Organized by Art Society Cultural Center foundation, Art Safari Bucharest is an annual exhibition focusing on the development of contemporary art. The success of the previous three editions has definitely placed Bucharest on the map of art capitals. Taking place between May 19th and June 18th, 2017 at Kretzulescu Galleries, the fourth edition of Art Safari will bring together both Romanian and international contemporary art galleries to showcase the evolution of their most recent work. With a unique scale in Romania, the 2017 event will once again host the Central Exhibition, this time curated by Wim Waelputas, the Director of the Contemporary Art Center in Ghent. Taking a transhistorical perspective on the artistic landscape in Romania, the Central Exhibition Notes on a Landscape encompasses works from the beginning of the modern tradition to contemporary artistic positions. Organized around five chapters, it will explore topical issues on identity, politics and representation. There will be a focus on the variable role of the artist in society, in relation to these social and political contexts. Its program will be accompanied by a comprehensive educational program comprised of conferences, artists’ presentations and book launches. For the youngest audience, the fair will host the Art Safari Kids program, giving them an opportunity to develop their creativity through a variety of workshops in painting, sculpture, collage, and specially designed art tours.
Each year, Art Safari invites Romanian and International art galleries after a selection process conducted by an advisory board consisted of international experts which contextualize new directions in art curating. This year’s selection includes AES+F from Moscow, a collective of four Russian artists Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovich, Evgeny Svyatsky and Vladimir Fridkes; Atelier 030202 from Bucharest, a platform for contemporary art dedicated to young artists, curators and art historians; Balamuc from Timisoara, an artist studio; Galeria 3: e vaningen from Gothenburg, a venue dedicated to contemporary dance and art and focusing on choreographic and spatial expressions; Galleri CC from Malmo, a non-commercial, artist run gallery; among others.
Taking a transhistorical perspective on Romanian art, the Central Exhibition will feature works from the beginning of the modern tradition to the most actual artistic positions. Proposing a topical exploration of representational concerns, issues on identity and geopolitical conditions, the exposition will offer an alternative to the conventional understanding of art history, emphasizing narrative and perspectives that are often overlooked. The Art Safari Parallel Program will be curated by Mihai Pop, the coordinator of Galeria Plan B, a production and exhibition space for contemporary art located in Cluj, Romania.
The Hall Museum will be dedicated to the exhibition Luchian and Independents dedicated to the Romanian artist Ștefan Luchian, featuring works from over twenty museums and the most important private collections. This major exhibition will provide an overview of the creation of "înnoitorului Romanian painting", referring to the group of secession artists who emerged around his personality in the late nineteenth century.
The Space area will be dedicated to emerging artists working in the field of contemporary art and performance. The area will feature a series of intermedia and conceptual artworks, offering a constant creative exchange in the Pavillion.
The artist presentations titled Talk Non-Stop will revolve around the practice of contemporary art and will run until midnight. Designed as a dynamic and interactive dialogue between artists and the audience, the debates will bring captivating discussions that will immerse the audience into the world of art.
The Art Dialogue will facilitate the market perception of art as a social and economic engine accessible to anyone, connecting Romanians and foreigners in the Romanian artistic universe. It will encompass a conference program, book launches, performances and video projections, welcoming specialists from the world of European art.
Each year, Art Safari Bucharest reintroduces unknown or forgotten urban spaces around the city. In 2016 it was the Place Dacia – Romania, and in 2015, the Cyclops garage. This year, the fair has found its home at the Galleries Kretzulescu, a remarkable building designed by the architect George M. Cantacuzino between 1934 and 1939. The venue is now known for its impressive galleries inspired by the classic Italian architecture. Before Kretzulescu Galleries were built, the building hosted the Kretzulescu Inn until 1938, and the Documentation Centre of the State’s Security System between the 1970s and 80s.
Art Safari Bucharest will take place at Galleries Kretzulescu in Bucharest from May 19th until June 18th, 2017. The fair will be open daily between 12 and 9 p.m, except for Saturday when it will be open between 12 p.m. and 12 a.m. The cost of the pre-sale one-day tickets will be 35 lei (around $8.5), and the cost of the subscription ticket valid through the whole event will be 45 lei (around $10.9). Tickets purchased after the May 18th will be 50 lei (around $12.2) for a single day and 90 lei (around $21.8) for the subscription. The entry for the kids under the age of twelve will be free, and the price for the children over the age of 12, university students and pensioners will be 30 lei (around $7.3) at all times. For more information, visit the official website of the fair.
Featured image: The Central Exhibition; Art Safari Bucharest 2017. All images courtesy of Art Safari Bucharest.