Originally a military barracks, the Malmaison Building has significant historical significance and is 177 years old, during which time a Military Officers’ School, a military tribunal, a prison during Antonescu’s regime and a center functioned. investigation and detention of the Securitate during the beginning of the communist regime. Malmaison’s workshops aim to integrate the building into the city’s living circuit, inaugurating a new stage in its long history.
The Malmaison workshops occupy approximately 3,000 square meters of the Malmaison building, and the workspaces are fully occupied in the long run. The first floor of the space was completely renovated and occupied by 20 artists and artists workshops, 2 non-profit spaces, an art gallery and a photo studio, and the second floor of 15 artists and artists workshops and 7 spaces projects coordinated by artistic groups, non-profit associations or art galleries.
Workshops open on the 1st floor: Otto Constantin, Covrig & Veta Jones, Loreta Isac Cojocaru & Constantin Cojocaru, Ramon Sadîc, Virginia Toma, Adriana Preda & Catalin Velea, Ioana Gheorghiu, Livia Fălcaru, Nicoleta Moise, Mircea Popescu – Ten Ways to Spot The Dark (artwork showcase), Miruna Radovici, Mihail Coşuleţu, Adelina Ivan. On the 2nd floor will be opened the workshops of artists Silvia Trăistaru, Zoltán Béla: Eul, Lucian Bran, Eduard Constantin.
Also, from 14.00, the Romanian Association of Contemporary Art together with the artist Larisa Crùneanu invites the public to the last “Insomnia Nights” part of the ARAC ART & RESIDENCY program.
The “Red Green Blue” event will take place in the artist’s workshop on the 2nd floor and will present the video works made by Larisa Crùneanu in the ARTAK 350 residence in Iceland, from December 2021, within the ARAC ART & RESIDENCY project. One territory as a substitute for another, more distant territory. A time as a substitute for another time to come, reminiscent of another time, long gone. In the darkest month of the year, in frozen Iceland, time and space no longer have indexicality, but begin to emit signs, sending meanings in an endless flight. Inspired by the science fiction trilogy “Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars” by Kim Stanley Robinson, the work takes the form of a seemingly aimless walk through alien territory, in search of a meaning determined by its own imminent disappearance.
Larisa Crùneanu studied Journalism and Photography and Dynamic Image, and in 2021 she defended her doctoral thesis at the University of Art in Bucharest. The artist works with video and performance, at the intersection of research and exploration, often in collaborative projects, creating contexts for the development of new artistic practices. His works have been featured in major exhibitions such as his solo exhibition “Do It By Heart” at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, group and solo exhibitions at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Biennale Matter of Art Prague, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, SAVVY Contemporary Berlin , Zacheta Project Room Warsaw, RKI Berlin, Museum of Brazilian Art – MAB FAAP, São Paulo. In 2022, the artist will launch the book “Protocols of Singularity” [Protocols of Singularity].
Project financed by the EEA Grants 2014 – 2021 within the RO-CULTURE Program. The EEA grants represent the contribution of Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein and the Kingdom of Norway to reducing economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area and to strengthening bilateral relations with the 15 beneficiary states in Eastern and Southern Europe and the Baltic States.
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