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Badly Happy: Pain, Pleasure and Panic in Recent Romanian Art
Curated by: Erwin Kessler
575 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

November 4th, 2010 - January 8th, 2011
November 4th, 2010 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
© Courtesy of the Artist and The Performance Art Institute
Union Square/Civic Center
(415) 501-0575
Wednesday-Saturday, 12:00-6:00
contemporary, Romanian

The Performance Art Institute and Romanian Cultural Institute are  pleased to present Badly Happy: Pain, Pleasure, and Panic in Recent Romanian Art will introduce the Bay Area to the rich and complex art world of contemporary Romania.

The Performance Art Institute is pleased to present Badly Happy: Pain, Pleasure and Panic in Recent Romanian Art and As Far As I Can Tape which will introduce the Bay Area audience to the rich and complex art world of contemporary Romania.

Through the diverse and sometimes discordant media of performance & video art, painting, graphics, and objects, the exhibits will convey in visual terms the psyche of a world caught in the destructive and regenerative tornado triggered by the thrilling collapse of communism and its replacement with Wild West-style capitalism in 1989. The clash between this new, exciting, but ultimately disappointing reality and the nostalgia for an idealized experience of regained freedom propelled a disquieting, inciting and vivid artistic output.

The artists showcased in Badly Happy represent a generation which struggles to make sense out of the new, confusing, and rapidly changing post-communist world. They use art to question this world and its values: the victory of the anti-communist revolution, and the current (diminished!) state of its heroes; the women liberated, only to be turned into sex objects; the blaring new myths of happy, pleasurable life and lavishly decorous death; the cheap glamour made in China; the lie at the bottom of many political and military conflicts; the seduction of mass advertising, and the hollow gratification of consumerism.

Badly Happy features the works of Dumitru Gorzo, Nicolae Comanescu, Marius Bercea, Gili Mocanu, Anca Muresan, Suzana Dan, Anca Benera, Ecaterina Vrana, Ana Banica, Sorin Tara, Florin Ciulache, Roman Tolici, Alexandru Radvan, Alexandru Patatics and Alexandru Antik.

Organized by PAI in collaboration with the Romanian Cultural Institute, Bucharest, Romania


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