Dan Perjovschi - CV

B. Sibiu, Romania, 1961
Lives and works in Bucharest, Romania

Since the overthrow of communism and the death of the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in the Romanian Revolution of 1989, Dan Perjovschi and his wife Lia have invested heavily in establishing and promoting contemporary art in Romania. In 1991, he even joined the staff of Bucharest’s prominent opposition newspaper, 22, as political illustrator and art director to increase his involvement in his country’s development. He is now known for his graffiti-like drawings that cover the walls and floors of art galleries around the world. His style resembles the editorial cartoons that he produces for the newspaper, and the drawings often respond to divisions between the elite and the disadvantaged masses in Romania, the constantly shifting boundaries and nature of the European Union, and the movements of capital around the globe. Infused with gossip, literary references, and witty punch lines, Perjovschi’s drawings deliver their political message with generosity and humor.


Fellowships/Artist in Residence/Awards

2006 Artist in residence Nurnberg

2004 George Maciunas Prize

2004 Artist to Artist, Visiting Arts & Henry Moore Foundation Grant Glasgow;

2004 Artist in residence Collective Gallery Edinburgh

2003 Artist in residence Kokerei Zollverein, Zeitgenossische Kunst und Kritik, Essen

2003 Visiting Professor&Artist in residence Ecole Superieure de Beaux Arts Marseille

2002 Henkel CEE Prize for Contemporary Drawing, Wien

1999 "Gheorghe Ursu" Human Rights Foundation Award, Bucharest

1999 Artist in residence IASPIS Stockholm

1997 Visiting professor&Artist in residence, Duke University NC

1995 ArtsLink Fellowship New York, KulturKontakt Fellowship Wien

1995 Artist in residence Franklin Furnace New York

1994 MidAmerica Art Alliance/USIA fellowship

1994 Artist in Residence, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, US


Solo exhibitions and projects

– "What Happens to US? Project 85, MoMA New York
– "I am not exotic but exhausted" Basel Kunsthalle
– "States of Mind", Nasher Museum, Duke University (with Lia Perjovschi)
– "Perjovschi" Culturgest, Porto, Portugal
– "Original", Helga de Alvear Gallery Madrid
– "Hotel Europa", Museum fur Moderne Kunst Passau
– "Perjovschi/Perjovschi", Christine Koenig Wien (with Lia Perjovschi)
– "Perjovschi/Solakov" Kunstforum Wien (with Nedko Solakov)
– "Check Point" Gregor Podnar Gallery Berlin
– "Resistenta culturala". Protokoll Studio Cluj

– "Perjovschi", Vanabbe Museum Eindhoven NL
– "Not me but you, not now but later" Innsbruck Kunstraum A
– "On the other hand", Portikus Frankfurt D
– "Solid Ground" Wurtemberghischer Kunstverein Stuttgart D
– "Back to Back" Lombard Fried Projects New York (with Nedko Solakov)
– "May First" Moderna Museet Stockholm
– "First Class" Montcada Space, La Caixa Forum Barcelona
– "The Room Drawing", Tate Modern
– "From Now On", Kunsthalle Budapest
– "Do we have a title?" Attitudes, Geneva

– "Naked Drawings", Ludwig Museum Koln, D Moraitis School, Locus, Athens GR
– "I Shoot Myself in the Foot", Exit Gallery Peja Kosovo
– "Toutes Directions", Le Quartier, Quimper Bretagne, FR (with Nahum Tevet) X

– "Drawing-Drawing" Gregor Podnar Gallery Lublijana (with Goran Petarcol), SL
– "Attila" Protokoll Studio Cluj, RO
– "No idea" Schnittraum Koln, D

– "Ich habe keinnen zeitraum" Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu/ Hermannstadt, RO
– "Endless Collection" Kunsthalle Goppingen (with Lia Perjovschi), D Kunstverein Arnsberg (with Ricarda Roggan), D

– "3 (6)", Ibid. Projects, London (with Nathaniel Mellors), GB
– "Working Title" Quartier 21, Museumsquartier Wien (with Lia Perjovschi), A

–"rEST", 48th Venice Biennial, Romanian Pavillion (with SubReal), IT
– "Piece & Piece", Norrtalje Konsthalle, Norrtalje S

