Ciprian Muresan (°1977, Cluj-Napoca) takes works from the permanent collection of S.M.A.K. as the starting point for dialogue with his own work. Muresan is one of the best-known contemporary Romanian artists and he represented the country at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. His practice focuses in particular on the difficulties faced by our societies since the fall of modernist utopias. He often ‘twists’ iconic artworks and reproduces them in the form of installations, drawings and videos. He addresses all means of artistic production and uses reproductions, casts, copies, unpublished or less visible works to question established and canonized narratives of art history. The impact of new technologies on our visual and entertainment culture is also an integral part of his artistic research. He casts a critical and quirky eye on the idiosyncrasies of our time.
For this exhibition, Muresan is developing a large-scale model of the museum building in which we can see new ‘palimpsest’ drawings of all the works from the S.M.A.K. permanent collection. To do this, he takes inspiration from photographic reproductions in a catalogue recently published to mark the 20th anniversary of S.M.A.K.
Curator: Tanja Boon