Knowledge Museum by Lia Perjovschi

Lia Perjovschi Knowledge Museum is hosting Lia Perjovschi’s exhibition on the Contemporary Art Archive (CAA). The history of the archive is displayed at Tranzitdisplay along with the project plans for a Knowledge Museum – a similar, encyclopedically based and at the same time subjectively installed sum of human knowledge. Perjovschi has been working on the “archiving” of this knowledge for a number of years now.

She was born 1961 in Bucharest. She was raised in a repressed society in socialist Romania, which was reigned with severe control by Nicolae Ceausescu and his intelligence. After the fall of communism she was one of the proponents of the so-called “archival turn” in contemporary art practice. Up to this political and societal transformation, Romanian citizens had hardly access to information whatsoever.
In 1989 society in Romania needed to realign and reshape as well as to think about the understanding of its own recent past.

Within this process, Lia Perjovschi acknowledged the necessity of sharing all art production and information about art of this past era of Romanian history. She would describe herself as an “art-researcher”, who works since the early 90s along with her husband Dan on the Contemporary Art Archive (CAA) – a collection of books, magazines, visual reproductions and other media, to make different receptions of history visible and how history is organized by different groups within society. Telling stories of history, philosophy, politics, art and daily life could be seen as central element of the complex installations she created, having her focus on affecting the audience directly and relate to current political topics.

Date: 11 Sep – 3 Nov 2013, from Tue – Sun, 12 am to 6 pm
Venue: tranzitdisplay, Dittrichova 9/337, Prague 2, CZ