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Bucharest – A Different JourneyOctober 17, 2012
by Bucharest Tips
We love the Old Centre of Bucharest, most of the buildings are restored and try to keep alive the spirit and identity of the city. There are of course some errors too such as choosing certain materials for the façades… in the crazy race for the money and a certain idea of progress, people have the tendency to forget about the culture, it is a sad truth.
There are lots of historical areas in Bucharest but the authorities sadly decided only for the saving of the Old Centre (usually called THE Historical Centre).
Massive concrete blocks of flats, ugly and without identity were built on the place where before 1950-1960 used to be a completely different Bucharest, now demolished and replaced.
The pace of the city has changed ever since: more and more cars, the raise of the corporations that needed proper office space, the consumerism and the globalization are just a few of the major changes nowadays, not only in Bucharest.
What happened to the plans of the city after the Revolution in December 1989?
“Demolishing for progress” instead of “preserving for progress” – this is the most acid problem of Bucharest nowadays. As it was 10, 30, 60 years ago. Seams like the authorities and some of the landlords themselves accustomed over decades with this idea for progress. While Ceausescu was erasing the sense of ownership by destroying bourgeois residences during his regime, now the cars supremacy and the glass & steel favouring became the new policy.
Strange places, hidden streets with old houses, well or bad preserved, sometimes neighboured by huge concrete residential bocks or even factories, gardens and trees, small family businesses, terraces and teahouses, cozy bars and intimate restaurants: Bucharest is about all this controversial juxtaposition. We will like to talk about Bucharest as it is, no more stones to be thrown. We just assume it as we are part of it and invite you, the tourist, to experience its flavours, sweet and sour as the poetry of those architectural and cultural juxtapositions. It is not the commercial Bucharest, the glamorous one, nor the poor and ugly. We don’t even think those “Bucharests” really exists. A town cannot be a cliché, a stereotype; this is only what people do when they want to “scratch out and go next”, without really experiencing.
We propose you a vivid town, made of good and bad, ugly and beautiful, where that poetry of the contrasts makes it real, enjoyable, even lovable. We will take you in places such as Hala Traian area, Berzei St., Hala Matache, Moara Assan, Gramont or Uranus St. Those are places-monument, without being gilded or spotlighted. Some of them are now ruined or are not being taken proper care of by the authorities and the people. Those places speak about a different Bucharest, we call it “the underground Bucharest”, a town that may be on its way to disappearing and this is another reason for you to follow us in the journey.
ALONG THE STREET @ Atelier 35October 16, 2012
18.10, 7.00pm art show opening ALONG THE STREET at Atelier 35 until 23.10.
Artists: Stefan Glettler, Petra Schweifer
Along the Street sums up observations gathered by Stefan Glettler and Petra Schweifer during their two month residency in the Bucharest Artists in Residence program. Their work is based on separate methods and yields separate results, as they develop reactions towards a shared pilgrimage across Romania, as well as to the surroundings of their residence here in Bucharest.
In his work, Stefan Glettler often uses found material which he alters and challenges, thus generating a rich paraphernalia of new meanings. While in Bucharest, Stefan Glettler proceeded in collecting dregs found along the railway in Colentina quarter and in other parts of Bucharest, raw material from which he devised a set of installations – a telltale of sharp and ironic associations that arise from the layering and transformation he sets out for his materials. Attached to his installations , Stefan Gletter also exhibits a series of paintings inspired by various iconic signs extracted from the matrix of the city.
Stefan Glettler (b.1980) is an Austrian artist working with painting, drawing and installation. His two month residency is made possible by a scholarship granted from the Styrian State, Graz, Austria. In 2011 he won the Henkel Art Award for Young Artists. Lives and works in Graz and Vienna, Austria. (www.stefanglettler.at)
Petra Schweifer tackles her encounters with the city by focusing on a specific street at the periphery of Bucharest. The events she witnesses on her daily walks along the same street seem to form an inconsequential construction, constantly susceptible to slight changes that occur either within the architecture of the street or in the range of various activities played out by the inhabitants as the days go by. From immured windows to mountains of gravel that disappear over night, Petra Schweifer contemplates the street’s anachronisms and makes use of the unevenness of logic present within this micro community to present us with a series of testimonial paintings.
Petra Schweifer (b.1981) is an Austrian artist working with painting and drawing. In 2011 she worked on completing Drawingproject together with Stefan Glettler within Cité Internationale des Arts. She has exhibited in Germany, Austria, France, Iceland, et al. Lives and works in Vienna, Austria. (www.petraschweifer.com)
Schedule: M-F, 11AM-7PM
Play pe Plai - Cosmin Paulescu @ Atelier 030202October 16, 2012
17.10, 6.00pm art show opening Play pe Plai - Cosmin Paulescu at Atelier 030202 until 07.11
Art installation, part of the series "Map" (set up in 1996 with a trash art work called "Cleaning Month").
The artworks included in "Map" series have embraced multiple artistic forms suh as object, installation, assemblage, photography or performance.
The artist's intention is to finalize the series with a show reuniting the entire period of works.
The current work is aiming to reveal in an ironic post-installationist manner the current political confrontation, imagining the country metamorphosed in a football field where the two teams are playing, anyhow but not fair play.
British Documentary @ MTROctober 16, 2012
British Documentary aims at presenting the Romanian audience with the best of contemporary British documentaries, awarded by the Grierson Film Festival in the UK.
The third edition of documentary film screenings, starting 15 October 2012 in Bucharest, with nine weekly projections will take place at the “Horia Bernea Hall” of the Romanian Peasant Museum, on Mondays starting 7.00 p.m.
The films have Romanian subtitles.
