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Invited independent art space: Lateral ArtSpace
Venue: The Gas Station

Program: Tuesday – Friday 15.00 – 19.00, Saturday and Sunday 11.00 – 14.00



Entitled Life a User's Manual, the central exhibition will survey and compile fragments from everyday life, as seen in both current artistic practices and historical art projects from the 1960s onwards.

The biennial has been developed through an extensive programme of curatorial research and will bring together a group of international artists who will engage in meaningful dialogues with the region’s artistic discourses and communities.

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The Baroque Palace, situated in Unirii Square, hosts today the Museum of Art Timişoara. Its name dates back to the 18th century when Timişoara, under the rule of the Habsburgs, got a new urban plan with baroque architectural influences, either by adding new buildings or by transforming the existent ones.

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Ami Barak and Diana Marincu form the curatorial team of Art Encounters 2017.

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Former industrial space, the Timco Halls will become one of the main locations of the Art Encounters Biennale. It first opened to the art public in 2010, with the exhibition “În miezul lucrurilor” („In the middle of the things”), curated by Ileana Pintilie

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The Corneliu Miklosi Public Transport Museum marks two important moments in the history of Timisoara: the inauguration of the first horse-drawn tram line from Romania in 1969 and their replacement with electricity powered tramways in 1899. The museum is located in the old city tram depot, built in 1927.

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In addition to the guided tours of the Art Encounters exhibitions, we offer to those interested in contemporary art a series of weekly meetings that interweave the visit of exhibitions with interactive discussions on the different stages in contemporary art history.

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Built between 1904 and 1905, the ISHO House was part of the first buildings of the ILSA wool factory. The vast space of ​​the ISHO House will have a double purpose in the second edition of Art Encounters. The first floor offers an exhibition space, and the second a meeting hub.

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Inaugurated in 1893, the Arad Museum was originally housed in the State Theatre and focussed on the 1848 Revolution. After 1913, when it was moved to the new Palace of Culture, along with the Philharmonic and the Library, the museum was enriched with mediaeval history collections and a gallery of European art.

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The initial discussions about artworks – with questions and answers for both the children and the adults – are followed by activities in which they apply attained concepts and collaborate in order to produce a “work of art”.


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We offer to those interested in contemporary art a series of weekly meetings that interweave the visit of exhibitions with interactive discussions on the different stages in contemporary art history.

Episode I: From figurative to abstract

Episode II: From descriptive to conceptual

Episode III: From static to dynamic

Episode IV: From concrete to idea

Episode V: From artist to observer

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On Mondays, at 6 p.m., you are invited at La Două Bufnițe Bookshop for art book launches.


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The House of Arts is a multidisciplinary centre, with places dedicated to exhibitions and spectacles. The institution aims towards bringing on stage artists from various culture fields and offering cultural manifestations for all ages, joining elements of multiculturalism and interdisciplinarity.

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Ana Adam (RO), Ana Adamović (RS), Dan Acostioaei (RO), Adorjáni Márta (RO), Francis Alys (MX), Alexandru Antik (RO), Răzvan Anton (RO), Sándor Bartha (RO-HU), József Bartha (RO), Liliana Basarab (RO), Ioana Bătrânu (RO), Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan (RO), Dan Beudean (RO), Alex Bodea (RO-DE), Irina Botea Bucan (RO), Ștefan Botez (RO-CH), Răzvan Botiș (RO), Dora Budor (HR), Michele Bressan (RO), Corneliu Brudașcu (RO), Alin Bozbiciu (RO), Pavel Brăila (MD), Igor & Ivan Buharov (HU), Vlad Cadar (RO), Andreea Ciobîca (RO), Ciprian Ciuclea (RO), Claudiu Cobilanschi (RO), Norbert Costin (RO), George Crîngașu (RO), Raluca Croitoru (RO-NL), Cristina David (RO), Dénes Miklósi (RO), Alle Dicu (RO), Nikola Džafo (RS)

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On Tuesdays, at 6 p.m., you are invited at AMBASADA for screenings and meetings with the artists.


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Dating back to 1968, "Ion Mincu" Technical College is the first high school with an architecture profile from Timișoara. Due to its history and positioning in the central area of ​​Timișoara, close to many historical, architectural and cultural heritage objectives, the potential of the college cafeteria’s space has been highlighted and included on the map of Art Encounters exhibition venues.

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On Friday evenings, after the official close of the exhibition, an artist will take you on a guided tour at the Corneliu Miklosi Public Transport Museum.


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Calpe Gallery was opened in 2012, in building D of the Therezia Bastion in Timișoara. The bastion was built in 1738 part of the complex 9 cornered star-shaped fortress system. The building still remains the biggest fortification still standing in the city and one of the few traces of the former fortification of Timișoara.

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The Urseni Water Plant is one of the first centralized water supply and purification systems in Europe. Surrounded by trees and a wild garden, the Plant is part of a group of four industrial buildings, dating back to 1914.

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Starting with 2007 CALINA CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE presents a series of important artists: Aitch & Saddo, Mihai Barabancea, Răzvan Boar, Ciprian Ciuclea, Suzana Dan, Daniel Djamo, Constantin Flondor, Ciprian Homorodean, Liliana Mecioiu, Gili Mocanu, Sebastian Moldovan, Teodor Moraru, Romul Nuțiu, Sorin Oncu et. al. related to the art scene in Romania.

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The Art Encounters Foundation is an independent cultural institution, which was set up in 2015. The projects of The Art Encounters Foundation are predominantly aiming at ensuring support for the development of the contemporary art scene in Romania.

