Between April 20 and October 9, MNAC – The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest – will show works from the Art Collection Telekom. In the exhibition ”Shape of Time – Future of Nostalgia”, Deutsche Telekom will present parts of its collection in a leading Eastern European museum for the first time. The exhibition will stage the artworks within the cultural context of the post-communist region in which they emerged.
Deutsche Telekom’s art collection was founded in 2010, with an emphasis on contemporary art from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. The collection seeks to highlight the variety and wealth of the region’s artistic and social life and encompasses a wide variety of artistic media. The collection places contemporary works alongside important historical works from previous decades.
‘Shape of Time – Future of Nostalgia’ emphasises the strong narrative aspect of Eastern European art, relating the history of and stories from the countries of Eastern Europe. They are stories that reveal an engagement with the past or a vision of the future; all are characterised by a reflection on how history is constructed and modified. Who is telling the narratives? How is time shaped? It counts for the past as well as for the future. ‘Nostalgia’, as Svetlana Boym analyses in ‘The Future of Nostalgia’ is a symptom of our age. It may seem retrospective, but ‘the fantasies of the past, determined by the needs of the present, have a direct impact on the realities of the future’.
As one of the few presentations of a corporate collection in Romania, Art Collection Telekom offers a model for a way in which a vital and diverse culture can be promoted by the private sector’s participation.
The exhibition is curated by Adriana Oprea of MNAC, in collaboration with the curators of Art Collection Telekom, Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher.
A public programme featuring expert lectures, a music performance and artist talks will accompany the exhibition.
Participating artists: Mihut Boscu-Kafchin, Stanisław Dróżdż, Ksenia Gnilitska, Igor Grubić, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Petrit Halilaj, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Ali Kazma, Šejla Kamerić, Lesia Khomenko, Genti Korini, Zofia Kulik, Vlado Martek, Sükran Moral, Ciprian Mureşan, Vlad Nancă, Ioana Nemes, Roman Ondák, Dan Perjovschi, Agnieszka Polska, Tobias Putrih, Nedko Solakov, Mladen Stilinović.
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with more than 156 million mobile customers, 29 million fixed-network lines and around 18 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2015). The Group provides fixed-network/broadband, mobile communications, Internet, and Internet-based TV products and services for consumers, and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in more than 50 countries and has around 225,200 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 69.2 billion in the 2015 financial year – around 64 percent of it outside Germany.