1995 "Anthroprogramming" Franklin Furnace, New York , US

1992 Perjovschi/Perjovschi, Simeza Gallery Bucharest (with Lia Perjovschi)

1988 Bone/Perjovschi, Orizont Atelier 35 Galleery Bucharest (with Bone)


Group Exhibitions

– "Magelanic Cloud", Space 315, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
– "Footnotes on Amnesia, Art and Geopolitics", The Second Moscow Biennial
– "Feeling with your mind, thinking with your senses", 52 Venice Biennial
– "Still Life: Art, ecology and the Politics of Change",the 8th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, United Arab Emirate
– "Madrid Abierto", Art in Public Space Madrid
– "This Place is My Place", Hamburg Kunstverein
– "Public Space Bucharest", Bucharest
– "The Evil, Part 1", Gebr Lehman Gallery, Dresden
– "Last News", LAZNIA Gallery Gdansk
– "Space Invaders", Skuc Gallery Ljubljana
– "Comix" Kunsthalle Brandts, Denmark
– "History Started Playing with My Life", Israel Center for Digital Art, Holon, Israel
– "It Starts from Here" De La Warr Pavillion, Bexill on Sea
– "Europe Continued" Swiss Institute Paris. Lindenau Museum Altenburg

– "Eye on Europe: Prints, Books and Multiples/1960 to Now" MOMA New York
– "Unhomely", International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville (BIACS), Seville, Spain
– The Vincent Biennial Award, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam NL
– "Grenzganger, Kuenstlerische Identitatssuche im ostlichen Europa", Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie Regensburg
– "Happy Believers", Werkleiz Biennial, Halle D
– "Give (a)way. ev+a the 6th International Biennial,", Limerick Biennial, Limerick IR
– "Focusing Iasi/The Social Project", Iasi Periferic Biennial RO
– "Chaos: The Age of Confusion", Bucharest Biennale, Bucharest Ro
– "Phantom", Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall Copenhagen DEN
– "Normalization" Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmo
– "The Large Piece of Turf", Public Space Art Projects Nurnberg D
– "Dada East, Romanians from Cabaret Voltaire", Cabaret Voltaire Zurich
– "Between Art and Confusion", October Salon, Turkish Bath Belgrade
– "Postcards", Salon of Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade
– "Venture II", Gregor Podnar Gallery Lublijana

– "New Europe. The Culture of Mixing and Politic of Representation" Generali Foundation Wien A
– "Istanbul", The 9’th Istanbul Biennial, TR
– "I still believe in Miracles. Dessins sans papier" ARC Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Couvent de Cordeliers, Paris FR
– "Just do it" Lentos Museum Linz, A
– "Leaps of Faith. A Project for the Green Line and the City of Nicosia", Nicosia Cyprus
– "Paradoxes: the embodied city", Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon, PT
– "On difference 1, Local Context-Hybrid Spaces", Wurtenberghischer Kunstverein Stuttgart D
– "Projekt Migration", Kolnischer Kunstverein Koln D
– "Buenos Dias Santiago", Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago de Chile
– "Seul Media Biennial"

– "Comunaute", Institut d'Art Contemporain, Lyon, FR
– "Passage d"Europe", Musee d’Art Moderne St. Etienne, FR
– "Off site" Collective Gallery Edinburgh, GB
– "Love it or Leave it" Cetinje Biennial, Dubrovnik, CR Johann Koening Galerie Berlin, D
– "Flipside" Artist Space New York, US
– "Normalisation" New Gallery Zagreb, CR

– "Open City-Models for Use" Kokerei Zollverein, Zeitgenossische Kunst und Kritik, Essen, D
– "In den Schluchten des Balkans" Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, D
– "Undesire", Apexart, New York, US
– "Balkan Consulate-Budapest", Rotor, Graz

– First Goteborg International Biennial, Kunsthalle Goteborg, SE
– "New Ideas-Old Tricks" hARTware projekte, Dortmund, D
– "Conversation – a short notice show" Belgrade Museum of Contemporary art, S
– "Small Talk" Skopje Museum of Contemporary Art
– "Willing refugees" Kunsthalle Rostock

2000-2001 "Arteast Collection, 2000+"Moderna Galerija Lublijana SL, Orangerie Innsbruck, A and ZKM Karlsruhe, D

– "Café Helga und Galerie Goldankauf" Kunstraum Munchen, D
– "Voila! Le monde dans la tête" Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, F
– "Leaving the island" PICAF, Pusan Biennial, Korea

– "After the Wall" Moderna Museet Stockholm, Ludwig Museum Budapest, Hu
– Hamburger Bahnhoff Berlin, D

