Shape of Time – Future of Nostalgia – MNAC

Shape of Time – Future of Nostalgia – MNAC

Partner: Deutsche Telekom (DE)
Curators: Adriana Oprea, Nathalie Hoyos, Rainald Schumacher
MNAC Coordinator: Irina Radu
Architect: Attila Kim
Artists: Mihuț Bosçu-Kafchin, Yane Calovski, Stanisław Dróżdż, Ksenia Gnilitska, Igor Grubić, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Nilbar Güres, Petrit Halilaj, Vladimir Houdek, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Ali Kazma, Šejla Kamerić, Lesia Khomenko, Genti Korini, Eva Kotátková, Zofia Kulik, Vlado Martek, Radenko Milak, Sükran Moral, Ciprian Mureşan, Vlad Nancă, Ioana Nemes, Paulina Ołowska, Roman Ondák, Dan Perjovschi, Agnieszka Polska, Tobias Putrih, Nedko Solakov, Mladen Stilinović.
20.04 – 09.10.2016
MNAC – The Palace of Parliament, First Floor


From 21.04 to 9.10.2016, MNAC – The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest – will show works from the Art Collection Telekom. In the exhibition ‘Shape of Time – Future of Nostalgia’, Deutsche Telekom will present parts of its collection in a leading Eastern European museum for the first time. The exhibition will stage the artworks within the cultural context of the post-communist region in which they emerged.
Deutsche Telekom’s art collection was founded in 2010, with an emphasis on contemporary art from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. The collection seeks to highlight the variety and wealth of the region’s artistic and social life and encompasses a wide variety of artistic media. The collection places contemporary works alongside important historical works from previous decades.
‘Shape of Time – Future of Nostalgia’ emphasises the strong narrative aspect of Eastern European art, relating the history of and stories from the countries of Eastern Europe. They are stories that reveal an engagement with the past or a vision of the future; all are characterised by a reflection on how history is constructed and modified. Who is telling the narratives? How is time shaped? It counts for the past as well as for the future. ‘Nostalgia’, as Svetlana Boym analyses in ‘The Future of Nostalgia’ is a symptom of our age. It may seem retrospective, but ‘the fantasies of the past, determined by the needs of the present, have a direct impact on the realities of the future’.
As one of the few presentations of a corporate collection in Romania, Art Collection Telekom offers a model for a way in which a vital and diverse culture can be promoted by the private sector’s participation. (Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher)
The exhibition is curated by Adriana Oprea of MNAC, in collaboration with the curators of Art Collection Telekom, Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher.
A public programme featuring expert lectures, a music performance and artist talks will accompany the exhibition.

Image credit © Aneta Grzeszykowska
Negative Book, 2012–2013
Pigment print on paper
50 cm x 38 cm

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest

Shape of Time – Future of Nostalgia
Works from Art Collection Telekom
21.04.2016 – 09.10.2016
Curated by Adriana Oprea, Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher

Accompanying Programme

Thursday, 16 June
Artist Talk, Lecture and Conversation
Igor Grubic and Sejla Kameric will talk about their artistic practice, and the works in the exhibition. Reflecting on the title of the exhibition Igor Grubic will present examples of his earlier works and his recent film Istorii MonuMentale, shown from 17 March 17 to 8 May 8 at ARCUB, Bucharest.

Thursday, 07 July
Lecture and Conversation
Dr. Neumann, director of Kunsthalle Rostock, will give an introduction into the history of the Kunsthalle, which has been founded in 1969 as Pavillon for the Biennial of the Baltic Countries (1965 – 1989). The Biennale has been the most important and influential contemporary art exhibition in the former German Democratic Republic. Referring to this history and rewriting the history, the Kunsthalle will concentrate its future perspective and exhibition programme onto the Eastern European art. The short lecture will be followed by a conversation and discussion about perspectives and strategies of institutional practice to mediate contemporary art.

Wednesday, 07 September
D.I.S. and Gabriele Horn
Three members of D.I.S., the curatorial team of the 9th Berlin Biennale (Lauren Boyle, Solomon Chase, Marco Rosos and David Toro) joined by Gabriele Horn, the director of Kunstwerke Berlin, will present a lecture and talk about their curatorial approach, concept and actual experiences working on this Bienniale, which will still run until September 18.

Wednesday, 28 September
Britta Steffens, Marianne Wagner, Kasper König
The curatorial team for Sculpture Projects Münster 2017 will introduce this important exhibition, which takes place since 1977 every 10 years. The lecture will give an insight into the changing concept of understanding sculpture in an urban environment.

Thursday, 06 October (to be confirmed)
Bettina Klein /Ariana Beyn
The German Academic Exchange programme DAAD has played an important and influential role in former West Berlin and in building bridges to the East during the time of the cold war. Especially the art programme gave many artists an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and develope their work. Bettina Klein, Head of the Visual Arts, DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Programme, will introduce the actual strategy and direction of the DAAD

MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bukarest
Palace of the Parliament , wing E4, Izvor St. 2-4, Bukarest 050563

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