ART ENCOUNTERS | Appearance & Essence | 3-31 OCTOBER 2015 TIMISOARA | ARAD
(Art Critic & Curator, Bucharest)
Erwin Kessler (1967) studied Philosophy and Art History in Bucharest, Prague, Paris, and Maastricht. Scientific researcher at the Institute of Philosophy, Bucharest, and visual arts expert with the Romanian Cultural Institute. Associate professor of Art History and Aesthetics with CESI, the post-graduate Center of Excellence in the Study of the Image (Bucharest University), and art critic columnist for “Revista 22”, Bucharest.
Main area of expertise: Romanian modern and contemporary art.
Recent books: Coasa era pui (The scythe was a chicken), Vellant Publishers, 2015, Auch gestern war heute (Yesteday was today too), The Romanian Cultural Institute, 2015, x20. O radiografie a artei romanesti dupa 1990 (An x-Ray of the Romanian art after 1990), Vellant Publishers, 2013, Undeva in Titan era o betoniera. Grupul Euroartist Bucuresti (Somewhere in Titan there was a cement factory. The group Euroartist Bucharest), Vera Publishers, 2013, I Colori delle Avanguardie. Arte in Romania 1910-1950, Gangemi Editore, Rome, 2011, Rostopasca, NOI Mediaprint Publishers, Bucharest 2011, The Self-punishing One. Stefan Bertalan, Florin Mitroi, Ion Grigorescu, the Art and Romania in the 80s-90s, The Romanian Cultural Institute, Bucharest, 2010.
Recent collective books: Erratic dogma: Romanian art after 1965, in The search for cultural identity in Central and Eastern Europe 1919-2009, Nicolaus Copernicus University Press, Poland, 2015, Neo-Orthodox Art in Romania from 1970 through the 1990s, in Centropa, New York, September 2015, On Propagarde, in Jerome Bazin, Pascal Dubourg Glatigny and Piotr Piotrowski (ed), Art beyond borders. Artistic exchanges in communist Europe (1945-1989), Budapest, Central European University Press, 2015, Picture it Painted, in East of Eden. Photorealism: Versions of Reality’, Nikolett Eross, editor, Ludwig Museum -Contemporary Art Museum, Budapest, 2012, Tristan Tzara in Samyro Times. The Pre-avant-garde Bucharest Group around Simbolul and Chemarea Magazines, in Centropa, Anna Brzyski, editor, New York, 2011, Zidaru – das Werk, monograph, Klartext Verlag, Essen, 2011, Shaping the Hero: the Nationally-specific Art in Inter-war Romania, in Irena Kossowska, editor, Reinterpreting the Past: Traditionalist Artistic Trends in Central and Eastern Europe of the 1920s and 1930s, Warsaw 2010.
Curator of exhibitions of modern and contemporary Romanian art in museums such as Narodni Galerie, Prague, Bunkier Sztuki, Cracow, Museo Vittoriano, Rome, Museo do Chiado, Lisbon, Musée d'Art moderne de Saint-Etienne etc. Conferences and seminars of art history in Romania, Austria, Hungary, Germany (Leipzig University, Jacobs University Bremen), France, The Netherlands, Israel, Poland (Warsaw University, Cracow University, Poznan University, Torun University), Belgium, United Kingdom (Manchester University, King’s College, London), Italy, U.S.A. (Stanford, Berkeley), Finland, Croatia, Czech Republic. Author-editor of numerous Romanian artist’ catalogues and monographs, published in Romanian, English, French, German and Hungarian.
16:00 – 17:00 Talk:
Erwin Kessler, Paint it back, Sala Vieneză
19:30 - 23:30 Book launch: X:20/Coasa era pui. Ecaterina Vrana, Cărturești Library