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Interart Triade Foundation, active in the field of art for over 15 years, has been a co-organizer of the Art Encounters Biennale since its first edition. The location, usually called the JECZA HOUSE, is well known by people of Timişoara. This is where the late sculptor Peter Jecza, a figure on the Romanian art stage, used to live.

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Balamuc/ loc de joacă ş-altele is a platform for graphics research of the artists Livia Coloji, Ana Kun and Răzvan Cornici. A laboratory for experimentation and drawn communication, from classical illustration to comics, facebook, performance and home hospitality.

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Dan Acostioaei (b. 1974) is a visual artist and he holds a teaching position at University of Arts “George Enescu” in Iași. He is one of the founding members of Vector Association. Acostioaei’s works focus on the identity models of the Romanian society in transition and on the ideological boundaries between the economic sphere and the conditions of artistic production within former Eastern Bloc.



Among Ana Adam’s (b. 1964) favorite techniques are drawing and photography, immortalizing the almost-unseen, the energy, the wake of actions. She practices art like a daily alchemy, similar to nameless creations by children and women. When she believes in the holiness of matter, it is empowered, becomes dynamic, can be transfigured into art, both structurally and formally.



Ana Adamović (b. 1974) is dealing with issues of identity and memory, both personal and collective, by working on the long-term photography and video projects. She graduated at the department for the World Literature at the Belgrade University and studied photography at the Art Institute of Boston.



Preoccupied with bookbinding, Márta Adorjáni (b. 1987) creates artist books, combining various graphical and printing techniques in her artistic practice. She has coordinated multiple bookbinding workshops within the project “The most beautiful books in Romania” and during the Minitremu Art Camp.


Program: 30.09.2017

Location: The Elba Factory Entrance



Throughout his multifaceted practice, Francis Alÿs (b. 1959) consistently directs his distinct poetic and imaginative sensibility toward anthropological and geopolitical concerns centered around observations of – and engagements with – everyday life, which the artist himself has described as “a sort of discursive argument composed of episodes, metaphors, or parables.”



Open in 2014, AMBASADA is a place of meeting for cool people with interesting ideas , a project developed to support the creative and non-profit environment. The space is divided between a cafe, a bistro, a meeting room and an event room, where during Art Encounters 2017 movie projections and meeting with artists will take place.


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Alexandru Antik (b. 1950) is an artist known for his experimental activity in the areas of actionism and video-installation. Antik’s works cross varied medium of expression (object, installation, action, video, photography).



Răzvan Anton (b. 1980) teaches at the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca, works as an artist within the Paintbrush Factory community, and is one of the coordinators of the Minerva Press Photography Collection digital archiving project in Cluj-Napoca.



Inaugurated in 1924, Arta Cinema is one of the first cinemas in Arad. Newly equipped and renovated, it was officially reopened in 2016, after a 7 years break. During Art Encounters 2017, the cinema will host the events scheduled for Arad biennale, which is made of a series of movie projections and discussions with artist directors.


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In the context of the organization in Timisoara of the second edition of the Art Encounters biennale in 2017 and Timisoara winning the title of European Capital of Culture 2021, the Art Encounters Foundation launches an intensive course dedicated to contemporary art mechanisms and writing about art.



József Bartha (b. 1960) is a visual artist, stage designer and curator. In 1979, he graduated from the Art High School in Târgu Mureș, and in 1987 he graduated from the „Ion Andreescu” Fine Arts Institute (currently the UAD), in Cluj-Napoca.



Sándor Bartha (b. 1962) graduated the Art School in Târgu Mureș in 1980. Between 1982 and 1986 he studied at the “N. Grigorescu” Visual Arts Institute in Bucharest (today the National Art University of Bucharest), the Painting department.



In the 90’s, Marion Baruch (b. 1929) signed her works under the label Name Diffusion, leading her artistic actions in the form of a non-embodied collective. She constantly renews her practice, and now intervenes with fabric remnants that occur when pieces of clothing are cut.



Liliana Basarab (b. 1979) is a visual artist currently based in Bucharest, who began her career in Iași in early 2000. Her socially engaged practice is often seen as a commentary on the notion of representation. Basarab employs a variety of media including performance, sculpture, drawing, workshops and video.



Invited independent art space: Citi Zenit
Venue: Calpe Gallery/ The Therezia Bastion

Hector Street 1

Program: Tuesday – Friday 15.00 – 19.00, Saturday and Sunday 11.00 – 14.00



Ioana Bătrânu (b. 1960) lives in Bucharest, Romania. She approaches marginal themes with acute sensitivity, in a permanent vacillation between subjectivity and reality. There are a few themes which constantly come back (Melancholic Interiors, Enclosed Gardens and Latrines) and which, seen together, form a coherent image of her personal project: looking for the point in which the break with the world and the attempt to make peace with it are simultaneous in her existence.



Anca Benera (b. 1977) and Arnold Estefan (b. 1978) work in a range of media spanning installation, video, performance, drawing, and urban intervention. They examine power relations in social, economic, and political contexts to reflect on society as being a tissue of laws and conventions that must be permanently re-imagined.



Horia Bernea (1938-2000) was one of the most influential Romanian artists since the 1960s. After incomplete studies of mathematics and architecture, Horia Bernea graduated from the Pedagogical Institute in Bucharest, with a specialization in drawing.



Being a member and cofounder of the 111 group, with Roman Cotoșman and Constantin Flondor, and of the Sigma group, in 1970, Ștefan Bertalan had an artistic activity deeply connected with the particular interest he had for new mediums and new materials, being one of the first members to experiment with these (ever since the 111 group period).



