Dan Perjovschi: Late News closes at the Royal Ontario Museum

The Institute for Contemporary Culture (ICC) at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) announces the last days of Dan Perjovschi: Late News, closing on August 15, 2010. This is the last opportunity to view this thought provoking, original art installation, drawn by the artist directly onto the soaring walls of the Roloff Beny Gallery in the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal while in residence at the ROM between February 15th and 21st. Dan Perjovschi created the site-specific line drawings, his first solo exhibition in Canada, while interacting with gallery visitors.

While working in the gallery, Perjovschi immersed himself in local media, surveying news from local and international newspapers, which provided the inspiration for his work. The artist’s acclaimed exhibitions are always a personal response to the social and political atmosphere, and the geographic location, in which they are created. In this case, Perjovschi’s drawings reflect the Olympics that were taking place in Vancouver at the time, the death of fashion designer Alexander McQueen, the faltering Greek economy and the ROM’s Michael Lee-Chin Crystal itself, amongst other current affairs.

The work was created during public hours, allowing Museum visitors to observe the creation in progress, making the drawing project a performance in itself. As the work will be painted over at the conclusion of the exhibition period, the ICC has produced a free publication, available in the gallery, which stands as the record of the Late News installation.

About Dan Perjovschi:

Romanian-born Dan Perjovschi is an artist who mixes drawing, cartoon and graffiti in artistic pieces drawn directly on the walls of European and American museums and contemporary art spaces. These drawings – both witty and incisive – comment on current political, social or cultural issues or events. His stark style of line drawing allows him to condense the conflicts and dilemmas of the world into a rapid-response commentary that is both political and honest.

Institute for Contemporary Culture

The Institute for Contemporary Culture is the Royal Ontario Museum’s window on contemporary societies around the globe. Playing a vital role within the historical museum, the ICC examines current cultural, social and political issues throughout the modern world in thought-provoking exhibitions of contemporary art, architecture and design that are presented in the Roloff Beny Gallery and other galleries of the Museum. In addition, a roster of public events such as lectures, film series, debates and performances further explore relevant themes addressed in ICC exhibitions, and serves as a catalyst for stimulating public conversations. The ROM’s extensive collections of world cultures and natural history through the ages add context, meaning and depth to these engaging discussions of contemporary ideas.

Admission to Dan Perjovschi: Late News is included in general Museum admission: Adults: $24; Students and Seniors with ID: $21; Children (4 to 14 years) $16; Children 3 & under are free. Half Price Friday Nights, presented by Sun Life Financial, take place from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm. To book a group of ten or more and for more information on private guided tours or group menu, please call ROM Group Sales at 416.586.5889 or email groupsales@rom.on.ca.

Dan Perjovschi: Late News is organized by the Institute for Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum, in association with Lombard-Freid Projects, New York.

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