Mihai Topescu

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Mihai Topescu

Mihai Topescu unequivocally manifests his predilection (which is not exclusive, as two other works entitled Eve will show) for closed, compact, oval shapes, whose vibrant, geometrised, lighted background, included in the fine arts spectacle, inscribe the expressive elements with a symbolic cover; although stylised, the biblical or historical characters and the objects surrounding them benefit from a simultaneous view, where the story – as much as it exists – and its more or less explicit teachings, gain a right of representation. Thus, the viewer is allowed to access the interiors, to listen and to let himself be charmed by the lyrics of minstrels, be involved in theatre rituals, be a part in the miracles of faith. - Doina Pauleanu PhD, art critic and director of the Constanta Art Museum.

EDUCATION:


1977 – 1981 “I. Andreescu” Academy of Visual Arts, Cluj


1985 Kunst Akademie Baden, Viena, Austria



GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection):


2015 Art Biennial, Beijing, China


Biennial of Contemporary Art 2015, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy, GAA Personal Structures


2015 Salon artistique, Macon, France


2014 Award for Contemporary Glass, Coburg, Germany


2014 International Glass Biennial, Haacht, Belgium


2013 Le Point K, Saint-Raphael, France


2013 Das Metadekorativum, Dusseldorf, Germany


2012 Le Salon International d’Art de Saint-Tropez, France


2012 DECORATIVE ART 2012, Biennial of Decorative Arts, 1st edition


2012 La Sculpture en Liberté, 20-eme édition, Roquebrune-sur-Argens, France


2011 Le Salon International d’Art de Saint-Tropez, France


2011 European Parliament, Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium


2011 Art Biennial, Arad, Romania


2011 National Glass Salon, Simeza Gallery, Bucharest, Romania


2010 The International Exhibition of Glass, Kanazawa, Japan


2010 9 pour La Roumanie Magique, Galerie Arthis, Belgium


2009 Art Biennial, Arad, Romania


2008 GLASSTEC, Dusseldorf, Germany


2007 Art Biennial, Arad, Romania


2006 Constantin Brancusi National Art Hall, Targu-Jiu, Romania


2006 Coburg Glass Prize for Contemporary Glass in Europe 2006


2005 Glass Art, Simeza Gallery, Bucharest, Romania


2005 Glasrijk, Tubbergen, Netherlands


2004 “Fire Arts” Biennial, Apollo Gallery, Bucharest, Romania


2004 Glasrijk, Tubbergen, Netherlands


2004 Constantin Brancusi National Sculpture Hall, Targu-Jiu, Romania


2003 Romanian Glass Artists, Orizont Gallery, Bucharest, Romania


2003 Glasrijk, Tubbergen, Netherlands


2002 Romanian Glass Artists, Orizont Gallery, Bucharest, Romania


2002 Glasrijk, Tubbergen, Netherlands


2001 Glasrijk, Tubbergen, Netherlands


2000 Romanian Glass Artists, Orizont Gallery, Bucharest, Romania


1994 International Glaskunst, Kunsthaus am Museum, Carola Von Han – Köln, Germany


1991 International Glass Contest, Kanazawa, Japan


1990 Glasnosts from Eastern Europe, Transparence Gallery, Brussels, Belgium


1988 Decorative Glass Exhibition, National Art Museum, Bucharest, Romania


1988 Mezinarodni Skalarske Symposium, Novy-Bor, Czech Republic


1988 Spaces & Light, Orizont Gallery, Bucharest, Romania


1988 International Exhibition of Glass Craft, Kanazawa, Japan


1987 Young Glass ’87, International Competition, Glassmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark


1982 National Graphics Exhibition, Dalles Hall, Bucharest, Romania



PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS:


