Contemporary Cluj Itinerary
Located in Transylvania, the city of Cluj-Napoca is undoubtedly the Romanian capital of contemporary art. Art centers, galleries, associations or artist workshops: guided tour of dynamic, alternative and unusual places, whose names can be found in France at fairs like Art-o-Rama or Art Paris.
Casa Tranzit, the pioneer The Plan B Foundation At the Quadro Fabrica gallery in Pensule Among the Centrul artists of Interes Casa Tranzit, the pioneer The Plan B Foundation At the Quadro Fabrica gallery in Pensule In the Centrul artists of InteresCasa Tranzit, pioneer
In this very student city, today's creation is mainly deployed in private or associative places. If the municipal project of a European Center for Contemporary Art (ECCA) is under study, Cluj is currently lacking institutional spaces. Housed in a former synagogue, Casa Tranzit is the very first alternative culture site to have opened in Cluj in 1997. After being used during the socialist period as a depot, the building returned to the Jewish community, which entrusted it to a collective of artists. The program combines music, theater, dance, performances, conferences and exhibitions.
Leaning against the wall of the ancient citadel of Cluj dating from the 18th century, this vast building with white facades is being renovated. Next year it will house the treasures of the Plan B Foundation and the gallery of the same name (located in Fabrica de Pensule, see step 4). This double collection includes hundreds of works by Romanian artists from the 1950s to the present day, including a fine set of paintings by painters from the School of Cluj. This movement, which appeared some fifteen years ago, brings together the followers of a new realism linked to history, to memory, between tradition and avant-garde. The Plan B Foundation will also focus on highlighting other private collections.
Founded in 2008 and directed by art critic Sebestyén György Székely, this gallery dedicated to modern and contemporary art benefits from beautiful, clean spaces, spread over two levels. Quadro mainly defends Romanian artists (the painters Aurel Ciupe, Gabor Miklóssy or Eugen Gâsca, the designers Kusztos Endre and Egon Marc Lövith), but also some Hungarian figures from the 20th and 21st centuries. It is a private commercial gallery, I organize exhibitions of painting and sculpture, I present installations, photographs and videos, but I also attach great importance to research and publishing, specifies the owner. / p>
Installed in a former brush factory, this creation center was created in 2009 on the initiative of artists, and co-founded by the association Center culturel Cluj, which brings together seventy institutions, companies, local and regional administrations. Fabrica de Pensule (supported for certain projects by the French Institute) is a multidisciplinary and experimental place, without doubt the most avant-garde in Cluj. We meet plastic artists in residence (opposite the young painter Robert Fekete in his studio), musicians in the studio, dancers. The old factory has four temporary exhibition spaces, and a Project Space, which houses students of the School of Art and Design in residence.
One is a painter, in the vein of the School of Cluj, the other designer and sculptor. Serban Savu (above) and Ciprian Muresan (right) met at the University of Art and Design. The two friends share an apartment a few steps from the station, where they each have their workshop and will exhibit together (from April 3 to July 1) at the Center Pompidou. If their works are very different, common concerns bring them together, in particular the relationship to art history and the question of its reinterpretation. As we meet them, Serban Savu is working on paintings that refer to Socialist Realism, and Ciprian Muresan, selected for the 2017 Daniel and Florence Guerlain Prize for Contemporary Drawing, with a virtuoso trait, takes hold of Giorgione's works for reproduce, compile, superimpose them in fascinating palimpsests.
Chaired by visual artist Florin Stefan and deployed over two thousand eight hundred square meters, Centrul de Interes is the largest independent art center in Romania. Managed by the Federatia Central de Interes, this place, inaugurated in 2017, benefits from comfortable means, thanks to the support of Banca Transylvania. The old industrial building shelters twenty-four artists' workshops (including those of Gabriel Marian, Istvan Betuker, or even the boxer and sculptor Gaspard Slizard, defended in France by Françoise Livinec) and huge exhibition spaces which host, among others, the biennial Young European Creation, in partnership with the Salon de Montrouge
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