“Cluj Connection”

Haunch of Venison

Until recently, the art scene in the West has been fairly indifferent to work from Central and Eastern Europe. A few artists have made names for themselves internationally, but for many years any analysis or art-historical interpretation of work from these regions has been carried out in a very piecemeal fashion. Now cultural theorists, curators, gallerists, and the artists themselves are engaging in a more critical discourse, and the entry of several Eastern European countries into the EU has facilitated communication. For the exhibition “Cluj Connection,” the British art critic Jane Neal brought together seven young artists from Romania: Mircea Cantor, Adrian Ghenie, Victor Man, Ciprian Mureşan, Cristi Pogăcean, Şerban Savu, and Gabriela Vanga. All of the artists trained at the Institute of Art and Design in the city of Cluj in Transylvania and are part of an active art scene there. But

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