15 October – „The War You Don’t See” (2010, director: John Pilger, 96 min.)
22 October – „Marathon Boy” ( 2010, director: Gemma Atwal, 90 min.)
29 October – „The Joy of Stats” (2010, director: Dan Hillman, 60 min.)
6 November – „My brother the Islamist” (2011, director: Robb Leech, 60 min.)
12 November – „Elgar: The Man Behind the Mask” (2010, director: John Bridcut, 90 min.)
26 November – „Guilty Pleasures” (2010, director: Julie Moggan, 86 min.)
3 December – “Leonard Cohen – Bird on a Wire” (2010, director: Tony Palmer, 106 min.)
10 December – “Between Life and Death” (2010, director: Nick Holt, 50 min.)
17 December – „Body Snatchers of New York” (2010, director: Toby Dye, 61 min.)
OFFICIAL SITE BRITISH COUNCIL
Jewelry Designer Pop-Up Boutique @ the InstituteOctober 16, 2012
12-14.10 jewelry fair Jewelry Designer Pop-Up Boutique at The Institute
The first temporary contemporary jewelry boutique in Romania (www.designercraft.eu).
Friday, 12.10 - 5.00pm-9.00pm
Sat-Sun, 13-14.10, 12.00-9.00pm
Romanian designers: Alina Bancila, Raluca Buzura, Cornelia Brustureanu, Lady Magpie, Expression by Alexandra Ungurelu, Living en Bermudas, Roua de argint, Noha Niculescu, Berenike, Ioana Enache, Alis Lalu, Dana Tudor, Daciana Dax, FunkLinks by Silvia Cornea, Gabi Urda, Iuliana Asoltanei, Atelier 44.
Special Guest: the Romanian designer Kinga Varga.
The Space Between @ MNAC AnnexOctober 16, 2012
12.10, 8.00pm audio-video installation The Space Between at MNAC Annex
The Space Between is the result of the audio/video collaboration between Miron Ghiu and Cinty Ionescu, looking for a common ground where those two media mix together. The performances of the project are situated at the border between senses, closed to meditation and ambient music, using footage, 3D graphics, found and synthesized sound.
The event is part of The Biennial of Young Artists, taking place in Bucharest during the month of October 2012.
International Tattoo Convention @ TurbohalleOctober 12, 2012
12-14.10 convention International Tattoo Convention at Turbohalle
The third edition of the International Tattoo Convention will take place between 12-14th of October 2012 at Turbohalle. The international convention is considered to be one of the most interesting events of the autumn season, thanks to the activities dedicated to the tattoo art, body piercing and body painting, that have already become a tradition.
Professional artists all around the world are taking part to the International Tattoo Convention, demonstrating their graphic and technical tattoo skills, acquired along their career, and participating to a great number of competitions and workshops.
For 3 days, you can choose the best tattoo artist and the perfect design to suit your personality, you can buy accessories and clothing that enhance the value of the body art concept you can participate to contest or just have a look around.
The event is dedicated to all those free of inhibitions and preconceived ideas.
Entrance fee: 10lei=2euros/day; 20lei=4euros/3day-pass
Young Visual Artists @ Carol 53October 5, 2012
10.10, 7.00pm art show Young Visual Artists at Carol 53
Young artists are composing and decomposing the space at Carol 53
Sound: That Couch Funk Collective
anim'est @ Patria CinemaOctober 5, 2012
05-14.10 animation festival anim'est at Patria Cinema
The anim’est International Animation Film Festival, established in 2006, has become Bucharest’s most loved film festival and a recognized event on the international animation scene. The presentations, workshops, master-classes and round tables provide the perfect opportunity to get in touch with the latest creations and make contacts. Among the great names who have visited anim’est, we proudly mention Bill Plympton, Georges Schwitzgebel, Juan Pablo Zaramella, John Dilworth, Mike Reiss… and our partner festivals, animation schools and guest studios all .
The festival's programme consists of six competitive sections (international feature film, international short film, Romanian film, student film, video & advertising, Balkanimation – dedicated to films produced in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, FYRO Macedonia, Greece, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey), the Mozaic section – presenting the hottest animation short & feature animations in international film festivals and also special sections & retrospectives dedicated to important animation studios, directors, film schools and festivals. Workshops, masterclasses, special parallel events, concerts and parties open to the festival guests and audience. The anim'est Trophy is presented every year to one of the films competing in the short film competition.
anim'est's mission to reinvigorate and support the Romanian animation film is having an impact on the awards and participations of local animation filmmakers in international film festivals and events. Among the presently acknowledger animation directors lwho made their debut in the anim'est Romanian film competition are Marius Pandele, Liviu Barbulescu, Cecilia Felmeri, Andreea Bogdan and Bertoti Attila.
Starting with the festival's fourth edition (2009), anim'est has also included a unique event in the Romanian festival circuit: Creepy Animation Night – a nightful of provokative, bizarre and horror animation shorts screenings accompanied by a live musical act in the festival's main venue – Patria Cinema.
ONE PLUS ONE MAKES ONE @ Nicodim GalleryOctober 5, 2012
05.10-05.12 art show ONE PLUS ONE MAKES ONE at Nicodim Gallery
Artists: Victor Brauner, Teodor Graur, Marcel Iancu, Isidore Isou, Gherasim Luca, Ana Lupaş, Max Herman Maxy, Saşa Pană
Curator: Suzana Vasilescu
One plus one makes one is a project that gathers artists belonging to the Romanian avant-garde characterized by an extreme urge to provoke the complete transformation of an apparent truth into the artistic truth. Victor Brauner, Marcel Iancu, Isidore Isou, Gherasim Luca, Max Herman Maxy, Saşa Pană.
