2META Group

Romelo Pervolovici and Maria Manolescu, reunited as 2META, are, to my mind, a unique, symptomatic case in the context of Romanian visual research in the past 25 years. First, let’s consider the sculptor Romelo Pervolovici, who migrated from an artistic quest nourished by archaic archetypes and Eastern spiritual traditions that manifested for an entire aesthetic direction seeking for essence, in the 1980s, when he started his career, to a spectacular conversion from the 1990s onwards. Conversion, attraction, passion for art as polymorphous experiment, with a variety of materials, techniques and contradictory conceptual perspectives, art as visual research, bold and unconventional, in a field which has expanded explosively through the new means of mass communication and the fulminating rise of science as the main imaginary universe of the urban collective mentality nowadays. Secondly, let’s move to Maria Manolescu, who has a background in humanities, and has undergone a migration herself, from spiritual readings and writings, markedly suffused with Orthodox and esoteric views, in the 1980s, to a spectacular opening in the 1990s, until today, to the latest linguistic, scientific, logical and aesthetic theories, seeking to create a craved synthesis, yet to be explored, with artistic potential. By all means, 2META group is a rare case of perfect equality and equity between the two spouses who make it up, in the Romanian artistic world where, most often, women artists sacrifice and dedicate themselves to their husbands’ career, who forget to integrate them into their own career and acknowledge them as part of their own success. The 2META group is a polar, but harmonious structure: Maria Manolescu is the theoretical mastermind, so to say, the one who delivers the motivational discourse, often times extremely sophisticated, while Romelo Pervolovici is the one who sees ideas, feels forms, and delivers the final visual discourse, often stunning and challenging. Although at first one could sense the gender division of labour between the two, over time, through mutual energy and information exchanges, the group has fused into a coherent whole that works inseparably and flawlessly. But what I find even more interesting in the case of 2META is the fact that the group took on their own shoulders, and very seriously, the need of renewal, of experimentation in all directions, of opening towards the international scene, which appeared naturally and violently after the Romanian Revolution of December 1989. Without the help of the Soros Centre for Contemporary Art, which actively embodied this trend in Bucharest, until 2000, 2META group covered single-handedly and on their own expenses a whole area of renewing artistic actions and events. 2META was not only a group, but also a self-created, self-contained institution, a private foundation with its own resources, which has managed miraculously not only to survive until now, in a world where nothing, not even institutions last for long, but also to have their own research programme, scholarships, annual colloquiums and exhibitions that have created their “brand” and have progressively strengthened their reputation. Even The Biennial of Young Artists, organized by 2META until 2014, the first international biennial for visual arts in Bucharest, was a “family business”, so to say, as in its tremendous planning efforts the 2META couple involved their son, architect Radu Pervolovici, as well, during the past years. And it is worth highlighting the exemplary work of this “artists’ business”, driven mainly by the desire for renewal and evolution, by the ambition to synchronize the small, but highly dynamic Romanian artistic world of today with the rest of the globe. Why META, we might wonder? Where does this slightly pretentious, slightly mysterious name come from? Probably because they are a theoretical-artistic group, and not just an artistic one, as there are many in Romania and abroad. What’s certain is that it has to do with the group’s explicit programme, emphasized by various theoretical texts that have accompanied their exhibitions: a programme that envisages, obsessively and bravely, even if sometimes ambiguously, the research of mental, linguistic and visual mechanisms which make the artistic act become real. Therefore, 2META is programmatically oriented towards self-reflexivity and self-referentiality, with their corresponding discourse-about-discourse, fiction about fiction, hence meta-language, meta-logic, meta-fiction, meta-narrative, etc. And generally, a search of awareness and experimentation in the theory and production of art – which explains the touch of sophistication and interdisciplinarity, of experimentalism at any price, and sometimes the artificiality of the “META stance”. A stance obviously placed within the broader field of conceptualism as dominant aesthetic paradigm in the international environment over the past 40-50 years. Yet who has not admired the exuberant inspiration and conspicuous playful dimension of many visual meta-fictions signed by 2META? Who didn’t wince when seeing their installations in 1999-2002 about the miners’ attacks in 1990, 1991 and 1999 that took place in Bucharest? Who didn’t admire the play on words and ideas in “Art Is My Weapon“ (2001)? Who wasn’t amused by the “EuRoFlag” paintings, with the stars of the European Union, in 2004-2005? Who didn’t enjoy the huge light blue floating jellyfish, in Sibiu, in 2007? Who didn’t appreciate the video-installations entitled “I’ve Seen Someone that Wasn’t There” in 2008 (with its hypnotic eyes), or “User Guide to Art” in 2009, or “Interactive Self-Portrait” in 2009, or “Water Drop” in 2015, and many, many others? Who has not vibrated at the constant references of 2META group at the traumas of communism and post-communism, as well as at their openness towards the new universalism of today, called globalism/glocalism? Who hasn’t noticed the implicit critique aimed at conventional art institutions, such as museum and vernissage? Who hasn’t stopped to reflect on their invented concepts, such as “anartomy”, “sousveillance”, “realism after realism”, “artopology”, and especially “imposition”, a defining concept of the 2META type of research, as opposed to the concept of “exhibition” and implying attention to interiority and the complex cognitive and emotional processes of creating images? I think that the theoretical and visual eclecticism of the 2META group illustrates, better than many other projects and cultural productions in Romania, the versatility of thinking and postmodern artistic stance (which in my opinion still persists today): fragmentation and mix of incongruous visual techniques, intertextuality, irony and paradox, textual and visual manipulation, de- and re-contextualization of theoretical and imaginary information, multiplication of cultural references and levels of meaning, in a word, a sweeping conceptual and playful experimentalism that appropriates local and international items, dissociates and recomposes them creatively within its own discourse in order to support its own manifesto and cultural influence. Through everything it has created and continues to create, I think that 2META group is a distinguished representative of the 1980s, both visually and theoretically, as the direction of this decade was reformulated after 1989, and through the most creative and dynamic aspects of this generation. And the fact that 2META was a forerunner on its own, of the experimental-conceptual openness between 1990-2000, long before the conceptual-experimental effervescence of 2010 and that of the latest generation representing them, who sometimes forget their immediate predecessors who are still very productive, is, in my opinion, a confirmation. A confirmation of the role-model part that 2META has played almost by itself, despite all difficulties and obstacles, on the Romanian visual scene over the past two decades, both discreetely and brilliantly. Magda Cârneci Art critic and historian, curator

