Aurora Király b. 1970

Aurora Király chooses for her projects a unique frequency of communication with the world. Language as art alternates with the homogenous rhetoric of the modern information system and inbetween these plans there is a subtle transfer of substance. The domestic intimacy of writing, the formal elegance of photography and a special light always tell a good story. Layers of emotion and consultancy reiterate real life. From the long history of abstract avant-garde, Aurora Király takes and inevitably connects art with knowledge. The lines organising her work are austere, yet serene. The conceptual dimension is associated with history, hope, trauma, memory, human relationships, the thoughts of a child, the garden, the last snow…

A profound sense follows the infusions of language and real-life and accepts the experimental code for various daily necessities.

Throughout the years, the activity of Aurora Király has surveyed the field of contemporary art from various perspectives. During the 1990s and the 2000s, her projects explored the capacity of photography to record the quotidian, by combining auto-referential fragments with documentary aspects of day-to-day life. Her black and white photographs as well as the ones in colour are focused on details that are usually overlooked, “embedding” personal moments, for wanting to preserve these fragments, to understand them and to reflect on her existence.

Since 2007 she has taught at the Department of Photography and Dynamic Image, at the Bucharest National University of Arts, an experience that has made her re-evaluate her artistic activity and to return with new, mature and profound projects. Her most recent works question the sources that an artist may explore for choosing a subject and the modality through which the said artist approaches context / recent history / art history. The influence of international tendencies, of the art market and of art production, the works and the practices of artists who “listen to” and acknowledge their own “voice” represent a few of the issues of interest for Aurora Király at the moment.

Aurora Király is interested in researching the contemporary artistic phenomenon as an artist and as a cultural manager or a curator, in order to contribute to the study and analysis of recent Romanian art history. The limited institutional opportunities on the Romanian art scene at the beginning of the 2000s have challenged her to get involved in initiating a promoting structure for contemporary arts. She founded Galeria Nouă in 2001 – an exhibition space centred on photography and new technology projects – that greatly contributed to the development of the Romanian art scene. During 2001 and 2008 she organised, at Galeria Nouă, exhibitions, events and conferences with artists and important guests in the field of contemporary Romanian and international art. After suspending the exhibition programme of Galeria Nouă in 2008, Aurora Király has continued to work on projects with Galeria Nouă Association. She has been involved in educational projects promoting contemporary art since 2012.

Liviana Dan, text published in Aurora Király. Proiecte Recente / New Projects, 2017

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022     Upcoming artistic residency Boghossian Foundation in 2022
2021     from somewhere other than myself, Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2018     Conjectures, Anca Poterașu Gallery Guest Space in Leipzig, Germany
Constructed Geometries. Space / Time / Memory, Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
Reality Check, Calina Gallery, Timișoara, Romania
Duet, Fortress Gallery, Târgu Mureş, Romania
Feminine Archaeology, International Center for Contemporary Arts, Bucharest, Romania
Melancholia, GAD Photo Gallery, National Theatre 3/4, Bucharest, Romania
Untitled, International Center for Contemporary Arts, Bucharest, Romania