Two other artists, one belonging to the generation of the 60s – Ana Lupaş and the other to the generation of the 90s – Teodor Graur, have also been invited. The exhibition documents two contextually different generations of artists.
The former proposes a radically revolutionary method that pushed beyond the limit the changes engendered by the aesthetic attitude introduced by modernism, and the latter suggests more recent approaches which offer a conceptual perspective on the production of art, which combine institutional criticism and politics.
The exhibition contains a series of documentary works, some of them exhibited for the first time in Romania, avant-garde journals, manuscripts, scale models, pieces of furniture, objects, experimental etchings and paintings. The exhibits come from private collections and from the collection of Constanta Art Museum.
CRITICAL BOTOX @ Pavilion UnicreditOctober 5, 2012
04.10 - 06.01 art show CRITICAL BOTOX at Pavilion Unicredit
Curator: Alex Brahim (CO/ES)
Participants: Aggtelek (ES/BE), Anamor (ES), José Begega (ES), Karmelo Bermejo (ES/MX), Zeljko Blace (BA/HR), Bruce LaBruce (CA), Lúa Coderch (PE/ES), Andrés Duplat (CO), Juan Pablo Echeverri (CO), Félix Fernández (ES), Jorge García (ES), Miquel García (ES), Andrea Gómez (CO/ES), Núria Güell (ES), Fermín Jiménez Landa (ES), Lydia Lunch (US), Santiago Monge (CO), R. Marcos Mota (ES), Joan Martí Ortega (ES), Daniela Ortiz (PE/ES), Aníbal Parada (AR/ES), Avelino Sala (ES), Andrés Senra (ES), Daniel Silvo (ES), Toni Tena (ES), David Latorre (ES), Oriol Vilanova (ES)
CRITICAL BOTOX In times of 2.0 feudalism uses a fictional narrative line, a faux gossip magazine, to take its real form as an online process-publication and series of exhibitions, the first of which will take place on October 2012 at Pavilion in Bucharest.
"The project is based on the framework of personal, presential relationships that the curator sustains with the artists, whose work is in turn linked, from several thematic axes and production formats, to the political. Understood as a political practice in itself, CRITICAL BOTOX claims the political value of direct human contact in these trying times of virtualization and dehumanization in co-individual interaction. The online publication uses the aesthetic of gossip magazines as visually distracting sophism, focusing on the reality of the content, the political interests of the work and artist trajectories. It serves, in this way, as a bridge to the different sites and recourses facilitated by the artists to a public that would be interested in exploring each of them. The textual contents emerge from a standard interview answered by all participants. Each exhibit functions as a sample set of the microcosms implied within this publication. They would also act as a reflection of the heterogeneity in visions and attitudes that stem from contemporary artistic creation to encompass the wide spectrum of the political conditions in a globalized world." (Alex Brahim)
This exhibition at Pavilion shall be accompanied by a printed publication: a fold-out poster with the general structure of the project, a graphic illustration of the relationship framework in CRITICAL BOTOX and texts by guest authors. The graphic design for this project will be handled by Barcelona based studio Los Trini.
Alex Brahim (Cúcuta, Colombia, 1977) is an Independent art curator and cultural projects manager based in Barcelona. His work encompasses theory, production, programming, communication and activism and is centered in the transversality of networks with an emphasis in cultural codes and their critical spaces of negotiation. He co-directs, along with marketing expert Tania Brett, DIBINA (Digital Büro of International Art), an independent curatorial, cultural management and relational communication platform. One of their highlights is the management and coordination of the program for the Antigua Casa Haiku art space in Barcelona (2008-2011). He regularly prepares independent and commissioned programs and exhibitions, collaborates with different media and is guest lecturer in different art centers and universities. He has developed projects at La Casa Encendida, Madrid; CCCB, Barcelona; Matadero, Madrid; La Capella, Barcelona; Espai Cultural Caja Madrid, Barcelona; Museu de l’Empordà, Figueres; Loop, Barcelona, or Off Limits, Madrid, among others. He is currently one of the jury members and tutors for the Barcelona annual contemporary arts grant BCN Producció, as well as a consultant for the development of the Art Production Factories Program of the Ajuntament de Barcelona (City Hall). Critical Botox is his first curatorial full project abroad.
Exhibition supported by PAVILION – journal for politics and culture - www.pavilionjournal.org
All connected events are generated by REFORMA - www.re-forma.ro
Anamor (ES) will perform live at the opening hours.
SOUNDCZECH @ multiple venuesSeptember 28, 2012
03.10-31.10 contemporary czech music festival SOUNDCZECH at multiple venues
Vertigo Quintet / 3 octombrie / 20:00 / Green Hours / entrance fee: 10 lei
Floex + Lesní zvěř / 13 octombrie / 21:00 / Clubul Taranului / free entrance
Tara Fuki / 17 octombrie / 21:00 / Green Hours / entrance fee: 10 lei
Dva + Fiordmoss / 20 octombrie / 21:00 / Clubul Taranului / free entrance
Concert Mamapapa Banda + DAMU Intervention / 31 octombrie / 17:00 - 00:00 / Dianei 4 / free entrance
VERTIGO QUINTET - music at five instruments
Vertigo Quintet is a young musicians group with jazz studies background, influenced by artists such as Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis or Ornette Coleman. They usually play in concerts together with Dorota Barová (voice and cello).
FLOEX - electronic music with clarinet
Tomáš Dvořák, aka Floex, is a young talented musicisn, composer, graphic artist, the most famous contemporary Czech musician and composer.
