Romania, Rome, Italy / 2003 Kunsthalle Cologne, Germany / 2001 Museum of Contemporary Art “Dino Scalabrino” in Montecatini, Italy / Currently, he is a professor and Ph.D. coordinator at the Painting Department of UAD, President of the Senate of the university, a member of the Fine Artists’ Union of Romania and of I.A.A. - A.I.A.P.

Kudor Duka István / b. 1974 / Lives and works in Cluj-Napoca, Romania / Education: 2011 Ph.D. in Visual Arts from UAD, coordinator Prof. Ioan Sbârciu / 2004 MA from UAD / 1998 BA in Painting / Selected Solo Shows: 2014 “153 + 1”, Galleria Sala Radio, Cluj-Napoca / 2013 “Selective”, Bulgakov Galleria, Cluj-Napoca / 2008 „The Son”, Bazis Gallery, Miercurea Ciuc / 2010 “Changes”, Pecs, Hungary / 2005 “Silence”, Parti Gallery, Pecs, Hungary / Selected Group Exhibitions: 2015 „Dobrogea from Sulina to Balcik”, Museum of Art, Constanţa / 2014 “Latin Love”, Casa Matei Gallery, Cluj-Napoca / 2014 “Latin Love”, Fortino Sant’Antonio, Città Vecchia, Bari, Italy / 2013 “The Cutting Edge 2”, Museum of Art, Cluj-Napoca / 2012 “On the Peak of the Field”, Quadro Gallery, Cluj-Napoca / 2012 “Feast”, Parti Galeria, Pecs, Hungary / 2009 “Moss”, Lethaby Gallery, London, UK / 2008 “Under natural circumstances”, MODEM, Debrecen, Hungary / Currently, he is a professor at the Painting Department of UAD.

Georgeta-Olimpia Bera / b. 1983 / Lives and works in Cluj-Napoca, Romania / Education: 2013 Ph.D. in Fine Arts and Decorative Arts from UAD, coordinator Prof. Ioan Sbârciu / 2008 MA from the same university / 2005 BA in Graphic Arts from UAD / Solo Shows: 2012 “Transit”, Visual Kontakt Gallery, Ulm, Germany / 2011 “Eroi e Rovine”, Galeria Locali ex-Upim, Macerata, Italy / Group Exhibitions: 2016 „T.A.N.G.O. – turning art now gliding over”, Galeria za Szkłem, Academy of Art, Wrocław, Poland / 2013, 2016 “The Cutting Edge”, Museum of Art in Cluj-Napoca / 2011 Biennial of Painting Morlotti-Imbersago, 13th edition, Imbersago, Italy / Curator: 2013 – now, for the galleries: Visual Kontakt Oradea, Cluj, Ulm and IAGA Contemporary Art / More information: www.olimpiabera.com / Currently, she is a senior lecturer at the Painting Department of UAD.

Anca Bodea / b. 1982 / Lives and works in Cluj-Napoca, Romania / Education: 2012 Ph.D. in Visual Arts from UAD, coordinator Prof. Ioan Sbârciu / 2007 MA from UAD / 2005 Magna Cum Laude BA in Painting from the same university / Solo Shows: 2017 “Electric Paradisum”, Museum of Art Cluj-Napoca / 2013 “Persona”, 418 Gallery, Bucharest / 2010 “Nocturnes”, 418 Gallery, Bucharest / Group Exhibitions: 2015 T.A.N.G.O, Museum of Art Cluj-Napoca / 2016 “Almost objects”, Ferenczy Museum Center, Hungary, curator Lili Boros / 2012 “Cluj Meets Berlin”, Bazis Contemporary art Space, Berlin, curator Bazis group / Art Fairs: 2015 Berlin Liste / 2014 Kolner Liste / 2012 Art Market Budapest / Grants and Scholarships: 2011 Internship at Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice / 2008-2010 ”Vasile Pârvan” Scholarship at Accademia di Romania in Rome, Italy / 2006 Scholarship for Young Artists of the Fine Artists’ Union Romania / Currently, she is a senior lecturer at the Painting Department of UAD.