Group exhibitions

2021     The Show That Never Was, Anca Poterasu Gallery, RO
2020 – 2021 12 Years After. A Survey of Romanian Art in 180 Works, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, RO
2020    4 | 14 | 26 degrees east, Anca Poterasu Gallery and lítost, BE, 2020
2020    In Midst of the Worst, the Best of Times litost Gallery, Prague
2020     A Room of One’s Own , NADA New York Gallery Open 2020
2019     Ex-east Des histoires passées et récentes des avant-gardes roumaines , Paris, France
From Different Angles, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest
Orient, Curator: Michal Novotný; Venues: Kim? Laikmetīgās mākslas centrs, Rīga; BOZAR, Brussels; Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej Bunkier Sztuki, Krakówia
Viewfinder – Looking through the both sides of the lens, Artissima, Torino
Life – A User’s Guide, Timișoara Art Encounters Biennial, Timișoara and Arad, Romania
Ex Future, ARCUB Gabroveni, Bucharest, Romania
Fără pensule, Atelier 030202, Bucharest, Romania
Our History About the Others. A City seen through four lenses within No Man’s Land NAG (White Night of The Art Galleries) #10, Scena9, Bucharest, Romania
Girls with Ideas [Boys and Paintings], Lateral ArtSpace, Paintbrush Factory, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Brain Tattoos – A Map of Obsessions, ICR Lisabona, Portugalia
Brain Tattoos – A Map of Obsessions, Victoria Art Center, Bucharest, Romania
WHAT ABOUT Y[OUR] MEMORY, MNAC, Bucharest, Romania
2014, Victoria Art Center, Bucharest, Romania
Contemporary Art Ruhr, Essen, Germany
Eu,En, Ich II – Myths, Victoria Art Center, Bucharest, Romania
Good Girls – On Memory, Desire, Power, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania
Body World. Traveling the Distance between Subject and Object, Victoria Art Center For Contemporary Cultural Production, Bucharest, Romania
The Body Under Surveillance, Victoria Art Center For Contemporary Cultural Production, Bucharest, Romania
RDV roumaine – l’espace En Cours, Paris, France
Woman’s room / Woman’s view, Paromlin Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia
Photo Documents, Galeria Nouă, Bucharest, Romania
The Dream of My Life, National Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
In Full Dress, Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, Romania
The Shadow, Hungarian Museum of Photography, Kecskemet, Hungary
Una Finestra sull’Est, Galeria San Filippo Neri, Torino, Italy
Project 2000 Contest, Palazzo Bricherasio, Torino, Italy
Experiment in Romanian Art after 1960, Artexpo Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
Mediawave Festival, Györ, Hungary
Member in the artistic duo 2D (with Mirela Dăuceanu)
cARTe, Museum of Art Collection, Bucharest, Romania


Aurora Király. Proiecte recente / New Projects, Artist catalogue, published by ARAC in collaboration with Anca Poterasu Gallery & Editura UNARTE
Photography in Romanian Contemporary Art after 1989. A Cronology, text contribution in Arta magazine, published by the Union of Fine Artists
co-editor of CitiesMethodologies І Bucharest publication, together with Ger Duijzings and Simona Dumitriu, published by Galeria Nouă at UNARTE Publishing House
Social Documentary – a personal approach in the publication The Artist in the Studio, Scientific Session organized by The Faculty of Applied Arts and Design, National University of Arts Bucharest
editor of the bi-lingual book Photography in Contemporary Art. Trends in Romania after 1989, published by Galeria Nouă at Unarte Publishing House

Curatorial projects:

I like / I don’t like… through art, Museum of Art Constanța, organized by Da’DeCe Association in partnership with MNAC, with the financial support of AFCN
Witnesses XXI – Revisiting the Past / A Collection of Video Interviews – exhibition, Platforma – MNAC Moșilor, Bucharest, Romania
StartPoint Prize Romania, Victoria Art Center, exhibition co-curator (together with Petru Lucaci), Bucharest, , Romania
Exhibition co-curator (together with Simona Dumitriu) CitiesMethodologies І Bucharest, National University of Arts Bucharest, Scarlat-Ghica House, Bucharest, Romania
curator of Open access pRO_ARCHIVE exhibition, Karlin Studios, Praga, Czech Republic
curator of Bucharest between Melacholia and Hysteria. A Few Artistical Perspective over Urban Space, Czech Center Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
project coordinator – On Curatorship in Contemporary Art, supported by AFCN. Guests: Maria Rus Bojan (MB Agency, Amsterdam), Matei Bejenaru (Vector, Iaşi), Irina Cios (CIAC, Bucuresti), Dora Hegy (Transit, Budapest), Bucharest, Romania
counsellor for selecting the Romanian participants at Startpoint Prize competition, Czech Republic

