Mircea Cantor: Ciel variable

Mircea Cantor: Ciel variable

FRAC Champagne-Ardenne

“Celestial Jerusalem” by Alex Murarescu, 2006

April 29, 2007

Mircea Cantor > Ciel variable
Exhibition from May 4th until July 15th 2007

Opening Thursday May 3rd at 6pm

Le Collège / Frac Champagne-Ardenne
1 place Museux 51100 Reims
Ouvert du mardi au dimanche de 14h00 à 18h00


tél. : 33 (0)3 26 05 78 32
contact [​at​] frac-champagneardenne.org

In order to envisage the possibility of the end of the world, Mircea Cantor has named his exhibition at the Frac Champagne-Ardenne Ciel variable (Changing Skies). The futures unpredictability suggests at once the Apocalypse and potential renewal. This is reflected in his sculpture/scale model, Monument for the End of the World, in which the wind chimes overhanging the model of a big city can be set off by a possible disaster.

From video and photography to prints and installations, Mircea Cantors work unfolds in a diversity of media without repeating itself. Each artwork assumes the aspect of a manifesto; each picture is justified. By proposing a personal response to a reality saturated with sometimes oppressive signs, Mircea Cantor upsets and reverses conventions, like his painted canvas of a nest made of apparently dead twigs, which bud once again. This cycle of disappearance and renewal is constantly brought into play in Cantors work, reminding us of our frantic racing against time in contemporary society.

Neither a traditional retrospective, nor a show of only new artworks, this exhibition is a way for the artist to offer a new reading of his art. The works occupy all of the Fracs galleries, revealing the materialization of Mircea Cantors non-linear conception of cosmogony; a universe encompassing all futures, all pasts, all potentialities. Untitled, 2006, for example, shows part of a torn headline of Le Monde, to which the artist added two s in red marker. It is a sensitive allegory of the fragility of our convictions when confronted with the infinite plurality of worlds, deepening in turn our uncertainty and anxiety. Very often, as an attentive observer of society and cultures, Mircea Cantor places himself at the crossroads between worlds, allowing for the coming together of differing mentalities. He is preoccupied with the alchemy of ideologies in the infinite movement of thought. For instance, he has filmed in 16mm the incandescence, then dissolution, of the shadow of a formless flag of indeterminate origin. The very fact of its being unidentifiable renders it emblematic, on a universal scale, of the end of a regime and the renewal of society.

Mircea Cantor gained international attention at the 2003 Venice Biennale, at the 2006 Berlin Biennale, the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2006, and at the Yvon Lambert Gallery (Paris and New York). Winner of the 2004 Ricard Prize, he is an outstanding figure among Eastern Europes emerging artists. Cantor grew up in Romania during the Communist era, and views the current governments, as well as illusions of Western neo-conservatism, with lucidity and distance. Cantor is also heavily involved in the Romanian artistic scene, and is a co-editor of Version magazine.

In conjunction with this exhibition, the first monograph of Mircea Cantor will be published by Le Collège / Frac Champagne-Ardenne, in partnership with the Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris / New York. Due out in the Fall.

RSVP for Mircea Cantor: Ciel variable
FRAC Champagne-Ardenne
April 29, 2007

Thank you for your RSVP.

FRAC Champagne-Ardenne will be in touch.

I have read e-flux’s privacy policy and agree that e-flux may send me announcements to the email address entered above and that my data will be processed for this purpose in accordance with e-flux’s privacy policy*

Thank you for your interest in e-flux. Check your inbox to confirm your subscription.

Feel free to subscribe to additional content from the e-flux platform: