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CIPRIAN MURESAN
 
FOREVER YOUNG
KEREN BENBENISTY, NICOLAS BOULARD, BETH CAMPBELL, LIU CHUANG, AURELIE DUBOIS, CHOUROUK HRIECH, CIPRIAN MURESAN, VLADIMIR NIKOLIC, ANA PRVACKI, CLEMENT RODZIELSKI, SYLVAIN ROUSSEAU, STEPHANE VIGNY
 
Pioneers, 2008, set of 40 lithographies, 256 x 115,5 cm, details
 
Ciprian Muresan is one of a generation of talented artists from Eastern Europe. He has already taken part in a number of significant international events, moreover it was one of the most successful Statements from the last Basle fair. His work refers to iconic artwork from contemporary history of modernity. Muresan is interested in questions linked to shake-ups in contemporary society, the fall of utopia, the implications of new technology in our visual culture, the fetichism of comic strips, the relationships in civil society and the different forms of power including the church. Ciprian Muresan, too, belongs to the generation that grew up after the fall of the ancien regime. He is one of those artists who take a post-conceptual approach to the political and social heritage of his country. Hence this work which applies the OULIPO principle of word games and translates the bedside book of so many indoctrinated generations, the Communist Manifesto, into bird languages. A similar spirit of sarcastic disillusion emanates from the series of lithographs that represent the figure of a young pioneer, a communist scout which his red scarf, getting high not on official doctrine but on the fumes from cheap glue in a plastic bag.
 
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