LESNÍ ZVĚŘ - other kind of jazz
A group from Brno which music is an energetic mix of nu-jazz, acoustic drum’n’bass and psychedelic music.
TARA FUKI - Ethno music with cellos
The duo - Dorota Barová and Andrea Konstankiewicz plays a spiritual, delicate, dynamic music, with rhythms combinations and improvisations.
DVA - music in non-existing languages.
DVA (TWO in English) is a young creative and original group.
FIORDMOSS - Northern inspired electro folk
MAMAPAPABANDA + DAMU Intervention - visual music
UNPOLISHED @ MNACSeptember 28, 2012
28.09 - 11.11 art show UNPOLISHED - Young Design from Poland at MNAC
The opening will be preceded by a conference about Polish design, starting 5.00pm, held by the curators of the exhibition, Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka and Paweł Grobelny, well-known design specialists in Poland.
Designers: Aze Design, Beton (Marta Rowińska + Lech Rowiński), DBWT (Daria Burlińska + Wojciech Traczyk), Agnieszka Czop + Joanna Rusin, Fawory (Małgorzata Piotrowska + Monika Niezabitowska), Gogo (Maria Makowska + Piotr Stolarski), Kafti Design, Bogdan Kosak, Malafor (Agata Kulik-Pomorska + Paweł Pomorski), Mopsdesign (Joanna Chomka-Jaworska + Arkadiusz Jaworski), Bartosz Mucha, Alicja Patanowska, Monika Patuszyńska, Katarzyna Delfina Petkow, Magdalena Trzcionka, Oskar Zięta
Architects: Beton, db2 architekci, Jojko+Nawrocki Architekci, Medusa Group, nsMoon Studio, Plus 48, Stadtpark
The exhibition is organized by the Polish Institute of Bucharest, The Regional Museum of Stalowa Wola and the Romanian National Museum of Contemporary Art.
Art and Landscape #3 @ French InstituteSeptember 28, 2012
27.09 - 07.10 street installation Art and Landscape #3/The Cry of the Landscape at French Institute
The third edition of the event organized by the French Institute of Bucharest will bring sound installations in several places in the city (Northern Railway Station, Verona Square and French Institute).
The launching of the project - The Sound Madeleine - will take place at the French Institute at 7.00pm and will invites us to recognize different sounds of the city and not only, by associating them with mental images.
The sound installations are:
The Small Sound Landscapes Factory - in Verona Square
The Sound Nests - at Northern Railway Station
The green Stitchings Story @ Alert StudioSeptember 28, 2012
27.09 - 8.10 art show opening The green Stitchings Story//drawings//Raluca Ilaria Demetrescu at Alert Studio
ALERT studio connects three areas of artistic exploration - PINK | RED | WHITE - into one space. But these coordinates do not mean indexing, labeling and restriction. They may intersect, combine in new shades, and may always communicate and trigger debates.
The green Stitchings [email protected] PINK CODE
Coordinator: Raluca Ilaria Demetrescu
Interests: Approaches which are creative, subjective, intuitive, experimental, dreamlike, sensous. Personal mythology and ethics of exposure as strategies of contemporary creation.
Guidelines: Coherent visual discourse, based on the interplay between fiction and (auto) biography, reality and fantasy, confession and lie.
Mediums: Drawing, object, installation, text, performance, photography, new media, painting and others as well.
Purpose: Exploring intimate problems that can extend from the micro-personal level to general issues. Recovery of references through introspection and self-analysis as research methods.
Overall: PINK = dream, delirium, allegory, suggestion, ambiguity, memory and the (auto) biography
The green Stitchings Story,
It’s a story with several people and a story teller called MC C. The first event is happening at the terrace of a tavern. The heroes are IG writer and journalist, LP an important movie director, DD a socioligist specialised in problems of free citizen’s circulation, Israel a real hero and them. They are the ones that circulate in BB in the night time. BB is a well-known pine-trees park where horsemens are riding and is situated in N, a rich small town adjacent to beautiful city P.
It all started with a common discussion around the table, in a garden, in a summer, in the city B in another country than the one where the cities N and P and the characters of our story are from.
The character IG : -I work for a movie with LP. I am the fellow script-writer. It’s about a twelve years old child that prostitutes himself in BB from N, the adjacent town to the beautiful city P. He dresses up like a woman.
Myself: -He transvests himself?
IG: - Yes and his name is Israel.
Me: - ?
IG: - Really! Is his real name and LP get the idea for the movie when he heard this name.
Myself: - ?
IG: - This story is taken from a piece of news that appeared in a journal in F and was talking about a boy that ran away from home, a weird kiddo, with bad habits and a strange family.
Me: - Incredible but what do you mean?!
IG: - It sucks ’cause LP can’t find a kid to match with the age and that can speak both languages from both countries. There is no actor.
It was one of the oddest stories that I’ve heard, knowing that reality is far beyond fiction.
Soon after, I’m leaving for the country where BB park is situated, near the town N, close to beautiful P city. I’m thinking about Pan god, half man half buck, the centaur half man half horse and the hermaphrodite half women half man.
I arrive in N city, near beautiful P. I’m going in BB park. The alleys are shady, the trees century old and in the day time the rich bourgeois are toddling out. The apartments are luxurious and they have terraces with palm trees even if the continental climate is temperate and steady. There is also a riding club and kiosks to be rent for weddings. A small zoo with exotic birds and free peacocks has a little lake with water lilies and a small artificial water-fall. The roller coaster that brings tourists from the subway station in the forest ride on narrow iron rails. There is nothing more trifling, more bourgeois and idyllic!
I together with SM and AB (my friends from beautiful P)
Us: - Hello! We are looking for somebody. His name is Israel and has twelve years. He is from R.
