The Espace culturel Louis Vuitton invites visitors to discover the contemporary art scene in Romania, a country where creativity abounds despite years of political oppression. The 13 artists selected for the exhibition, curated by Hervé Mikaeloff, provide a view of their country’s past and present through their personal prism.
The exhibition begins with Mircea Suciu’s painting Leading the Blind (2013). Mixing techniques—photo transfers, acrylic and plastic sheet—the artist stages characters with a chiaroscuro that verges on abstraction.
Further on, the paintings of Oana Farcas stand out with their vibrant colors, especially Blue Man (2012). The artist catches unfinished and sometimes commonplace gestures suspended in time, like the movement of a young woman wiping away a tear, inviting the viewer to imagine what happens next.
The exhibition concludes with the large format paintings by Ioana Batranu, a series entitled Melancholic Interiors, presented in a circular room. The eyes have trouble settling on one work, drawn in succession to these sumptuous, abandoned interiors.
Romanian Scenes exhibition: October 11, 2013 to January 12, 2014 at the Espace culturel Louis Vuitton.
Espace culturel Louis Vuitton, 60, rue de Bassano, 75008 Paris – France.
Open Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 7pm, Sunday from 11am to 7pm.
Artists : Ioana Batranu, Dan Beudean, Mihuț Boșcu Kafchin, Geta Bratescu, Simon Cantemir Hausi, Oana Farcas, Adrian Ghenie, Ion Grigorescu, Ciprian Muresan, Sergiu Toma, Mircea Suciu, Serban Savu, Bogdan Vladuta.