– Faisseur d'histoire" Casino Luxembourg
– "Rondo" Ludwig Museum Budapest, HU

1998- 1999
– "Body and the East" Moderna Galerija Ljubjana, Exit Art New York
– "Zone 3" International Performance Triennial, Relvolution Memorial Timisoara, RO

1998 Manifesta 2, Luxembourg "Money/Nations" Shedhalle Zurich, CH

– "Selest'Art" Biennale d'Art Contemporain, Selestat, Alsace, F
– "Bucharest nach ‘89" Ludwig Forum fur Internationale Kunst, Aachen, D

– "Experiment. Romanian Experimental Art from ’60 until today" Gallery ¾ Bucharest, RO
– "Zone 2" International Performance Triennial, State Theatre, Hungarian Department Timisoara, RO

1995-1996 "Beyond Belief', Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art and Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, US

– "Ex Oriente Lux", Soros Center for Contemporary Art, First Annual Exbition, Dalles Hall Bucharest
– "Zone 1" International Performance Triennial, Art Museum Timisoara, RO

1991 "Sate of Mind without a Title", Art Museum Timisoara RO

1990 "Expectation and Outburst", Kunsthalle Shombathelly Hu

1989 "Atelier 35 Oradea", Caminul Artei Gallery Bucharest, Arta Gallery Cluj RO

1988 "The Young Artist Biennial", Baia Mare RO

1985 "Mail Art", Orizont/Atelier 35 Gallery Bucharest



2001 Balkon no 7, Cluj

2004 "Shopping-pong" Parkett no 71, Zurich, CH

2005 MAP, Glasgow, GB

2005 Idea Art&Society Cluj no 19

2005 ARECONTEXTO Madrid winter issue



Wilson, Michael. "Graphic Equalizer", Artforum, May 2006, p83/85
Catrin Lorch, Writing on the Wall, Frieze, April, p136-139
Mats Stjernstedt,"Dan Perjovschi", Contemporary 21, Summer 2006, p84-87
Judith Angel,"Dan Perjovschi: Mucsarnok, Budapest", Flash Art, Nov-Dec 2006, p124 – Aaron Moulton, "Periferic 7 and Bucharest Biennale 2", Flash Art, Jul-Sept 2006, p47-53

Catrin Lorch, Helden zu Strichmannchen, Dan Perjovschi nennt die Dinge in Koln beim namen, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Samstag August 6, nr 181, p34 Feuilleton 2005
Esche, Charles, Perjovschi, Catalog Essay 9th International Istanbul Biennial 2005
Obrist, Hans Ulrich, Dan Perjovschi, Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing 2005
Michael Krajewski, Zeichen als Subversion, Kunst Bulletin no 9, Zurich, p38/40
Marius Babias, Self-Colonisation, Dan Perjovschi and His Critique of the Post-Communist Restructuring of Identity from (from Dan Perjovschi Naked Drawings, Ludwig Museum Koln, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter Koenig, Koeln 2005)
Julia Friedrich, The Line That Speaks (from Dan Perjovschi Naked Drawings, Ludwig Museum Koln, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter Koenig, Koeln 2005)
Kristine Stiles, "Remembrance, Resistance, Reconstruction, The Social Value of Perjovschi’s Art" in Idea Art and Society no 6/2005 winter issue, Cluj
Christian Egger, "Das Neue Europa. Kultur des Vermischens und Politik der Reprasentation", Springerin, band XI Heft 1, Fruhjahr (Past Forward) p69
Astrid Wege, Cologne, Dan Perjovschi at Schnittraum, Art Forum International, April 2005, p199

Michael Krajewski, "Die Welt in Bleistifftformat", Stadt Revue no 12, Koln
Liviana Dan in "Dan Perjovschi Walls, Floors, Museums and Mines 1995-2003", Idea Print & Design Cluj

Marius Babias "Die Offene Stadt: Anwendungsmodelle", Kokerei Zollverein/Zeitgenosische Kunst und Kritik Essen
Raimar Stange, Die Offene Stadt: Anwendungsmodelle, Artist Kunstmagazin no 56, p40-45
Julia Grosse, "Criticism on its own four walls", die tageszeitung 11 July 2003, p17
Werner Meyer, "The absurd Illuminates Cognition" in Dan Perjovschi Autodrawings, Kunsthalle Goppingen 2003
Judit Angel, "Quartier 21, Pirochka rev, Lia and Dan Perjovschi", Praesens 1, Budapst, p86-87, 2003

