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'With disarming, even deceptive simplicity Mircea Nicolae tells a complex multi-levelled tale of the coming together and coming apart of his family against the coming together and coming apart of socialism in Romania after the second world war.

Using documentary film footage, snapshots, architectural photos, his mother's shoes as well as pictures and models of professional and vernacular kiosks of modernist design, he gives us moving as well as critical images and symbols of the interweaving of private life and history, the personal and political.'


Robert Storr, Future Generation Art Prize Jury / 2010






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In 2010, Romanian Kiosk Company was awarded the Special Prize at the Future Generation Art Prize Exhibition. In April 2011, the project was presented at the Yale School of Art, as a solo exhibition. In May 2011, Romanian Kiosk Company was exhibited during the 54th Venice Biennale, within the Future Generation Art Prize collateral event. In 2012, the project was acquired by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, and included in its collection.


Romanian Kiosk Company film, 55 minutes, Mircea Nicolae; video, sound and image editing, Larisa Sitar.

Standard Flower Kiosk / 2010: ultramarine blue top and frames, blue-green outer frames, inside and floor. Metal wood, glass, white flower holders and real miniature roses. Height 160 cm, length 235 cm, width 160 cm.

Aluminium Kiosk / 2000: glossy gray paint; metal, wood, glass. Height 155 cm, length 185 cm, width 120 cm.

Transition Kiosk / 1995: green paint; metal glass, wooden windows. Height 125 cm, length 140 cm, width 114 cm.

Communist kiosk / 1986: gray top, blue base; wood, glass. Height 156 cm, length 164 cm, width 164 cm.


Installation shots by Sandra Burns, courtesy of the Yale School of Art, 2011.



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