News


2017-04-26 20:21:12

Spring 2017 GRAND Opening


MNAC Bucharest happily announces the opening of the new season’s exhibitions on April 27, 7 pm, at the Palace of Parliament.

Save the date!


OPENING: THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017, 7pm

The National Museum of Contemporary Art – MNAC Bucharest

The Palace of Parliament


Image credit: Romelo Pervolovici, Wilderness Fire, 2013, oil on canvas, 203 x 160 cm (photo credit Romelo Pervolovici, ©2META) )


Image credit: Maria Manolescu, #103, 2016, dimensions: 183 x 132 cm (photo credit Romelo Pervolovici, ©2META)


METAREALIA – AT THE SAME TIME

2META / Maria Manolescu, Romelo Pervolovici

Curators: Raluca-Elena Doroftei, Andreea Drăghicescu

27.04.2017 - 08.10.2017
3rd floor

METAREALIA – At The Same Time exhibition reveals the most recent activity of 2META - Maria Manolescu and Romelo Pervolovici. Mostly known as media artists, they start using painting as a means of expression in 2010. Their works of art meet and overlap around the meta concept. The 2META painting seeks out breaches of reality, multiple realities, reality after reality – while the 2 artists work together on different canvases. At the same time a unique practice is drawn, with identifiable aesthetics, radically specific and unique. Metarealia defines a hybrid visual space where idea meets matter. (Raluca-Elena Doroftei, Andreea Drăghicescu, 2META)

Architect: Radu Pervolovici

MNAC Coordinator: Magda Predescu

Winner of the MNAC Call for projects 2015



2016-11-10 15:26:52

Metarealia: A Metavisual Discourse/ 2META

(Editura META, București, 2016)

The META Cultural Foundation, together with the Administration of the National Cultural Fund, are organising the launch of the retrospective album Metarealia: a metavisual discourse/ 2META. The event will take place on Friday, 11 November, 19:00, at the Cărturești Verona Bookstore (Str. Arthur Verona 13-15), in the presence of critics and art historians Magda Cârneci and Igor Mocanu, while writer Ion Bogdan Lefter will participate on video.


