Art Safari is back in 2020 with cool surprises and new names: the one and only Guerilla Girls group will be present in Bucharest, an interesting collection of works signed by Sabin Bălașa, new Romanian artists (the Bucharest School) and one pavilion of Gheorghe Petrașcu works. I think Art Safari Bucharest 2020 will going to be quite an artistic challenge.
(photo up- Guerrilla Girls – Naked, 1989, copyright © Guerrilla Girls and courtesy of guerrillagirls.com)
Art Safari is at its seventh edition and it doesn’t stop amazing me. I admit that, this year, I am super-curious to see more of Guerilla Girls works in “The Art of Behaving Badly” exhibition. I saw some of their works at MoMA and Pompidou center and I wanted to find out more about the mysterious women fighting for minority’s rights of all kind.
The group was initiated in New York in 1985, with the mission of putting gender and racial inequality on the public agenda, focusing on the artistic community. Guerrilla Girls was born in protest at the exhibition “An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture” hosted by the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), which included 165 artists, of which only 13 women. Their art – posters, billboards, stickers, flashmobes and performances – brought to light the sexism that characterizes the art world. One of their iconic works, the first color poster released by artists, is a work with the message “Do Women Have to be Naked to Get into the Met.” Museum?”. Next to the text is depicted “La Grande Odalisque” (Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres), one of the famous nudes in Western art history, with a gorilla mask placed over the original face. The work that has done around the world will be exhibited in Art Safari 2020.
The other things I want to see – Sabin Bălașa & Gheorghe Petrașcu collections, Dumitru Gorzo, Geta Brătescu, Henry Mavrodin, Alexandru Rădvan.
“This year, the public will have the chance to discover an exhibition-phenomenon of the famous Guerrilla Girls group, which after exhibitions at MoMA, Tate Modern, Center Pompidou, Venice Biennale, Van Gogh Museum, Art Basel and a four-decade career, is coming in Romania at Art Safari. In the exhibition Sabin Bălașa we will find the main themes of his creation, crossed by myths and fabulous. The Museum Pavilion is dedicated to the work of Gheorghe Petrașcu, almost 50 years after the last great retrospective. In the Central Pavilion we will have Bucharest School – installations and interactive art will be exhibited” – Ioana Ciocan, director of Art Safari Bucharest, explained.