lundi 6 juillet 2009

Lia Perjovschi, Knowledge Museum

Lia Perjovschi, Knowledge Museum. Body Mind Map, 2007.
Lia Perjovschi, INTERVAL: Plan (for Knowledge Museum)
“The belief in ideals, in the realization of dreams, as well as in the function of art in increasing knowledge, is one of the most important characteristics of Lia Perjovschi's artistic practice. With the Plan for a Museum of Knowledge, she proposes an imaginary museum, which is based on the metaphors of the Body, the Earth and the Universe. The Museum of Knowledge is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach, the positioning of art within a changing system of relations. The museum as an open-structure archive shifts the focus from the spectacle to the learning process. More than an idea, the plan in the title seeks to emancipate the viewer, and is to be looked on as a conscientious vision.
The installation, which comprises drawings, objects, charts, photos and colour prints, is an objectification of the mass of information the artist has acquired through reading, travelling and creative work. The 'mental map' thus created offers a view into those processes of selection that define the artist's attitude towards the world, her methods of associating things, of building her own understanding of the world.”
Dorottya Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
Lia Perjovschi. Born in Sibiu, Romania in 1961. She lives and works in Bucharest. She started her career with drawings and performances. Her activity as a collector and operator of the CAA / CCAA (Contemporary Art Archive / Contemporary Centre for Art Analysis) is informed by a sense of social responsibility and commitment to independent thought, the need to create contexts and to reassess history. Recent individual shows: Statement, Pavilion Unicredit, Bucuresti (2009), Lia Perjovschi: performances 1987 – 2007, Wilkinson Gallery, London (2008), States of Mind, Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University (2007), Kunstraum Innsbruck Projectroom (2006), Endless Collection, Goppingen Kunstverein (2003). Group shows: A.C.A.D.E.M.Y, MuhKA Antwerpen, (2006), Again for Tomorrow at Royal College of Art London (2006), Interrupted Histories, Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana (2006), On Difference, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (2005).

Lia Perjovschi, Timeline (la période du modernisme), fragment 2, 1997.
« Dan et Lia Petrovitch retracent sous forme de réseau complexe une cartographie de la genèse de Dada. Ce travail découle d'une recherche intitulée CAA/AA (Archives de l'art contemporain / pour l'analyse de l'art) et se prolonge à différents endroits. Toujours en marche, il est compilé dans des classeurs, présenté dans un scriban en carton ou encore étalé sans ordre. Les éléments disparates sont étiquetés et protégés — restes de vie, documents de recherches, et réels objets d'histoire, chacun trouve sa place dans ce travail monumental et minutieux de conservation, mis à notre disposition. »

Dan and Lia Perjovschi, States of Mind
Edited by Kristine Stiles. Catalog of the art of Dan and Lia Perjovschi.
Their art is of singular significance in the development of experimental art in Romania since the late 1980's. The Perjovschis' work matured under the double pressures of Romanian socialism and Soviet communism. Both artists forged original and challenging forms of visual expression in drawing, performance, installation, and conceptual practices, as well as in the analysis and use of mass media (especially television and newspapers).
August 2007, Publication of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University Press, 224 pages, 310 illustrations (including 180 in color).

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