A fetishist centaur is wearing a fantastic pelerine, carmine linen and a black corset above which were spilling out huge tits and has an enormous dick in erection like a grotesque cartoon.
That one: - What did you say the boy name was?
We: - Israel. He is from R.
The centaur: - So! Never heard but those from eastern countries are to be found in the northern alleys, that direction (he shows us the way). Here, we are from SA: B, C, P... and continues... showing us a sign with the fingers: „- Four”.
In the northern area we found another centaur, and another faun and another hermaphrodite.
We put the same question to a lady faun. She is from country T. After she told us that she has never heard about Israel, moralisingly comments: - „Twelve years old. Very early!”
Strange centaurus prostitutes morality! In the northern part of the forest, where black fauns hookers are, nobody knows nothing.
Three weeks after I met LP film’s assistant, DD a sociologist. She is a readership at EHESS university from P and her doctoral dissertation topic was the free immigration in the globalisation context. She has her own office and beautiful black hair. I am telling her my story and she confirms the project’s existence and the difficulty to find a boy that matches the character.
After two years I am acquainted with director, LP to whom I relate the facts. He is also confirming the history and is interested with it, saying that he would like to make a film about it, if I write the script. I’ll never do it. Instead I composed another kind of script-this one.
Instalart/Sculpture/001 @ AiurartSeptember 28, 2012
26.09 - 15.10 art show Instalart/Sculpture/001 at Aiurart
instalart/sculpture/ 001 brings along the following artists:
This will be but a prelude to the temporary exhibition scheduled to commence in the spring of 2013, in Bucharest. The exhibition is due to be completed once the artworks will finally be located in the Sculpture Park.
Opening times: 15.00 – 19.00
Special Guest: Bogman
OXIGEN#1 @ subRahovaSeptember 24, 2012
25.09, 8.30pm art show OXIGEN #1 at subRahova
O X I G E N concept will bring together artists from different generations and expression areas in an unconventional venue.
The events ( O # 1, O # 2, O # 3...) will present theatre, music and visual arts representatives.
Each edition will present a debut of an artist and a well-known artists will be invited.
Two Open Studios (of Alexandru Radvan and David Sandor) will be the meeting place, while visuals are projected in the yard and live music performances will take place in the basement.
Invited artist: Dan Perjovschi
Debutant artist: Leontina Rotaru
CAFE 35 @ Atelier35September 24, 2012
21.09 - 05.10 at Atelier 35
OPEN: MON – FRI, 11 – 19, + special events
For two weeks, the art gallery Atelier35 becomes CAFE 35.
The project is initiated by Daniela Pălimariu, with the help of Alice Gancevici and the team of Atelier35. The furniture was specially created by Atelier Brut, from reused materials.
FRI 21/09 ::: 6 – 9pm ::: CAFE 35 Opening with SOUP
SUN 23/09 ::: 10am – 1pm ::: COMFORT Breakfast
TUES 25/09 ::: 6 – 9pm ::: OPEN Reading
THURS 27/09 ::: 6pm ::: PASTA making class
TUES 02/10 ::: 5 – 8pm ::: Thé DANSANT
FRI 05/10 ::: 7pm - ::: FEAST and Closing down
Société Réaliste/Empire, State, Building @ MNACSeptember 24, 2012
20.09 - 01.11 at MNAC
Société Réaliste/Empire, State, Building
“Société Réaliste is an artists' cooperative founded in 2004 by Ferenc Gróf (1972) and Jean-Baptiste Naudy (1982). Central to their activities is the exploration, subversion and deconstruction of the specific devices of visual communication that have been developed and employed by institutions, governments and rulers, i.e., the representatives of power – in the fields of religion, politics, culture, art and finance – so as to position themselves. By exploring the representative and aesthetic roles of these agencies – including signs, logos, maps, symbols, typefaces, landmarks, emblems, statues or even buildings – in complex contexts of much broader time and space, the artists place them in a new light in the form of a “political cabinet of curiosities”, a critical, narrative implementation of design.
Through its title, empire, state, building primarily evokes the famous New York skyscraper, the “building/temple/work of art” that, ever since its completion in 1931, has been the mythological emblem of the United States, as much as a source of artistic inspiration – from the 1933 movie, King Kong, to Andy Warhol's 1964 silent film, Empire. At the same time, the use of punctuation, i.e., the commas inserted in the title, generates a new perspective of meaning, highlighting the origin and functioning of power symbols, from empire through state to construction. How do buildings, public sculptures and monuments express and perpetuate ideology? How do public spaces visualize the relation between the modern state and culture? Such questions are raised by Société Réaliste in its critical analysis of the connections between architecture and history, buildings and political power.” (Ludwig Museum Budapest)
This exhibition is coproduced by Jeu de Paume, Paris, Ludwig Museum, Budapest and The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest
Hannah Höch – Collages @ Fundatia LowendalSeptember 24, 2012
20.09 - 14.10 at Fundatia Lowendal
Hannah Höch – Collages
Hannah Höch (1889-1978) was more than an active representative of the Berlin Dada art scene of 1920, as her contribution to the development of the artistic photo-montage was essential.
The exhibition presents exclusively the collages realized by the artist during five decades.
For the first time in Romania the works of Hannei Höch will be presented in a personal exhibition, full of poetry, subtle irony and criticizing the society.
The exhibition is organized in partnership with the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen/ifa.
Euro Trophy - Virgil Scripcariu @ Atelier 030202September 21, 2012
19.09 - 16.10 @ at Atelier 030202
Euro Trophy - Virgil Scripcariu
Young Romanian sculptor, Virgil Scripcariu is a visual artist highly interested in the public space.