George Crîngașu (b. 1988) lives and works in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. His practice focuses on data de/recontextualization, with work ranging from installation and video to print and painting.

Dan Beudean (b. 1980), an alumnus of the University of Art and Design Cluj, graphics department, is known and appreciated primarily for his drawing work – often fantastical images stemming from an exacerbated perception of reality.



Curators: Magda Radu
Venue: The "Ion Mincu" Technical College Cafeteria

Gheorghe Lazăr Street 20

Program: 11.00 - 19.00 (Monday closed, open on October 2)



Organizer: Faculty of Arts and Design of the Western University of Timisoara

Program: 20.10.2017 - 5.11.2017

Location: Triade Interart Foundation 




Michel Blazy (b. 1966) shows a preference for materials and objects issued from the industrial circuit as well as for living organisms. His metamorphic, hazardous and unpredictable artworks which reunite artificiality and nature prove that no matter can possibly be inert.



Alex Bodea works at the crossroads of visual art, poetry and journalism. Fuelled by a desire to witness and record, she makes use of drawing and text, both stripped down to the essentials.



Organizer: Faculty of Arts and Design of the Western University of Timisoara

Program: 29.09.2017 – 5.11.2017

Location: Triade Interart Foundation 



Irina Botea Bucan lives in Bucharest, Birmingham and London. After graduating from the Art University in Bucharest, the artist earned her Master’s degree from The School of the Art Institute in Chicago. In 2015, her personal exhibition “It is now a matter of learning hope” was selected (together with eight other exhibitions) by the International Association of Art Critics in the US for the best exhibition format.



Ștefan Botez (b. 1983) studied architecture in Bucharest and visual arts at the University of Art and Design in Geneva, obtaining a certificate of advanced studies in implementing artistic practices in public space (2011) and a Masters in visual arts (2014).



Răzvan Botiș (b. 1984) observes reality and processes it with finesse and humor in works with varied media of expression, the most recent of which are ceramics. His works overturn conventional perception and preconceived ideas through a detached and lucid approach, speculating the apparent simplicity of certain gestures and situations.



Alin Bozbiciu (b. 1989) graduated from the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca in 2013. Through his paintings, he approaches scenes from private space, placing the postures of portraits and pets in the foreground in order to suggest a state of unrest, heightened by the color palette and his personal stylistic expression.



Pavel Brăila (b. 1971) lives in Chișinău. In 2001 he was Artist in Residence at KulturKontakt Austria. Brăila has received the Award of the region Nordrhein-Westfalen (Germany) for his film “Definitively Unfinished” at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. In 2002 his film “Shoes for Europe” was shown at documenta 11. In 2007, as an artist in residence at the “DAAD Artists in Berlin Program” Braila presented his installation “Barons’ Hill” at the New National Gallery in Berlin (Germany).



Organizer: Ordinul Arhitecților din România – Filiala Teritorială Timiș, Koordinierung Ostmittel- und Südosteuropa am Museum Europäischer Kulturen Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Institutul Cultural Român, Iulius Mall Timișoara

Program: 12.10.2017 – 05.11.2017

Location: Iulius Mall Timișoara, 1 st floor, near Cărturești Bookshop



Michele Bressan (b. 1980) is publicly known for his work in photography, for which he won the Essl award and was nominated for the Henkel award for art in 2009.
Bogdan Gîrbovan (b. 1981) became known for his photography series, created over time, following a relevant study subject for Romania’s recent history and social hierarchy.



Cornel Brudașcu (b. 1937) studied at the “Ion Andrescu” University of Art in Cluj-Napoca. An iconic painter of the 70s neo-avantgarde, he is one of the few Romanian artists associated with Pop Art artistic expression, later diverting his attention towards hyper-realism.



Dora Budor (b. 1984) studied Visual Arts (New Genres) at the Columbia University School of The Arts, New York and received her MFA in Design (School of Design – Visual Communications Department) from the University of Architecture, Zagreb (2003-2008) where she also followed Architecture Studies (2003-2005).



It has been more than 22 years that Kornél Szilágyi (n. 1971) and Nándor Hevesi (n. 1974) have been working together, under the pseudonym of Igor and Ivan Buharov. They have been producing and directing several films.



A.K. Burns (b. 1975) is an interdisciplinary artist and educator focused on the body as a site of social and political tumult, who uses video, installation, sculpture, drawing and collaboration to query the space between materiality and language. Each chosen medium reflects her personal bond to cultural phenomena, questioning and reshaping “economies of gender, labor, ecology, and sexuality”.



Through the projects he’s working on or working for (Toate.ORG, Z47H, Tamtam, O.Z.I., obiectzburatorneidentificat, Arp148), Vlad Gheorghe Cadar (b. 1984) formulates a critique to capitalism, marketing and advertising, deconstructing their strategies and mechanisms.



Curators: Liviana Dan
Venue: Calina

Strada Mărășești 1-4

Program: Monday - Friday 10 - 18, Saturday 11 - 15



The former cigarette factory, with an initial construction site dating to 1846, was rebuilt in 1880 and extended several times. The factory comes to life in the autumn of 2017, at the same time with the relocation of Misc Art Center and the temporary hosting of the B5 Studio Association project from Targu-Mures, which was invited to take part in Art Encounters 2017.


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Ciprian Ciuclea (b. 1976) is a visual artist interested on interdisciplinary projects that focus mainly on conceptual features of reception. The themes explored are related to social aspects of communication and message interpretation, contemplation and surveillance, usually placed in relationship with scientific aspects of humane existence.



