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MARIUS RITIU

b. 1984, Satu Mare, Romania/ Based in Antwerp and New York

"Travel, heritage, overview effect, cultural origin, migration, alchemy, outer-space; although thematically –and technically, too– the body of my work may not impress as a uniform set, my practice is underlaid by a unifying dialectic: understanding, capturing, ultimately celebrating the universally humane as my telos, I critically access those creative expressions of the human condition engineered to divide and inhibit –reflecting on the importance, or lack thereof, of nationhood, borders, divisive ideologies –and instead suggest to explore and realize the potential of the motley of human expressions to unite. To that end, I strive to universally intimate unfeigned, unselfconscious, unaffected expressions of the personal and the local, and, turning to science and in particular cosmology, I aim to instill in and through my work a consciousness that reconciles the uniqueness–objective and phenomenological–of distinct human experiences with the reality that hosts them: the reality of each and every one of us inhabiting a tiny blue dot in an incomprehensible vastness steeped in riddles.

 My own experience as a travelling artist and an immigrant–having left my Eastern European homeland of Romania for my adoptive Western one of Belgium, and continuing crossing borders and witnessing variations in culture, religion, nation, race– undoubtedly informs and anchors my practice; for one, its manifestation in my work is oftentimes unapologetically literal. But what it more importantly grounds is the quest essential to my work to comprehend and express the global through the local, the universal through the particular, the familiar through the alien, the phenomenological through the objective and scientific.

- Marius Ritiu

EDUCATION

2014 - Master’s Degree, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium 

2009 - Master’s Degree, Sculpture Department, University of Arts and Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania 

2007 - Bachelor’s Degree, Sculpture Department University of Arts and Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania 

RESIDENCIES

2018 - ISCP (International Studio & Curatorial Program), NYC, USA 

2017 - ISCP (International Studio & Curatorial Program), NYC, USA 

2015 - Open Source Gallery. NYC, USA 

2010 - Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, BE 

 

GRANTS/ AWARDS/ FELLOWSHIPS 

2019 - Socrates Sculpture Park Fellowship, NYC, USA 

2018 - Kunsten en Erfgoed Grant, BE 

2018 - Kunsten en Erfgoed Grant, BE 

2011 - ARTE/ cutlog Prize, Paris, FR 

COMMISSIONS

2018 - Vetis City Hall, Satu Mare, RO (public monument)  

2016 - Thalie Art Foundation, Brussels, BE 

2010 - DE SOKKEL # 3, Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, BE 

2010 - Tweespoor, De Warande, Turnhout, BE 

 

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

Slag Gallery, NYC, USA (September 2019)

Socrates Sculpture Park, NYC, USA (October 2019)

EXHIBITIONS – SOLO

2019 - Milky Way, Sisyphus Gallery, Antwerp, BE

2019 - DMW Art Space, Antwerp, BE (May 2019)

2017 - The Tale of a Found Dimension, Slag Gallery, NYC, USA 

2015 - Venus von Hamburg, Open Source Gallery, NYC, USA 

2014 - Eleven Thousandth of a Second Long Ride, Galerie Marion De Cannière, Antwerp, BE 

2013 - Eleventh Thousandth of a Second Long Ride, (supported by ARTE TV), The Clemente, NYC, USA 

2012 - Different Perspectives Contest/ Exhibition, Galerie Marion De Canniére, Antwerp, BE 

2012 - DE SOKKEL # 3 – Kunstinterventie in het Antwerpse Stadspark, Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, BE 

2012 - Magic Carpet, project presentation at Slick Art Fair/Galerie Marion De Cannière, Brussels, BE 

2011 - Mas(s) Moving, Galerie Marion De Cannière, Antwerp, BE 

2011 - Stressing State, Trajector Art Fair/Galerie Marion De Cannière, Brussels, BE 

2010 - How to Become Famous in One Month, Galerie Marion De Cannière, Antwerp, BE 

EXHIBITIONS – GROUP (SELECTION)

2018 - Open Studios, International Studios and Curatorial Program, NYC, US 

2018 - Benefit Auction, Open Source Gallery, NYC, US 

2018 - Benefit Auction, The Rema Hort Mann Foundation, NYC, US 

2018 - P(ART)cours / Par(KUNST) Biennial, Brussels, BE 

2018 - Identity of What?, The Clemente, New York, USA 

2017 - Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, BE 

2017 - Independent Brussels, Slag Gallery, Brussels, BE 

2016 - Volta Basel, Slag Gallery, Basel, CH 

2016 - What are we building down there?, Bucharest Biennale 7, RO 

2016 - Ringland: A city is not a road, Bernaerts Auction House, Antwerp, BE 

2016 - Tamango, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, RO 

2015 - Art Contest, De Markten, Brussels, BE 

2015 - cutlog Paris, artists recommended by ARTE France, Paris, FR 

2015 - Closer/ Dichterbij Festival, Zuiderpershuis, Antwerp, BE 

2015 - 120 Minutes, Art Brussels, BE 

2015 - A Belgian Politician, Marion De Cannière Art Space, Antwerp, BE 

2014 - Noli me tangere, Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, BE 

2014 - The Patron of the Travelers, BORG Biennial, Antwerp, BE  

2014 - Public Intimacy, Art Brussels/Galerie Marion De Cannière, Brussels, BE 

2014 - Park + Ride, Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, BE 

2013 - Reframe Festival, TAC, Eindhoven, NL 

2013 - P.R.E.S.T.I.G.E., Plateau ROZIER, Ghent, BE 

2012 - Sideways Festival, Turnhout, BE 

2012 - Tweespoor, De Warande, Turnhout, BE 

2012 - Twelve Thousandth Three Hundred Forty-Five, Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, BE 

2011-2012 - The Tiberius Principle (Exit 2011 – Entrée 2012), Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, BE 

2011 - cutlog Art Fair, Galerie Marion De Cannière, Paris, FR 

2011 - Photocollages, Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, BE 

2011 - Certified Copy, Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, BE 

2010-2011 - Trou de ville, Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, BE 

 

 

OTHER EVENTS

2018 - Artists at Work: Marius Ritiu (in conversation with Kathleen Forde) and Marta Fišerová Cwiklinski  - artist talk 

2018 - Fall Open Studios 2018 (ISCP)  

2018 - Salon: Nicanor Araoz and Marius Ritiu – artist talk  

PRESS (SELECTION)

2017 - ARTnews Magazine  

2017 - White Hot Magazine 

2016 - ARTE TV 

2015 - ARTE TV 

2015 - NRC Handelsblaad 

2015 - De Standaard 

2014 - H ART 

2013 - ARTE TV 

2012 - Collect (no. 431, Dutch/French version) 

2012 - Gazet van Antwerpen 

2012 - Art Croissance (issue no. 5) 

2012 - Wall Street International 

2012 - ARTE TV 

2012 - Gazet van Antwerpen 

2012 - Canvas TV 

2011 - Beaux Arts Magazine 

2011 - The New York Times  

2011 - ARTE TV 

2011 - Art Media Agency 

2011 - Kunstbeeld 

2011 - Art Press 

2011 - De Morgen