Published by Editura Idea
352 pages
14 x 23 cm
ISBN 978-606-8265-40-7

Price: 35 lei

Through detailed case studies this volume investigates the context and the practice of experimental art exhibitions in Romania under the political regime of Nicolae Ceaușescu. This concise and selective mapping has a double aim: on the one hand, it intends to question the fine line between “alternative” and “official” art, between the politically and aesthetically engaged discourse and the discourse in search of autonomy. On the other hand, an analysis of the rhetoric, of the curatorial thought, and of the artistic language used in these exhibitions will highlight not only the inherent plurality of the public sphere in the socialist era, but also the manner in which artistic micro-communities and networks operated at the same time inside and outside the dominant discourses. We can thus draw a more nuanced picture of the forms of artistic production and representation in the studied interval, in close relation both with the national representation policies and with the aesthetic ones, which aimed to reinvent the self and, implicitly, the social concerns of art.

Cristian Nae is Associate Professor at George Enescu National University of Arts, iași, where he teaches Aesthetics, Critical Theory, and Exhibition Studies. Between 2015-2016 he coordinated a research project financed by CNCS-UEFISCDI at the New Europe College, Bucharest. His researches, focused on the intersection between aesthetics, politics and exhibition studies in east-central European art after the 1960s were supported by The National Research Council (CNCS-UEFISCDI), Erste Foundation, Vienna, the Getty Foundation Los Angeles, and the New Europe College, Bucharest. His studies were published in journals, monographs and collective volumes at Routledge, Hatje Cantz, Peter Lang, Verlag fur Moderne Kunst etc.