Intermissions: Alexandra Pirici

Alexandra Pirici, Encyclopedia of Relations at the 59th Venice Biennale, “The Milk of Dreams”, 2022. Photo: Eduard Constantin.

  • Alexandra Pirici, Encyclopedia of Relations at the 59th Venice Biennale, “The Milk of Dreams”, 2022. Photo: Eduard Constantin.

  • Wed, Dec 13–Sun, Dec 17, 2023

    Wed–Fri, 4-8 PM
    Sat–Sun, 1-5 PM

    Céline Bellut
    Matilda Bjärum
    Jared Marks
    Emily Ranford
    Robert Schulz
    Jennifer Tchiakpe

    Alexandra Pirici’s performative actions unfold over longer durations of time, rather than being conceived as one-time events. Without a clear beginning or end, her works invite you to come back repeatedly as they continually change. At the Ren, over the span of five days, the Romanian artist presents Encyclopedia of Relations, in which six performers continuously reconfigure themselves into various forms and structures while using movement, sound, and language. First staged at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022, within the main exhibition, the work is presented in a new space at the Ren, as the performers revisit various ongoing relations—encompassing not just human interactions but also relations with and among other entities, including animals, plants, rocks, and digital technologies.

    Curated by Karsten Lund.

    ALEXANDRA PIRICI (b. 1982 in Bucharest, Romania) is an artist with a background in dance and choreography. Working in museum contexts, in public space, and sometimes in theatrical frameworks, she choreographs ongoing actions, performative monuments and performative environments that fuse dance, sculpture, spoken word and music. Her work has been widely exhibited, including twice at the Venice Biennale, in the 59th edition of the International Art Exhibition in 2022 and the Romanian Pavilion at the 55th edition in 2013, as well as at Skulptur Projekte Munster in 2017. She has had collective and solo exhibitions in contexts such as the New Museum, New York; the 9th Berlin Biennale; Manifesta 10; Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven; and NTU CCA Singapore. Since February, 2023, she is the first Professor for Performance in Contemporary Art at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munchen (AdBK Munich).

    Launched in 2017, Intermissions is an ongoing programming series devoted to performance and other inventive time-based works, staged in the Renaissance Society’s empty gallery in between exhibitions. This recurring platform features two artists every year, supporting a wide variety of live projects.

    Encyclopedia of Relations was originally realized for the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, “The Milk of Dreams,” 2022 as a Special Project supported by Audemars Piguet Contemporary.