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Andreea CIOARĂ, Andrei NACU, Maria THEREZA ALVES, Alexandru PAUL, Andrei TIMOFTE, - “Geza VIDA” Cactus Collection

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Andreea CIOARĂ, Andrei NACU, Maria THEREZA ALVES, Alexandru PAUL, Andrei TIMOFTE, - “Geza VIDA” Cactus Collection


11th of July – 1st of September 2020
Opening: 11th of July 2020, 6 p.m.
Elena Doamna street, No. 37, Iași

After 11th of July, the access in the exhibition space will be allowed only by appointment through private message on the 1+1 Facebook page (

The Exotic Plants Exhibition will present for the first time in Iași parts of the Cactus Collection of Baia Mare sculptor, Vida Geza (1913-1980). The oral history tells us that this collection was started with few seeds that the artist brought from Spain, during his revolutionary work as an anti-fascist fighter in the International Brigades of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1938). A militant artist, interested in the social role of art, Geza Vida is considered one of the most important sculptors of the postwar period. In the 1960s his collection became the most important private collection of cactus and succulents in Romania. After the artist’s death, the plants entered under the protection of public administration in the greenhouses of Baia Mare. Alongside these plants, the exhibition includes new works of art by Andreea Cioara, Andrei Nacu, Alexandru Paul and Andrei Timofte made especially for this exhibition as well as a video by the artist Maria Theresa Alves, in the Video-Forum collection of n.b.k.

You can read more about these works here and about artists new works here or @unuplusunu and @tranzitiasi on Instagram.

Image: Vida Geza, The reading, 1940, St. Cyprien; County Service of National Archives Maramureș / Serviciul Judeţean Maramureş al Arhivelor Naţionale, Personal Collection of Prof. Raoul Șorban, Inv. 1270, dossier 4 / Colecția personală Prof. Univ. Raoul Șorban, inv.1270, dosar 4.

Organisers: 1+1
Partners: tranzit. ro/ Iasi, S.P.A.U. – Serviciul Public Ambient Urban / Public Service Urban Ambient, Centru Expoziţional / Exhibitional Center –Vida Geza Cactus Collection (Baia Mare), Video-Forum of n.b.k (Berlin).

Thanks: Noa Treister, István Lőrincz, Ovidiu Pop, Marius Babias, Raluca Voinea, Eleonora Ghețe, Klara Guşeth (County Service of National Archives Maramureș)

The group exhibition is part of the Plante Exotice / Exotic Plants omonim project organized by 1+1 in collaboration with tranzit. ro/ Iasi and is co-financed by The Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is neither responsible of the project content or of the way in which the project results may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the grant beneficiary.

The title of the project is also reminding us about the publication coordinated by Alex Cistelecan and Andrei State „Plante exotice. Teoria şi practica marxiştilor români” / Exotics plants. The thory and practice of Romanian Marxists , Tact Publishing house, 2015.

Health & Safety Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibition will be accessible according to the rules established by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Health from June 2020.
We will allow maximum 4 people at a time. Wearing masks while inside the space is compulsory.