Beyond the Iron Curtain

Beyond the Iron Curtain

The Eastern European Zone has become a performance art festival, organized four times between 1993 and 2002. At the same time, it has also served as a platform for various debates and for an artistic and cultural reawakening.

"Beyond the Iron Curtain" 
Exhibition within the framework of the Eastern European Zone Festival.
October 3-31, 2015
Muzeul Temporar de Arta Contemporana / Galeria Calpe (Bastion)
Timisoara, Romania


In retrospect, nearly a quarter of a century after the fall of communism, Timisoara’s cultural and artistic exuberance seems unexpected, given the scarcity of artistic means of the period.  However, the renewed hope and the fresh but crude taste of freedom have surprisingly boosted the initiatives of artists and curators. Everything that had been left unsaid for decades was now to be voiced, to be made visible and to be discussed in the open; what better way to do this than through street events, in more or less conventional venues, for an audience who was eager to reconquer the public space. The Eastern European Zone has become a performance art festival, organized four times between 1993 and 2002. At the same time, it has also served as a platform for various debates and for an artistic and cultural reawakening. The Zone festival has created a platform for contemporary art and has contributed to reinventing an artistic means of expression turned sterile by the stereotypes of communist thinking.

Ileana Pintilie

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