Collective Exhibition for a Single Body – The Private Score – Bucharest 2023

Curated by Pierre Bal-Blanc and choreographed by Manuel Pelmuş





Curated by Pierre Bal-Blanc
Choreographed by Manuel Pelmuş

Initiated and commissioned by the Kontakt Collection and co-produced by The National Center for Dance Bucharest and The National Museum of Art of Romania

With works by Milan Adamčiak, Brynjar Åbel Bandlien, Geta Brătescu, Anna Daučíková, VALIE EXPORT, Stano Filko, Tomislav Gotovac, Ion Grigorescu, Sanja Iveković, Anna Jermolaewa, Július Koller, Jiří Kovanda, Katalin Ladik, Simon Leung, Karel Miler, Paul Neagu, Manuel Pelmuş, Petr Štembera, Mladen Stilinović, Sven Stilinović, Slaven Tolj, Goran Trbuljak

Performances by Jack Hauser, Maria Mora, Nanci/Cristian Nanulescu, Adriano Vicente

“Collective Exhibition for a Single Body” is traveling to Bucharest. It is to be the fourth activation of this exhibition and performance project, which Pierre Bal-Blanc realized for the first time in 2017 as part of documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel. The Kontakt Collection subsequently initiated a second version of this project entitled “Collective Exhibition for a Single Body – The Private Score”. Since 2019, this version has been realized multiple times with project partners in Vienna (Austria), Leuven (Belgium), Paris (France), and Lisbon (Portugal). As with its previous iterations, the Bucharest activation focuses on artistic gestures that arose in Eastern Europe during the 1960s and ’70s and resurface in various works held by the Kontakt Collection. These works include pieces by key figures of the Romanian neo-avant-garde. Moreover, works by artists of the 1989 generation who reinvoked the emancipatory potential of their predecessors are likewise featured.

In Bucharest, the artworks’ activation will take place in the European Wing of The National Museum of Art of Romania. This venue offers the perfect environment in which to put the Eastern European neo-avant-garde in contact with Western European schools of painting from Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, and France.

To extend this dialogue between the cultural legacies of the former West and former East, an exhibition of artworks from the Kontakt Collection and other lenders will be shown concurrently at the Omnia Hall. These works represent the starting point for the gestures that will be performed at the National Museum of Art of Romania. The Omnia Hall (Sala Omnia) is part of the former headquarters of the Central Committee of the Communist Party that then became the Romanian Senate’s post-1989 home and is now to become the principal venue of the National Centre for Dance Bucharest.

Duration of the exhibition: 13 September – 1 October 2023
Opening hours: Wednesday–Sunday, 2–6 pm
Venue: Omnia Hall – The National Center for Dance Bucharest (Cristian Popișteanu 3, Bucharest) and The National Museum of Art of Romania (Calea Victoriei 49–53, Bucharest)
Opening on 13 September 2023, 6–8 pm (both venues are open from 2 pm on)

Cover picture: Omnia Hall, The National Centre for Dance Bucharest, © Cristian Crisbășan

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Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.