Please contact us for any other details.

Andreea Drăghicescu

0723.154.052​


2016-11-07 18:43:17

A Century of Romanian Architecture - www.e-architecture.ro

Photography exhibition and the launching of the online encyclopaedia, the 1918-1944 timeframe.


On Wednesday, November 9th, at 6:30 p.m., in Piața Amzei, first floor (Piața Amzei 13), META Cultural Foundation kindly invites you to the opening of the photography exhibition and the launching event for the online encyclopaedia A Century of Romanian Architecture (the 1918-1944 period).

The double event will be attended by Mihaela Criticos, Mariana Croitoru, Anca Filip, Oana Marinache, Mircea Ochinciuc, Gabriela Petrescu, Dragoș Popescu, Sidonia Teodorescu, Ion Bogdan Lefter.

The cultural project is financed by ARCUB and P.M.B. within the program „Bucharest the Invisible City, 2016”, by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund, and by the Union of Romanian Architects from the fund „Architecture Stamp” 2016.

The second edition of the project "A Century of Romanian Architecture", dedicated to architecture in the interbellic period, can be accessed at www.e-architecture.ro starting with the 8th November 2016.

The encyclopaedic project, started by META Cultural Foundation, was initiated at the beginning of the 2000s in the form of a printed dictionary, the first stage being materialized in 2001, with the emergence of the dictionary A Century of Romanian Sculpture (A-D), published in the "Sinteze" Collection, META Publishing House. In 2013, with the support of The Administration of the National Cultural Fund (ANCF), partnered with the Romanian Fine Artists’ Union and the National University of Art (UNArte), this was resumed in electronic format, the first edition of the online encyclopaedia, called A Century of Romanian Sculpture (A - M), being launched in the autumn of 2013. The second edition of the project that took place in 2014, with the financial support of AFCN, comprises the second part of the dictionary (N-Z) and it was launched in the autumn of last year. (www.sculpture.ro)

In 2015, META Cultural Foundation returned with a new encyclopaedia, this time dedicated to Romanian architecture and integrated in a wider cultural program which consists of two complementary cultural projects, and which this year is at the second edition:

  1.   The Romanian architecture bilingual online encyclopaedia, second edition, 1918-1944 - www.e-architecture.ro

  2.   The photography exhibition A Century of Romanian Architecture (1918-1944), open in the period 9 November - 4 December 2016.

With a specific and well documented content, the encyclopaedia and the exhibition aim at achieving an extended vision of Romanian architecture of the last 100 years in four separate stages (2015 – 1890-1918, 2016 – 1918-1947, 2017 – 1947-1989, 2018 – 1989-2018), in the proposed format – online and bilingual/exhibition, which will contain data of a both historical and critic content, ample information of the 20th century history but also more recent information regarding the architectural activity of the ones selected, already famous names and new ones, belonging to the younger architects, as well.   The online edition is the first bilingual encyclopaedia with free access that has been dedicated to the architects in Romania and it currently gathers the files of more than 60 architects that worked during the 1890-1918 timeframe.

The encyclopaedia will not represent a mere tool designed as a database, useful to all the students, the architect-professors and the architects, the architecture theoreticians, the cultural operators, the editors, the professors, the managers of museums or cultural centres, but it will also feature a critical apparatus, META Cultural Foundation currently collaborating with a team of architect-professors including: Ana-Maria Zahariade, Mihaela Criticos, Mircea Ochinciuc, Arpad Zachi, Dragoș Ciolacu, Mariana Croitoru, Anca Filip, Oana Marinache, Gabriela Petrescu, Sidonia Teodorescu, Andrei Răzvan Voinea, a team that it intends to expand for the following stages.

A Century of Romanian Architecture will remain an open project, as a work in progress platform which can be permanently updated even by any virtual visitor that wishes to make changes, corrections or additions to the already existing files on the site. They will be able to complete the files accessing the "Contribute" menu, available for every single page and, after the information is verified by the members of our team, the data will be introduced in the encyclopaedia.

