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arch-NEAGU. Paul Neagu & Architecture

The Romanian Embassy and the Romanian Cultural Institute in London together with The Paul Neagu Estate (UK) cordially invite you to the Private View of an exhibition highlighting Paul Neagu’s incursions in architecture, which he based on some of his artistic concepts, a few developed already early in his career, even before leaving Romania and settling in the UK in 1971. This exhibition is curated by architect Anca Mihalache.
The exhibition will be opened by H.E. Laura Popescu, Ambassador of Romania and Iolanda Costide and Paul Ciucur, trustees of TPNE(UK). Esteemed British architecture critic Hugh Pearman, now president of the 20th Century Society, will talk about the artist’s striking ‘architectural essays’ in a lecture entitled ‘Paul Neagu: Defining Space’. Pearman met Paul Neagu in the ‘70s and has written about him in Building Design and The Sunday Times (you will find press cuttings of these articles in the exhibition).
Private View: 25 Jun 2024, 7pm. The exhibition can be visited until 7 July 2024.
Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH. More details.
 

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Paul Neagu Exhibition at MAMCO Geneva (5 March 2024 – 9 June 2024)

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The most pivotal decade of Neagu’s career started in the early 1970s. His works were exhibited three times—in 1972, 1976 and 1981—at the Rivolta gallery in Lausanne, with which he had a close personal relationship. For each of those shows Neagu took a holistic approach, also designing the decor and staging elements. The exhibition at MAMCO (Musée d’art moderne et contemporain) features a substantial body of engravings and drawings produced by Neagu for the Lausanne-based gallery, as well as a collection of archive documents provided by the Rivolta family. It pays tribute to a singular artist who preferred to stay out of the limelight but who, in his own unassuming way, made a lasting impact on the European art scene.
Exhibition curated by Elisabeth Jobin. With the support of the Rivolta gallery archives and The Paul Neagu Estate (UK).
More details.

 

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Paul Neagu in the ”Making New Worlds: Li Yuan-chia & Friends” exhibition at Kettle’s Yard Gallery, Cambridge (11 November 2023 – 18 February 2024)

Paul Neagu features in this group exhibition based on the pioneering vision of artist Li Yuan-chia (1929 – 1994) and the LYC Museum & Art Gallery which he founded and ran between 1972 and 1983 in the Cumbrian village of Banks, alongside Hadrian’s Wall. Li’s practice – as both artist and organiser – is at the centre of the exhibition, along with those artists he exhibited at the LYC and those who were part of the cosmopolitan networks he enabled and enriched. More details.

 

 

 

 

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CAKE MAN, after Paul Neagu: Performance

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Sunday 22 October 2023, Cazarma U, Timișoara
During the exhibition “după SCULPTURĂ / SCULPTURĂ după”
Curator: Ileana Pintilie
Artists: Thomas Goodey, Ioana Marinescu, Iulia Mărăcine and Andreea David
“Cake Man, after Paul Neagu” is inspired by The Cake-Man performance which took place in 1971 at Sigi Krauss Gallery in London.

Details (in Romanian, pdf file).

 

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”Paul Neagu. A Retrospective” at the National Museum of Art, Timișoara, Romania (16.12.2022-15.04.2023)

The first exhibition on such a comprehensive scale to be dedicated to Paul Neagu (1938-2004), the Romanian-born artist who lived and worked in the UK from 1971 onward. The exhibition highlights all the stages in Paul Neagu’s working career, presenting a vast selection of drawings, objects, sculptures, documentation of performances, and other adjacent materials, such as artist books, sketchbooks, and photographs. Neagu’s work is being rediscovered by artists, critics, curators, and thinkers in various fields, and has become a source of inspiration due to its engagement with a multiplicity of disciplinary approaches, which transcends cultural and geographic contexts and goes beyond such dichotomies as nature/culture and subject/object in the practice and reception of the artistic act. Alongside many other characteristics that make it inciting for the present day, Neagu’s art is particularly relevant thanks to the innovative way in which it conjoins the body and the senses in order to reach a spiritualised knowledge that re-imagines the place and the role of the human in the world and its relationship with the cosmic dimension. More details.

 

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Paul Neagu – The Monograph

Published by JRP | Editions

This monograph dedicated to the Romanian-born, UK-based artist Paul Neagu (1938–2004) represents the first comprehensive overview of the artist’s oeuvre at a time when his activities as an artist, both in Western and Eastern Europe, are ripe for reassessment. Paul Neagu settled in London in 1971, but the seeds of his artistic practice and methodology had already been planted by then. A versatile artist, excelling in both two and three-dimensional forms of expression, Neagu was also a performer, writer, and thinker. The book offers new interpretations of his themes and cycles of works (such as tactile art, the concept of Anthropocosmos, the Hyphen, his major sculptural invention, and later projects of »visual hermeneutics«), taking into account the socio-historical and subjective factors that structured Neagu’s trajectory.
Edited by Magda Radu and Georg Schöllhammer. Commissioned by The Paul Neagu Estate (UK).

Launch Event (part of the Timișoara 2023 European Capital of Culture programme): 18 February 2023, National Museum of Art, Timișoara. Details.

The book (English edition) can be purchased from D.A.P. UK (from early June 2024, orders from the UK), artbook (orders from the USA), les presses du réel (orders from France) and La Două Bufnițe online bookshop (orders from Romania).
Other retailers: Blackwell’s | WHSmith.