Ivan Gallery
str. Dr. Dimitrie Grecescu 13

021 410 0139

Ivan Gallery is a contemporary art gallery opened in 2007 in Bucharest as a private initiative in the still young Romanian commercial gallery scene. The gallery’s programme focuses on local and international artists, be it established ones, such as Geta Brătescu, Paul Neagu or Lia Perjovschi, as well as young, emergent artist like the duo Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Andreea Ciobîcă, Cristina David, Ștefan Sava and Iulia Toma, while it has also collaborated with Romanian artists living and working abroad, such as Bartha Sandor and Mădălina Zaharia, or with foreign artists such as Ross Taylor and Jaro Varga.

Tiles and Tiles


Tip eveniment
Perioada Expozitie
27.09.2019 - 09.11.2019
  • 19:00 - Deschidere
  • 00:00 - Inchidere
“Tiles and Tiles” has at its starting point an artistic research developed by Roberta Curcă for the past two years, in reference to the use of ceramic tiles as finishing materials for facades and utilitarian constructions in the public space during Communism. The practice of using ceramic pieces and tiles in postwar architecture is specific not only to the Romanian space and Roberta’s documentation explores, among other topics, the international influences of the Joo ceramic created by the Italian designer and architect Giò Ponti in the ‘50s. These can be found inside the Socialist block and on the Romanian territory as well, where the mosaic or the ceramic tiles became wide spread in the urban sphere - on the facades of institutions, on blocks of flats, in pedestrian passageways or metro stations - likewise in the rural one, on public buildings or houses decorated with geometric motifs and compositions inspired by folk art. The artist’s interest in this pieces is not only from a historical or strictly visual point of view, nor necessarily a consequence of a Post-communist nostalgia, but intimately connected to their value and appreciation as architectural practice and to their present state, affected by degradation and destruction. From the urge to retrieve and salvage something that somewhat still exists, Roberta collects the material objects of disparate ceramic tiles which have already fallen from their original sites in different areas of the country as well as digital images of photographs gathered in the online archive of the eponymous Instagram page @tile.and.tiles, administrated together with Jakub Charousek, thus facilitating a subjective and participatory preservation of this heritage not yet classified as such. The current exhibition presents the artworks created by Roberta Curcă in response to this architectural tradition. Through them, she appropriates the language and visual mechanisms specific to the ceramic tiles compositions in creating new installations of replica-objects and technical drawings simulations which recreate the process of designing this kind of facade projects. The artist moves forward these pieces’ structural potential in anthropomorphic installations of portraits, self-portraits or Giò Ponti’s portraits, depending on the type of tiles. The present works continue Roberta’s previous line of practice, which integrates personal elements in a creative process based on seriality, sequentiality and repetition, applied at the level of spatial and geometric relationships, as well as her academic research focused on various public space marks and welcome signs.