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Contemporary Romanian Art Scene in 7 Gallery Tours | E1/7: Jecza Gallery

Our newest online series brings you the hotspots of Romania’s contemporary visual arts scene and some of the most talked-about artists' shows through 7 virtual gallery tours introduced by well establish curators and artists. Explore the portfolio of these first-rate galleries, located in major cities throughout Romania, and gain insight into their history, aesthetic outlook and contemporary relevance. 

Learn more about the works and artists they promote and muse how they channel universal aspirations as well as intimate experiences through artistic gestures drawn from a wide range of perspectives and cultural traditions, which express shared desires for human connection and return to the life before the health crisis. 

Jecza Gallery

Jecza Gallery, founded in Timisoara, Romania, in 2013 had from the outset a strong propensity for the local historical scene, very important in the 60s and 70s (the Sigma group among others). It represents artists and artist collectives, historical figures but also young and prominent personalities with a special interest in contemporary sculpture and experimental art forms. Through curated juxtapositions of artists of different generations, the gallery encourages in-depth research projects related to various art practices.

Alongside an art foundation and publishing house founded in 2001, the gallery has become a strong research center for the heritage of modern and contemporary art in Eastern Europe.

#Episode 1: Jecza Gallery Tour

Recent projects include: Drawing is witchcraft, or the other way round by Ana Adam, curated by Ami Barak (March 2020); The Drawing Lesson by Genti Korini, curated by Cristian Nae (November 2019); Serving Art Again by subREAL, curated by Ami Barak (September 2019); We are both to blame but it’s more your fault by Ioana Sisea (July 2019); The Unpleasant Show, curated by Carmen Casiuc (April 2019); 1965-1975 by Ciprian Radovan (Jan 2019); Now by Jane McAdam Freud (October 2018); This Could Be It, by Roman Cotosman in dialogue with Mircea Popescu (July 2018); The Unpleasant Show (March 2018); The Power of the Line (December 2017); On Duty by Olga Chernusheva (September 2017); Impossible Garden, Alex Mirutziu in dialogue with Dan Beudean, curated by Liviana Dan (June 2017); 2x80 Megert Flondor, curated by Alina Serban (Jan 2017) alongside a number of retrospective exhibitions by the Sigma1 Group, Paul Neagu, Constantin Flondor and many more, over the past 9 years of intensive activity.

About the curator: Ami Barak is an exhibition curator, art critic and art consultant. He is based in France and works in Paris. He is the proponent of hundreds of projects and exhibitions in France and abroad, and the author of numerous papers and texts for catalogs and publications dedicated to contemporary art. Among last years' projects: Le Salon de Montrouge 61st 2016, 62nd 2017, 63rd 2018, 64th 2019, 65th 2020Ex-East – Past and recent stories of the Romanian avant-garde Espace Niemeyer Paris 2019, The Brick – Cărămida Kunsthalle Mulhouse 2019, Role playing – Rewriting mythologies Daegu Photo Biennale 2018, What does the image stand for? Momenta Biennale of contemporary image Montreal 2017, Life - User’s manual Art Encounters Timisoara Biennale 2017, Taryn Simon, Rear views, star forming nebula and foreign propaganda bureau Jeu de Paume Paris 2015, Stuttering – Melik Ohanian Crac Sete 2014.

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