Noaptea Galeriilor 2014

The Ark / CIAC 32 Loc pe harta

str. Uranus 150, Sector 5, Bucuresti


19:00 - 01:00

Artist: Sarkis

Curator: Irina Cios

One of the key representatives of conceptual art Sarkis is an artist continuously updating his approach. His art reflects on contemporary realities by means of a visual process that considers the past and projects it into the future. Sarkis sets up a filter of images and concepts that enable a different perspective in the perception of everyday live, unveiling hidden facets and stirring new emotions. His work creates a dialogue between places – that contain the history, the memory, the living – and the objects / images he creates, that embody places, experiences, landmarks of collective memory of the good an the evil that mankind has sawn in its passage through time.

The rainbow is the most recent element in Sarkis’ visual scape. In most of the beliefs it works as a promise of salvation, of absolution, is the bridge between earth and sky, the offer of a second chance, of a new beginning.

Sarkis’ rainbow is objectified. It embodies through the colored paths all the disturbances and abrupt changes that define contemporary world.

There are many legends about what is hidden at the end of the rainbow: a treasure, a promise, another existential dimension. The project in Bucharest invites us to imagine what may be at the other end of the rainbow, to try to define an imaginary construction based on the immaterial perception of the visible world. It invites to experience the endeavor that is proper to love, spirituality and art.

Sarkis imagined for Bucharest a visual path that connects three landmarks in the relation between the city, its recent history and contemporary culture: The National Museum of Romanian Peasant – keeper of Romanian identity, The National Museum of Contemporary Art – main scene of creative energies, and The Ark hosting the International Center for Contemporary Art – an example of creative urban conversion. The artistic discourse is articulated in relation with the specificity of each place.


Sarkis questions multiculturalism from a post colonial perspective, evaluating its resources and flaws, and underlining the permanent need for updating memory and re-evaluating history as the foundation of the cultural heritage of future.

Organizer: French Institute Bucharest

Co-organizers : MNAC, MNȚR, The Ark / CIAC

Project realized in collaboration with: MANA Gallery, Istanbul and NATHALIE OBADIA Gallery, Paris, Istanbul BILGI University