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The London Salon of Romanian Art, reviewed by Camelia Ciobanu

This September, the ICR is hosting ‘The London Salon of Romanian Art’, as part of a new permanent programme. It’s different from previous art displays:  the five names on show –  Florin Ungureanu, Cristian Luchian, Monica Madas, Ioana Pioaru and Viniciu Les – are young Romanians coming not from Romania but living and working in…

Camelia Ciobanu | September 25, 2015
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Joanna Rajkowska’s ‘Painkillers’ at l’étrangère Gallery, Shoreditch, reviewed by Julia Secklehner

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L’étrangère Gallery in Shoreditch always puts on interesting shows, and Joanna Rajkowska’s Painkillers is no exception. On entering the exhibition space, we’re confronted with an entirely monochrome room: black flooring, white walls, black metal pedestals – and white artworks. The minimalist curation is attractive, yet somewhat confusing at first sight: in the middle of the…

Julia Secklehner | September 25, 2015
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Diana Buzoianu’s ‘Urban Indispensable’ at 54 the Gallery, reviewed by Jo Varney

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Since its commercial introduction in 1839, photography has been a medium caught between the two poles of ‘art’ and ‘science’. While the images created with objects, people or scenes placed before a lens were once spoken of as imprinted by nature itself  – and thus  free from the frail human hand prone to error –…

Jo Varney | July 23, 2015
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Virgil Scripcariu: The Secret Soul of Bronze, reviewed by Judith Fagelson

Walking into the Romanian Cultural Institute in Belgrave Square, you’re currently confronted with a series of bronze sculptures. They’re not big – the tallest must be about two or three feet high – and they’re not particularly grandiose either. With their featureless faces, plump, geometric bodies and round, oversized heads, they resemble prehistoric figurines. They…

Judith Fagelson | May 29, 2015
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‘The New East’ at cueB Gallery, reviewed by Julia Secklehner

One of the special things about entering cueB Gallery in Brockley is that you pass through a colourful café bar directly to the gallery located at the back. It’s a nice transition between dimmed light / funky decoration and the clean white gallery space, which comprises only one room. As it isn’t separate from the…

Julia Secklehner | May 5, 2015
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‘Tamás Dezső: Notes For An Epilogue’ reviewed by Valenka Navea

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Apparently pieces from Tamás Dezső’s Notes for an Epilogue were still arriving at the Photographer’s Gallery last Saturday, a few days after the show opened to the public. It’s still in it’s opening week but already receiving rave reviews. The show consists of 10 pieces capturing varying subjects, landscapes and people in Romania and Hungary, taken…

Valenka Navea | April 26, 2015
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‘Crisscross Stories’ – Hungarian-Estonian Fairytale Art, reviewed by Judith Fagelson

The premise for Crisscross Stories, at London’s Hungarian Cultural Centre,  is simple: eight Hungarian and eight Estonian authors were commissioned to write new fairy stories. Twenty-five artists from each country were then invited to illustrate their favourite stories,  Hungarian artists illustrating Estonian tales, and vice versa. The result is a whirl of colour and imagination…

Judith Fagelson | April 15, 2015
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‘A Makeshift Imitatio Christi’ at Divus Gallery, reviewed by Julia Secklehner

Even though the artworks by Miroslav Vojtíšek  – who uses the pseudonym S.d.CH. in his show A Makeshift Imitatio Christi – are contemporary, his pieces and the way they’re displayed look anything but. There’s something about the current colour scheme at the Divus Gallery in Deptford that makes you feel you’ve stepped back in time…

Julia Secklehner | April 11, 2015
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Exhibition: ‘Borderlands’ at GRAD, reviewed by Julia Secklehner

‘Borderlands’ is hosted in the small exhibition space of the Gallery for Russian Arts and Design, comprising works by Zhanna Kadyrova, Evgeny Granilshchikov, Nikita Shokhov and the artists’ collective ZIP Group, selected by curator and art critic Sergey Khachaturov. Upon entering the gallery space with its wooden floors and light blue walls, we encounter Kadyrova’s…

Julia Secklehner | March 26, 2015
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Roman Pyatkovka’s ‘Soviet Photo’ at Dadiani Fine Art, reviewed by Julia Secklehner

The small gallery space of Dadiani Fine Art has nine of Roman Pyatkovka’s large-scale combination photos on display. Looking like movie posters, they mix Soviet kitsch imagery with mostly naked girls, flirting with spectators from behind a veil of folklore dancers, children watching boats or camera manuals. The imagery Pyatkovka has constructed with this artificial…

Julia Secklehner | March 18, 2015