2015 Vila Aureliana, San Raphael Frejus, France


2015 SacriFACE, La Piccolla Galleria dell’Istituto Romeno di Venezia, Venice, Italy


2014 Sculpture, Centre Culturel Christiane Peugeot, Paris, France


2013 Skulptur, The Hexagone Gallery, Aachen, Germany


2013 Sacrifice, La Piccolla Galleria dell’Istituto Romeno di Venezia, Venice, Italy


2013 Sculpture, Demeure Sellier Museum, Cogolin, France


2013 Sacrifice, Palatele Brancovenesti, Mogosoaia, Romania


2012 Shakespearean Characters in Glass, Craiova, Romania


2012 Notes on the Surface of the Earth, Parliament Palace, Bucharest, Romania


2012 Sculpture, Gallery Mary-Ann, Macon, France


2010 Glass Anatomy, Craiova Museum of Art, Romania


2010 Sculpture, Espace Cotos, Saint-Tropez, France


2010 Oeuvres de Mihai Topescu et Georges Cotos, Espace Cotos, Saint-Tropez, France


2010 Retrospective Glass Exhibition, Cotroceni National Museum, Bucharest, Romania


2007 Sculpture in glass, Hamm, Germany


2007 Sculpture in glass, Bochum, Germany


2006 Sculpture, Craiova Art Museum, Romania


2002 Sculpture, Romart Gallery, Netherlands


2002 Sculpture, Cultural Centre Sudhaina D’Chimay, Belgium


2002 VIPs, Craiova Art Museum, Romania


1989 Sculpture, Galerie l, Hamburg, Germany


1989 Glass, Turn Gallery, Cottbus, Germany


1986 Glass, Art Ind. Glass, Bucharest, Romania


1985 Spaces and Light, Targu-Jiu Art Galleries, Romania



COLLECTIONS:


Palazzo Oddo, Albenga, Italy


Glassmuseum Henritch in Dusseldorf, Germany


The National Museum of Glass and Ceramics, Bucharest, Romania


Targu-Jiu Art Museum, Romania


Museumskla a buzuterie, IablonecandNison, Czech Republic


Slarske Museum, Novy-Bor, Czech Republic


The Glass Museum, Prague, Czech Republic


Schlob Branitz, Cottbus, Germany


The Glass Museum, Ebelfort, Denmark


Craiova Art Museum, Romania


The Glass Museum Coburg, Germany


Works in private collections



AWARDS:


2009 Mihai Eminescu, Award from the International Academy of Fine Arts


2006 Constantin Brancusi, National Prize for Sculpture, Targu-Jiu, Romania


2004 Fire Arts Award, Association of Romanian Professionals of Fine Arts


2003 Fire Arts Award, Association of Romanian Professionals of Fine Arts


2001 Constantin Lecca Award, ”Mozaicul” newspaper, Romania


1993 1st Prize, National Prize for Design – Glass, Bucharest


1992 Silver Medal, The American Interfaith Institute Prize, Philadelphia, USA


1988 1st Prize, National Prize for Design – Glass, Ministry of Industry



SYMPOSIUMS:


2015 The International Glass Symposium, Novy-Bor, Czech Republic


1990 Plein-Air International Symposium, Libenau-Cottbus, Germany


1990 International Stained Glass Symposium, Vilnius, Lithuania


1988 The Third International Glass Symposium , Novy-Bor, Czech Republic


1985 The Second International Glass Symposium, Novy-Bor, Czech Republic



LITERATURE:


Das Metadekorativum, Klartext Verlag, Essen, 2012, p.218-251


Mihai Topescu, Anatomy of Glass (Glass Anatomy), 2010


Mihai Topescu, Fragile Glass 2005-2008, Germany


Coburg Glass Prize for Contemporary Glass in Europe, 2006, p.201-369


C.A. Mitchell, The Contemporary Who`s Who of Professionals, 2004-2005


Glass Art, Peter Layton, 1996, p.60


Joachin Waldrich Verlag „Who`s Who in Contemporary Glass Art”, 1993-1994, p.561, Munich, Germany


Irvin J. Borowsky (editor), Artists Confronting the Inconceivable: Award Winning Glass Sculpture, Philadelphia, USA, 1992, p.77


The First Tokyo Crafts Expo 92, Tokyo, Japan Art Publishing Co.Ltd.1992, p.61


The International Exhibition of Glass, 1990, Kanazawa, p.105


The International Exhibition of Glass Craft, 1988, Kanazawa, p.81


Young Glass, 1987, An International Competition, Ebelfort: Glassmuseum, 1987, p.80


Interglass, Symposium Ceskoslovonsko, I.G.S. 1982-1985, Novy-Bor, p.100


Spiel, Satz, Siegund Pokall, Nokia Masters Tennis, Essen, 1991, p.21


Mihai Topescu, Cast Glass Cycle, 2000-2005, texts by Adrian Guta and Catalin Davidescu


The Encyclopaedia of the Contemporary Romanian Artists), vol. 4, p.182


Personal Structures, Crossing Borders, Publisher: Global Art Affairs Foundation, Venice, 2015


Sixth Beijing International Art Biennale Album, China, 2015, China Artists Association



FILMS:


2015 SacriFace, producer: Mihai Topescu Glass Studios


2015 SacriFire, producer: Mihai Topescu Glass Studios


2013 SacrifIce, producer: Mihai Topescu Glass Studios


2010 Glass Anatomy, producer: Mihai Topescu Glass Studios


2006 Documentary Mihai Topescu – Glass Artist, Televiziunea Romana, producer: Cristian Bogdan Dragan


1998 Trap for the Sun, Televiziunea Romana, producer: Mihaela Cristea