sabato 14 marzo 2015

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The Romanian Pavilion, curated by Mihai Pop, showcases Darwin’s Room, a selection of paintings organized across three rooms – according to the initial interior architecture of the Pavilion (from 1938) – and comprises a specific theme for each of these rooms: The Tempest, The Portrait Gallery (Self-portrait as Charles Darwin), and The Dissonances of History.
Expanding upon Darwin’s ‘laboratory’, Ghenie proposes an interpretive path into the notion of survival. He reads into the theory of biological evolutionism and the ways it has been skewed to transform societies. He also draws upon other historical sources in his updating of this image (fundamental to our self-perception), ‘contaminating’ it with a keen reflection on neoliberal competitiveness, extending across all areas and folds of social and affective life. Darwin’s studio broadens its scope and becomes an incubator where future ideas grow and develop. It is an interweaving of past and future histories that does not hold proof or speculation on species evolution, which neither distorts nor idealizes, but opens a path towards a reformulation of the social values that structure contemporary existence. To equal extents, this returns to an essential moment, when epistemological tables were turned, and uses Darwin’s scientific tabula rasa to project or inscribe a new image of our future.
Gazing into the future is premised on revisiting the past with a lucid eye, parsing through myths that accreted as foundation for the writing of history, of the fictions that define nations, of the fabricated narratives that fragment history into centres and peripheries, occupied respectively by winners and losers.
Adrian Ghenie – Darwin’s Room will be accompanied by a book edited by Juerg Judin and Mihai Pop and published by Hatje Cantz Verlag. The Romanian edition will be published by Editura Humanitas.
Adrian Ghenie (b. 1977, Baia Mare) belongs to a generation that has demonstrated its ability to lucidly reflect upon the difficult and often traumatic underpinnings of local histories. The use of a nuanced examination of how the contemporary is shaped by memory and desire, convulsion and spectacle plays a central part in his work. Ghenie is, alongside other remarkable representatives of the same artistic community, one of the founders of the Paintbrush Factory in Cluj, which brings together some of the most dynamic artistic initiatives in Romania.
Previous solo museum exhibitions include: Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Málaga (2015); Museum for Contemporary Art, Denver (2012); S.M.A.K. Museum, Ghent (2010); and The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest (2009). Past group exhibitions include: MAC Belfast (2015); SFMoMA (2012); Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (2012); Kunsthalle Mücsarnok, Budapest (2012); Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Bergamo (2010); and the Liverpool Biennial (2008). The artist currently lives and works in Cluj and Berlin.
Media Briefing: 7 May 2015, 4pm
Official Opening: 7 May 2015, 5pm
Professional Preview: 6-8 May 2015
(Please note that before May 9 access to the Giardini is restricted to pass holders only.)

A series of public events and guided tours in the Romanian Pavilion will accompany the exhibition between May 9 and November 22, 2015. They will include artist talks, curator and special guests roundtables.
The Venice Biennale Sundays, co-organised in partnership with Humanitas Publishing, will take place monthly in Bucharest, starting in May.

Romania is also represented at the Venice Biennale by a second exhibition at the New Gallery of the Romanian Institute for Culture and Humanistic Research. Curated by Diana Marincu, Inventing the Truth. On Fiction and Reality features the work of Romanian artists Michele Bressan, Carmen Dobre-Hametner, Alex Mirutziu, Lea Rasovszky, Stefan Sava, and Larisa Sitar.
Opening: 8 May, 5pm
5:30pm: The Finnish Method, performance by Alex Mirutziu
The New Gallery of the Romanian Institute for Culture and Research in Humanities

Campo Santa Fosca, Palazzo Correr, Cannaregio 2214, 30121 Venice

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