META Cultural Foundation, established in 1995 in Bucharest, aims to build a cultural discourse on a contemporary, inter- and multidisciplinary level, to promote Romanian contemporary art on a national and European scale, to open the Romanian cultural backgrounds to the changes that occur on today’s art scene.

Project organized by META Cultural Foundation

Cultural project financed by ARCUB and P.M.B. within the program „Bucharest the Invisible City, 2016”, by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund, and by the Union of Romanian Architects from the fund „Architecture Stamp” 2016.

Cultural project hosted by Amzei Market Makers, an initiative by The Institute and ING.

Project conducted with the support of the "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism, The Centre of Excellence in Image Studies and the Faculty of Letters – University of Bucharest, Arhitext Design Foundation, the Central University Library „Carol I”, the UAUIM Library and the UAR Library. 

Media Partners: Arhitext, Contemporanul, Zeppelin, Igloo, Observator Cultural, AgențiadeCarte, Radio România Cultural, Modernism.ro, Iqool, onlinegallery.ro.

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Contact: Andreea Drăghicescu, metacult@gmail.com, 0723.154.052


2016-11-01 16:07:07

Le Meilleur de Slon – French Film Festival

META Cultural Foundation and META Cinema, toghether with the French Institute of Bucharest, are organizing the event Le Meilleur de Slon – Festivalul de Film Francez, a screening of short films created during the first two editions (2015-2016) of the project International Audio-Visual Creative Residency (Slon, Romania). The screening will take place on Saturday, November 5, at 20:45, in the cinema Elvira Popescu. Directors François Barbier, Andreas Bolm, Lucile Hadžihalilović, Benoît Maerens, Eva Pervolovici, and director of photography George Chiper-Lillemark will be present.



Short film selection from 1st and 2nd editions :

Benoît Maerens. Sans tambour ni trompette. Film performance. Locuitorii satului descoperă o casă prin lumină și sunet.
Festival de court-métrage "Silence, on court!", Paris, Franța
Slamdance film festival, Utah, SUA


François Barbier. Istoria lumină. Mirela, o tânără dansatoare, fragilă și agitată, încearcă să se spovedească preotului din sat...
International Film Festival FERFILM Ferizaj, Kosovo
International Kids Film Festival in San Diego, SUA
CineFestival in Los Angeles, USA
Creation International Film Festival in Ottawa, Canada
International Short Film and Music Festival Dublin, Irlanda
Muestra Audiovisual CINE SINU in Montería, Columbia
Festival "Silence, on court!" in Paris, Franța
Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre 2016 in Paris, Franța
12 Months Film Festival in Cluj, România


Vanja Sviličić. Fata cu mustață. Doi turiști francezi se rătăcesc într-un sat din România. Ocazie de a descoperi prejudecățile legate de Europa de Est
Festival de court-métrage "Silence, on court!", Paris, Franța
Slamdance film festival, Utah, SUA


Eva Pervolovici. Fără titlu. Un pictor, modelul lui, șoferul... o cină în trei neobișnuită, în mijlocul munților.
Festival de court-métrage "Silence, on court!", Paris, Franța
Slamdance film festival, Utah, SUA


Andreas Bolm. Alin. Lui Alin, un adolescent de 14 ani, îi place să se plimbe. Când se plimbă visează. Când visează întâlnește lume.

Lucile Hadžhalilović. De natura. Două fetițe, patru elemente, fructele verii și - trecătoare - moartea.

Contact:
Andreea Drăghicescu,
metacult@gmail.com, 0723.154.052


2016-08-12 20:29:28




2016-05-04 15:26:28

Beginning in May this year, META Cultural Foundation has restarted work on the project A Century of Romanian Sculpture - Online Encyclopedia, with the goal of updating the records created two years ago.

We welcome up-to-date information related to the artists included in the encyclopedia, as well as suggestions for new additions to our project.

We can be contacted by email, at metacult@gmail.com, or through our site, www.sculpture.ro, by filling the "Contribute" form with the addition or modification you wish to suggest.

We can also be found on https://www.facebook.com/sculpture.ro/



2015-11-08 23:54:58

A Century of Romanian Architecture


www.e-architecture.ro


Photography exhibition and the launching of the online encyclopaedia, the 1890-1918 timeframe.


