Issue #19, 2004

Ciprian Muresan: The Collector
Attila Tordai-S.

CIPRIAN MUREȘAN 1977 Born in Dej, Romania, lives and works in Cluj (RO). Member and editor of Version, run artist magazine –, member of Supernova –

Selected exhibitions: 2004 – Moving Paterns, Kunsthalle Project Space, Vienna; Sfîrșitul cincinalului, Studio Protokoll, Cluj, Against the space, Trafo Gallery, Budapest, curator Alina Șerban; The Way the World is, curated by Stephanie Benzaquen (Tel Aviv) and Matei Bejenaru (Iași), Turkish Bath of Iași; Biennial of young artists I, Bucharest; Supernova – Art for the Masses, Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu (RO), Studio Protokoll, Cluj; Version – Biennial of young artists Vrsˇac, Serbia and Montenegro; Version – Cetinje Biennale V; Shake the limits, National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest; Version – Side effects, Salon Muzeja savremene umetnosti, curators WHW, Belgrade. 2003 – Version – The Map of the World, Lisieres, Strasbourg (F); Version Conference, FRAC Alsace, Selestat (F); Her und Hin, Attraction and Solidarity, Art Museum, Cluj, curator Attila Tordai-S.; Version – The Map of the World & Brancusi Feat. McDonald’s, In the Gorges of the Balkans, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel; Version – The Map of the World, Prague Biennial I, Prague (CZ); Supernova – Inflexible Clash, Institute of Contemporary Art, Dunaújváros (H). 2002 – Festival Rendez-vous Roumain, curators Mircea Cantor & Gabriela Vanga, En Cours Gallery, Paris; American Erection, Tranzit House, Cluj. 2001 Periferic 5, curator Matei Bejenaru, Iași (RO). Workshops: 23–25 July 2004 Dispositive workshop part 4, Kunstverein München.

Ciprian Mureșan’s latest art interventions used a calculated reference to famous, icon works in modern and contemporary art history. Through the recontextualization of Leap into the Void by Yves Klein, of Andrei Tarkovsky’s movie about the icon painter Andrei Rubliov, of Un Chien andalou by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí (where he changed the original characters with the ones from the cartoon Shrek) or of Maurizio Cattelan’s La Nona Ora, he discusses a few problems of the contemporary society: the modernist utopia, the implications of new technologies on visual culture, the fetishism of cartoon characters, the relationship between the state (the civil society) and the church. This work, “The Collector”, puts in question the individual in contemporary society, struggling between his or her own individualist utopia and the constraints of the social contract. The compromises accumulated by both sides (de)form each individuality, allowing new and new utopias. On the other hand, Ciprian Mureșan’s reference to John Fowles’s The Collector (“When one collects, he or she becomes a victim of his or her obsessions” – says the artist) is also valid for the contemporary individual, who seams to live his or her impossibility of finding him/herself.

Translated by Cosmin Costinaș