ROMUL NUTIU

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The Island II, 2011, oil on canvas, 114×161 cm

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Romul Nutiu ( Bilbor 1932 – Timișoara 2012).
From 1951 until 1957 he studied in Cluj at the Art Institute ‘Ion Andreescu’.
In 1958 he attended the master class of Prof. Alexandru Ciucurencu at the Art Institute in Bucharest.
After 1958 until the end of his life, Nutiu stayed and worked in Timisoara where he taught at the Art Institute.
Romul Nutiu is the main representative of abstract expressionism in Romania.
With his clear conceptual vision he knows how to play with form and movement, creating an informal universe. Though structured, he is always able to deal with the freedom of improvisation in his work. His capacity of creating this special balance, combined with a daring sense for colour is one of the keys to the impact on the perception of his art.
His tendency to experimental games breaks the limits of the canvas, thus creating installations which look like paintings in space. He also aims the objects’ integration in the plane of the painting. The complexity of his Oeuvre is a continuous dialogue between appearance and ‘beyond appearance’, but the artist always finds a matching solution for this challenge.
In the late 60s Nutiu developed a new technique he later called the “aquatic experience”; he utilized several shallow containers in which an immiscible mixture of water and industrial car paints was floating; the artist influenced those shapes by interacting with a bar similar to action painting, then he arranged the canvas on the water’s surface, the paint composition was absorbed. In some cases, Nutiu finally intervened with a few brush strokes and obliteration.
This novel form of abstract expressionism/action painting is exemplified in the “Dynamic Universe” series of works. With the occasion of the exhibition with this title at Helios Gallery in Timisoara in 1975, the well known art critic Coriolan Babeti has acclaimed Nutiu as the “Pollock of the Romanian west coast”.

WORKS IN ART COLLECTIONS
Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu/Hermannstadt, Romania
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest
Art Museum of Banat, Timisoara
Private collections in USA, Germany, France and Italy
Art in Embassies Collection, U.S. Department of State

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Abstract Expressionism Behind the Iron Curtain | Pollock – Krasner House and Study Center, Helen Harrison, Joana Grevers, Charlotta Kotik, Philip Rylands, August 2017
Life and Work Romul Nutiu | Museum of Art Timisoara, Liviana Dan, Joana Grevers, October 2012
Furioso! | 418 Contemporary Art Gallery, Liviana Dan, Alexandra Titu, Joana Grevers, November 2011
Entropy of the Experiment | Brukenthal National Museum Sibiu, Liviana Dan, Ruxandra Demetrescu, February 2011
The New Pollock of the Romanian Painting | Atelierul de Arta Timisoara, Babeti Colorian, Triade Brumar, 2009
Elan Vital | 418 Contemporary Art Gallery, Joana Grevers, December 2008
Z3 Sectiuni | Dan Grigorescu, Constantin Prut, Alexandra Titu, Senso Gallery, Bucuresti, 2005
Traditie si postmodernitate | Album, Directia pentru Cultura, Culte si Patrimoniu National, Timis, 2004
Dictionar de arta moderna si contemporana | Constantin Prut, Editura Univers enciclopedic, Bucuresti, 2002
Romul Nutiu cromatica si semnificare | Ion Iovan, Editura Augusta, Timisoara, 2002
Enciclopedia artistilor romani contemporani | Alexandru Cebuc, Vasile Florea, Negoita Laptoiu, vol.1, Editura Art, Bucuresti, 2000
Experiment in arta romaneasca | CSAC, SCCA, Centrul SOROS pentru arta contemporana, 1999
Werte Aller Zeiten | Annemarie Podlipny-Hehn, Editura Kriterion, 1995
Orient Occident | Catalog Ileana Pintilie, 1994
Mostra Mercato di Pittura, scultura, grafica | Vicenza Arte, 1993
Plasticieni timisoreni | Negoita Laptoiu, Editura Artemis, Bucuresti
Idee si sensibilitate | Dan Grigorescu, Editura Meridiane, Bucuresti, 1991
111 pictori romani contemporani | Catalog UAP, Bucuresti, 1989
Dincolo de aparente | Catalog de expozitie, Alexandra Titu, 1987
Contemporary Romanian Painting and Sculpture | The Mall Galleries, London, 1986
Roumanische Rundschau | Constantin Prut, nr. 8, 1986
Sectiuni prin pamant fertil | Catalog expozitie, Dan Grigorescu, 1985
Arta Romaneasca | Vasile Dragut, Vasile Florea, Vol 1-2, Editura Meridiane, 1982
IV Medzinarodne | Bienale Malby, Kosice 1978
Catalogue Fundacio Juan Miro | Centre d’Estudis d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona 1978
Dictionarul artistilor romani contemporani | Octavian Bardosa, Editura Meridiane, Bucuresti 1977
Afirmari | Mircea Deac, Editura Facla, Timisoara 1976
Pictura contemporana | Ion Frunzetti, Editura Meridiane, Bucuresti 1975
Univers dinamic | Catalog de expozitie, Coriolan Babeti, 1975


