The Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle CSW in Warsaw (Poland) is known for its diverse cultural activities, ranging from research and artistic exploration to educational workshops, concerts and exhibitions. Due to Warsaw's geographical location, the CSW also serves as a hub between the West and the East, via residencies and exhibitions. Last year, the Centre presented an exhibition about Ukrainian art, this year, new art from Romania is the focus of an extensive group show that is titled A Few Grams of Red, Yellow, Blue and features artists such as Mircea Cantor and Victor Man. During our visit to the CSW, we had a look at the exhibition, attended the opening performance by the artist Alex Mirutziu, and spoke with the director of the CSW, Fabio Cavallucci, and the curator of the group exhibition, Ewa Gorządek.
The exhibition A Few Grams of Red, Yellow, Blue at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle CSW in Warsaw (Poland) is the first comprehensive presentation of new Romanian art in Poland and features the works of over 20 artists belonging to the generation of political transformation. The artists mainly live and work in two cultural centers, Bucharest and Cluj, although some of them have been living outside Romania of some time. The show includes already well-known artists such as Mircea Cantor and Ciprian Mureşan, as well as emerging artists. The exhibition runs until June 8, 2014.
As part of our trip to Warsaw to cover the exhibition A Few Grams of Red, Yellow, Blue. New Romanian Art at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle CSW in Warsaw (Poland), we had the chance to speak with the director of the CSW, Fabio Cavallucci. In the following video, he provides us with a short introduction to the Centre For Contemporary Art.
The Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle's goal is to evolve as a new type of cultural institution in which various fields of art coexist and interact. The Center sees itself as a space for artistic exploration, research, laboratories, workshops, and experiments than remain a traditional exhibition space.
Fabio Cavallucci has been the director the the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle since 2010. He is the first foreigner to become a head of a Polish art institution. Prior to his position at CSW he was the director of the Municipal Gallery of Trento (Italy), and of the Biennale of Contemporary Sculpture in Carrara (Italy). Together with Hedwig Fijen and Andreas Hapkemeyer he managed the international team that organized the 2008 European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Manifesta 7 in Trentino -- Alto Adige, Italy.
On the occasion of the opening reception of the exhibition A Few Grams of Red, Yellow, Blue, Romanian artist Alex Mirutziu (in collaboration with composer and sound artist Elías Merino) showed his performance Scotopolitic Objects #2 for five performers and electroacoustic impromptu. Alex Mirutziu (born 1981) studied at the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Cuenca (Spain) and Huddersfield (UK). He currently lives and works in London and Cluj-Napoca. In 2008, the video work Tears are precious was awarded the Best Independent Artist Award at the Optica International Video Art Festival (Paris, Madrid). His work includes photographic self-portraits, performances, sculpture, painting, as well as video installations.
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