Virgil Scripcariu is a constructor using as tools the mixed techniques of sculpture and collage.
His visual discourse incorporates the patterns of the socialism-realism to the postmodernism, from the inter-text and cultural quote to the graffiti and the street-art techniques.
(Dan Mircea CIPARIU, art critic)
La Copac - Good Old Habits in Modern Bucharest September 20, 2012
by Bucharest Tips
Rainy day in Bucharest, it looks like autumn finally came. After a very dry summer, the wet look of the streets changed our perspective: having lunch on a covered terrace, enjoying the last days of open air, that’s our plan.
There are plenty of nice places in Gradina Icoanei Park area; we love this part of Bucharest. Beautiful old houses guarded by old trees, friendly architecture and landscapes, quiet streets were you can just walk and forget about the usual rush of the city.
Hidden about a corner or on a narrow street there is a big chance for you to find an exquisite spot such as a teahouse, a garden, a bistro or a cozy café.
La Copac is a Bucharest traditional “gentlemen’s tavern” for gourmands on Pitar Mos St. (in the above mentioned area), serving fresh cooked meals with love and care for the act of cooking (and eating!).
“Copac” means “Tree”, as an impressive old mulberry tree is the landmark here, roofing the terrace, protecting and inspiring the new gentlemen of modern Bucharest. So people here always feel inspired by the Bohemian atmosphere; we’ve heard the most interesting “philosophical chats” over a glass of carefully selected wine (the menu recommends special sorts to go on each dish!).
La Copac organizes frequent culinary workshops (called “culinary archeology”) where the food is as good as the atmosphere.
We arrived at noon, guided by the barbecue smell. A young chef stirring a big pot just in front of our eyes, having the air of an experimented witch - this is an image hard to resist.
We took a seat on the wooden floor terrace, hiding from the rain and waiting for the last secret ingredients to be mixed together for the magic potion to be complete: beans sour soup (“ciorba”) with smoked meat. The menu of the day also included a top traditional gourmet main course: mutton mix (grilled pastrami and sausages) with “mamaliga” side dish (Romanian traditional boiled corn flour pasta) for the price of less than 9 Euros (soup and main course).
La Copac is also a great place to relax in the evening after a day at work, in the city centre yet far from the noisy Bucharest Old Centre… and it’s part, of course, of that “Bucharest underground” as we love to promote on Bucharest Tips!
La Copac is a place already tasted by Bucharest Tips team. If you are a gourmand, or the intellectual type who love to dig for “culinary archeology”, or you just love traditions and old-fashioned “joie de vivre” (that means you can chat for an hour without the help of your Smartphone) we strongly recommend you La Copac, a gentlemen place keen to good old habits.
Bar The Blu'zz - Feel Like a Local in BucharestSeptember 19, 2012
by Bucharest Tips
There are for sure so many different ways for you to be a tourist in Bucharest: this one is an alternative way, as we always recommend on Bucharest Tips. Mingle with the locals, feel how their leisure spots sound and smell. Get to know the city by doing what Bucharest residents do and always experience their hidden places. We know it’s hard when you are by yourself, just with a mainstream guide in your pocket, as the underground Bucharest sometimes maybe hard to reveal.
The Blu’zz bar is one of these underground challenges for a tourist; even if very close to the city centre, the bar is hidden on a quiet residential street, with old houses from the beginning of the 20th century and big old trees, with no touristic hints for you.
However, as you turn left from Olari St. their wooden sign partially covered by a beautiful linden tree is your first hint for the blues bar. Don’t be disarmed by the door, it may be closed; just ring the bell and it will open for you – the mystery is that spice you really need for your trip to be complete!
Now that you are already inside Blu’zz bar, you can relax – this review is about a place in Bucharest where you go for a chill, not for a thrill. Prepare yourself for a large collection of blues playlists, sometimes spiced with classic rock or jazz or even Romanian old songs from the ‘20s (mainly about Bucharest life), as we enjoyed the last time we went there!
It was on a warm Sunday afternoon from the beginning of September, when the good smell of a barbecue, together with the promise of a fresh made “tzuica” (a Romanian traditional strong alcoholic drink made from fruits) made us happier than on an usual visit… Indeed, the Blu’zz bar occasionally organizes small cultural events, such as concerts or movie screenings. We had the surprise of a vintage and handmade fair which made our experience even more pleasant: young designers together with their families and friends, smiley faces and the overall atmosphere of a picnic.
We mingled of course and took a sit on the nice wooden porch, everybody was relaxed and the kids were playing. Just like visiting a friend’s yard barbecue, we had a nice conversation waiting for the concert to start in the evening, accompanied by a tzuica, some beers and a traditional dish, cooked in front of us as we were chatting… Not so many bars in Bucharest will surprise you for that manner…
The Blu’zz bar is for sure an underground Bucharest place where you can enjoy a nice afternoon or an evening with friends, feeling as home and listening to quality music. There are no waiters: it’s just you and the bartender, so nobody will come at your table and ostentatiously stick the menu in your face, it’s not that kind of place where you feel obliged to order big and tip large. More like an open house, decorated as such, The Blu’zz bar is the perfect setting for your trip to Bucharest to look authentic, getting to know the culture and the people living here.
The Blu’zz bar is a place already tasted by Bucharest Tips team. If you are a safe and cozy type, but still looking for an underground experience near the city centre, if you love blues and quality music, go have a drink at The Blu’zz, a house for friends where you will feel like a local.