SELECTED ARTICLES
Abstract Expressionism Behind the Iron Curtain | Brooklyn Rail, Joyce Beckenstein, September 2017
Muzica formelor si culorilor | Cotidianul, July 2014

Eine leidenschaftliche Visionarin in der rumanischen Kunstwelt  | Allgemeine Deutsche Zeitung, Aida Ivan, July 2014

Despre abstractionismul romanesc | Cotidianul Victoria Anghelescu, July 2013

Joana Grevers, Pygmalion de l`art contemporain roumain | Regard, Beatrice Aguettant, March 2013

Living Through Art | The Art of Living, Mariela Vanu, Winter 2012

Romul Nutiu in tandra sa asezare la Muzeul de Arta | Orizont, Marcel Tolcea, Iuly 2012

In memoriam: Despartirea de Romul Nutiu | Orizont, Ileana Pintilie, April 2012

Die Perlentaucherin in der Ruma
nischen Kunstszene | Allgemeine Deutsche Zeitung, Lucia Schopfer, 2012
Romul Nutiu, Cromatica exploziva a legendelor  | Caminul, Mariela Vanu, March 2012

Exhibition Romul Nutiu at 418 Gallery | Igloo, January 2012

418 Contemporary Art Gallery at Art Toronto | Modernism, Cosmin Nasui, October 2011

Joana Grevers, ambassador for Romanian culture | SkyLady by Tarom, Mariela Vanu, Summer 2011

Cetate Exhibition, Workshop at the Danube III | Igloo, May 2011

In cautarea urmatorului artist pentru Guggenheim | Romania Libera, Manuela Golea, April 2011

Cetate, Workshop at the Danube III | Modernism, Cosmin Nasui, April 2011

Romul Nutiu, Painting for thinking at Brukenthal Museum | Modernism, Cosmin Nasui, February 2011

Die Kunstliebhaberin | Munchener Merkur, Barbara Nazarewska, August 2009

Romul Nutiu, Elan Vital | Caminul, Mariela Vanu, Mai 2009

Viata ca un copac albastru | Ziarul Financiar, Corneliu Antim, December 2008
Romul Nutiu | Arta, Coriolan Babeti, nr. 11, 1988
Iesirea in lume | Orizont, Ion Frunzetti, nr. 12-15, April, 1985
Ateliere Timisorene | Arta nr. 7-8, Vasile Dragut, 1982
Tribuna | Mircea Toca, Revista nr 10/04.03, 1976

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015
Romul Nutiu ( 1932-2012) Selected Works
418 Gallery, Bucharest

2012
Romul Nutiu. Life & Work
Timisoara Art Museum, Timisoara

2011
Furioso!
418 Gallery, Bucharest

Painting for thinking
Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu
Contemporary Art Gallery

