White Box Exhibition
Wall drawings on the blackboard walls of the ZF Campus & in the artsprogram White Box
03 | 03 – 30 | 05 | 2017
The Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi calls his word-image-drawings, which cover entire walls, as “Indoor Graffiti”. In the recent years his large-scale works, which spread like thought bubbles across monumental gallery walls, have been part of solo and group exhibitions in major institutions such as MoMA New York, Tate Modern in London, Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and several Biennales.
Perjovschi considers drawing as a form of exploration and knowledge production. His works are based on recording and processing, on critical reflection and the constant revision of his own thinking. He prepares his exhibition projects far in advance and creates a location-specific sketchbook for each project. In his site-specific drawing, he tries-out his earlier considerations to distill complex political, societal and cultural situations using only a few lines. In doing so, he deftly and concisely examines current paradoxes and contradictions.
Perjovschi considers himself simultaneously to be a journalist. His drawings provide a resonant surface to current media preoccupations and coverage, using magazines and newspapers as his preferred medium. Perjovschi is the editor of the magazine revisita 22 and his drawings have been published weekly in the Romanian press since 1990. In the recent years he has also provided his work to activist and charity projects.
Perjovschi’s drawings, which almost always consist of only a few lines to reflect current events, are nimble, witty and can contain often biting irony. By locating his work so directly in the present and at the site of its production, each of his exhibition projects becomes an obstinate and unique reflection of our times.
For a week before the exhibition opened on 3rd March 2017, Dan Perjovschi worked in a highly visible process around the ZU campus, inscribing his political and socio-critical reflections using white chalk on the University’s blackboard walls, and marker pen on the gallery walls and windows of the „White Box“, in which space he addressed the crisis of capitalism.
The exhibition in the White Box was open until mid-May and was accompanied by a series of events which explored the concept of money. This was a parallel to the concurrent exhibition project “Who Pays?“ at Kunstmuseum Lichtensein, to which the ZU artsprogram and students had contributed.
Dan Perjovschi, *1961 in Sibiu, Romania, lives and works in Bucharest and became known internationally representing Romania at the Venice Biennale in 1999. In 2016 he was honored with the “Rosa Schapire Art Prize 2016“ by the Hamburger Kunsthalle, nominated by Kasper König. He contributes regularly to the art magazine “art“ and issues his own publication, the “Dan Perjovschi Newspaper“.
Ulrike Shepherd | Curator of Visual Art & Coordinator of the artsprogram | ulrike. shepherd@ zu. de
Prof. Dr. Karen van den Berg | Academic Head of the artsprogram | karen. vandenberg@ zu. de
Opening hours: Thursdays to Tuesdays, 14 - 17 pm
and by arrangement
Impressions from the opening
At the „32. Art Friday Friedrichshafen“ the artsprogram opened the wall drawings by Dan Perjovschi at the ZF Campus
03.03. | ZF Campus, ZU | Fallenbrunnen 3 | 19 - 24 pm
21pm Introduction by Prof. Dr. Karen van den Berg
19, 20, 22 pm tours & bar
Photos: K. van den Berg (above) and C. Ehret (below)