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Cetate Arts Danube - 10th Edition

Cetate, Dolj, Romania


The Cetate Arts Danube Center - Artist in Residence reached its 10th edition this summer. The program continues with sculpture and fresco, involving the following artists: Ștefan Radu Crețu, Albert Kaan, Constantin Luser, Ignazio Mortellaro, Stefan Papco, Petrică Ștefan, Diet Sayler.

Since 2008, every summer in the proximity of the Danube, a space of artistic confluence and creation becomes alive. At Cetate, artists from different generations and different artistic fields gather here to create freely, inspired by the magnetic beauty of the region in a growing art movement that covers painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, land art and video art. The spirits of the workshops are based on free creation, non-dogmatic just individualistic art movement that in this area bears no creation rules or schedule. Although, the themes always seem to be related to the Druga estate venues and the Danubian landscapes. The old family premises are becoming a place of discourse and debate, creating the framework to let evolve and promote Romanian talents in fine arts.

Elena Scarpa said, in My Art Guides, that "the vision of the Joana Grevers Foundation upon this generous place, on so many levels, has the desire, not only to present Romanian contemporary art in a professional way, but also to create the proper environment for art-making and art promoting. This place is thought to be part of the Danubian tourism and to be included on the venues map for travelers on the Danube, thus transforming a former agricultural place into a space of culture and touristic attraction." 

In conjunction with the artist in Residence program, a new curatorial study program is being launched through the Cetate Arts Danube Center. The course entitled Art in Context explores "Trends and Curatorial Practices in Contemporary Art". We are very pleased to have such a distinguished faculty conducting this course. Faculty curators: Ruxandra Demetrescu (National University of Arts, Bucharest), Karolina Lewandowska (Centre Pompidou, Paris), Zoran Eric (Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade), and Calin Dan ( MNAC - National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest) ensure a dynamic learning environment for the course participants.

Twelve students have been selected to attend this program; the class is composed of Undergraduate, Master or PhD candidates with interests in the area of curatorial studies.

The program is composed of two platforms. The 1st week takes place at the University of Arts Bucharest and focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of working and networking within institutional and non-institutional venues. Visits to Museum exhibitions and artists' studios will provide an opportunity for an interactive learning experience. Local curators will discuss and share their work practices. Daily feedback sessions between faculty and students will enhance and strengthen the experience and knowledge gained.

The second stage of the Art In Context program will take place over 5 days at the Cetate Arts Danube Center, Dolj. The faculty will present a series of curatorial theoretical lectures and lead students through on-hands exercises using sketches and models, culminating in an actual curation in the Cetate’s indoor (cereal barn) and outdoor (sculpture park) exhibition spaces. Throughout the week, the students will have the opportunity to engage with the artists in the Cetate Residency program, thereby gaining practical insight into the process of creation.

Last but not least we would like to recognize the enormous efforts of the project coordinators, whom without their support and leadership, this course could not have taken place: Aurora Király, Ecaterina Dinulescu and Joana Grevers.

The exhibition Possible evolution supplies a scenario in which nature begins to imitate technology.
This unusual inversion is the continuation of some earlier personal projects of the artist, reflecting on the evolutionary process of the non-social technology. This is how hybrids with their own will appear, that through a biological restart, try to find the most efficient locomotive systems, including the artificial ones, taking another step in conquering the impossible through this dimension. We rediscover some seemingly simple things, whose recognition is currently limited, but which receives support from nature. In this scenario, matter loses its "patience" and reveals some formulas that we can not decipher before we self-destruct.
Diet Sayler at Ritter Museum, Waldenbuch, DE
Rot kommt vor Rot | Red Appears before Red

Curators: Hsiaosung Kok and Marli Hoppe-Ritter

Read more here.

Diet Sayler in Ingo Glass Collection at Muzeul Tarii Crisurilor, Oradea, RO.
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