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ART ENCOUNTERS    |    Appearance & Essence    |    3-31 OCTOBER 2015    TIMISOARA | ARAD
The Sons and Daughters of Brâncuși. A Family Saga (Act II) Salonul de proiecte Helios Gallery 2 October - 1 November, 11:00-19:00 (closed on Mondays)
Focusing on the cult of Constantin Brâncuși in Romania, the project discusses how his high-performance on the international art scene has become a Romanian high-performance, through connecting the artist predominantly with the nationalist discourse. As early as the inter-war years, Brâncuși's international reputation played a major role in his transformation into a national hero. This process, also observable some time later in the context of the “socialist-humanist” rediscovery of Brâncuşi during the ’60s - ’70s and his protochronistic [that is, involving an anachronistic assertion of priority in innovation] rediscovery in the ’70s - ’80s, has continued to develop and be refined in the contemporary context, that of competitive advantage of nations. Nowadays, against a backdrop of globalisation and of European identity policies, the Brâncuşi myth is tending to be significantly exploited even in strategic planning for the branding of Romania. The Brâncuşi cult has been kept alive over the years by an excessive number of works by Romanian experts on the sculptor, who have now even come to influence the attitude to the artist adopted in governmental and commercial communication strategies, in popular culture and in a range of forms of discourse, whether nationalistic, such as that of the experts on the Dacians and of Orthodox specialists, or trans-national, such as that of yoga practitioners and of the Freemasons.

As artists educated in Romania, it was stamped in our conscience the image of a Brâncuşi as a paragon seated on the topmost step of the pantheon of the history of art, and this very over-exposure to this kind of homage-laden discourse eventually produced in us a need to deconstruct the Brâncuşi myth. (Even the title of the project was inspired by a hagiographic work of this kind that also restates very clearly a certain type of local artistic “patriarchy” – Brâncuşi. Our Father by Paul Rezeanu, former director of the Craiova Art Museum.) Dan Perjovschi’s drawings or the video works of Simion Cernica and Sergiu Sas remind us once again that a purely aesthetic response to Brâncuşi’s work is no longer possible in the Romanian context. Our own response – being as it is, subjected to disturbance from the nationalist pathos that suffuses the subject of Brâncuşi – passes beyond the realm of visual art to become political.

In fact every contribution to the exhibition calls into question the cultural, historical, political and social framework that made it possible for Brâncuşi to be ‘canonised’ and ‘nationalised’ and opens up the topic of the collateral interactions of this cult within the artistic context as well as in the wider one, that of the contemporary Romanian society. (AC)
(Photo credit: Sergiu Sas, Căutându-l pe Brâncuși [Looking for Brâncuși], 2015)
Artists
A project by
Alexandra Croitoru in collaboration with:
Dan Acostioaei
Vlad Cadar & Biserika & Tamtam
Simion Cernica
V. Leac & Ștefan Tiron
Monotremu
Dan Perjovschi
Sergiu Sas


Salonul de proiecte @ Helios Gallery
BRANCUSIAN CREATIVITY WORKSHOPS

Throughout the month of October the exhibition programme will include a series of workshops addressing the issue of the ‘canonisation’ of Brâncuşi both among the Romanian cultural elites and in popular culture: Dan Acostioaei’s painting workshop takes the portrayal of the sculptor as its starting-point and focuses on the orthodox iconographic canon; the one devised by V. Leac and Ştefan Tiron focussses on “creative writing” exercises that take the sayings of Brâncuşi as their inspiration; the one suggested by the Monotremu duo will discuss the changes undergone by characteristics of Brâncuşi’s oeuvre in their employment in vernacular architecture; the “arts and crafts” workshop led by Vlad Cadar will feature Brâncuşian motifs being recycled into a limited edition of souvenirs. Further details of the workshops’ programme are available at the dedicated section in the website.

FRIDAY, 2 OCTOBER – PREVIEW DAY
16:00 – 19:00 Creative Writing Workshop with V. Leac and Ștefan Tiron
19:00 – 21:00 Opening with YamYam beer crafted at TamTam

SATURDAY, 3 OCTOBER
16:00 – 19:00 Creative Writing Workshop with V. Leac and Ștefan Tiron

SUNDAY, 4 OCTOBER
16:00 – 19:00 Creative Writing Workshop with V. Leac and Ștefan Tiron

FRIDAY, 9 OCTOBER
16:00 – 19:00 Arts & Crafts Workshop I with Vlad Cadar and Biserika

SATURDAY, 10 OCTOBER
16:00 – 19:00 Arts & Crafts Workshop I with Vlad Cadar and Biserika

SUNDAY, 11 OCTOBER
16:00 – 19:00 Arts & Crafts Workshop I with Vlad Cadar and Biserika

FRIDAY, 16 OCTOBER
16:00 – 19:00 Arts & Crafts Workshop II with Vlad Cadar and Biserika

SATURDAY, 17 OCTOBER
16:00 – 19:00 Arts & Crafts Workshop II with Vlad Cadar and Biserika

SUNDAY, 18 OCTOBER
16:00 – 19:00 Arts & Crafts Workshop II with Vlad Cadar and Biserika

FRIDAY, 23 OCTOBER
16:00 – 19:00 Home Exterior Design Workshop with Monotremu

SATURDAY, 24 OCTOBER
16:00 – 19:00 Home Exterior Design Workshop with Monotremu

SUNDAY, 25 OCTOBER
16:00 – 19:00 Home Exterior Design Workshop with Monotremu

FRIDAY, 30 OCTOBER
16:00 – 19:00 Icon painting Workshop with Dan Acostioaei

SATURDAY, 31 OCTOBER
16:00 – 19:00 Icon painting Workshop with Dan Acostioaei

SUNDAY, 1 NOVEMBER
16:00 – 19:00 Iconic painting workshop with Dan Acostioaei
19:00 – 21:00 Closing with YamYam beer crafted at TamTam



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