July 26 to August 2, 2022
The Black Square is an iconic painting by Kazimir Malevich from 1915. Part of the collection of the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. “Roskomnadzor, the Russian service for supervision in the field of communication, information technology and mass communication, explicitly warned against the use of symbols that could be “ambiguous” – flags of foreign nations (for example, blue-yellow), birds (for example, the white dove) or black squares – after the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022. The background to these censorship measures, Roskomnadzor meticulously monitors all publications by state-sponsored institutions, was the implicit criticism of the censorship authority through the use of Malevich’s artwork, once itself an overpainting and thus a disappearance of art. Malevich: “For the world lies, so the thought goes, and painting lies even more: it offers only beautifully coloured deceptions, which, on top of that, are meant to serve those in power. But none of it is real.”
The Black Square was already used during the Euromaidan as a sign of protest and resistance.”
June 21 to June 28, 2022
June 14 to June 21, 2022
May 31 to June 7, 2022
May 24 to May 31, 2022
May 17 to May 24, 2022
May 3 to May 10, 2022
April 12 to April 19, 2022
April 5 to April 12, 2022
March 29 to April 5, 2022
February 8 to February 15, 2022
January 4 to January 11, 2022
14 December 2021 to 4 January 2022
December 7 to December 14, 2021
November 30 to December 7, 2021
November 23 to November 30, 2021
November 9 to November 16, 2021
October 19 to October 26, 2021
October 12 to October 19, 2021
October 5 to October 12, 2021
Text excerpt of : LUPA a short film by Aurelia Mihai, 2019, 18:46 min.
(…) “You’ll meet me in Rome, at the Capitoline Museum. But also in front of City Hall in Rome in the state of Georgia, or in Rome in the state of New York. In Cincinnati, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; and in about 55 other places in the world. In Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Benghazi, Boston, Guatemala City, Munich, Nuremberg, Nancy, Narbonne, Paris, Segovia, in the Belgian city of La Louvière, twice in Tokyo, maybe even three times. In the Moldovan capital of Chisinau, in Shahriston in Tajikistan, in Talca in Chile, in the Norwegian municipality of Tonsberg, in La Paz in Bolivia and in Toronto, in the Swedish municipality of Lidingö, in Alexandria, Aquileia, Pisa, Piacenza, Siena, in the New Zealand town of Hamilton, and in Romania in Alba Julia, Blaj, Bucharest, Brasov, Constanta, Cluj, Galati, Ludus, Sacele, Sigisoara, Tirgu Mures, Turda and Timisoara.”
September 28 to October 5, 2021
… şi cel moldovean / … And the Moldavian one
ERASE THE BORDERS a collective art work for Bienal Sur 2021 (Argentina)
September 21 to September 28, 2021
für Adriana – Postcard to Argentina
You See This Work Of Art
If You See Yourself Seeing, – artwork for media awareness, conceptual artwork / Mail art, 2021
September 14 to September 21, 2021
August 3 to August 10, 2021
July 27 to August 3, 2021
June 22 to June 29, 2021
April 27 to Mai 4, 2021
April 20 to April 27, 2021
April 13 to April 20, 2021
March 16 to March 23, 2021
January 5 to January 12, 2021
November 10 to November 18, 2020
October 6 to October 13, 2020
September 1 to September 8, 2020
Red Cinema, Video installation 2009, HD, 6’58, loop, 16:9, Language: Romanian with English subtitles
“(…) Thus we jump through film history from Dracula to Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, to which Aurelia Mihai makes explicit reference: in the background one can hear radio news from 1969, which one can infer from reports on the moon landing and the murder of Sharon Tate (Polanski’s wife and the leading actress in Dance of the Vampires). The cinematic horror is suddenly overlaid with a true incident and ultimately ties in with contemporary political history, which is communicated via the radio in the form of the Romanian dictatorship. The cinematic, fictional horror shifts into an image of everyday life in the Romanian dictatorship, and vice versa: depending on where one enters the ongoing story in the loop, it is being told either chronologically or as a flashback. Aurelia Mihai once again critically approaches her own national history in a multilayered penetration of art, film, and contemporary history.”
