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Thank you for buying

Opening: October 5, 2018, 7:00 PM
Artist: Mihai Zgondoiu
Curator: Eugen Radescu
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#rien
Fake News = Fake Art. This is Contemporary!
Who was sold for 450,3 mil.?? Leonardo da Vinci or Jesus Christ?
#posttruthera
Rich like Richard Serra!
Art is too expensive to have it only in your head.
#share #buy #love
Hey Mr. Hirst, I'm painting my own works too!
artwithout#
Paradox: Contemporary Art Biennales exhibit installations, new-media & science, while at the Art Fairs and Auctions they sell paintings. On canvas. Made of linen.
#beautifulart
For a healthier lifestyle, consume oil on canvas with moderation!
#thankyouforbuying
(Mihai Zgondoiu)

People of the XXI century do not live by the rules, they are not willing to give something up for the sake of living a fair and balanced life. Our social life today lacks moral concerns: our actions are no longer validated by "what must" and this is how we became "the society of generalized permissiveness" (Gilles Lipovetscky). It would rather be called the era of the aesthetic minimalism. Rigor does not disappear completely, but it stops being preponderant. A first step in the massification of production is the transformation of things into products, into merchandise. Things no longer have their own identity and they become one of the thousand identical copies. Standardization of things becomes the standardization of people. The transformation of things into goods becomes the transformation of people into consumers. This metamorphosis leads to a superficial impression of wellbeing. If the problem of social equity was formulated in terms of redistribution of valuable non mass produced items, today’s technology manages to satisfy the consumer’s needs by mass producing the goods; but what exactly makes possible the transformation of goods into products and of people into consumers? The answer is the indefinite replication of goods and the amplitude it takes because of technology. What does the technological production stand for? It mainly stands for creating such expensive and complex products that only an impressive mass would pay for them.

With "Thank you for buying!", Mihai Zgondoiu involves in the art market not to sell, but to question/debate the situation of art fairs today, from inside an art fair, in a constructive manner, by asking from an economical perspective how the market is regulated and by which mechanisms they set their rules: capitalist, aesthetic or cultural. (Eugen R?descu)

Mihai Zgondoiu (b.1982) is an artist, curator and gallerist, who holds a master's and a doctorate degree in the field of visual arts. Starting with 2014 he teaches at the National University of Arts in Bucharest at the Design Department. His artistic practice consists of a variety of genres and techniques, ranging from drawing, collage, experimental print to video installation, performances, and urban interventions. His projects recall critical thinking (as well as self-critical thinking) towards clichés in our current society, mocking its socio-cultural values and icons, which were created by the new media through different kind of fake news propaganda.
Among his most recent exhibitions and projects: Fighting with Mozart!, Creart Gallery – Bucharest 2018, EXTRAfaces, Galeria Uj Kriterion - Miercurea Ciuc 2017, Fight with Mozart!, RKI - Vienna Contemporary (AT) 2017, New Wall - Calina Gallery Timisoara 2017, Dada Brancusi, MB-XL Gallery Bruxelles (BE) 2016 & Galateca Gallery – Bucure?ti 2016, The Artist's Golden Hand, FivePlus Gallery – Viena (AT) 2014 & Aiurart Gallery – Bucuresti 2013, Lenin's Sleep, Free Press Square – Bucuresti 2011, The Red Line, the National Dance Center of Bucure?ti 2011, The Red Carpet, the Schlooss Museum courtyard – Linz, (AT) 2011, Freedom as Visual Pattern, Hampden Gallery - Incubator Art Space, Amherst, Massachusetts (USA) 2010, Me Matrix, Calina Gallery – Timisoara 2009, Me, Contemporary Art Gallery of the Brukenthal National Museum – Sibiu, 2008.
He also participated in RERE. Overriding Design with Art and Vice-Versa – Vienna Design Week 2016, DADADA - Media Art Festival – Museum of Art-Arad 2016, Transformation – Beelden Aan Zee Museum, Haga 2014, BB6 (Bucharest International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2014, IEEB4 & IEEB7 (International Experimental Engraving Biennial, 2010, 2016), Now Art Now Future (The International Biennial of print – Vilnius, 2008), his artworks being part of private and state collections: Art collection Luciano Benetton (IT), Alain Servais Collection (BE), Avium Art Collection (RO), Daniel Stefanica Art Collection (RO), Nasui Art Collection (RO), Herczeg Art Collection (RO), Calina Art Collection (RO), DFEWA Art Collection (DE), The Visual Art Museum, Gala?i (RO), the Florean Contemporary Art Museum, Baia-Mare (RO), the National Museum of Art, Satu Mare (RO).

Eugen Radescu is cultural manager, curator and theoretician, with background in political science (specialised on moral relativism and political ethics). He wrote for various magazines and newspapers. He curated, among others, Bucharest Biennale 1 with the theme “Identity Factories”, “How Innocent Is That?” , “presently i have nothing to show and i’m showing it!” and "Common Nostalgia" at Pavilion Bucharest. He published the book “How Innocent Is That?” at Revolver Book Berlin. He is co-editor of PAVILION – journal for politics and culture and co-director of Bucharest Biennale and the chairman of the organisational board of PAVILION and BUCHAREST BIENNALE. He is member of the selection board at apexart for the programs "Franchise" and "Unsolicited Proposal Program". He held different lectures at several institutions such as apex, New York, Badisher Kunstverein, Karlshrue, Casa Encedida, Madrid, University of Arts, Cluj. Currently he is working on a new book, “Moral relativism – two perspectives”. He is Phd in political science at Babes-Bolyai University.
Also he is professor at Bucharest University and Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj. Lives and works in Bucharest.
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