Claudiu Cobilanschi (b. 1972) lives at the blurry boundary between art and media, using, as journalist, multiple mediums for different kinds of expression and, as an artist, the benefit of these media's mutual conflict.
Iulia Toma (b. 1974) is a mixed-media artist who works with the means of aesthetic expression through textile, as well as with photography, painting, installation and text in each work.



Norbert Costin (b. 1984) is an artist based in Romania. Costin holds an M.F.A. from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Norbert Costin’s research combines photographs, videos, drawings and installations, to investigate the effects of memory and the mental constructions generated by an object or image, viewed as two distinct conditions and unified in a dualistic identity.



Roman Cotoșman (1935-2006) was a member of the Timișoara-based Group 111 (1966-1969) together with Constantin Flondor and Ștefan Betalan. He took part in a landmark group exhibition showcasing the neo-constructivist tendencies in Romanian contemporary art, organized at the Kalinderu Hall in Bucharest in 1968.



Organizer: Arad Cultural Management and Mediation Group (GMMC), BARIL Gallery

Program: 1.10.2017 - 5.11.2017

Location: Art Museum Arad



Raluca Croitoru holds a B.A. from UNARTE Bucharest and a Cum Laude M.F.A. degree from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. Croitoru’s practice is embedded in the everyday and plays with the politics of representation, abstraction and embodiment in contemporary society. Her ongoing interest in systems of exchange, social choreographies and knowledge hierarchies finds its translation mainly through performances, videos and text.



István Csákány (b. 1978) creates large-scale sculptural objects and installations. He is interested in modernity’s endgames, in monumentality, collective memory, and in labor, both industrial and that of the artist.



Adrian Dan (b. 1985) completed a M.A. with honors at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France. Previously he studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria and the National University of the arts, Bucharest, Romania.



Cristina David (b. 1979) started her artistic training at the Art Academy in Bucharest and completed her MDA at the Art Academy in Bergen. Video art is her prime choice of artistic medium. Cristina also works with photography and installations. Her often humorous texts and images are usually relating to day-to-day life. In her texts, she blends her personal experiences and thoughts.



Curators: Ami Barak and Diana Marincu
Venue: Timișoara Museum of Art

Union Square 1

Program: 10.00 - 18.00 (Monday closed)



Miklósi Dénes (b. 1960) lives and works in Cluj-Napoca, a city in which he became one of the founding members of the digital archiving project of the Minerva Press Photography Collection, a member of the Tranzit House, and of the conset temporary institutional platform.



Alle Dicu (b. 1995) explores various situations in which music and sound unleash special emotional manifestations, and the way in which these behaviors unfurl within space. Although her research sometimes strays from the halo of music, it remains affixed to these (difficult to define) moments, marked by an intensity of experience, of the present moment, of emotional vivacity.


Organizer: Mexican Embassy in Romania, Honorary Consulate of Mexico in Timisoara, Triade Interart Foundation and Jecza Gallery

Program: 19.10.2017

Location: Triade Interart Foundation 



Nikola Džafo (b. 1950) works in a direct and activist manner through his art. He usually prefers performance, actions, objects, installations, paintings, art interventions and public appearances. He intentionally uses kitsch to comment on the conditions of the societally acceptable artworks, and as a part of that, he introduces the motif of a rabbit in his work, signifying the visibility of only pleasure, without reason.



Yael Efrati (b. 1978) holds an MFA degree from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (2010). She teaches in the photography department of the same Academy. Characterized by a minimalist aesthetic, her artistic practice merges photography and sculpture. Her works could be understood as an art of recollection.



Arantxa Etcheverria (b. 1975) studied art at Villa Arson, Nice, and scenography at Theatre National of Strasbourg. Starting with 2013, the artist has developed an artistic practice centered on the modernist architecture of her studio in Bucharest. Whether it’s painting, installation, or photo-video montages, her work is the result of a thorough analysis of space geometry.



Constantin Flondor (b. 1936) studied painting at the “Nicolae Grigorescu” Institute in Bucharest, and became of teacher at the Timișoara Fine Arts High School in 1962. Starting in 1991, he has been a university professor at the Faculty of Art, part of the West University of Timișoara, and is invited, as a professor, at the Sommermalakademie Beratzhausen in Germany. In 1966, he becomes a co-founder of the 1+1+1 group, in 1969 he co-founds the Sigma group, and in 1985 he becomes the founder of the Prolog group.



Yona Friedman (b. 1923) is an architect and theorist whose utopian projects deal with issues of urban planning, infrastructure and the empowerment of the user. Friedman's ideas are based on individual freedom, empowerment of the inhabitants and unpredictability, engaging in his projects contemporary, sociology, economics and politics.



The work of Teodor Graur (b. 1953) includes performance, photography, sculpture, painting and installation. For the last years, the artist has focused on a series of objects comprising a “museum” that is equal parts nostalgic and ironic.



Ion Grigorescu, born in 1945 in Bucharest where he lives and works, is an iconic figure of contemporary art in Romania. His solo exhibitions include: The Painted Work, National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest (2017), The Curtains of Democracy, within PHotoESPAÑA, Istituto Europeo di Design, Madrid, Spain (2012), In the Body of the Victim 1969-2008, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2009), On the Ground, Salzburger Kunstverein, Austria (2006).



Flaka Haliti (n. 1982, Prishtina) lives and works in Munich. Haliti studied at the University of Prishtina and Städelschule, Frankfurt/M, and is working towards her PhD at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.



Invited independent art space: Raft
Venue: Pygmalion Gallery/ The House of Arts

Episcop Augustin Pacha Street 8

Program: Tuesday – Friday 11.00 – 19.00, Saturday 15.00 – 19.00



Simon Cantemir Hauși (b. 1976) uses drawing and painting as favored means of expression. The color palette of his works carries a strong personal mark, and there is always a narrative discourse, most often referencing mythology and tradition, which envelops his compositions with one or more characters.