Gabriel Coxhead, "Ibid Projects 3(6)", Contemporary, special issue summer, june-aug, London 2002, p146-147
Tim Morton, "Dan Perjovschi, Nathaniel Mellors & A. Araminas", Untitled no 28 summer, London 2002
Irmgard Schmidmaier, "A for Adult. Dizzy wie Dan", Lezebuerger Land no 40, p24, October 2002, Luxembourg
Attila S. Tordai "Aperto Romania" Flash Art no 233 nov-dec 2003, p61-63 "Working Title", Balcon 12, Cluj 2002

Mika Hannula, "Gothenburg International Art Biennial", NU, The Nordic Art Review, vol II, no 5 Stockholm 2001, p79
Sven Drühl "New Ideas-Old Tricks, hARTware projekte, Dortmund" Kunstforum International, 8 oct 2001 Iris Dressler "dan perjovschi" in " New Ideas- Old Tricks 2001" Hartware 2001, Dortmund 2001 p34-36
Zdenka Badovinac, "Dan Perjovschi" in "2000+ The Art of Eastern Europe, A selection of works from Collections of Moderna Galerija Lublijana", Oranjerie Congress – Innsbruck, Folio Verlag, Wien 2001, p162

Susan Snodgrass, "Post-Communist Expressions", Art in America, June 2000, p47-51

Kristine Stiles, "300 words on Dan Perjovschi" in "After the Wall", vol. II, Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm 1999, p152-153 "Concerning Public Art and Messianic Time" in Marius Babias and Achim Konneke, eds. "Art & Public Spaces", Verlag der Kunst, Dresden, 1998 excerpt reprinted in Manifesta 2 Luxembourg 1998,
Carl Frederik Harleman "Introduction" in "Dan Perjovschi Piece & Piece", Stockholm 1999
Judit Angel, "Quartier 21 Piroschka rev. Lia and Dan Perjovschi", Praesens no 1, p86-87, Budapest 2003 "Report II" in "Dan Perjovschi- rEST", Bucharest 1999, p7-9
Josee Hansen "Archiviste du present" Lezebuerger Land 35, Luxembourg, August 1999, p17
Franciska Zolyom "Changing Dance-Card: Aspects of the Art of Central and Eastern Europe of the 1990's", Rondo, Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest 1999, p7-21

Judith E. Stein, "Out of the East", Art in America, April 1998, p51-55
Ileana Pintilie "The Public and the Private Body in the Romanian Contemporary Art", Body and the East, Museum of Modern Art Lublijana, 1998, p135-138 "Problems in transit: Performance in Romania", www.artmargins.com
Rosa Martinez "Manifesta" Flash Art, November-December 1998, p102
Erwin Kessler "Perjoteca", Revista 22 nr. 28, Bucuresti, iulie 1998, p14

1997 Yvonne Volkart, "Complexul Muzeal", Flash Art, july 1997

1996 Janet Koplos, "Dan Perjovschi at Franklin Furnace", Art in America, July 1996, p91-92

1995 Roxana Marcoci, "Romanian Democracy and Its Discontents", Beyond Belief, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, 1995, p14-23/116-117


Artist publications

Perjovschi, Bucharest 1992
Anthropogramming, Franklin Furnace New York 1995
Piece&Piece, Nortalje Konsthall, Stockholm 1999
New Ideas Old Tricks, hARTware projekte, Dortmund 2001
Flow, Goteborg Biennial, Goteborg 2001
Art of today-Yesterday news, Vienna Museumsquartier, 2002
Bucharest Jumping Alphabet, Truc Spherique, Zilina 2004
No Vacancy, Artist in Residence to Festival City (unofficial) 2004 Edinburgh
Tank You, Sevilla Biennial 2006
What happen to US, MoMa New York 2007


Artist books

Postcards from America, essay by Kristine Stiles Pont la Vue Press New York 1995
Castle stories, Edition La Mancha, La Napoule Art Foundation 2000
I draw - I happy, Schnittraum Koln 2004
Toutes directions, Le Quartier, Quimper France 2005
My World Your Kunstraum, Innsbruck Kunstraum 2006
Flypaper 1, Koln 2006
Dan Perjovschi Non-Stop, One Starr Press Paris 2007
A Book with an Attitude, Attitudes Geneva 2007
Dan Perjovschi A Postmodern Excommunist, Idea Cluj 2007



Vis-à-vis, Nemira Bucharest 2000