Secret Wing

Secret Wing

Art Encounters Foundation Timișoara / TRIADE Foundation / The Museum of Art Timişoara

René Daniëls, Painting of Unknown Languages, 1985. Oil on canvas, 120 x 200 cm. Courtesy the artist and Defares Collection.

September 11, 2021
Secret Wing
Art Encounters Biennial 2021
October 1–November 7, 2021
Opening: October 1, 5pm
Timișoara National Art Museum
Piata Unirii nr.1
300085 Timișoara
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Curated by: Maria Rus Bojan and Bogdan Ghiu

Selected artists: Lucas Arruda, Vlad Basarab, Ion Bitzan, Kasper Bosmans, Alin Bozbiciu, Marcel Broodthaers (1924–1976), Cornel Brudașcu, James Lee Byars (1932–1997), Sophie Calle, Simion Cernica, Traian Cherecheș, Yahon Chang, René Daniëls, Marlene Dumas, Constantin Flondor, Octav Grigorescu (1933–1987), Johannes Heldén, Peter Jecza (1939–2009), Anselm Kiefer, Sigalit Landau, Gherasim Luca (1913–1994), Lucassen, Ioan Aurel Mureșan, Ioana Nemeș (1979–2011), Iulia Nistor, David Robilliard (1952–1988), Viviane Sassen, Ioan Sbârciu, Kathrin Schlegel, Mladen Stilinović (1947–2016), Nora Turato, Ulay (1943–2020).

Interart Triade Foundation in collaboration with Timișoara National Art Museum are delighted to present the international exhibition Secret Wing within the framework of “Our Other Us”, the fourth edition of Art Encounters Biennial, 2021. 

A collaboration between the renowned Romanian poet, essayist and philosopher, Bogdan Ghiu and international curator Maria Rus Bojan, this exhibition proposes an epistemological revisit of contemporary artistic practices since the 1980’s from the perspective of poetry. 

Secret Wing is a metaphor, encapsulating the tensions and contradictions of a postmodern poetics permeated by an acute sense of loneliness and isolation. The exhibition takes as a starting point the idea that the 1980s activated inner and collective resources forging prolific intersections between art and poetry. This decade is significant, because, having immediately preceded the reunification of Europe through the implosion of the communist regimes and the fall of the Berlin Wall, it led to a burst of creativity and a high concentration of artistic resources and moral resistance. 

Secret Wing takes its title from the eponymous volume of poetry by Mariana Marin (1956–2003), one of the most emblematic and uncompromising authors of the 1980s Generation in Romania. In this volume, Marin defines her own poetic example of resilience, by identifying herself with Anne Frank’s traumatic two-year isolation experience in the secret annex of a Canal house in Amsterdam. Affirming poetry as a moral resource against totalitarianism, Mariana Marin articulates an ethical mode of poetic thinking by imagining her own “secret wing”, a form of inner architecture where the self discovers profound resources of poetic expression in resonance with collective history. 

Today, contemporary art is entrapped in the modernist reductionist cult of the present, primarily characterized by acceleration, speed, and unlimited progress. Poetry is thus essential to create moments of interiority and respite—“secret wings”—where things are rescued from the tyranny of individual reason and can work freely to restore the balance between us and the world. 

Finally, the important private collections which made this exhibition possible, should be seen as unexpected “secret wings” of contemporary art, where the collector acts as a catalyst stimulating new insights and aesthetical experiences. 

Secret Wing includes works on loan from the following Dutch collections: Defares Art Collection, Eckard, Matthijs Erdman, Paul van Esch, Ferri de Boer, Irina Bitzan, akmo, Janneke and Marc Dreesmann; the Romanian collections: Timișoara National Art Museum, Ovidiu Șandor, Plan B Gallery, Anca and Darius Nath, Dr. Sorin Costina and Jecza Collection; and a selection of historical pieces from international collections: Francise Chang and dr. Aeneas Bastian.

Supported by: Centre for Projects Timișoara, European ArtEast Foundation London, National Cultural Fund Administration( AFCN),  Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Romania, Timiș County Council, LC Foundation, Plan B Gallery, grup Transilvae and MB Art Agency (Amsterdam).

Special thanks to: Ion Bitzan Foundation, Marlene Dumas Studio, Zeno X Gallery, David Zwirner Gallery, Michael Werner Gallery, Marcel Broodthaers and James Lee Byars Estates,  Sigalit Landau Studio, Ulay Foundation, Perrotin Gallery, Mendes Wood Gallery, Gladstone Gallery, LambdaLambdaLambda Gallery, Jecza Gallery, Sector 1 Gallery, Suzanne Tarasieve Gallery, Frank Elbaz, Viviane Sassen Studio and Stevenson Gallery.

Media partners: Transilvania Reporter, Sinteza, revista Arta, zeppelin, igloo,

For further information, please contact:

Sorina Jecza, fundatia.triade [​at​]
Alina Crețu, alina.cretu [​at​]

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