Lena Henke (b. 1982) has studied at the Frankfurt Städelschule and at the Glasgow School of Art. She is the co-founder of the M/L Art Space, a collaborative curatorial project that usually resides in the streets and semi-public spaces of New York. Her artistic practice approaches, through sculpture and installation, themes such as architecture and periphery, sexuality and fetishism, as well as various forms of human interaction drawn from the patriarchal structure of art history.



In her diverse artistic practice, Camille Henrot (b. 1978) combines film, drawing, and sculpture. Taking inspiration from literature, mythology, cinema, anthropology, evolutionary biology, religion and the banality of everyday life, Henrot’s work acutely reconsiders the typologies of objects and established systems of knowledge.



For over four decades, Channa Horwitz (1932-2013) produced drawings, paintings, and installations using a rigid formal vocabulary of her devising, built on a standardized grid (that of graph paper) and a system of notations based on the numbers 1 through 8, each assigned its own color.



Active in the field of photography, film, and photo-books, Nicu Ilfoveanu (b. 1975) is credited with a particular position in Romanian contemporary arts. He graduated from the National University of Arts Bucharest, where he is currently teaching photography.
Alexandra Gulea (b. 1970) studied at the Art Academny in Bucharest, at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris and at Hochschule fur Fernshen und Film in Munchen. In 2000 she presents the short film Anonim at numerous international festivals among which can be named Munich Documentary Film Festival where she wins a prize.



Cătălin Ilie (b. 1982) has been living in Berlin since 2008. He graduated from the University of Art in Bucharest, specializing in photography and new media. His long-term projects are constructed around repetitive actions, and audio and ambient recordings created specifically for his objects, videos or drawings.



Pavel Ilie (1927-1995) graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts, Bucharest, in 1955 and immigrated to Switzerland 1977. In 1969, he takes part, together with the 111 group from Timișoara, in the Constructivist Biennale in Nürnberg.



Organizer: Association for Cultural Promotion and Social Responsability in partnership with Romanian Cultural Institute

Program: 02.11.2017

Location: StudioArt (House of Arts) & Carturesti Mercy Bookstore



Invited independent art space: B5 Studio
Venue: Cigarette Factory (Misc.)

Program: Tuesday - Friday 12.00 - 19.00, Saturday and Sunday 10.00 - 14.00



Nona Inescu (n. 1991) has studied at the Chelsea College of Art & Design in London (2009-2010), at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp (2010-2011) and completed her studies in 2016, at the National University of Arts in Bucharest.



Organizer: Ordinul Arhitecților din România – Filiala Teritorială Timiș
Koordinierung Ostmittel- und Südosteuropa am Museum Europäischer Kulturen Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Institutul Cultural Român Forumul Democrat al Germanilor din Banat

Program: 4.11.2017

Location: Adam Müller-Guttenbrunn House

Gh. Lazăr street, 10-12, Timișoara




Organizer: Art Centre Hugo Voeten, Herentals, Belgium

Program: 29.09.2017 - 5.11.2017

Location: City Business Centre



Mary Reid Kelley (b. 1979) combines painting, performance, and a distinctive wordplay-rich poetry in her polemical, graphically stylized videos which are made in collaboration with Patrick Kelley.



Interactive guided tours for school groups: we will discover together the fascinating world of contemporary art by visiting the exhibitions and solving the activities from the “art exploration guide”, offered free of charge to the visitors.



Aurora Király approaches contemporary art from various perspectives –artist, curator, cultural manager. She graduated from the Bucharest National University of Arts in 1994, and the EcumEst Cultural Management Masters in 1998. Since 2007, she teaches at the Photography and Dynamic Image Department of UNArte Bucharest, an experience which made her reevaluate her artistic activity from the 1990s and the 2000s, and prompted her to return with new projects.



Július Koller (1939-2007) is considered one of the most important figures of the Eastern European post-war artistic scene, integrating both humor and conceptual rigor into his practice.



Open since the end of 2016 as a meeting place for those who love reading, a cultural space for people in Timisoara and a local art space, but also for tourists which visit the city, the bookstore hosts for Art Encounters 2017 a couple of book launches.


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Michelle Lacombe has developed a uniquely conceptual body-based practice since obtaining her BFA from Concordia University in 2006. Recipient of the 2015 Bourse Plein Sud, her work has been shown in Canada and abroad in the context of performance events, exhibitions, and colloquiums.



Cezar Lăzărescu (born 1969) is a Romanian artist who lives and works in Iasi. He is a conceptual artist and performer and he completed his studies at the University "G. Enescu" in Iasi and since 2001 he is a founding member of the Vector Association.


Program: 30.09.2017

Location: The Elba Factory Hall



Zbigniew Libera (b. 1959) is one of the most important Polish artists, considered one of the pillars of the so-called “critical art”. His works—photographs, video films, installations, objects and drawings—piercingly and subversively play with the stereotypes of contemporary culture.



