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January 7, 2010

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Renowned international artists to create new works of art at the Harn Museum

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —The Harn Museum of Art is hosting artists-in-residence Dan Perjovschi and Kader Attia as part of Project Europa: Imagining the (Im)Possible. The exhibition opens Feb. 7.

This month, the Harn Museum of Art hosts two international artists-in-residence for Project Europa: Imagining the (Im)Possible, an exhibition that considers the relationship of art to democracy in Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Two prominent contemporary artists from Romania and France, Dan Perjovschi and Kader Attia, will come to Gainesville in advance of the exhibition’s opening to create new works of art at the Harn Museum. Perjovschi and Attia will give public lectures and gallery talks as part of their residencies, and visitors are invited to watch Perjovschi while he creates his piece in the museum’s Rotunda.

“Working directly with artists at the Harn is especially exciting,” said Kerry Oliver-Smith, curator of contemporary art. “University students will work side by side with Kader Attia, and visitors will have the chance to watch as Dan Perjovschi’s work unfolds on the walls of the museum.”

Romanian artist Perjovschi will create his latest work on the walls of the museum’s Rotunda. Combining everyday observations with reflections on issues such as terrorism, militarization, capitalism and Islam, the artist blends criticism, irony and humor. Each work Perjovschi creates is a site-specific cultural examination of the installation’s location. The caricatures Perjovschi will create at the Harn will satirize the politics and culture in Europe while drawing specific parallels to the United States, Florida and Gainesville.

Known as an artist, writer and journalist, Perjovschi has made drawing an object and a medium of performance and installation. His work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Tate Modern, London.

Visitors are encouraged to observe Perjovschi creating his work during museum hours from Jan. 24 through Feb. 6.

French artist Attia will create a large-scale painting on a 20-foot wall. Focusing on the complex relations between the East and the West, his work reflects on the tension between an uprooted African culture and a seductive Western consumer culture in France. The subject of Attia’s wall painting will be the crowded Paris suburbs, sites of cultural mixing, segregation and civil unrest. Attia’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and the Centre de Création Contemporaine de Tours, in France.

Schedule of Artist Events

Both artists will discuss their works at public lectures. To learn more about the work Perjovschi is creating for the Harn, visitors should attend the gallery talk he will give at 3 p.m. Jan. 31. He will also be giving a lecture at 6 p.m. Feb. 3. The location for this lecture is to be determined. The museum will provide updates on the exhibition’s program Web site located at

Attia will be giving a lecture discussing his artistic process as a filmmaker, sculptor, installation artist and painter in Fine Arts Building B of the University of Florida at 6 p.m. Jan. 21.

About Project Europa: Imagining the (Im)Possible

The works created by the Perjovschi and Attia will be on display as part of Project Europa: Imagining the (Im)Possible. The exhibition considers the relationship of art to democracy in Europe. The works featured in the exhibition, which include large-scale wall paintings, photography and video by 20 artists from Turkey to the British Isles, explore the complex and subtle relationship between art and politics. At the same time, the reflection on Europe provides an opportunity for American audiences to reconsider and reinvigorate our understanding of democracy at home.

The exhibition is made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the C. Frederick and Aase B. Thompson Foundation; Étant donnés, the French-American Fund for Contemporary Art, a program of the French-American Cultural Exchange; the John Early Publication Endowment; the Sidney Knight Endowment; and the Harn Program Endowment. Additional support is provided by the following University of Florida entities: School of Art + Art History Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History; Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere; Center for European Studies; France Florida Research Institute; International Center; and Paris Research Institute.

Admission to the museum and the related programming is free. For more information call 352-392-9826 or visit

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Founded in 1990, the Harn Museum of Art is an integral part of the University of Florida. The Harn contributes to an interconnected, international community by integrating the arts and culture into curricula throughout the university’s system of colleges and centers. Its holdings include nearly 7,000 works in five collecting areas: Asian art, African art, photography, modern art of the Americas and Europe, and contemporary art. In addition to rotating installations drawn from its permanent collection, the Harn organizes traveling exhibitions, public lectures, panel discussions, academic symposia and educational programs for adults, students and children. In 2011, the Harn will open the 26,000-square-foot David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing, which will feature two levels of galleries, curatorial and conservation space, and a series of outdoor Asian gardens.

The Harn Museum, at Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road in Gainesville, Fla., is part of the University of Florida’s Cultural Plaza, which is also home to the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is open until 9 p.m. the second Thursday of every month for Museum Nights. The Camellia Court Café is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 352-392-9826 or visit

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