Alin Bozbiciu | Mimesis: (Re)Imagining the Real

Curators: Maria Rus Bojan and Magdalena Mielnicka

Assistant Curator: Daria Bojan

17 November, 2018 – 17 January, 2019

Opening reception: 17 November, 7 pm

Dworcowa Gallery
Wroclaw Railway Station, 1st Floor
Pilsudskiego 105, Wroclaw, Poland

Exhibition generously supported by AFCN and Strefa Kultury Wrocław
Sponsors: mia ART GALLERYSleepWalker Boutique HotelMB Art Agency


 Mimesis: (Re)imagining the Real is the first solo show of Bozbiciu in Poland; it includes a selection of monumental paintings, majority of which were created especially for the exhibition space, located in Wroclaw’s recently renovated railway station, a building with a remarkable neo-gothic architecture.

Born in the year of the revolution of 1989, Alin Bozbiciu’s personal path coincided with the years of profound change in Romania in the post-Communist era. His own transformative experience forms the basis of a personal mythology in which reality and imagination merge into magical visual installations that dissolve the gap between “real” and “unreal”.

In his elaborate compositions, the artist constantly bounces between the real world and the one that he has imagined, drawing upon references from art history, mythological tropes and theatrical imagery. Making poignant existential statements about the contemporary experience, Alin Bozbiciu articulates a symbolic discourse that goes beyond the boundaries of representation and of figurative painting. Rather than approaching “mimesis” simply as a form of realism, the artist highlights the ambivalence of this concept in his quest to find a new visual solution of how our image dominated world should be represented today.

Through a series of introspective and dream-like compositions, the artist attempts to transgress the traditional perception of time and space, whilst emphasizing the infinite possibilities of painting as means to represent the many facets of the human condition and contemporary experience. By bringing together representations of angels or other imaginary characters inspired by baroque imagery, along with depictions of human bodies in ritualistic movement, the artist challenges viewers to immerse themselves in an imaginary world with a poetic dimension, in which myth and metaphor prevail. The spontaneity of his pictorial gesture accentuates the dynamic between the soft, restricted color palette, and the vigorous darker colors, offering a versatile and refreshing perspective to the medium of painting.

About the artist

Alin Bozbiciu lives and works in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He is one of the most successful emerging artists from the last wave of the Cluj School of Painting; graduating from the Painting Department of the Cluj University of Art and Design in 2013. Since then, he has had his works exhibited at Le Plafond, Amsterdam, Richard Taittinger Gallery in New York, and has had several shows at Untilthen Gallery in Paris. In 2017, he participated in the exhibition “Life as a User’s Manual”, the second edition of the Contemporary Art Biennial Art Encounters, in Timisoara, Romania. In 2018, Alin Bozbiciu had his second solo-show, “Theatre as Life”, at Untilthen Gallery in Paris, France, and participated in the exhibition “Time is the Game of Man”, the second edition of the summer project “Art of the Treasure Hunt” in the Chianti region of Italy, launched by Luziah Hennessy, and curated by Kasia Redzis, the senior curator at Tate Liverpool. His works are part of many important private collections across Europe: in the Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, Italy, France, Portugal, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania, but also across the world, in countries such as South Korea, Taiwan, China, Japan and Argentina.

Magdalena Abakanowicz | Presence, Essence, Identity

Curated by Maria Rus Bojan

30 September – 30 December 2018

Stara Kopalnia Science and Art Centre, Wałbrzych


Presence, Essence, Identity features a broad selection of works by Magdalena Abakanowicz, one the world’s most acclaimed Polish artist, who gained her international notoriety in the 1960’s for her experimental, and highly uncommon at the time, fiber sculptures. Generically entitled Abakans, these fluid woven structures made of organic materials, challenged traditional sculpture by transforming the flat surface of a tapestry into a spatial and dynamic form that triggers complex visual and tactile experiences.

Throughout her entire life, Magdalena Abakanowicz devoted her entire creative energy to the restless exploration of the dialectical relationship the human being shares with the larger natural world, translating her awareness about the essence of things into unique sculptural representations. Resisting all categories, Abakanowicz’s representations are intelligent forms of physical thinking that challenge conventional ideas of art and raise questions that are essential and universal to human experience.

This exhibition proposes a consistent overview of the artist’s creation, highlighting key works from all stages of her career, revolving around crucial themes, such as freedom and loss, resurrection and destruction, identity and difference. Featuring more than 100 sculptures, the exhibition aims to provide an understanding of the recurrent issues in Abakanowicz’s works: presence, essence, identity, and to illustrate the ways in which the Polish artist revolutionized the history of sculpture through a lifelong commitment to constant reinvention. The unique post-industrial location of the old mine offers an ideal setting to experience the full impact of the work of Abakanowicz.

This presentation at Stara Kopalnia (The Old Mine Center for Science and Art) is a sequel to the exhibition Effigies of Life, A Tribute to Magdalena Abakanowicz (Wroclaw, 2017) curated by Mariusz Hermansdorfer and Maria Rus Bojan. This exhibition offers a new selection of works, celebrating the lifelong collaboration and friendship between Magdalena Abakanowicz (1930-2017) and the visionary curator and art historian Marius Hermansdorfer (1940-2018).

This exhibition is produced by Magdalena Mielnicka and All That Art Foundation, Wroclaw in collaboration with the Estate of Magdalena Abakanowicz, Warsaw.

The works come from the artist’s estate, Irmina Nazar and Artur Trawinski collection, MARe Collection and NOWA 20_21 Collection.

The exhibition was made possible with the generous support from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage through the Cultural Promotion Fund.

Main Sponsor: European ArtEast Foundation, London
Sponsors: The City of Wałbrzych, All That Art Foundation, SleepWalker Boutique Hotel