Cool Monuments – Hot Heads 

October 11th – November 15th

This year’s edition of the public art program Expanded Space is organized around the conceptual tension between the strategic process of regularization („striation”) of the public and the ”nomad” forces that dislocate it, suggested in the writings of Gilles Deleuze. In other words, the artworks are situated in between the authoritarian process of monumentalization of the past and fixation of collective identity in grandiose visual forms and stable conceptual frames, on the one hand, and the destabilizing action of disruptive interventions in the public sphere, which aim to challenge instituted structures of power and to spontaneously reinvent the relations between social agents that are shaped by these configurations.

For the current edition, the artistic installations resulting from processes of artistic research will be placed in the courtyard of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, suggesting a memorial park composed of dislocated monuments that altogether form an imaginary collection of potentialities. Most of these works are doubled by performative counterparts, which signal the absence of the object from the place and the concrete urban context where it should have been placed. The physical absence of the artworks from the cityscape, as well as the virtualization of some planned artistic interventions that are situated in the public sphere, understood as a space of collective debate, respond to the particularities of Bucharest public space, increasingly controlled and politically instrumentalized by the authorities. They also react to the resulting tendency of restricting artistic interventions to plain activism or tactical insurrection.

In conjunction with the proliferation of nationalism and of religious feelings in contemporary Romanian society, the curatorial program also comprises a video art exhibition, a film projection and an international conference that aims to problematize the topic of counter-monumentality.


October 12 – November 12 2017                                                            


(In the inner courtyard of the museum)

Opening: Thursday, October 12, 18:00 hours

Artistic installations:

Mihai Balko, An utopia

Silvia Amancei & Bogdan Armanu, Which past? Which future ?

Igor Grubić, Missing architecture

Radoš Antonijević, Densuș Tent


Luchezar Boyadjev – On Vacation – series of public space interventions (project opening)


Performative interventions:

Wednesday, October 11:

15.00:  Silvia Amancei and Bogdan Armanu, Which Past? Which Future?, University Square

16.00:  Mihai Balko, An Utopia, Calea Victoriei, corner with C.A. Rosetti street

17.30: Igor Grubić, Missing Architecture, Free Press Square (end of 41 tram line)

Ghenadie Popescu, Stimulent

performance series:

Friday, October 13, 15-17 hours, Victoriei Boulevard 49-53

Saturday, October 14, 14-17 hours, Lipscani Street corner with Victoriei Bulevard

Sunday, October 15, 14-17 hours, Bd. Ion C. Bratianu nr.40 corner with Șepcari street

Monday, October 16, 14-17 hours, Ion C. Bratianu Boulevard no.1 (Unirea Shop)


Friday, October 27 – film projections: Hans van Houwelingen, Best Bucharest / Religion, Hungarian Cultural Institute, Bucharest


October 27 – 28– conference: Counter-monumentality: re-imagining critical intervention, Hungarian Cultural Institute, Bucharest


Organiser: Asociaţia Volum Art

Team: Judit Balko, project manager; Mihai Balko, coordinator; Cristian Nae, curator; Radu Boeru & Irina Enache, coordinators

Project financed by Primăria Municipiului București, Centrul Cultural al Municipiului Bucuresti ARCUB in the framework of București Oraș participativ programme and by Administrația Fondului Cultural Național

Partners: Centrul de Excelență în Studiul Imaginii (CESI)Radio GuerrillaMNAC


Media partners: Zeppelin, WebCultura, VeiozaArte, Modernism

The project doesn’t necessarily represent the position of Administrația Fondului Cultural Național. AFCN in not responsible of the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project can be used. These are the full responsibility of the recipient of the funding.