Dan & Lia Perjovschi
With probably the simplest and most economical of current art practices, Dan Perjovschi’s work manages to comment on the widest possible terrain of political, economic, and artistic subjects. Living in Bucharest, his view of the world is both particular to that place and riddled with all the contradictions, wisdom, and absurdity that global information systems offer. His work is humorous, sharp, and sometimes cutting in its exposure of human behaviour and fragility. In simple terms, he draws pictures and texts on walls. The architectural spaces that he inhabits determine certain outcomes of his installations; the sights and sounds that he experiences at the time influence some of the subjects in his drawings, while current affairs and local gossip shape others.
Charles Esche, 2005
Dan Perjovschi is now known for his graffiti-like drawings that cover the walls and floors of art galleries around the world. His style resembles the editorial cartoons that he produces for the newspaper, and the drawings often respond to divisions between the elite and the disadvantaged masses in Romania, the constantly shifting boundaries and nature of the European Union, and the movements of capital around the globe. Infused with gossip, literary references, and witty punch lines, Perjovschi’s drawings deliver their political message with generosity and humor.
Kristine Stiles, 2007
Knowledge Museum (plan) is a project in which I recycle all my other projects. It is a project to build a transdisciplinary Museum in Sibiu. Until this is be possible, I present, like an architect the model –on a table, on the walls, or in space, using diagrams from my interdisciplinary research– from books, reviews, the internet and objects mainly in museum stores around the globe from 1999 until today (used for educational purposes). The museum comprises seven departments: Earth, Body, Art, Culture, Knowledge, Science, and Universe. It is not The Museum; it is a basic starting point. Knowledge is Surviving (doing the best you can out of what you have).
b. 1961, Sibiu, Romania
Lives and works in Bucharest and Sibiu, Romania. His solo exhibitions include: Unframed, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (2013) • News from the Island, Reykjavik Art Museum (2012) • Not over, MACRO Museum, Rome (2011) • Late News, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (2010) • What Happen to US?, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2007) • I am not Exotic I am Exhausted, Kunsthalle Basel (2007) • The Room Drawing, Tate Modern, London (2006) • On the Other Hand, Portikus Frankfurt (2006) • First of May, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2006) • Naked Drawings, Ludwig Museum, Cologne (2005). He has participated in numerous group shows, among others: Paris Triennial (2012) • Dublin Contemporary (2011) • Freedom of Speech, Nbk Berlin & Hamburg Kunstverein (2010) • Lyon Biennial (2009) • Sydney Biennial (2008) • Fifth Floor, Tate Liverpool (2008) • The Magelanic Cloud, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2007) • 52nd Venice Biennial (2007) • New Europe, Generali Foundation, Vienna (2005) • 9th Istanbul Biennial (2005). Perjovschi received the George Maciunas Prize in 2004 and the ECF Princess Margriet Award in 2013 (with Lia Perjovschi).
b. 1961, Sibiu, Romania
Lives in Bucharest and Sibiu. She studied at the Art Academy in Bucharest. She is the founder and coordinator of CAA /CAA (Contemporary Art Archive and Center for Art Analysis), an organic project still in process under different names since 1985, and of KM (Knowledge Museum, based on an interdisciplinary research project from 1999-today). Her activity can be summarized as a journey from her body to the body of knowledge. Her work has been widely exhibited in more than 500 shows. Since 1990 she also holds lectures and workshops around the world.