A l'autre bout de l'arc en ciel. His work creates a dialogue between places and the objects / images he creates, that embody places, experiences, landmarks of collective memory of the good an the evil that mankind has sawn in its passage through time.
One of the key representatives of conceptual art Sarkis is an artist continuously updating his approach. His art reflects on contemporary realities by means of a visual process that considers the past and projects it into the future. Sarkis sets up a filter of images and concepts that enable a different perspective in the perception of everyday live, unveiling hidden facets and stirring new emotions. His work creates a dialogue between places – that contain the history, the memory, the living – and the objects / images he creates, that embody places, experiences, landmarks of collective memory of the good an the evil that mankind has sawn in its passage through time.
The rainbow is the most recent element in Sarkis’ visual scape. In most of the beliefs it works as a promise of salvation, of absolution, is the bridge between earth and sky, the offer of a second chance, of a new beginning.
Sarkis’ rainbow is objectified. It embodies through the colored paths all the disturbances and abrupt changes that define contemporary world.
There are many legends about what is hidden at the end of the rainbow: a treasure, a promise, another existential dimension. The project in Bucharest invites us to imagine what may be at the other end of the rainbow, to try to define an imaginary construction based on the immaterial perception of the visible world. It invites to experience the endeavor that is proper to love, spirituality and art.
Sarkis imagined for Bucharest a visual path that connects three landmarks in the relation between the city, its recent history and contemporary culture: The National Museum of Romanian Peasant – keeper of Romanian identity, The National Museum of Contemporary Art – main scene of creative energies, and The Ark hosting the International Center for Contemporary Art – an example of creative urban conversion. The artistic discourse is articulated in relation with the specificity of each place.
• DE L’AUBE AU CRÉPUSCULE
FROM DAWN TO DUSK
The National Museum of Romanian Peasant /
“Irina Nicolau” Hall, “Foaier” Hall and inserts in the permanent exhibition of the museum
The works presented in three different spaces of the museum set a dialogue between the playful as well as melancholic representation of childhood and the stillness of the material world devoid of the being. The dialogue includes a revealing mirroring of the creative path defined by Horia Bernea through the elements of the Romanian identity.
• ENTRE LE CIEL ET LA TERRE
BETWEEN THE SKY AND THE EARTH
National Museum of Contemporary Art / Ground floor
The space of art like the space of the rainbow is in between the sky and the earth. Sarkis’ proposal for this space articulates images and objects as hyphens between different stages of being, defining a transitional environment, for drifting or for meditating on our fears and aspirations. The sound of J. Cage’s “Litany for a Whale” is the element that leads the way from the past to the future.
• LA MEMOIRE EST VIVANTE, LES SOUVENIRS SONT FIGÉS
MEMORY IS ALIVE, RECOLLECTIONS ARE STILL
The Ark / The International Center for Contemporary Art
Sarkis questions multiculturalism from a post colonial perspective, evaluating its resources and flaws, and underlining the permanent need for updating memory and re-evaluating history as the foundation of the cultural heritage of future.
A series of workshops and events will be organized throughout the show.
The project will be included in the events of the European Night of Museums (May 17) and the White Night of Art Galleries (May 23).
Organizer / Producer: French Institute Bucharest
Co-organizers: MNAC, MNȚR, The Ark / ICCA
Executive producer: ICCA
Project realized with the kind support of the Gallery MANA, Istanbul and the Gallery Nathalie Obadia, Paris
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Image: Sarkis, Litany for a whale, 2011. Photography. Courtesy of Galeri Mana, Istanbul
Opening 15 May 2014
Izvor St.Palace of the Parliament, wing E4, Bucharest 050563
Open: Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
Ticket: 10 RON
Discount: 5 RON
Free entrance for: children, copii