Chang Yung Ho
Wang Jian Wei
Hans Ulrich Obrist
The official opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art in the Palace of Parliament. This exhibition gathers all 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. Exhibitions and projects curated by Ruxandra Balaci, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Vivian Rehberg, Nicolas Bourriaud, Mihnea Mircan, Mihai Oroveanu.
The official opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art in the Palace of Parliament
October 29: Wing E4, Palace of Parliament, 2-4 Izvor Blvd. Bucharest
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 Ã Bucarest, Institut FranÃ§ais 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), RenÃ© 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, MusÃ©e dâ€™Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris), Mihai Oroveanu (General Director MNAC), Suzanne PagÃ© (Director MusÃ©e dâ€™Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris), Laurence BossÃ© (Curator, MusÃ©e dâ€™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 BÃ¼chel, 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-SÃ¢nc, Cristian Pogacean, Cristi Puiu, subREAL, Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor.
Curator: Ruxandra Balaci.
From its inception in the â€˜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.
CamÃ©ra / travelling exhibition from MusÃ©e d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
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 â€˜micro-urbanismâ€™ (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, Paris
Stock Zero follows the operatic moves and exchanges between Capital, the art system and political power.
â€œOur 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 â€˜realityâ€™? (Nicolas Bourriaud, from the Stock Zero libretto)
Under Destruction #1
Artists: Christoph BÃ¼chel, Gianni Motti
Curator: Mihnea Mircan
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 Parliament.
Bernea and Neagu. Early works.
Artisti: 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 â€˜60s and â€˜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 â€˜Socialist Surrealismâ€™.
Wing E4, Palace of Parliament, 2-4 Izvor Blvd. Bucharest