Quadro Gallery was founded in 2008, to address the need in Transylvania and in Cluj, for art galleries which operate commercially, but at the same time are guided by ’high’ artistic values. The gallery’s aim is to study, exhibit and re-evaluate works of art from Romania, with the emphasis on Transylvanian art. Although the high reputation of the Baia Mare School and of the artistic center of Cluj are quite well known, they are still under-represented internationally in museums and publications. In addition, there are still other several artistic centers to be discovered, as well as extraordinary individual artistic personalities. ArtGuideEast talked about the gallery’s participation at Art14 in London with Sebestyén György SZÉKELY director of Galeria Quadro.
1. Why was important for you to participate at ART14 in London?
We always seek international exposure for artists and art we represent.
2. Who did you exhibit?
An experimentalist artist – Laurențiu Ruță-Fulger (b. 1955) – and two young painters from Cluj – Alin Bozbiciu (b. 1989) and Radu Băieș (b.1988).
3. On what grounds did you select them?
These artists belong to two different generations of Romanian art and also representing two different trends of Art: conceptualism/experimentalism and painting. As there was a good production of progressive art in Romania in 1960-1980 but it was rarely seen, I found important to sitematically recover and show it together with current works of those artists. It is the case of Laurentiu Ruta Fulger who did great experimental works and inventions (such as the Self-transformable Sphere, 1974) in the 70-80s and kept a conceptual approach towards his activity until today. We present some of the so-called phonograms, in which he caught the water on a photosensitive paper vibrated by sunds.
I also like young painters who deal with pure painting as their main agenda, a conceptual approach which our gallery sustains. The painters who we represent were mostly born around the Romanian Revolution in 1989 thus they are not anymore so involved with historical, political or social issues as many of the painters of the previous generation.
4. What did you expect from the 2nd edition of the fair?
It was our first time here. We had expected that the good quality painting we brought and historical works (photograms from the 1980s) would be well received. Anyway we were aware of the fact that it is a global art fair and is a big challenge to show Eastern European art. (We sold both photogram and painting. There was an enormous interest in the art we exhibited and received many enquiries. Even if Radu Băieș is still not very known internationally, we sold his A Wild Sheep Chase for 9.600 EUR.)
5. What are the programmes you are planning to attend?
There were good programmes. For us it was important to establish contacts with other galleries. So we tried to visit many of them.
Cluj, Romania- http://www.galeriaquadro.ro/?lang=en