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Project Space: Stage and Twist
Anna Molska and Ciprian Mureşan
Tate Modern: Exhibition
25 May 14 October 2012
Free
Part of the series Project Space

In Stage and Twist a child drinks a mixture of Pepsi and Coca-Cola, a giant puzzle is played by two half-naked young men, an iconic work by Yves Klein is re-enacted with the artist leaping into the void and hitting the pavement below and a group of workers assemble a monumental sculpture out of scaffolding in an empty field. In all of these works history is both re-staged and twisted as a means to engage critically with the present day.

This exhibition brings together the Polish artist Anna Molska and the Romanian artist Ciprian Mureşan for their first museum exhibition in London. Molska and Mureşan draw upon historical events and art history to highlight the power of the collective experience in the post-communism era. Both artists question social mechanisms and the construction of individuality. Rather than glorifying the past, each work cheerfully accepts the uncountable failures and shortcomings of contemporary society.

The exhibition is curated by Capucine Perrot, Tate Modern and Magda Lipska, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.

Stage and Twist exhibition in the Project Space at Tate Modern, installation view

Stage and Twist, installation view

© the artists
Photo: Tate Photography, 2012

Stage and Twist exhibition in the Project Space at Tate Modern, installation view

Stage and Twist, installation view

© the artists
Photo: Tate Photography, 2012

Anna Molska

(Born 1983, Prudnik, Poland) lives and works in Warsaw. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 2011.
Selected solo exhibitions include: Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (forthcoming, Autumn 2012); The Forgetting of Proper Names, Calvert 22 Foundation, London (2012), Anna Molska, Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (2010). Selected group exhibitions include: The Third Room, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2011); Rearview Mirror, The Power Plant, Toronto (2011); While Bodies Get Mirrored – an exhibition about Movement, Formalism and Space, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2010); The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York (2009); 5th Berlin Biennial, Berlin (2008).

Ciprian Mureşan

(Born 1977, Dej) lives and works in Cluj, Romania. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Cluj-Napoca in 2000. Since 2005 Ciprian Mureşan has edited IDEA art + society magazine, published in Cluj-Napoca. Selected solo exhibitions include: Recycled Playground, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève (2012); Ciprian Mureşan, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany (2010). Selected group exhibitions include: The Beauty and the Distance, 17th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2010); Les Promesses du passé, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2010); The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York, (2009); Seductiveness of the Interval, Romanian Pavilion, 53 Venice Biennale (2009); Staging the Grey, Prague Biennale 4 (2009).

Organised in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

The Project Space series has been made possible with the generous support of Catherine Petitgas.

The curatorial exchanges are organised in collaboration with Gasworks.