Curators: Ami Barak and Diana Marincu
Venue: Timco Halls

Circumvalațiunii Way 8-12

Program: 11.00 - 19.00 (Monday closed, open on October 2)



Curators: Ami Barak and Diana Marincu
Venue: Isho House

Take Ionescu Boulevard 50

Program: 11.00 - 19.00 (Monday closed, open on October 2)



Curators: Ami Barak and Diana Marincu
Venue: Timco Halls

Circumvalațiunii Way 8-12

Program: 11.00 - 19.00 (Monday closed, open on October 2)



Curators: Ami Barak and Diana Marincu
Venue: Isho House

Take Ionescu Boulevard 50

Program: 11.00 - 19.00 (Monday closed, open on October 2)



Curtors: Ami Barak and Diana Marincu
Venue: Arad Art Museum

Arad, Gheorghe Popa de Teiuș 2-4, 2nd floor

Program: 11.00 - 19.00 (Monday closed, open on October 2)



Curators: Ami Barak and Diana Marincu
Venue: Timco Halls

Circumvalațiunii Way 8-12

Program: 11.00 - 19.00 (Monday closed, open on October 2)



Curators: Ami Barak and Diana Marincu
Venue: Corneliu Miklosi Public Transport Museum

Take Ionescu Boulevard 56

Program: Temporarily closed



Ana Lupaș (b. 1940), author of drawings, objects, tapestries, environments, happenings, installations, performances. Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Cluj, 1962. Corresponding member of the European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Humanities Decorated with the Order of the Star of Romania.



David Maljković (b. 1973) has studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Through his installations, sculptures, drawings, videos and photomontages, he explores the uncertainty of the collective memory in relation with the cultural, social and political heritage of former Yugoslavia.



Victor Man (b. 1974) lives in Berlin. His painting emerges from depths of culture where the eye isn’t enough for catching the poetic field and the psychoanalytical profoundness through which our entire spiritual legacy advances and deposits. Painting is in his case “a perfected spiritual tool” (Bogdan Ghiu) which continuously returns to the original moment of visuality as a cognitive mode.



David Maljković (b. 1973) has studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Through his installations, sculptures, drawings, videos and photomontages, he explores the uncertainty of the collective memory in relation with the cultural, social and political heritage of former Yugoslavia.



Organizer: Arad City Hall, Arad Municipal Cultural Center, Kinema Ikon, BARIL, APA

Program: 08.09.2017 - 01.10.2017

Location: Cinema Art, Arad



Matthias Megyeri (b. 1973) is interested in how the human mind produces practical solutions for visible contemporary psychological illnesses such as paranoia and the problems of security as well as how one can create an alternative model by still keeping the conflict between power and control alive in the design process.



Julian Mereuță (1943-2015) was an art critic and visual artist interested in conceptual art, performance, installation, painting, video. In the 60s he studied art history and theory at the Institute of Fine Arts, Bucharest, and later worked at the Arta magazine.



Olivia Mihălțianu (b. 1981) studied visual arts at the University of Arts Bucharest; she lives and works in Bucharest. Her artistic approach is related to cross-media and process-oriented projects involving video, film, photography, object-making, installation and performance.



Szilárd Miklós (b. 1981) graduated from the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca in 2005, and is now completing his doctoral studies at the University of Art in Budapest. He contributed to various forms of institutionalization and archiving of contemporary art, including among others, the Tranzit House in Cluj-Napoca. He is a co-founder of the Popular School of Contemporary Art – PSCA (www.protokoll.ro) and an initiator of conset (www.conset.ro) – an open workshop program and a publishing platform.



Nita Mocanu (b. 1977) is a visual artist whose works are a combination between video art, performance video, text and photography. She builds her works around the way in which people act in various situations (from small gestures to expansive actions, to not doing anything), or are influenced by language, by the perception of self, and by the way in which they represent the world in general to themselves, but also by other factors which go beyond human control/understanding.



Sebastian Moldovan (b. 1982) studied at the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca and at the École Regionale des Beaux-Arts in Nantes. His artistic practice includes site-specific and audio-video installations, object art, photography and drawing.


Program: 29.09.2017 - 5.11.2017

Location: Timisoara City Hall Gallery
Victory Square No. 5



Molnár Zoltán (1937-1999) graduated the Institute of Fine Arts „Ioan Andreescu” from Cluj-Napoca. He was a professor at the Faculty of Arts in Timișoara (1963-1972), and later on he was a graphic designer for the Hungarian State Theatre from Timișoara, when he also collaborated with the National Opera from Timișoara, as a theatre designer.



Andrei Nacu (b. 1984) lives and works in Iași and London. He uses documentary photography, family albums and photographic archives in his artistic practice, to create projects which analyze the intersection between person memory and social history.



Paul Neagu (1938-2004) graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts, Bucharest in 1965. In 1970 Neagu left Romania and after a few months in Edinburgh, he made London his home, becoming a British citizen in 1977. In London his work was first seen at Sigi Krauss Gallery in 1971 where he presented Cake Man, an edible sculpture event.



Curator and producer: Triade Foundation
Venue: Triade Foundation

Martirilor Way 51/52-53

Program: 11.00 - 19.00 (Monday closed, open on October 2)



Branislav Nikolić (b. 1970) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia, the department of painting, in 1996. He received postgraduate degrees from the Dutch Art Institute, Enschede, from the Netherlands (2001) and from the Academy of Fine Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia (2002).



The artistic practice of Vladimir Nikolić (b. 1974) is technically narrowed mostly to video, but it deals with a wide scope of subjects. In his earlier work, Nikolić explores the mechanisms of ritual submission to religious authority and tradition, as well as the authority of art history.



Cătălina Nistor (b. 1981), lives and works in Cluj. In 2004, she graduated from the University of Arts in Bucharest, Textile Department, and in 2006 she earned the Master diploma at the same university.



Ahmet Öğüt (b. 1981) works across a variety of different media often picking up on an urban environment. With an eye for daily encounters and moments of improvisation his works address topics such as structural inequality, state suppression and forms of resistance.