curator for the following exhibitions presented at Galeria Nouă Contemporary Art Space, Bucharest, Romania:
gute aussichten – new german photography [5 – 23.03.2008]
Christmas 07 – Eugenio Percossi [5.12.2007 – 6.01.2008]
Making Movies – Krassimir Terziev [14 – 30.11.2007]
Last Supper / Last Words – Artists: Bigert & Bergström [6.12.2006 – 21.01.2007]
Persona – Teodor Graur [22.11 – 2.12.2006] Exhibition realized in partnership with the European Cultural Center Sinaia
Staged – Štěpánka Stein/Salim Issa & Dita Pepe/Petr Hrubes [4 – 27. 10. 2006] Exhibition realized in partnership with the Czech CenterYour Money or Your Life – Jan Kotik [5 – 30 aprilie 2006] Exhibition realized in partnership with: Futura Gallery (Prague) and Czech Center Bucharest
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue – Călin Dan [1.03 – 1. 04. 2006]
Documenting Their Dream – Alexandra Croitoru [12.10 – 26.11.2005]
I am Always Someone Else – Jozsef Bartha [13 – 31. 07. 2005]
Sharing Solitude – Frederico Câmara [6.04 – 15.05.2005] Exhibition realized in partnership with Akademie Schloss Solitude and Goethe Institut Bucharest
Strawberry Fields Forever – Matei Bejenaru [2 – 27. 03.2005]
Portfolios Review #4 – Artists: Ana Alexandra Blidaru, Ana Bănica, Vlad Eftenie, Andrei Fărcăşanu, Wanda Hutira, Helen Jilavu, Alina Şomăndroiu, Roxana Tomescu [16 – 27. 02. 2005]
The People / Boborul – Radu Vasile Igazság & Visual Art Foundation [12.01.2005 – 06.02.2005]
Superbooks 2004 – The Most Beautiful Books from the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany, Great Britain and Romania [15. 12. 2004 – 09. 01. 2005] Organizers: British Council, The German Book Center, Idea Foundation, Czech Center, Association of Romanian Publishers
Public Spaces / Public Bodies – Karen Kipphoff [27.10 – 21.11.2004]
Monumente – Misha Pedan [6 – 24.10.2004] Partners: Swedish Embassy, Swedish Institute
Maybe Next Time – Gheorghe Rasovszky [6.09 – 3.10.2004]
Blue Moon, Black Sea – Peter Terezakis [7 – 27.07.2004] Exhibition realized with the support of: American Cultural Center of the U.S.A. Embassy, Project DCM Foundation and The Suitcase Fund of Dance Theater Workshop in NYC
Recent Photographs – Ion Grigorescu [9 – 30. 06. 2004]
The Marshalling Yard – Artists: Mariana Celac, Iosif Király, Marius Marcu [24.03 – 02.05.2004] Exhibition realized with the support of the Swiss Cultural Programme in Romania
Black-out – Alexandru Patatics [25.02 – 14.04]
Portfolios Review #3 – Artists: Vlad Boşoancă, Adrian Budritzan, Valentin Chincişan, Dina Dancu, Maria Drăghici, Vilhelem Jozsef Hunor, Ioachim Ciobanu, Alexandru Dragomir, Dorijan Milovanovik, Ilinca Nanoveanu, Igor Naumov, Pal Antal, Bogdan Panaitescu, Bogdana Pascal, Horea Pascu, Raul Skopecz, Roxana Szel, Sebastian Zsemlye [21. 01 – 14. 02. 2004]
Human Interaction – Irina Botea [10.12.2003 – 17.01.2004]
Reconstructions – Iosif Király [5.11 – 6.12.2003]
Transformative Urbanism. From Almere to Caracas – Artists: Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber (Austria) [8.10 – 2.11.2003] Exhibition realized in partnership with WienKultur
Connected Ideas – Artists: Raluca Băraru, Valentina Belea, Ioana – Teodora Chirtoacă, Mirela Crăciun, Alexandra Dondera, Raluca Dumitru [10. 09 – 5. 10. 2003]
Portfolios Review #2 – Artists: Adrian Armanca, Alex Axinte, Luminiţa Cochinescu, Cătălina Ionescu, Raluca Noveanu, Dana Postolea, Cătălin Rulea, Anda Runtag, Maria Stan, Cristina Toma [9 – 27.07.2003]
Selected Works – Ola Pehrson [4.06 – 6.07.2003] Exhibition realized in partnership with Swedish Embassy, IASPIS
Portfolios Review #1 – Artists: Nataşa Andreska, Andrei Calangiu, Iulius Costache / Andrei Iancu, Cristina David, Olivia Mihălţianu, Oana Manta, Bogdan Marcu, Catinca Mattice, Doru Popescu, Raluca Spataru, Laura Todoran [14 – 31.05.2003]
Beyond Photography… the Painting – Artists: Raluca Noveanu, Sabina Spatariu, Dragoş Burlacu, Răzvan Neagoe [22.01 – 16.02.2003]
There is Fiction in the Space Between – Artists: Harald Scherz (Austria), Casa Gontz (Romania), Hannes Böck (Austria) [14. 12. 2002 – 12. 01. 2003]
Omulan – Matei Branea [27. 11 – 1. 12. 2002]
The Black Square – Hélène Binet (Great Britain) [23. 10 – 24. 11. 2002] Exhibition realized in partnership with New Europe College, British Council
The New Painting – Elina Brotherus [2 – 20.10.2002] Exhibition realized in partnership with: Finnish Embassy and FRAME – Finnish Fund for Art Exchange
[number one] – Artists: Adrian Armanca, Andrei Calangiu, Ştefan Cosma, Alexandra Croitoru, Nicu Ilfoveanu, Răzvan Ion, Iosif Király, Vlad Nancă, Ioana Nemeş [25 – 29. 09. 2002]
Interviewing the Cities – At the Next Station – subREAL [17.07 – 4.08.2002]
Sight & Site / Tracks & Strikes – Anne-Lise Dehee & Eve Couturier (France) here, now – Ştefan Cosma, Alexandra Croitoru, Ioana Nemeş [15. 05 – 9.06.2002]
Walk – Teodor Graur [27.03 – 26.04.2002]
Interactive Scenes – Zambacalamba net v.2 / Pointview / Pyramidal [27.02 – 24.03.2002] Alexandru Antik & Dragoş Ştefan
Five Stories – Artists: Anca Benera / Irina Bucan Botea, Anca Ignătescu, Dilmana Iordanova, Mihaela Kavdanska, Lila Passima [5.12.2001 – 31.01.2002]
11 artists in Balkon – Artists: Mircea Cantor, Ştefan Cosma, Alexandra Croitoru, Aurora Dediu, Cosmin Grădinaru, Adrian Ilfoveanu, Daniel Knorr, Zoltan Kovacs, Vlad Nancă, Ioana Nemeş, Gabriela Vanga

