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Artist Mircea Cantor

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Wednesday 17th January

 

MEMBERS ONLY

FULLY BOOKED

at 9:30 am

in Belgravia

DATE & TIME

 

Wednesday 17th January 2018

at 9:30 am

location

 

8 Grosvenor Gardens Mews North

Belgravia

London SW1W 0JP

THE MORNING

 

Born in Romania in 1977, Mircea Cantor is an artist who explores themes such as immigration, borders, national identity and wealth.

In London for a few days, he will explore through an intimate conversation how these themes are in fact pressing global issues, which differ from the experiences of the individual.

Mircea Cantor was awarded the Marcel Duchamp’s Prize in 2011 and he presented in 2017 a solo exhibition at l’Atelier Brancusi at Centre Pompidou. He was part of group exhibitions taking place in several internationally renowned museums or institutions such as Palais de Tokyo (2016), MoMA PS1 (2015) or the Venice Biennale (2015).

MIRCEA CANTOR

 

Mircea Cantor (born 1977) is a Romanian-born artist who follows in the tradition of French artist Marcel Duchamp in that he employs readymade objects. 

Splitting his time between Paris and his native Cluj, Mircea Cantor makes work that centers around themes of cultural history, memory, and displacement, echoing his upbringing in Romania during its tumultuous transition from state socialism to liberal democracy. Cantor’s choice of media is diverse, in that he has employed video, animation, sculpture, drawing, painting, and Installation art in his work. Wryly humorous and conceptually oriented, his work is frequently compared to that of Marcel Duchamp—an apt designation considering that Cantor won the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2011, awarded to a France-based artist considered to be at the vanguard of contemporary art practice.

Best known for his evocative, metaphorical videos and mixed-media installations, Mircea Cantor makes work reflective of a broad worldview that is at once optimistic and trenchantly critical. In his works, he examines competing ideologies, war, displacement, the self and the other, and multivalence. Keenly aware of the multitude of meanings that a word or an object can contain, he deliberately mixes materials and uses language playfully, producing poignant, challenging works that defy neat categorization. He also refuses to be neatly defined, as he explains: “We know who we are, so why not go deeper? Let’s stand for something other than our nationality. [. . .] [My] objects speak of the great openness in which we can live today, beyond national categories.”

Cantor’s 2005 video work, « Deeparture », which was on view in the contemporary galleries at The Museum of Modern Art, features a deer and a wolf together in a pristine white box environment. Cantor’s work is included in The Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Centre Pompidou, The Israel Museum, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Abteiberg Museum, Magasin 3, as well as in other collections worldwide. He was awarded with the Ricard Prize in 2004; in 2011 he won Best Dance Short Film at the Tiburon International Film Festival with Tracking Happiness. In 2011, he received the Marcel Duchamp Prize.

SHOWS

 

SOLO SHOWS (SELECTION)

  • Your Ruins Are My Flag, Fondazione Giuliani, Rome (Italy), 2017

  • La partie invisible de l’infini, Galerie de l’atelier Brancusi (Centre Georges Pompidou), Paris (France), 2017

  • SOLO SHOW – Part II, Fondation Francès, Senlis (France), 2016

  • SOLO SHOW – Part I, Fondation Francès, Senlis (France), 2016

  • ART UNLIMITED – Special Project, Art Basel, Basel (Switzerland), 2015

  • Mircea Cantor : Collected Works, Rennie Collection at Wing Sang, Vancouver (Canada), 2014

  • Mircea Cantor : QED, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucarest (Romania), 2013

  • Mircea Cantor, Prix Marcel Duchamp 2011, Centre Pompidou, Paris (France), 2012

  • Six Transit Gloria Mundi, MARCO, Roma (Italy), 2012

 

 

GROUP SHOWS (SELECTION)

  • Violenti/Confini, Pinacoteca Comunale di città di Castello, Castello (Italy), 2017

  • Pallaksh Pallaksh (I don’t know just where I’m going), Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv (Israel), 2017

  • Paravent, Group show, Dvir Gallery, Brussels (Belgium), 2016

  • Dans un monde Magnifique et Furieux, Group show, Dvir Gallery, Brussels (Belgium), 2016

  • CHOICES, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (France), 2016

  • DO DISTURB, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (France), 2016

  • VITA VITALE, 56th Venice Biennal, Venice (Italy), 2015

  • Fire and Forget. On Violence, Kunst Werke, Berlin (Germany), 2015

  • Zero Tolerance, MoMA PS1, New York (USA), 2015/span>