Organizer: Jecza Gallery in collaboration with Diehl Gallery of Berlin

Program: 29.09.2017 - 5.11.2017

Location: The Memorial of the Revolution



Roman Ondak (b. 1966) presents elements of everyday life in an artistic context, bringing forward new approaches on social interaction, creating what would be called relational art. Following his guidance, viewers, acquaintances and family members are playing an indispensable role in his work, alongside the involvement of their own creativity as a part of the process.



Miklos Onucsan (n. 1952) lives in Oradea. His works often have a paradoxical character, inducing a tension between objective knowledge and visual perception in a moment and space where you can temporarily divert the logic of an object or of a situation towards a poetical construction.



Organizer: Triade Interart Foundation

Program: 27.10.2017 – 26.11.2017

Location: The Memorial of the Revolution



Dan Perjovschi (b. 1961) lives in Bucharest and Sibiu. In his drawings, he approaches political and social themes, involving himself with the independent scene, and maintaining constant dialogue with the public space, either through his drawings, which go beyond the comfort zones of art institutions, or through debates in which he engages not only as an artist, but also as an active player in civil society.



Pusha Petrov (b. 1984) graduated from the Art and Design Faculty in Timișoara (2009 – painting department) and from the École Supérieure d’Art de Lorraine, Metz (2011 – communication department). Her artistic path has been enriched by various internships and residencies in France, and she is currently collaborating with multiple international artists.



In his work, Pratchaya Phinthong (b. 1974) poetically transfers financial fluctuations, media alarmism, and the world labor market into matter. Often conceived as a dialogue between the artist and the others, Phintong’s artworks confront different social, economic or geographical systems.



Cristi Pogăcean’s artistic practice includes a wide variety of methods of expression, a recurrent element being the interest shown in contemporary society subjects that tend to become clichés, especially after they have been „exhausted” by mass-media.


Eugenia Pop, born 1945 in Cugir, Romania, lived in Cluj-Napoca until 2012. She graduated from Ion Andreescu Visual Arts Institute from Cluj-Napoca, the Department of Ceramics, in 1971.



Raluca Popa (b. 1979) studied at Byam Shaw School of Art / Central Saint Martins (London, United Kingdom) and the University of Art and Design (Cluj-Napoca, Romania). She lives in Bucharest.



In his dynamic artworks, Julien Prévieux (b. 1974) merges myriads of media and practices such as drawing, painting, video, performance, writing, choreography.



Invited independent art space: Sandwich
Venue: Calpe Gallery/ The Therezia Bastion

Hector Street 1

Program: Tuesday – Friday 15.00 – 19.00, Saturday and Sunday 11.00 – 14.00



Invited independent art space: MAGMA Contemporary Art Space
Venue: Pygmalion Gallery/ The House of Arts

Episcop Augustin Pacha Street 8

Program: Tuesday - Friday 11.00 - 19.00, Saturday 15.00 - 19.00



Claudia Rădulescu (b. 1972) lives and works in Paris-Brussels. In her work the focus on ‘us’ as instinctive and wishful beings becomes a study compellingly stated through various artistic forms.



Lea Rasovszky (b. 1986) graduated from the Photo-Video department of the University of Arts in Bucharest, in 2008, and from the same department’s Master’s program, in 2010. Her projects question current society’s values and thought clichés, in relation to which she always takes a critical approach.



Curators: Ami Barak and Diana Marincu
Venue: Timișoara Museum of Art

Union Square 1

Program: 10.00 - 18.00 (Monday closed)



Invited independent art space: Tranzit.ro
Venue: Calpe Gallery/ The Therezia Bastion

Hector Street 1

Program: Tuesday – Friday 15.00 – 19.00, Saturday and Sunday 11.00 – 14.00



Józef Robakowski (b. 1939) studied art history in the Department of Fine Arts of the Mikołaj Kopernik University in Toruń, and cinematography at the National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre (PWSFTviT) in Łódź.



Cristian Rusu (b. 1972) is a visual artist and stage designer, and teaches at the Faculty of Theater and Television, part of the “Babeș-Bolyai” University in Cluj-Napoca. His main artistic preoccupation is researching space, and meditation upon ruins and the sublime.



The activity of artist Laurențiu Ruță-Fulger (b. 1955) was strongly influenced by the preoccupations of the Sigma group from Timișoara, whose members he had known as teachers while he was a pupil at the Timișoara Fine Arts High School.



Born in 1974, Anri Sala’s early videos and films mined his personal experience to reflect on the social and political change taking place in his native Albania.



Sergiu Sas (b. 1981) is an engineer and a multimedia artist. He is a member of the kinema ikon and biserika groups. Through his works, which are more often than not participative and characterized by irony and humor, he aims to dismantle certain social, cultural and/or religious obsessions.


Diet Sayler (b.1939) grew up and studied în Timișoara and emigrated to Germany in 1973. He is an important exponent of abstract art, working with a mathematician precision, interested in proportions and numerical ratios.



Decebal Scriba (b. 1944) has been living in Fontainebleau-Avon since 1991. He is an artist approaching media such as photography, installation, performance and video art, with sustained activity in the sphere of conceptual art, in which he also integrates his preoccupation with drawing.



Hassan Sharif (b. 1951) started his career as a caricaturist in the 1970s. His work reflected the rapidly changes in the United Arab Emirates. In the 1980s, he started his development as a conceptual artist, being a pioneer of this genre in the Middle East.


