Ciprian Mureşan is one of the best-known and prolific young Romanian artists. He belongs to a generation that came of age after the 1989 Revolution, in the years of the so-called “endless transition” towards an ever-unattainable ideal blend of democracy, market economy and Western standards and values. Since this image finally turned out to be an ideological construct masking the rapid flow of rampant capitalism and readjustment of power structures, it is no wonder that a certain mistrust of history paralleled with the omnipresence of a critical gaze are so characteristic of Mureşan’s artistic approach. In his pieces, he explores and re-contextualizes historical, social and cultural (literary and /or artistic) references, in order to disrupt established representations and canons, to unmask their assimilation into the everyday and the power relations lying behind them. His essentially demystifying practice combines sharp irony with light humour, and artistic craftsmanship with conceptual and performative scenarios that result in constant negations of the fetish-like character of the work of art.
In his lecture, Ciprian Mureşan will present the main directions of his work and will elaborate on his latest projects based on a particular handling of drawing as both product and operating tool in a nexus of references and positioning.
Ciprian Mureşan (1977) lives and works in Cluj, Romania. He works with a variety of media, from drawing, video and objects to photography and books. Since 2005, Mureşan has been editor of IDEA art + society magazine. He has exhibited in important galleries and institutions throughout the world, such as the New Museum in New York, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in Berlin and Tate Modern in London. His work has also been presented at major contemporary art shows, such as the biennials in Athens, Venice, Sydney and Moscow. Mureşan exhibited in Slovakia at the Monument to Transformation group exhibition in tranzit.sk in 2008 and in amt-project gallery in 2011.
03.03 - 07.03.2014
05.03.2014 / 17:00 / Berlinka – SNG / Public lecture
Dead Weights and other Pressures / Presentation of the artist´s oeuvre
A collaboration project of tranzit.sk and Studio IN (Department of Intermedia and Multimedia, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava) as part of the Open Studio program.
ERSTE Foundation is the main partner of tranzit.