On Tuesday, November 10th, at 7 p.m., in the Underground space on the premises of The Ark, META Cultural Foundation kindly invite you to the opening of the photography exhibition and the launching event for the online encyclopaedia A Century of Romanian Architecture (the 1890-1918 period).


The double event will be attended by Nicolae Lascu, Mihaela Criticos, Arpad Zachi, Mariana Croitoru, Florentina Matache, Gabriela Petrescu, Miruna Stroe, Sidonia Teodorescu, Ion Bogdan Lefter.


A Century of Romanian Architecture can be accessed at http://www.e-architecture.ro/ starting with November 9th 2015.


The encyclopaedic project, started by META Cultural Foundation, was initiated at the beginning of the 2000s in the form of a printed dictionary, the first stage being materialized in 2001, with the emergence of the dictionary A Century of Romanian Sculpture (A-D), published in the "Sinteze" Collection, META Publishing House. In 2013, with the support of The Administration of the National Cultural Fund (ANCF), partnered with the Romanian Fine Artists’ Union and the National University of Art (UNArte), this was resumed in electronic format, the first edition of the online encyclopaedia, called A Century of Romanian Sculpture (A - M), being launched in the autumn of 2013. The second edition of the project that took place in 2014, with the financial support of AFCN, comprises the second part of the dictionary (N-Z) and it was launched in the autumn of last year. (www.sculpture.ro)


This year, META Cultural Foundation returns with a new encyclopaedia, this time dedicated to Romanian architecture and integrated in a wider cultural program which consists of two complementary cultural projects:


1. The Romanian architecture bilingual online encyclopaedia, available from November 9th 2015 at www.e-architecture.ro;
2. The photography exhibition A Century of Romanian Architecture (the 1890-1918 period).


With a specific and well documented content, the encyclopaedia and the exhibition aim at achieving an extended vision of Romanian architecture of the last 100 years in four separate stages (2015 – 1890-1918, 2016 – 1918-1947, 2017 – 1947-1989, 2018 – 1989-2018), in the proposed format – online and bilingual/exhibition, which will contain data of a both historical and critic content, ample information of the 20th century history but also more recent information regarding the architectural activity of the ones selected, already famous names and new ones, belonging to the younger architects, as well. The online edition is the first bilingual encyclopaedia with free access that has been dedicated to the architects in Romania and it currently gathers the files of more than 60 architects that worked during the 1890-1918 timeframe.


The encyclopaedia will not represent a mere tool designed as a database, useful to all the students, the architect-professors and the architects, the architecture theoreticians, the cultural operators, the editors, the professors, the managers of museums or cultural centres, but it will also feature a critical apparatus, META Cultural Foundation currently collaborating with a team of architect-professors including: Ana-Maria Zahariade, Mihaela Criticos, Mircea Ochinciuc, Arpad Zachi, Dragoș Ciolacu, Mariana Croitoru, Oana Marinache, Florentina Matache, Gabriela Petrescu, Miruna Stroe, Sidonia Teodorescu, Răzvan Voinea, a team that it intends to expand for the following stages.


A Century of Romanian Architecture will remain an open project, as a work in progress platform which can be permanently updated even by any virtual visitor that wishes to make changes, corrections or additions to the already existing files on the site. They will be able to complete the files accessing the "Contribute" menu, available for every single page and, after the information is verified by the members of our team, the data will be introduced in the encyclopaedia.


META Cultural Foundation, established in 1995 in Bucharest, aim to build a cultural discourse on a contemporary, inter- and multidisciplinary level, to promote Romanian contemporary art on a national and European scale, to open the Romanian cultural backgrounds to the changes that occur on today’s art scene.


Project organized by META Cultural Foundation


Cultural project financed by The Administration of the National Cultural Fund, Ordinul Arhitecților din România in "Timbrul arhitecturii", A.R.C.U.B. and P.M.B. within the Cultural Program "Ești București".


Project conducted with the support of The Ark, The "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism, The Centre of Excellence in Image Studies and the Faculty of Letters – University of Bucharest, Arhitext Design Foundation, The Contemporary Cultural Identity Association.


Media Partners: Arhitext, Zeppelin, ArtOut, Igloo, Modernism.ro, Observator Cultural, Revista 22, AgențiadeCarte, Ziare.com, Radio România Cultural.


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