Organizer: SIMULTAN Association

Program: 3.10.2017 - 7.10.2017

Location: The 2nd Hall of The National Theater Of Timișoara, The attic of The Theresia Bastion, Aethernativ, Plan Zero



Invited independent art space: Simultan.Org
Venue: Calpe Gallery/ The Therezia Bastion

Hector Street 1

Program: Tuesday – Friday 15.00 – 19.00, Saturday and Sunday 11.00 – 14.00



Wang Sishun (b. 1979) graduated from the Fine Arts Sculpture department at Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2008. His practice includes sculpture, installation, video and other media.



The works of Larisa Sitar (b. 1984) explore topics such as memory, mythology and nostalgia, using photography, video, installation, drawing and interventions in public space.



Serge Spitzer (1951-2012) was a protagonist of the artistic avant-garde of the late 60s. His works often refer to economic, social and political structures. His concepts of “models of reality” challenge the common perception and the limits of communication systems.



Mircea Stănescu (b. 1954) lives in Sibiu. He graduated from the Bucharest University of Art, tapestry department. He is one of the artists trained in the experimental laboratories of Atelier 35, in Sibiu and Bucharest, after which he transitions to drawing, installation and photography.



Florin Ștefan (b. 1968) teaches at the Art and Design University in Cluj-Napoca and is the director of Spațiu Intact from the Centrul de Interes in Cluj-Napoca. His oil paintings are both interiors and landscapes, the artist focusing especially on the sensuality of the femane nude, presented in various postures.


Organizer: Faculty of Arts and Design in collaboration with the Herczeg Foundation

Program: 24.09.2017 – 05.10.2017

Location: The courtyard of the Faculty of Arts and Design



The practice of Slobodan Stošić (b. 1989) is context-responsive. Connecting different tiles of labor, meanings and methods, his interest lies in how the fictitious persona or narrative, by methodology of verisimilitude, could be used in exploring moral and political territory, where art should establish questions and proposals leading to changing interpretations and different ways of approaching political hegemonies.



Aleksandra Stratimirovic (b. 1968) graduated in Applied Arts and Design at the University of Arts in Belgrade and completed her studies in specialized lighting design at Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Crafts, and Design and KTH – Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.



Mircea Suciu (b. 1978) works with different materials such as acrylic, oil and often combines them with monoprint techniques. For a long time his works were based on images he found in newspapers, magazines and other media, to which he recently added props, curtains and covered objects.


Organizer: German Cultural Center

Program: 26.10.2017 – 29.10.2017

Location: differrent locations in the city



The building of the former gas station on Calea Circumvalațiunii, close to the TIMCO Halls and the business incubator INCUBOXX, becomes a space for the project belonging to Lateral ArtSpace Association from Cluj, during the Art Encounters 2017 event.


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Curators: Ami Barak and Diana Marincu
Venue: Timișoara Museum of Art

Union Square 1

Program: 10.00 - 18.00 (Monday closed)



Invited independent art space: pplus4
Venue: Various venues around Timișoara



Curators: Liviana Dan
Venue: Jecza Gallery

Martirilor Way 51/52-53

Program: 11.00 - 19.00 (Monday closed, open on October 2)



Organizer: FILTM

Program: 25.10.2017 – 28.10.2017

Location: Baroque Hall of Art Museum Timișoara and The Big Hall of National Theater Timișoara



Organizer: Art Encounters

Program: 29.09.2017 – 01.10.2017

Location: City Business Centre



Tót Endre (b. 1937) is one of the defining figures of international conceptual art. Following his experiments conducted in painting in the 1960s, he began working with non-image-based, text and signal-centred idea art.



Andrei Ujică (b. 1951) studied literature in Timișoara, Bucharest, and Heidelberg. Published poetry, prose, and essays at various intervals since 1968. Emigrated to Germany in 1981. In 1990, after having made a detour through theory, he decided to make films.



Organizer: AVANTPOST (Collaborative Platform of Transdisciplinary Art)

Program: 26.09.2017 - 26.10.2017

Location: The Tower of the Batteries Factory
Pestalozzi Street, 22, Timişoara



Smaranda Ursuleanu (b. 1995) is a graduate of the Faculty of Visual Arts and Design in Iași (UNAGE, specializing in Mural Art). In 2016, she was awarded an Erasmus+ scholarship at Novia University of Applied Sciences, Fine Arts Program (Jakobstad, Finland).



Curator and producer: Calpe Gallery
Venue: Calpe Gallery/ The Therezia Bastion

Hector Street 1

Program: Tuesday – Friday 15.00 – 19.00, Saturday and Sunday 11.00 – 14.00



The Faculty of Arts and Design is today one of the most important focal points of the dynamics in
education, creation and research in the artistic field from the western part of the country, advancing
an original development strategy that aims to have a constantly updated curriculum, in tune with the
other European Universities.

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Mona Vătămanu (b. 1968) & Florin Tudor (b. 1974) have been working together since the year 2000. Using multiple techniques (film, photography, painting, performance, site-specific interventions), the artistic duo identifies and highlights common traits of post-communist space.



Sorin Vreme (b. 1962) lives in Timișoara. A member of the Simultan Association since 2004, the artist is preoccupied with video, sound, drawing and installations, processing elements of immediate reality, interstitial spaces and moments of transition between two points into his works.



Invited independent art space: Vector Association
Venue: Calpe Gallery/ The Therezia Bastion

Hector Street 1

Program: Tuesday – Friday 15.00 – 19.00, Saturday and Sunday 11.00 – 14.00



Organizer: NAG National & NAG Timisoara

Program: 06.10.2017, schedule 19.00 - 03.00

Location: differrent locations in the city



Invited independent art space: Balamuc
Venue: Balamuc

Strada 9 Mai

Program: 11.00 - 19.00 (Monday closed, open on October 2)




   
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