Art Safari Bucharest is the first Art Pavilion in Romania presenting contemporary art alongside heritage and modern art, which recorded in 2016 a number of 24.536 visitors. The 4th edition of Art Safari will take place from May 19 to June 18 in 2017, where international contemporary art galleries are invited to showcase the new directions in art curating.
Wim Waelput (b. 1979, Ghent) is appointed curator of the Central Exhibition, a collateral event program of Art Safari 2017. Taking a transhistorical perspective on Romanian art, the exhibition will encompass works from the beginning of the modern tradition to the most actual artistic positions. The exhibition proposes a topical exploration of representational concerns, issues on identity and geopolitical conditions. Therefore, the exhibition will offer an alternative for the conventional understanding of art history and emphasize narratives and perspectives that are often overlooked. Wim Waelput is the director and curator of KIOSK, a venue for contemporary art in Ghent, Belgium, affiliated with the School of Arts.
Art Safari also offeres the public a chance to be introduced to inter-media, performance, and video artworks (The Space presented visionary art produced by young artists in their 20s); to meet with important visual artists through Art Safari Dialogue - series of artist talks; and also an educational program Art Safari Kids. The aim of Art Safari is to place Bucharest on the map of major European contemporary art fairs and to contribute to Bucharest’s cultural activation in the larger European context.