Cultural management, artistic counselling:

project coordinator: Art in context: trends and curatorial practices in contemporary art, organized by Joana Grevers Foundation, Bucharest, with the financial support of AFCN
selection for StartPoint Prize Romania
ACOFIN – ART.CONSUMPTION.FINITUDE, artistic adviser, supported by AFCN
project coordinator Visual Art in Romania – Documentary Ressources, National University of Arts Bucharest, supported by AFCN
project coordinator How to Understand Contemporary Art – workshops for children between 8-14 years, realised by Galeria Nouă in partnership with MNAC, supported by AFCN
member in the working team concerning the financial field no. 17 – Promoting the diversity in culture and art in the field of cultural heritage, Financial Mechanism SEE (Romanian Government – European Foreign Affairs), representative of the Cultural Operators Association, Romania
project coordinator of Witnesses XXI – Revisiting the Past / A Collection of Video Interviews project, produced by Galeria Nouă with the support of Erste Stiftung, AFCN and MNAClab
coach for the Swiss artists invited in AiR programme, organized by United Experts with the support of Pro Helvetia Zürich
project coordinator CitiesMethodologies І Bucharest, supported by AFCN
co-organizer of Are You Experienced?, curators: Nicolas Bourriaud and Paolo Falcone, presented at Galeria Nouă and MNAC

Lectures, presentations, symposia:

How school can be a partner for art education? Discussion organized by Metru Cub Association, in partnership with French Institute Timișoara
lecture on Romanian Photography after 1989, Scientific Session organized by the Faculty of Art History and Theory, National University of Arts Bucharest
lecture on Cities Methodologies Bucharest in the frame of International Sympozion Urban Games, ENSAD, Strasbourg
lecture on Romanian artists working on urban projects in the frame of Cities Methodologies 2011, Slade Research Centre, London
lecture on Romanian art scene in the frame of international symposium Binary City, part of the Global Gateway project, organized by Ciant with the support of the Culture 2007-2013 programme, Bucharest
presentation on The Social Documentary – A Personal Approach, in the frame of The Artist in the Studio – Scientific Session organized by the Faculty of Applied Arts and Design, National University of Arts Bucharest
presentation on my artistical and curatorial activity, in the frame of Global Photography – The Balkans, Tate Modern, London
Bucharest Days in Vienna, event organized by Wien Kultur la Kunsthalle Wien – Project Space