Ciprian Mureşan

Project for a Monument (Haunted)

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Year 2021
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21.1

About the work

My drawing is part of a series, a proposal of assembled sculptures from recycled “shards” left over from destroyed public monuments in Romania, resulting in a kind of Frankenstein sculpture. The process, at one point, had become an abstract formalist process, but it turns out I was mirroring history to a fault – when something is deformedly amplified until it becomes an absurd monstrosity.

About the artist:

Born 1977 Dej, Ciprian Mureşan lives and works in Cluj. Graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts Ion Andreescu, Cluj (2000).

Although in 1989 the Ceaușescu regime came to a peremptory halt, that moment does not seem to have represented a “point zero” – the divide that separates the past from the present.
The confusion of the past with the present is perpetuated both at the level of our daily life, of the urban reality that surrounds us, as well as at the level of the cultural heritage presented in museums or in the public space (via monuments).
This inertia is often addressed in my works. Cultural heritage is presented only partially, in a censored manner, often moving within the confines of a comfort zone that avoids confronting the past.

Selected solo exhibitions include Ciprian Mureșan, SMAK, Ghent (2019); L'atelier sans fin, Galerie de l'Atelier Brancusi, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2019); Ways To Tie Your Shoes, Convent Art Space, Ghent (2017); Your Survival is Guaranteed by Treaty, Ludwig Museum, Budapest (2015); Stage and Twist, Project Space, Tate Modern, London (2012); Recycled Playground, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims (2011); Contemporary Art Center, Geneva (2012); and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2013). Selected group exhibitions include Viva Arte Viva, 57 La Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2017); Allegory of the Cave Painting, Extracity Kunsthalle, Museum Middelheim, Antwerp (2014); Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (2012); Les promesses du passé, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010); and The Generational: Younger than Jesus, New Museum, New York (2009).

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