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Post R

© Dan Perjovschi. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

Post R

Artist: Dan Perjovschi (Romanian, born 1961)
Culture: Romanian
Date: 1995
Medium: Poster
Dimensions:
Image: 17 1/16 x 25 1/16 inches (43.3 x 63.7 cm)
Sheet: 17 7/8 x 25 1/8 inches (45.4 x 63.8 cm)
Mat: 23 1/4 x 30 1/2 inches (59.1 x 77.5 cm)
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Gift of Kristine Stiles
Label Text:The title Post R puns on the words "poster" and "R" (for Romania). Dan appears in each of the four posters, displaying his bicep with the word "Romania," which he had tattooed on his arm in a 1993 performance. In this way, he exhibits his connection to his country, one that the posters critique. Each poster presents the contradictions between the present and a mythic idea of Romania.

This one presents the building constructed by Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s. It is the third largest building in the world. Originally called Palace of the People (Palatul Poporului), after the Revolution its name was changed to House of the People (Casa Poporului), but "the people" called it the Madman's Palace (Palatul Nebunului), because Ceausescu destroyed large sections of the center of Bucharest, including architecturally important villas, schools, monasteries, and municipal buildings, to build it. In the mid-1990s, the name became Palace of Parliament (Palatul Parlamentului). When the National Museum of Contemporary Art was placed in the notorious building, Dan and Lia Perjovschi refused to exhibit their work there, or even ever to enter the museum. They rejected the association of contemporary art with the historical crimes signified by the Palace and the implicit exploitation of living artists by the state. In making this decision, the Perjovschis identified themselves as "dizzydents" (dissidents) in "Dizzy" (Romania), referring to the paradoxical politics and struggle to maintain clarity in their country. The title reads: "A tiny people with such a big house."
Object number: 2007.12.2.D