Text excerpt of : Roads to (Hi)Stories, On Aurelia Mihai’s Video Art,
DISTANZ Verlag, Berlin, 2017
August 4 to August 11, 2020
June 2 to June 9, 2020
May 12 to May 19, 2020
3 min excerpt of Private Rooms a video installation in 2 parts by Aurelia Mihai, 2000, 31’48
It seems to describe our actual situation despite of being 20 years old.
This Is the Hour – HERMETHIK & OPENING, DISCIPLINE & POETRY – ASPECTS IN THE WORK OF THE VIDEO ARTIST AURELIA MIHAI
Siegfried Zielinski / Cologne, March 2004
(…) Aurelia Mihai uses the possibilities offered by digital technology specifically to expand and focus spatio-temporal perception.
In her installation “Private Rooms” (2000), for example, she confronts the observer with approximately fifty different rooms, private spaces for living and working. There is a split projection of these views in two different exhibition rooms and on two screens simultaneously. The first has an observing, almost documentary character and the rooms and their inhabitants are presented in their uniformity and disparity. In the second projection, a single person invades the dispersed homogeneity and visits all the different rooms. Thus the private space is occupied by an artificial figure, and this interloper transforms it into a quasipublic sphere.
The second level is more intricate. Access to this level demands concentration and attention. It is not possible for the casual passer-by, which is the characteristic behavioural mode of the majority of visitors to galleries and museums, including encounters with art that is produced by time-based media. By way of superficial, scarcely perceptible details, Aurelia Mihai invests her space-time images with subtle poetry. Miniscule details of the image are just as important to her as the complete tableau and her camera describes each of them with sensitivity. (…)
Text excerpt of : AURELIA MIHAI, FROM PLACE TO TIME & TIME TO PLACE, Revolver, Archiv für Aktuelle Kunst, 2004.
Aurelia Mihai (b. in Bucharest, Romania) is an artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Hamburg, Germany. Since 2009 she has been teaching at the Braunschweig University of Art.
Aurelia Mihai´s work brings clashing cultural, social, and political phenomena and events into focus. In her work Aurelia Mihai links aspects of documentation and research with fiction in a multifaceted way. Thus legends and historical incidents are frequently the occasion or the starting point for a socio critical examination of the present.
Aurelia Mihai is the recipient of numerous prizes and scholarships for her video works including the E STAR Scholarship from the Institute for Electronic Arts, Alfred University, New York, the Villa Aurora Scholarship, Los Angeles, USA, the EMARE Scholarship Hull Time Based Arts, Kingston upon Hull, UK , EuRegio Art Prize, Germany–The Netherlands, German Academy Villa Massimo, Rome, Italy, IASPIS, International Artist Studio Programme Stockholm, Sweden.
Her works have been exhibited internationally and have been seen at numerous festivals, including: Falckenberg Collection, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, K21 Düsseldorf, Kunsthalle Mainz, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Hamburger Kunsthalle, “The Worldly House“, Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany, the Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA, Centre Pompidou, Paris, The Louvre Auditorium, Louvre Museum, Paris, Centre International d’Art Contemporain de Pont Aven, France, Cobra Museum in Amstelveen, The Netherlands, Cass Gallery – Central House, London, Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, Centre of Contemporary Art and the Nature World, Plymouth, UK, National Museum of Contemporary Art MNAC, Bucharest, Periferic 8, Biennial of Contemporary Art, Iaşi, Romania, Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia, MACRO Rome, PAN – Palace of the Arts of Naples, Italy, Landesgalerie Linz, Salzburg Museum, Austria, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow, Poland, Kunstmuseum Thurgau, Switzerland, Cinéma du Musée, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada and Museu Correios, Brasilia, Brasil.