Transylvania — Your Next Destination for Art?

Art Encounters is the contemporary art event putting Romania on the map

Julien Prévieux Le lotissement [Housing Estate], 2008 MDF, acrylic paint approximately 250 × 200 ×150 cm each Courtesy Jousse entreprise gallery Photo credits: Laurent Lecat – galerie Edouard Manet © artist and photographer

There’s more to Romania than Dracula, dumplings and the Danube. Thanks to the curatorial team behind Art Encounters, Transylvania could be your next stop for contemporary art. Positioning itself somewhere between an experimental art festival and a contemporary Biennial, the event centres around the title, “Life a User’s Manual”, with a focus on how everyday life manifests itself through art. Neglecting Bucharest for lesser-known cities Timisoara and Arad, Art Encounters is dedicated to putting Romania on the European art map.

“The eleven chapters of the central exhibition take the viewer on a journey from the visible layer of a city to the most intimate parts of one’s life. Urban space, politics, communities, work, nature, erotic desire, domestic life and the reflection of the self are all stations that mark different aspects of life.” – Ami Barak, curator

Michel Blazy Fontaine de mousse (installation view), 2007 Palais de Tokyo, Paris Rubbish bins, foam-bath, compressor unit, plastic tubes Dimensions variable Courtesy the artist and Art : Concept, Paris Photo credits: Marc Domage © artist and photographer

During a weekend of exhibitions and talks, Art Encounters invites a diverse group of international artists to showcase work that examines Romania’s connections with its geographical neighbours. Ami Barak and Diana Marincu are the visionary curators behind this endeavour, and with solid backgrounds in art criticism, we’re expecting great things. Among the eclectic offerings are Albanian political artist and SLEEK favourite, Anri Sala, visionary installation artist, Michel Blazy, and Francis Alÿs, whose work has been shown at MoMA and Tate. Naturally, it will also act as a platform for the best in Romanian talent, including Irina Botea Bucan, Ion Grigorescu, Alexandru Antik and Mircea Stanescu.

Art Encounters runs from 30 September – 5 November. Find out more here.


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