ROMAN TOLICI Book Release & Exhibition

Published to News on Nov 25, 2016

​Mobius Gallery, in partnership with Pandora M Publishing and Kontakt Association, is pleased to announce the November 25th 2016 release of ROMAN TOLICI artist book, with an ample essay written by Pascal Bruckner and snapshots of conversations the artist had with the curator Oana Tănase, over the years.

In conjunction with Roman Tolici’s first itinerary exhibition that begins its journey at Mobius Gallery, in Bucharest, and will move on over the next two years to Moscow, London, Lisbon, Paris, New York, and Toronto, the artist book ROMAN TOLICI features an overview of the artist’s activity, from the emerging stages of his career until now.

The exhibition opens on November 25th at Mobius Gallery and runs until December 2nd. The public is welcome to peruse a few of never exhibited before paintings, from different phases of Roman Tolici’s work, spreading over more than a decade (2004-2015).

Roman Tolici was born in 1974, in the Ghetlova village, the Orhei district, located in the centre of the Republic of Moldova (former USSR member), almost 75 km from Chisinau. He started studying arts at the Igor Vieru Arts School in Chisinau, but his interest for images and for the visual culture had been nourished from his very first years of life, by his family. He moves to Bucharest in 1990, after receiving a scholarship at the Nicolae Tonitza Arts Highschool from the Romanian state. In 1997 he defends his BA thesis in a public exhibition (organised in the Constantin Brancusi Hall of the Palace of the Parliament); his BA thesis, entitled Identities and supervised by Nistor Coita, concludes his studies and the Graphic Arts Department of the National University of Arts of Bucharest. Starting with 2000, he establishes himself as a painter, with personal and group exhibitions. In 2000 he starts working with Oana Tănase (arts historian and independent curator); the collaboration is materialized in the personal exhibition “1 plus 1” (together with Dumitru Holban) hosted by the Museum of Romanian Literature in Bucharest. The curatorial (and editorial) projects of Oana Tanase include some personal exhibitions by Roman Tolici: Grafik und Malerei, Ross + Ross Galerie, Stuttgart, Germany, 2011 (catalogue); Nobody, Jecza Gallery, Timisoara, Romania, 2011 (catalogue); Action, Virtuell-Visuell, Dorsten, Germany, 2010 (catalogue); Cel mai probabil mâine/It Could Happen Tomorrow, National Museum of Contemporary Arts, Bucharest, Romania, 2008. Some of the most recent personal exhibitions of Roman Tolici include: Dark Matter (curated by Yana Smurova), Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Russia, 2016 (catalogue); SIMVLACRVM (curated by Simon Hewitt), Mobius Gallery, Bucharest, Romania, 2015 (catalogue); Milk. Honey. Blood. (curated by Adina Zorzini), Stirbey Palace, Bucharest, Romania; Ceremonies (curated by Adina Zorzini), National Museum of Arts, Chisinău, Republic of Moldova; Senki (curated by Oana Tănase) Herman Ottó Museum, Miskolc, Hungary. Throughout the years, the works of Roman Tolici have been included in group exhibitions hosted by independent galleries and museums in  Sibiu, Vienna, Graz, Frankfurt, Tallin, Brussels, San Francisco and New York. Roman Tolici lives and works in Bucharest.

Pascal Bruckner was born on December 15th, 1948, in Paris. A prolific writer, Pascal Bruckner belongs to that venerable lineage of French philosophers and essayists who, for centuries, have cast an ironic and always intelligent critical glance on the weaknesses and excesses of their society. His best-known works have been dynamically controversial and widely discussed, particularly Le Sanglot de l'homme blanc and La Tentation de l'innocence, for which he won the Prix Médicis de l'Essai in 1995. Bruckner has also written fiction, including Lunes de fiel (adapted for the screen by Roman Polanski) and Les Voleurs de beauté (winner of the Prix Renaudot). He has taught in universities in France and the U.S. and contributes editorials to major newspapers in many countries. He lives and works in Paris.

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