Infra-Noir. Poetic activations. ExperimenDADA

Exhibition view. Photo credit: Mihai Toth

Friday, 17 December, you are invited to an activation of the Infra-Noir exhibition, through poetry and theatre.

The event will include a moment prepared by the well-known Romanian actor Doru Iosif, who will delve into various areas of Surrealist poetical experiments. This lyrical-dramatic moment will be preceded by a presentation delivered by Diana Marincu and Ioan Vultur about the historical context of the Infra-Noir movement.

Strategic partner of the event: „Mihai Eminescu” National Theatre Timișoara

Taking part in the event is free of charge.

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To ensure that the event will take place in safe conditions, access will only be allowed up to 50% of the maximum capacity of the space, only for participants who present a green certificate and wear a face mask.

Organised in collaboration with Centre Pompidou Paris, the exhibition brings together works from the collections of Centre Pompidou Paris, as well as from private collections, Infra-Noir will include names such as Victor Brauner, Jacques Hérold or Benjamin Fondane.

Curated by Mica Gherghescu, the exhibition revolves around the Infra-Noir group and its members, Ghérasim Luca, Gellu Naum, Paul Păun, D. Trost and Virgil Teodorescu. Between 1945 and 1947, through their activity in Bucharest, Romania, the five artists assimilated and built upon the international Surrealist inheritance, creating a series of profoundly experimental artworks and publications that drew the attention of important Surrealist personalities, among whom André Breton.

Infra-Noir will also highlight key moments in the history of Romanian Surrealism by exploring pivotal works in the history of the movement. At the same time, it will examine the nuances and eclecticism that resulted from the hybrid import of Surrealism grafted on the local artistic ecosystem. The exhibition will delve into the technical diversity of artistic practices, presenting cadavres exquis, talisman drawings, cubomanieslovajes, vaporisations, striages, photographic cut-ups, photo albums, and subverted images, as well as avant-garde publications.

Infra-Noir: Anatomies of desire, metamorphoses of the image

Artists: Aurel Bauh, Théodore Brauner, Victor Brauner, André Breton, Jean David, Benjamin Fondane, Jacques Hérold, Ghérasim Luca, Gellu Naum, Constantin Nisipeanu, Paul Păun, Hedda Sterne, Virgil Teodorescu, D. Trost

Curator: Mica Gherghescu

Dates: 12 November 2021 – 3 January 2022

Exhibition opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 12 PM to 6 PM

Location: Art Encounters Foundation, 46C Take Ionescu Blvd., Timișoara, 300 124

Infra-Noir is organised by Art Encounters Foundation in collaboration with Centre Pompidou Paris.

The exhibition is part of MAP – Mentoring, Artists, Partnerships, a cultural programme organised with the support of the Timișoara City Hall and the Timișoara Local Council.

Co-financers: The Timișoara City Hall, The Timișoara Local Council

Sponsor of permanent programme: Banca Transilvania

With the support of: The Timișoara National Art Museum

Media partners: Radio România Cultural, RFI România, Radio Guerrilla, TVR Timișoara, Observator Cultural, Revista Arta, Zeppelin, The Institute, Modernism, Propagarta, StudentFest 

Sponsors: Thesaurus Wines, illy, Melbo Instal, Agasi