EUROPEAN ARTEAST FOUNDATION - INITIAL PROGRAMMING FOR 2018
Exhibitions at New Museum in New York and Delfina Foundation in London, new grants for research and catalogue raisoneé for Magdalena Abakanowicz
European ArtEast Foundation, founded by Polish collector couple Irmina Nazar and Artur Trawinski, is pleased to announce the first stage of its programme for 2018, led by Chief Curator Maria Rus Bojan. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting visual art from Eastern Europe internationally, often in collaboration with leading art institutions and organisations.
ALEXANDRA PIRICI: CO-NATURAL
NEW MUSEUM, NEW YORK
6 February – 15 April 2018
Alexandra Pirici, Co-Natural, 2018. Exhibition view: New Museum, New York. Photo: Alexandra Pirici. Courtesy the artist.
European ArtEast Foundation is partnering with New Museum as the lead support on Alexandra Pirici’s exhibition Co-natural. In her work, Pirici (b. 1982, Bucharest, Romania) uses performance and choreography to address symbolic manifestations of history through frameworks that define bodily presence in both real and virtual space. Her new project for the New Museum takes the form of an ongoing action with live performers and one holographic performer. The project approaches the concept of presence in an expanded sense, focusing in particular on its increasing dispersion. For more details please see the New Museum website here.
ALEX MIRUTZIU SOLO SHOW
DELFINA FOUNDATION, LONDON
26 April – 2 June 2018
Alex Mirutziu, Falling apart with vegetal fatigue, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Delfina Foundation.
Alex Mirutziu's (b. 1981, Sibiu, Romania) practice extends over a wide range of media and activities, including sculpture, drawing, poetry and performance as well as critical and curatorial projects.
His work attempts to reconfigure the relation between information and form, psychophysical language and content, challenging origins and meaning. Inspired by philosophers who question how we use objects to interpret the world around us, Mirutziu looks to anchor the contemplation of our being in the physical world. He then enriches this basis with political histories, personal letters and the natural world, exposing how each person confronts their own existence. Mirutziu undertook a residency at Delfina Foundation in 2016, and this exhibition takes as a starting point his research on novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch and the construction and de-construction of a brilliant mind that is searching for ways to comprehend and communicate the intricacies of the world we live in.
OPEN CALL FOR RESEARCH GRANTS IN ART HISTORY
LAUNCHED IN COLLABORATION WITH DELFINA FOUNDATION, LONDON
European ArtEast Foundation is launching an open-call for proposals to receive grants for research focused on Eastern European artists working in the region in 1950’s and 1960’s. The purpose of these grants is to give art historians and curators the opportunity to carry out ambitious academic research projects that will make a significant contribution to the field of art history in Eastern Europe.
MAGDALENA ABAKANOWICZ CATALOGUE RAISONEÉ
Magdalena Abakanowicz (b. 1930, Falenty, Poland, d. 2017, Warsaw, Poland) was a leading Eastern-European avant-garde artist, notable for her use of textiles as a sculptural medium. The Foundation is supporting the production of her catalogue raisoneé which is the research of Mariusz Hermansdorfer, a close friend and life-long collaborator of the artist and the former director of Wroclaw’s National Museum, and Polish art historian Jola Gola.
Magdalena Abakanowicz in front of her sculptures. Courtesy the artist’s estate
ABOUT EUROPEAN ARTEAST FOUNDATION
Aiming to provide a global perspective on Eastern European art and culture, the Foundation encourages the development of projects that expand the discourse around contemporary art from this region. Despite under-representation and a lack of access to the international art world during the Soviet-era, many post-war artists still boldly developed their own vision independently from the standardized canon of Socialist Realism. The Foundation has a particular interest in encouraging the rediscovery of seminal Eastern European artists from the 1950's and 1960's and maintaining their legacy. It also embodies the values of patronage as a context and framework to encourage creativity, innovation and cultural production among contemporary artists.
Collector couple Irmina Nazar and Artur Trawinski are the founders of the European ArtEast Foundation. Both Polish, they have supported arts for over a decade as philanthropists. They are members of the International Circle acquisition committee at Centre Pompidou. Irmina and Artur oversee all activities of the foundation. They live between Poland and France with their children.
FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR, IRMINA NAZAR
Irmina is also the Founder of the Fangor Foundation, an organisation she created to preserve the legacy of 20th century Polish artist Wojciech Fangor (1922 – 2015) through archiving, documentation and developing curatorial interest. Through her work with Wojciech Fangor, she was inspired to further research his contemporaries in Poland and Eastern Europe.
CO-FOUNDER, ARTUR TRAWINSKI
As a collector, Artur has supported both emerging and established artists. He has a particular interest in abstract expressionism from the 1960's and its correspondents in Poland. Artur is the Founder of global cosmetics and perfume company FM World, a leader in multi-level marketing. First established in Wrocław in 2004, the company quickly expanded globally and now operates across 93 countries. Today under Artur’s leadership, the company works with over a million international business partners.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AND CHIEF CURATOR, MARIA RUS BOJAN
Maria is a Romanian-born Amsterdam-based independent curator and advisor. In 2017, she co-curated Effigies of Life, A Tribute to Magdalena Abakanowicz (1930 – 2017) in Wroclaw.
She was the director of the Sindan Cultural Centre Cluj (1999 – 2003) and a curator at the Art Museum of Cluj (1994 – 1999). She has played a significant role in exhibiting Romanian artists globally, and co-curated Performing History, the Romanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011). Working with artist Ulay, she has curated and produced exhibitions about his work and published the monograph Whispers: Ulay on Ulay, with Valiz Foundation Amsterdam. Since 2001 she has been a member of the International Association of Art Critics and in 2013, she became a member of Tate’s Russia and Eastern Europe Acquisition Committee (REEAC). In 2017 she was appointed as a trustee of Beelden aan Zee Museum in The Hague, overseeing Eastern European projects. She is General Commissioner of Europalia Romania Festival in Belgium, 2019-2020.
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