MMCP @Platforma/MNAC AnnexSeptember 17, 2012
18.09 - 30.09.2012 art show MMCP/Platforma at MNAC Annex
Marina Albu, Atelier35, Emil Avasilichioaiei, Larisa Crunțeanu&Maria Pitea, Simona Dumitriu/Sabin Gârea/Ștefan Bandalac, Ioana Gheorghiu, kunsthalle.ro, muzeul orb, Adriana Oprea, Arnold Schlachter
Using the pretext of the past tense in Romanian language (MMCP - mai mult ca perfectul -"more than perfect") defining an action closed before another closed action, the exhibition speaks about the possibility of the existence of a secondary or an alternative past - the problem of memory and forgetfulness in Romanian contemporary art.
eXplore dance festival #7 @ WASPSeptember 17, 2012
International Contemporary Dance & Performance Festival// eXplore dance festival #7 @ WASP
eXplore dance festival reached its 7th edition while an impressive list of artists already explored Bucharest and its audience. The opportunity of being active, taking the same risks as the artist and initiating A-dance of its own is what brings this year's audience to a new position.
Romanian Contemporary Dance & Performance Platform 2012. A still little-known scene with great potential which survived once more with no roof over the head, exploring the wildest ideas about our contemporary society. From urban experiments, in factories or in fiction films, from concrete floors to living rooms… and now back to the studios, at WASP.
5 weeks of exploring contemporary dance and performance in all its forms and newest trends!
DETAILED PROGRAM eXplore dance festival #7
Festival website: www.exploredancefestival.ro
George Bodocan-Illusion is the [email protected] AnnexSeptember 17, 2012
15 - 29.09.2012
Art show// George Bodocan - Illusion is the first of all pleasures @ MNAC Annex
Exhibition Designer : Kristina Peteu
Curator: Alina Bucur
Live sound performance: Abator Industries
"Sometimes seen as the expression of the inherent autism of the contemporary art, the art of Bodo actually expresses the opposite, namely the need to communicate in a different way, the desire to confer to the artistic expression the force of a language.(Angelo Mitchievici)
The show proposes an enlargement of the horizon through the fantasy's impulse and also the exceeding of the physical space limits. The playful approach of the volumes started from the definition of a proper support for the artist to express himself during the experiment, searches that ended in being materialized in the canvas, an excellent visual modulator, achieving both goals.
The opening evening will host the musical collective of ABATOR INDUSTIRES, with an experimental live-act.
Place for The Photo I @ Club ElectroputereSeptember 15, 2012
14.09 - 13.11.2012
Art show // PLACE FOR THE PHOTO I @ Club Electroputere
Rudolf Bone, Alexandra Croitoru, Cristina David, Mihai Iepure Górski, Ion Grigorescu, Nicu Ilfoveanu, Miklos Onucsan, Gheorghe Rasovszky
Place for the Photo is a photography exhibition that gathers together self-portraits of artists from different generations. The theme is identity and self-representation.
In a society where art is more and more often disregarded, and has become distanced from the priorities of everyday life, the artist – in order to engage with the present – returns to images of his or her own identity. It is then possible to speak of the status of artists, and of their understanding of the surrounding reality.
This project reveals the enormous distance between the ideal condition of the artist as the theoretical representative of the consciousness of society, and his or her actual current status, best understood as the carrier of marginalised concepts, of ideas too often pushed to the periphery.
The exhibition opens in September 2012. It is in several sections, and brings together artists from a variety of cultural environments.
Credit photo: Alexandra Croitoru, Untitled (Prime Minister), 2004
Fashion & Vintage Fair @ Lucky No.13September 15, 2012
fashion & vintage fair
Absolutely Fabulous@ Lucky No.13
Edition #13/ over 60 participants/ young fashion designers
THEME: MIX THE PRINTS and be Fabulous
The visitors at Absolutely Fabulous Fashion&Vintage Fair have the chance to become the muses of the fair's special guest, Ed Kavishe, one of the hottest street style sand catwalk New York photographers.
Ab Fab Fair presents the latest autumn-winter collections of the Romanian young designers, fashion accessories and exquisite vintage items.
Entrance Fee: 10 lei
Roman Tolici - Sweet Nightmares @ H'art GallerySeptember 15, 2012
Art show //Roman Tolici - Sweet Nightmares @ H'art Gallery
”My first encounter with the "Sweet nightmares" series took place in Roman's workshop, on a hot summer afternoon. Eleven small works that break away from the realism of the artist's latest phase. My reaction was one of fascination and perplexity, like the aftermath of a captivating nocturnal dream, which excites and scares you at the same time. Soon enough, Roman confessed that the "Sweet Nightmares" series is a mental experiment in which he only painted from recollection, accessing only those memories/dreams and fundamental obsessions that have populated his existence. ” (Dan Popescu, curator)
Born in USSR in 1974, Roman Tolici had since 2002 almost 20 solo exhibitions in galleries and art museums from Romania and abroad and a large number of group exhibitions.
Ana Banică – Mirroring @AiurartSeptember 15, 2012
Art show //Ana Banică – Mirroring @
Curator: Dan Popescu
a H'art Gallery exhibition @ Aiurart
The paintings included in „Oglindiri” show are exposed for the first time in Romania, after being presented in Paris by the Romanian Cultural Institute in the show “d.s.o./o.s.b” (2007).
Zoltan Bela - Traces @ Anca Poterasu GallerySeptember 15, 2012
14.09 - 01.11.2012
Art show //Zoltan Bela - Traces @ Anca Poterasu Gallery
The works of Zoltan Bela are traces of the external world as such. He collects different objects from everyday life which afterwards become materialized in his works. But that externalization comes only after a period of assimilation.