2010
Piramid memory (Elan Vital II)
Calina Gallery, Timisoara

2008 – 2009
Elan Vital
418 Gallery, Bucharest

2005
No Limits
Senso Gallery, Bucharest

2004
Utopia
Helios Art Gallery, Timisoara

1997
Signs, senses
Dure Gallery, Timisoara

1996
Abstraction
Sparkasse Karlsruhe, Germany

1993
Beyond Appearances
Helios Art Gallery, Timisoara

1988
Section through fertile soil
Helios Art Gallery, Timisoara

1976
Two Decades
Gallery of the Romanian Artists Union, Cluj-Napoca

1975
Dynamic Universe
Helios Art Gallery, Timisoara

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2017
Eastern European Abstractionism
Andrej Jemec, Edo Murtic &Romul Nutiu, 418GALLERY, Munich

Abstract Expressionism Behind the Iron Curtain
Andrej Jemec, Tadeusz Kantor, Jan Kotik, Edo Murtic &Romul Nutiu
Lond Island University, USA

Abstract Expressionism Behind the Iron Curtain
Andrej Jemec, Tadeusz Kantor, Jan Kotik, Edo Murtic &Romul Nutiu
Pollock – Krasner House and Study Center, East Hamptons, USA

2015
Appearance and Essence
in Timisoara Art Encounters (curated by Rainald Schumacher and Nathalie Hoyos), Halele Timco, Timisoara

2014
Structure & Energy II – The Power of Abstraction
Vincentiu Grigorescu, Romul Nutiu, Diet Sayler 418 Gallery, Bucharest

2013
Structure & Energy. A Need for Abstraction
418 Gallery, Bucharest

Retrospective. Cetate – Workshop at the Danube 2008-2013
Barbu Druga Estate, Cetate

2012
Cetate – Workshop at the Danube IV
418 Gallery, Bucharest

2011
Cetate – Workshop at the Danube III
418 Gallery, Bucharest

2010
International Exhibition of Visual Art Totem,
Targu-Mures, Iasi

Focus Europa, 6. International Contemporary Art
Plassenburg Castle, Germany

2009
Cetate – Workshop at the Danube I and II
418 Gallery, Bucharest

Musicality in Art
418 Gallery, Bucharest

2008
XII Tabtakepfesteszeti Biennial
Szeged, Hungary

Calina Gallery, Timisoara

2007
Biennial of Painting, Sculpture and Graphics
Arad

2006
European Openings
Art exhibition, Timisoara

2005
Yehudi Menuhim Hall, European Parliament, ­Brussels

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2003
Romanian Cultural Centre, Budapest

1999
Romanian Cultural Centre, Budapest

1998
Romanian Cultural Centre, Vienna

Key Gallery, Springfield, USA

Profan Gallery, Elst, Holland

1996
The Experiment in Romania
The National ­Theatre Galleries, Bucharest

1995
Europehouse Gallery, Berlin, Germany

1993
Kalvaria Gallery, Szeged, Hungary

1991
Central Credit Bank, Saarbrücken

Creation and European Synchronism
Art Museum of Banat, Timisoara

1990
Gruga Park Gallery, Essen

1987
Romanian art exhibition, Glasgow

Brusque Art Biennial, Brazil

1986
Romanian art exhibition, London

1985
International Fair of Culture, Art, Journalism
XI edition, Beogradski Sajam, Yugoslavia

Romanian art exhibition
Stuttgart, Germany; ­Moscow, U.S.S.R.

The exhibition of the International Camp Pleiner
Rudolstadt, Germany

1980
Barsinghaus Nieteuscheid, Germany

Epoca ­Gallery, Lucerne, Switzerland

Delmenhorst and Gera, Germany

1979
Sylt List, Germany
Thalwill, Switzerland

1978
International Biennial of Art
Kosice, Jugoslavia

International Contest JUAN MIRO
Barcelona, Spain

49 Gallery
Thalwill, Switzerland

1977
850th anniversary of the town of Graz, Austria

1974
Romanian Painting exhibition
Hofgeismar, Germany

1969-1970
26 Artists from Timisoara
Novi Sad and Belgrade, Yugoslavia

1964-1965
Annual Salon of Graphic Arts,
Bucharest, Romania

1959
National Biennial of Art
Bucharest, Romania

1957
Annual Fine Arts Salon
Timisoara, Romaina

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