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MARIUS RITIU

mariusritiu.com b. 1984, Satu Mare, Romania Based in Antwerp and New York

ABOUT

Born, raised, and educated in Romania (BA, MA in Classical Sculpture, Arts and Design University, Cluj-Napoca), I have worked from Antwerp both as one-half of the artist duo Bors & Ritiu (2010–2017), and solo, obtaining an MA from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts along the way.

In my practice I reflect on the importance and/ or triviality of heritage, borders, nationhood, exploring ideas about traveling, movement, and migration, but also cosmology. My experience as an Eastern European immigrant in a Western European country is a source of inspiration, its manifestation in my work oftentimes unapologetically literal. But it also grounds a dialectic of larger scope. Variations in culture, religion, nation, race are variations on and creative expressions of the human condition. Instead of being celebrated, our differences are made into symbols and ideologies meant to divide; they are made into borders. The perspective of those who’ve crossed a few is worth reflecting on and from, but it is the astronaut who is the true skeptic: no eye that looks ‘down’ on Earth from space can see such perverse dividing lines. Now, this outlook invites radical revisionism.

Art; science; celebrating unfeigned, unselfconscious, unaffected expressions of locality – and inevitable yet synergistic interactions thereof – all contribute towards the global conscience I strive to instill in and through my work.

EDUCATION

Master’s Degree 2014

Sculpture Department, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium.

Master’s Degree 2007-2009

Sculpture Department, University of Arts and Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Bachelor’s Degree 2003-2007

Sculpture DepartmentUniversity of Arts and Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

RESIDENCIES

ISCP (International Studio & Curatorial Program), NYC, USA 2017

Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, Belgium 2010

 

GRANTS/ AWARDS

ARTE/ cutlog Prize for the project No Borders Equals Tolerance, presented during the cutlog Art Fair,

Bourse du Commerce, Paris, FR 2011

Kunsten en Erfgoed Grant for the ISCP residency programme 2017

 

COMISSIONS

Thalie Art Foundation, Brussels, BE 2016 DE SOKKEL # 3, Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, BE 2010 Tweespoor, De Warande, Turnhout, BE 2010

 

EXHIBITIONS – SOLO

The Tale of a Found Dimension, Slag Gallery, NYC, USA 2017

Venus von Hamburg, Open Source Gallery, NYC, USA 2015

Eleven Thousandth of a Second Long Ride, Galerie Marion De Canniére, Antwerp, BE 2014

Eleventh Thousandth of a Second Long Ride, project presentation (supported by ARTE TV, FR),

cutlog Art Fair, The Clemente, NYC, USA 2013

Different Perspectives Contest/ Exhibition, Galerie Marion De Canniére, Antwerp, BE 2012

DE SOKKEL # 3 – Kunstinterventie in het Antwerpse Stadspark, Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, BE 2012

Magic Carpet, project presentation at Slick Art Fair/Galerie Marion De Cannià ́lre, Brussels, BE 2012

Mas(s) Moving, Galerie Marion De Canniére, Antwerp, BE 2011

Stressing State, Trajector Art Fair/Galerie Marion De Canniére, Brussels, BE 2011

How to Become Famous in One Month, Galerie Marion De Canniére, Antwerp, BE 2010

 

EXHIBITIONS – GROUP (SELECTION)

Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, BE 2017

Independent Brussels, Slag Gallery, Brussels, BE 2017

Volta Basel, Slag Gallery, Basel, CH 2016

What are we building down there?, Bucharest Biennale 7, RO 2016

Ringland: A city is not a road, Bernaerts Auction House, Antwerp, BE 2016

Tamango, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, RO 2016

Art Contest, De Markten, Brussels, BE 2015

cutlog Paris, artists recommended by ARTE France, Paris, FR 2015

Closer/ Dichterbij Festival, Zuiderpershuis, Antwerp, BE 2015

120 Minutes,curated by Frank Koolen & Lieven Segers, Art Brussels, BE 2015

A Belgian Politician, Marion De Cannià ́lre Art Space, Antwerp, Belgium 2015

Noli me tangere, Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, Belgium 2014

The Patron of the Travelers, BORG Biennial, Antwerp, Belgium 2014

Public Intimacy, Art Brussels/Galerie Marion De Canniére, Brussels, BE 2014

Park + Ride, Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, Belgium 2014

Reframe Festival, TAC, Eindhoven, NL 2013 P.R.E.S.T.I.G.E., Plateau ROZIER, Ghent, BE 2013

Sideways Festival, Turnhout, BE 2012

Tweespoor, De Warande, Turnhout, BE 2012

Twelve Thousandth Three Hundred Forty-Five, Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, BE 2012

The Tiberius Principle (Exit 2011 – Entrée 2012), Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, BE 2011-2012

cutlog Art Fair, Galerie Marion De Canniére, Bourse du Commerce, Paris, FR 2011

Photocollages, Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, BE 2011 Certified Copy, Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, BE 2011

Trou de ville, Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, BE 2010-2011

 

PRESS (SELECTION)

ARTnews Magazine 2017

White Hot Magazine 2017

ARTE TV 2016 ARTE TV 2015

NRC Handelsblaad 2015

De Standaard 2015

De Standaard 2015

H ART 2014

ARTE TV 2013

ARTE TV 2013

Collect (no. 431, Dutch version) 2012

Collect (no. 431, French version) 2012

Gazet van Antwerpen 2012

Art Croissance (issue no. 5) 2012

Wall Street International 2012

ARTE TV 2012

Gazet van Antwerpen 2012

Gazet van Antwerpen 2012

Canvas TV 2012

Beaux Arts Magazine 2011

The New York Times 2011

ARTE TV 2011

Art Media Agency 2011

Kunstbeeld 2011

Art Press 2011

De Morgen 2010