Central Exhibition – Notes on a Landscape

The exhibition was curated by Wim Waelput


Taking a transhistorical perspective on the artistic landscape in Romania, the exhibition Notes on a Landscape encompassed works from the beginning of the modern tradition to contemporary artistic positions. Organized around five chapters, explored ‘topical’ issues on identity, politics and representation. The exhibition was focused on the variable role of the artist in society, in relation to these social and political contexts. The first chapter, Fluid Identity, explored the notion of identity and its manifestation and construction as a national or cultural concept. Chapter two The Artist as Witness and chapter three The Hybrid Artist both addressed the impact of changing social and political environments on artistic production, focusing on artists as observers of their time and as versatile inhabitants of their surroundings. Chapter four My Beloved Bucharest investigated practices that deal with the (controlled) public space or recognise the liberating potential of the private. Finally, Decolonising the Self unearths the emergence of a new art scene in search of a new cultural identity during and beyond the time of transition. By emphasising narratives and perspectives that are often overlooked, this exhibition suggested an alternative reading of the conventional understanding of art history.

Exhibiting artists: Dan Acostioaei, Octav Băncilă, Aurel Bauh, Horia Bernea, Ștefan Bertalan, Geo Bogza, Geta Brătescu, Tudor Bratu, Mircea Cantor, Călin Dan, Medi Wechsler Dinu, Vasile Dobrian, Euroartist Bucureşti Group (Teodor Graur & Olimpiu Bandalac), Harun Farocki & Andrej Ujică, Paul Gherasim, Teodor Graur, Ion Grigorescu, Max Herman Maxy, Florin Hornoiu, Kinema Ikon (George Sabău, Caius Grozav, Judit Angel, Peter Hügel, Florin Hornoiu, Ioan Ciorbă, Romulus Bucur, Călin Man), Iosif Király, Daniel Knorr, Virginia Lupu, MAMŰ Group (Elekes Károly & Garda Aladár), Dan Mihălțianu, Wanda Mihuleac, Anca Munteanu Rîmnic, Ciprian Mureșan, Vlad Nancă, Gellu Naum, Ioana Nemeș, Andrei Oişteanu, Miklos Onucsan, Jules Perahim, Marilena Preda Sânc, Camil Ressu, Constantin Daniel Rosenthal, Nadina Scriba, Decebal Scriba, Dan Stanciu, Hedda Sterne, subREAL, Carol Popp de Szathmári, Gheorghe Tattarescu, Nicolae Tonitza, Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor, Nicolae Vermont, Victoria Zidaru.

We wish to thank the following institutions for lending works: Art Museum Bacău; Iaşi Art Museum Collection; Kinema Ikon, National Library, Bucharest; National Film Archive, Bucharest, National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest. We wish to thank the following collectors for lending works: Octavian Brandeu, Timotei Nădăşan, Cosmin Năsui, Ovidiu Şandor, Adela Vîrgolici. And the collectors that wish to remain anonymous.

With the courtesy of: Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest/Los Angeles, Plan B Foundation, Cluj- Napoca, PSM Gallery, Berlin, Anticariat Unu, Bucharest.

Wim Waelput (°1979) is the founding director and curator of KIOSK, a venue for contemporary art in Ghent, affiliated with the School of Arts. At KIOSK he curated shows with, among others, Leonor Antunes, Katinka Bock, Runa Islam, Vincent Meessen, Ulla von Brandenburg, Slavs and Tatars, Thea Djordjadze and Edith Dekyndt.

He is member of the acquisition committee of the collection of the Flemish Community and the Flemish Parliament and he has been member of several juries and advisory boards.

Photo credit: Andrei Mărgulescu