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April 1, 2005

Achimescu Will Discuss His Art In April 15 Event At UI

Bogdan Achimescu, a visual artist who lives and works in both Poland and the United States, and creates diverse artworks around the world, will discuss his works in a free public lecture at 7 p.m. Friday, April 15 in Room E109 of the University of Iowa Art Building.

Although he was invited to the UI as a guest of the printmaking area of the UI School of Art and Art History, Achimescu in fact works in a variety of media and techniques including drawing, printmaking, installation and video.

In his biography for the 2001 Venice Biennale, Achimescu described himself as "Nomad draughtsman and installationist. Printmaker, multilingual fiction writer,  teacher, computer artist, photographer, performer. Traditionalist mono-media artist, traveler."

In addition to site-specific works and installations around the world, Achimescu's artworks have been prominently featured in international shows, including at the Venice Biennale, and he is represented in major collections including the Uffizzi Gallery in Florence, Italy, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Cultural identity is a major subject in his work. He creates fictional myths and legends to invent a society, its beliefs, attitudes, appearance and accoutrements, and then creates installations that display the evidence of the society and its habitat. His intention in these works is both playful and serious. He considers what constitutes a society, how much space people need, what is necessary for survival, how people present themselves to others and the nature of conformity.

Since 1997 he has held academic positions at several universities in the United States. Recently he was visiting artist at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, where he taught drawing and digital arts. He has worked in numerous countries and gained recognition with residency awards and a number of site-specific projects. He has held many international solo exhibitions and in 2001 he was part of the Context Network, representing Romania at the Venice Biennale.

More information and on Achimescu and images of his works can be found at

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