Ciprian Muresan is featured in the first edition of “The Generational,” the New Museum’s new signature triennial, to be launched with Younger Than Jesus - an exploration of the work being produced by a new generation of artists born after 1976, opening on April 8.
Known to demographers, marketers, sociologists, and pundits variously as the Millennials, Generation Y, iGeneration, and Generation Me, this age group has yet to be described in any way beyond their habits of consumption. "Younger Than Jesus" will begin to examine the visual culture this generation has created to date. Inspired by the fact that some of the most influential and enduring gestures in art and history have been made by young people in the early stages of their lives, "Younger Than Jesus" will fill the entire New Museum’s building on the Bowery with approximately 145 works by artists all of whom are under the age of thirty-three years old. Hailing from countries including Algeria, China, Colombia, Germany, India, Lebanon, Poland, Romania, Turkey, and Venezuela, many are showing in a museum for the first time. The exhibition will span mediums and encompass painting, drawing, photography, film, animation, performance, installation, dance, Internet-based works, and video games.
On April 9, a panel discussion on the transformations that took place in Eastern Europe after the fall of communism is organized in conjunction with the exhibition. The panel borrows the title of one of Muresan's best known artworks: Communism Never Happened (on view at RCINY, courtesy of the artist). This panel brings together six artists from the "Younger Than Jesus" who grew up in the former Eastern Bloc: Wojciech Bąkowski, Tigran Khachatryan, Ciprian Muresan, Anna Molska, Kateřina Šedá, and Jakub Julian Ziolkowski, and will be moderated by Charity Scribner.
Since 2007, Muresan's work was presented in various solo and group shows in the US and has entered the MOCA Los Angeles collection, receiving reviews in NYTimes, LATimes, Arforum, Flash Art. He is also part of the Romanian project to be presented at this year's Venice Biennale.
[Image: Ciprian Mureşan's Communism Never Happened].