Andrei Ciurdărescu / b. 1984 / Lives and works in Cluj-Napoca / Education: 2014 Ph.D. in Visual Arts from UAD, coordinator Prof. Ioan Sbârciu / 2009 MA in Visual Arts from UAD / 2007 BA in Painting from the same university / Exhibitions: 2014 “Luc Tuymans in dialogue with Călin Dan”, Spațiu Intact – Paintbrush Factory, Cluj, Romania / 2014 “Vanguardias y Periferias” at LaNeomudejar - Centro de Artes de Vanguardia, Madrid, Spain / Personal projects: 2015 “Spazi Aperti 13th edition / 2015 Voi Siete Qui / You Are Here, “Giardini dello splendore - belezza ferita”, Accademia di Romania, Rome, Italy / 2015 “Neomappa Roma”, Accademia di Romania, Rome, Italy / 2015 “La Realta di Venere II”, Istituto Romeno di Cultura e Ricerca Umanistica, Venice, Italy / 2015 finalist of San Fedele Arti Visive award, Milan, Italy / 2016 “4 Spaces - Common Ground”, RCI Venice, Italy / 2016 “Io nel giardino”, Boccanera Project Room, Boccanera Arte Contemporanea, Trento, Italy / Scholarships: 2014 ”Vasile Pârvan” Scholarship at Accademia di Romania in Rome, Italy / Currently, he is a senior lecturer at the Painting Department of UAD.

Ioana Olăhuț / b. 1979 / Lives and works in Cluj-Napoca, Romania / Education: 2012 earned her Ph.D. in Visual Arts from UAD, coordinator Prof. Ioan Sbârciu / 2005 MA in Visual Arts from UAD / 2003 BA in Painting from the same university / Exhibitions: Since 2000 she has had exhibitions in important institutions and galleries in Romania, Germany, UK, Italy, Poland, and Hungary / Solo Shows: “Fear/Pain/Hunger”, Museum of Art Cluj-Napoca, “The Capitalist Pig and The Honest Rabbit”, Visual Kontakt Gallery, Oradea, “Images of the Body in Transgression”, Casa Matei Gallery, Cluj-Napoca, “Sei Tavoli Anatomici”, Le Grotte Gallery, Macerata (Italy), “Ioana Olăhuț, Painting and Narations”, Crescent Theatre, Birmingham (UK) / Set design: National Theatre in Cluj, Puck Theatre / Currently, she is an associate professor at the Painting Department of UAD.

Cristian Gabriel Lăpuşan / b. 1976 / Lives and works in Cluj-Napoca, Romania / Education: 2017 Ph.D. candidate in Visual Arts, UAD, coordinator Prof. Ioan Sbârciu / 2014 MA in Painting from UAD / 2000 BA in Painting from the same university / Solo Shows: 2015 “Me and my People”, Casa Matei Gallery, Cluj-Napoca / 2002 “Expressions”, Vert Gallery, Piatra Neamţ / 2014 "Valery Larbaud" Cultural Centre Vichy, France / 2012, 2010, 2008 “Covalenco” Gallery, Eindhoven, The Netherlands / 2008 EEFineart Galleries, Cambridge, UK / 2007 “Contradictions”, Galeria Luroa, Las Palmas, Spain / Group Exhibitions: 2016 “Cutting Edge 3”, Museum of Art Cluj-Napoca / “Recall”, Museum of Art Cluj-Napoca / „16 Rawickie mosty sztuki”, Muzeum Ziemi Rawickiej w Rawiczu, Poland / “Academiae Youth Art Bienalle”, Bressanone, Italy / Art Phila Gallery, Denver, USA / 2015 “System Error”, Museum of Art Cluj-Napoca / “Dobrogea from Sulina to Balcik”, Museum of Art, Constanţa / 2002 “ArtExpo”, New York, USA / Awards: 2015 Winner of the Expo Maraton 2015 Competition, Casa Matei Gallery, UAD.

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Institutul Cultural Român din New York, în parteneriat cu Universitatea de Artă și Design din Cluj-Napoca și cu Gallery RIVAA, are plăcerea de a vă invita la expoziția de grup:

"CON-FRONT EAST" / Painting from Cluj

Artiști:

Ioan Sbârciu
Kudor Duka István
Olimpia Bera
Anca Bodea
Andrei Ciurdărescu
Ioana Olăhuț
Cristian Lăpușan


Curator: Olimpia Bera

4-26 noiembrie 2017
Vernisaj: Sâmbătă, 4 noiembrie 2017, orele 18.00-21.00


Gallery RIVAA
527 Main St., Roosevelt Island - New York, NY 10044
Orarul galeriei: miercuri și vineri 18.00-21.00, sâmbătă și duminică 11.00-17.00
Telefon: (212) 308–6630
www.rivaa.com

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