“Romania’s participation in the Venice Biennale is a tradition, for more than a century, being one of the main manifestations in the field of visual arts, and its mission must be developed from year to year. At a time when humanity is undergoing severe trials, art and culture remain the voices of the soul and creation. Even if today we are in the same place that, every year, was opened to the public, we are in another space, thanks to Adina Pintilie, curators Cosmin Costinaş and Viktor Neuman, whom I thank for the extraordinary project that transforms, for the next 7 months , the Romanian pavilion in a house of contemporary art “, specified Diana Baciuna, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Culture.
Romania’s participation in the Venice Biennale subscribes to the objective of the Ministry of Culture to promote Romanian contemporary art on the international stage.
This year, Romania presents a universally valid perspective through “You are another self – A cathedral of the body”, a project by Adina Pintilie, which offers visitors an audio-visual installation and an immersive experience. The project makes a significant contribution to the current conversations, which re-evaluate the norm in terms of gender, skills and bodily diversity.
The Venice Art Biennale is a prestigious international event that illustrates a far-reaching cultural dialogue between hundreds of artists from 80 countries and their audiences, a dialogue meant to reiterate the importance of freedom of expression and the unifying role of culture. The year 1907 marked Romania’s first participation in the Venice Art Biennale, when the Romanian state brought to the public’s attention two works by the artist Frederic Stork, a famous Romanian sculptor. More recently, we mention the presence of artists such as Geta Brătescu, in 2017 or Adrian Ghenie, in 2015.
The theme of this year’s exhibition is “The milk of dreams” and highlights the representation of bodies and their metamorphoses, the relationship between individuals and technologies or the connection between bodies and the Earth.
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