Mircea Cantor: The Need for Uncertainty

13 Sep 2008 – 9 Nov 2008

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Sat 13 Sep - Sun 9 Nov, 10am - 6pm (Except Mondays)

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Bristol, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Most city centre bus services stop within walking distance of Arnolfini. The nearest stops are at The Centre and Queen Square.
  • Arnolfini is a 15 minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads railway station. A taxi rank can be found outside the station.

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Mircea Cantor's installations address the notions of displacement and co-existent worlds. Beyond the suspenseful and highly contrived encounter, Cantor discreetly evokes the uneasy confrontation of ideology, people and culture. Cantor will present a new installation at Arnolfini comprising a number of sculptural components elaborating on the theme of uncertainty. Following his exhibition at Modern Art Oxford earlier this year, this exhibition will be a second stage project with significant new components, including a large-scale wooden gate traditionally seen in Romania, coated in gold leaf. The gate has been imposed with a DNA-strand motif symbolising life, yet paradoxically, certainty and control. An image of a carved wooden form wrapped around the trunk of a tree in a Transylvanian forest, and a flying carpet woven with motifs of angels and aeroplanes will be some of the elements used by Cantor to reflect on worlds within worlds, and on freedom and its limitations. A free tour of the exhibition, led by Suzanne Cotter, Acting Director and Senior Curator at Modern Art Oxford, will take place at 5.30pm on Fri 12 Sep, followed by the exhibition preview. Booking recommended.

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