Saturday, 29 April2017, from 6 p.m.,IAGA Contemporary Art Gallery has the great pleasure of hosting an important high-class art exhibit centering on the artistic work of internationally renowned artist Hermann Nitsch, one of the co-initiators of the controversial movement called Vienna Actionism.
"Occurring for a rather short period between 1960 and 1970, the main "actionists" were Hermann Nitsch, Günter Brus, Otto Mühl and Rudolf Schwarzkogler. This event essentially equated on a European level with the beginnings of “performance art”, a form of art that implies direct action as a medium for trans-figuring the object in question, through manifestations of violence, vandalism, destruction and other means of action which deviate from traditional artistic practice and the enforced social ethics.
The confrontation between artist and material, entailing the live presence of the human figure, scarified animals, verdant elements (expressive apparitions in the illustration of dead nature) represent in the case of Hermann Nitsch the apparatus of an art form perfected over time in the context of an inexhaustible researched topic, the practice and theory of art.
Celebration of life is a reoccurring motif combining in a versatile manner painting, happening, stage art, and musical in an au courant endeavor to conceive an “total work of art” (Gesamtkunstwerk). The Austrian artist envisioned these artistic means of exteriorization beginning in 1960, in the form of a dynamic opus magnum carried out under the name “Orgien Mysterien Theater” (OMT).
The showing hosted by the Gallery IAGA is based on a curatorial work focusing on a video/photographic retrospective of the Gesamtkunstwerk and a joined presentation of Hermann Nitsch’s most emblematic work, documented by the artist as a testimony of the period in which these actions took place. Works of art, mixed media, collages, assemblages of numerous “artifacts” evaluated through unmediated sensory experiences by the performances also gain an expressionist content, scouring on the sacrosanct; this dimension is earned through the indestructible ties between man and nature and its appeal to the idea of supreme sacrifice as a fount of existence – a mystical representative phenomenon inspired from the religions and myths of other civilizations.
The present showing at Cluj is the result of a tight and lingering collaboration between the IAGA Contemporary Art Gallery, Box Art Gallery of Verona and the artist’s workshop in Prinzendorf, Austria. This significant contribution to the artistic center of Transylvania has been present since 2008, the moment Hermann Nitsch was granted the distinction of Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Art and Design from Cluj Napoca. Currently, the art work and life of the artist Hermann Nitsch is recognized by way of his shows that take place throughout the globe, the two museum’s collections (Nitsch Museum, Mistelbach, Museo Nitsch, Napoli) and the foundation which bears his name (Nitsch Foundation, Vienna) as well as exhibitions held in several other museums and galleries, such as: MOMA, Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Metropolitan Museum in New York, Tate Gallery in London, Albertina and Leopold Museum in Vienna, Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, Kunstahalle in Hamburg, Nationalgalerie in Berlin and many other prestigious artistic centers." (Georgeta Olimpia Bera)
Curated by Georgeta Olimpia Bera, Beatrice Benedetti and Walter Bonomi, the exhibition is therefore an important event for international art critics and collectors, confirming IAGA Gallery’s desire to be a living cultural platform whose objectives are those of developing and promoting dialog between Eastern and Western European contemporary art, thanks to participation to art fairs, international contemporary art festivals and events, looking for a possible future where international cultural exchange and dialogue is really the foundation upon which we can build long-term artistic projects.
The exhibition opening will be held at IAGA Gallery in the presence of the artist, with access only by invitation. The exhibit stays opened and can be visited between April 29th and June 30 th 2017.
A bilingual catalog(Romanian - English) will be also available for purchasing.
Thursday, 16 March2017, from 6 p.m.,IAGA Contemporary Art Gallery opens to the public the solo exhibition:
Aiming through glimmers signed by artist Alexandra Muresan and curated by Olimpia Bera and Walter Bonomi.
“The exhibition signed by artist Alexandra Muresan follows the path of a long creative journey, marked at every stage by events, philosophical contemplations which occurred on different occasions through her life and have had a strong impact on her work, concerning the value of significance.
The idea of time passing demonstrates that which as a validity of existence the object of art remains in its substance. Alexandra Muresan submits for analysis her own existence in the process of embodiment of forms, forms which are brought into existence through converting glass into installations presented as multiple varieties of compositional densities. Her work bears through direct confrontations with this fragile material, which becomes rather a metaphor, then an object in itself, under the impact of mechanical and thermic strength. The artist questions the power of rejuvenation pertaining to time and – implicitly – rejuvenation of its creating energies through the re-assessment of a material which surpasses functional potential and pure decorative value and thus immortalizes states and emotions evolving in the present. These experiences fall into the category of representations resulting from the recounting of events „consummated” and filtered through an affective registry.
The fragility of human nature is rendered in her work through the sensitivity of gesture and plastic subtleties which can be obtain through the process of alteration. The “flaws” owed to the pursuits of making this translucent material more malleable are subjected to interpretation, revealed through aspects of transparent features, attributes of amplification and dynamic form - particular aspects for the completion as an artistic object. The result, each time unforeseen, represents the subject of an arduous provocation: the author interposes through the means of her own visions, in the relationship between perfection with imperfection affirming herself as a “mediator” in the game of structural (de)forming.” (Olimpia Bera)
Curated by Olimpia Bera and Walter Bonomi, the Aiming through glimmers exhibition, is therefore an important event for international art critics and collectors, confirming IAGA Gallery’s desire to be a living cultural platform whose objectives are those of developing and promoting dialogs between Eastern and Western European contemporary art, thanks to the participation on art fairs, international contemporary art festivals and events, looking for a possible future where international cultural exchange and dialogue is really the foundation upon which we can build long-term artistic projects.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog, with pictures containing the site-specific instalations, and which can be visited at IAGA Gallery, between March 16th and April 19th 2017.
Thursday, 19 January 2017, from 6 p.m., IAGA Contemporary Art Gallery opens to the public the solo exhibition Land(e)scape signed by photograph Lorand Vakarcs and curated by Olimpia Bera
“The photographic project is represented by a series of natural landscapes, rural, or that keep the traces of forced urbanization and industrialization from the communist times. These landscapes carry the nostalgia of faraway times, almost unknown to the young generation. The natural landscape is set face to face with the un-natural panorama, in which the human presence, practically, finds its shelter. In this respect, memory becomes the only form of relationship between man and environment.
What is found in the current Romanian landscape is a form of transition from the mythical formula of communication between man and environment, to the phenomena of escaping from a past in witch this man succeeds – more or less – to find himself again. The human factor is both the mirror of its own past, which he can hardly overcome, but also of a present time from which reality he is a part of.
Land(e)scape debates, in a narrative manner, the pre-established and the (auto)imposed relations, between the persistence of the place and of the person, with emphasis on the ecological aspect of the current Romanian environment. We are facing an ecosystem in full process of transformation, whose temporal measure is given by the physical and mental mechanisms of degradation.” (Olimpia Bera)
Curated by Olimpia Bera, the Land(e)scape exhibition, is therefore an important event for international art critics and collectors, confirming IAGA Gallery’s desire to be a living cultural platform whose objectives are those of developing and promoting dialog between Eastern and Western European contemporary art, thanks to participation to art fairs, international contemporary art festivals and events, looking for a possible future where international cultural exchange and dialogue is really the foundation upon which we can build long-term artistic projects.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog, with pictures that contain site-specific instalations, and can be visited at IAGA Gallery, between Jan. 19th and Feb. 10th 2017.