Three Shades of Romanian History


Name Witte Gallery Ulft Phone +31 641160315



We are happy to invite you to the opening of Three Shades of Romanian History, the first exhibition to mark the inauguration of our newly opened space in Ulft.

In modern European history, Romania is the only country that during the last 100 years, since the dawn of its formation, had no fewer than three authoritarian regimes. Only relatively recently, after the fall of the communist regime and the instauration of an open democratic society, it became possible to interrogate the forces that shaped our current society. We will follow this historical path, which seen from today’s perspective resembles the Nietzschean concept of the eternal return, through the works of three established contemporary Romanian artists.

The constant dialogue between the subjective and the objective states of memory is evident in Pandele Pandele large-scale canvas, in which a scene from the Second World War is transfigured into a playground for plastic toys soldiers, the only toys to be found in the newly opened capital market. At the opposite end of the scale, Andrei Tudoran conducts from an almost sociological stance an investigation of the symbols, the statuses and the debris of the social fears that the communist regime instilled. They are regarded as continuations, insidiously passed along underneath the fabric of the newly formed democratic structures. Last but not least, Dan Raul Pintea takes it upon himself to depict the present society, using the materials and means of image production, for which the impact of social media is crucial in that it defines an alternative society based on social leftist and anarchist political views – mere reactions to the current political climate operating in the realm of the world wide web.