Art and Discourse in Romania

By Giulia Damiani.

The following interviews were conducted with three artists based in Romania: Larisa Crunțeanu, Marta Jakobovits and Cătălin Petrișor. With different approaches and media, their work show the compelling range of art practices thriving in the country.


Especially over the last year, Romanian artists have been the subjects of international attention. The first edition of the Vienna Biennale – which ended in October 2015 – included an ambitious exhibition at the MAK (the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art) entitled Mapping Bucharest: Art, Memory and Revolution 1916-2016. The intent of the show was to reveal how Romanian artists shaped all-important artistic movements in Europe, while portraying Bucharest as the city that can offer an insight into Europe’s future.