We leave traces but at the same time we are traces and this is what Zoltan Bela expresses in this project. We see his objects as examples or materialization of his encounter with external factors. His paintings and objects are residues of the external world. (Ioana Stan)
Zoltan Bela (b. 1977, Targu-Mureș, Romania) He graduated the University of Arts and Design, Cluj-Napoca, Department of Painting. Lives and works in Bucharest.
Latest Exhibitions: In Meditation: Feeling the Silence (Anca Poterasu Gallery, 2011); A certain time, a certain place, a certain state (Little Yellow Studio, București, 2010 ).
Tara (von Neudorf) - Raving HistorySeptember 15, 2012
23.08 - 23.09 @ Anaid Art Gallery
Art show//Tara (von Neudorf) - „Raving History”
Graphics - Reinterpreted communist propaganda.
DANCING FRAMES: Dancing City @ AiurartSeptember 11, 2012
Interactive art show //DANCING FRAMES: Dancing City@Aiurart
Photo-video project, created by the director Carmen Lidia Vidu and the photographer Dani Ionita.
In the period 29.08 - 17.09, this project is going to be decomposed and recomposed in several interactive audiovisual installations by the team POINT 4 Space Group.
(Justin Baroncea, Eduard Gabia şi Radu Enescu).
Bucharest Underground in the Old CentreSeptember 2, 2012
by Bucharest Tips
We just hit the most unexpected spot in the Old Centre of Bucharest. As we were swimming in the crowd, through the noisy terraces on Covaci St., we saw a retro sign on the wall: “Ceai Dansant” (Dancing Tea).
Only a few chairs behind a table and a board with a chalk written message: "Terrace inside".
So we entered through a "rabbit hole" and like Alice in Wonderland we discovered a parallel world where the tumult of the Old Centre disappeared lie magic.
Passing through the dark corridor looking like a deserted backstage you still get no hints about your trip.
First stop: a small room with two sofas guarded by Jim Morrison’s portrait.
On the right side a rounded sofa we imagined the perfect place for the famous Alice’s Caterpillar to smoke its "joint" in a deep meditation…
But still, where is the terrace?
As we entered the second room, things were getting clearer, as a chill trip-hop music floating along the corridors, started to give us a good vibe (great playlist all evening, by the way!).
The last room and the most spectacular, split up by a kind of French window revealed the terrace. Old wooden floor, people laying on big pillow-chairs, a place where you feel like taking off your shoes and daydream. The terrace opened on a strange view: the inner belly of the Old Centre, half ruined, half mystery, 100% Bucharest underground spot.
Ceai Dansant is a place already tasted by Bucharest Tips team. If you are an experimentalist, if you are looking for a cozy, lazy evening relax in the middle of the crazy streets of the Old Centre of Bucharest or if you just want a place with good vibes to start your night trip, Ceai Dansant may be the place for you.
Bucharest Best PizzaAugust 29, 2012
by Bucharest Tips
Interbellico is a small Italian bistro in the old but non-commercial centre of Bucharest (not THE Old Centre or Old Town, as usually displayed by the Bucharest city guides!), situated on a residential street with private villas and small buildings.
Entering Interbellico on a lazy afternoon, or even a mid-week evening will bring you the atmosphere of a warming home! You won’t hear the new pop rock songs nor the traditional “manele” (gypsy songs about money, love and enemies); there is also no chance to hear that “ambient” music released by some smart marketers in order to eat your designed food in a vogue manner… you’ll only hear old-enough-to-remember-your-childhood Italian songs and sometimes “Radio Romantic”, a radio channel broadcasting music from the eighties. And very important: you will still have room to have a conversation – I simply hate food places with loud music! The music simply harmonizes with the cozy warm design, old-fashioned wooden and fabric walls, together with old photos of ancient Bucharest.
FOOD, SERVICE AND PRICESEventually you’ll order… the owner is always present there supervising the kitchen and the table areas (he even serves you nowadays) and from my experience I can tell he’s a nice guy (I trust everything is going as it should be in the kitchen as well…). I usually order Bolognese pizza (in the late years I found out how to make it spicier – asking for the owner to add plenty of pepperoni to it - so it became the best pizza ever tasted in Bucharest!). If you are into pizza, pasta, soups and salads – you just hit the place! Good for a group under six – as tables are large and have two wooden benches easily accommodating 4 to 6 people. And another important detail – it is not a beer branded pub – that means you have Romanian beers from several producers to choose – I hate branded places where you only find a range of beers from a single producer, usually the wrong but richer one! Prices are good, around 4 Euros for a pizza, big enough to suit even the most hungry of your friends. If you have a Bucharest guide, you are hungry and you want to take a deep breath in a quiet place just before starting to dig around for other Bucharest wonders, ask your guide to take you there. If not, check this site for the address; it’s really easy to get there from the Universitate Square.
Interbellico is a place already tasted by Bucharest Tips team. If you are a gourmand, or an old-fashioned, a safe and cozy person or a lazy bones type of guy, an experimentalist or just a hungry hipster, Interbellico could be a good choice for you.
Bucharest TaxiAugust 13, 2012
by Bucharest Tips
Keep in mind that average price is 1,4 RON/km (around 30 euro cents). In any case don't use a cab with more than 3 RON/km, unless you find a flying one!
You can find below some of the most reliable Bucharest taxi companies, but there are also others, just look carefully to the price on their car door!
MERIDIAN - +4(0)21 9444
LEONE - +4(0)21 9425
MONDIAL - +4(0)21 9423
SPEED - +4(0)21 9477
COBALCESCU - +4(0)21 9451
TAXI 2000 - +4(0)21 9494
TAXI AS - +4(0)21 9435
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