Mircea Cantor

Winner: 2004

Winner of the Prize, awarded during the Prosismic exhibition, curated by Evelyne Jouanno, from October 12 to November 19, 2004.

Mircea Cantor, SHORT CUTS, 2004, B & W Photography, Triptych, 49 x 73 cm each, edition of 3, courtesy of the artist and Yvon Lambert Paris

"It is a poetical approach of what short-cuts mean in our lives, visible, or manifesting themselves as a path in the urban space.
They were shot in my Romanian home town, and they illustrate how people intentionally deviate from the so-called "right way".
One part was built by the town planners, and the unpredictable organic part is made by common people. The rest is what we call life"


Mircea Cantor : Q.E.D,
(curated by Raluca Velisar, Mihai Pop), National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucarest, RO

Mircea Cantor. Prix Marcel Duchamp 2011,
(curated by Jean-Pierre Bordaz), Centre Pompidou, FR (exhibition catalogue)
Special screenings at TIFF
, Transilvania International Film Festival, Cluj, RO
Restless: film and other works,
Museum of Moving Image, New York, US
Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
, (curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi and Stefano Chiodi), MACRO, Roma, IT (exhibition catalogue)

More cheeks than slaps
, (curated by Claire Le Restif), Le Credac, Ivry sur Seine, FR
Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, DE

, 6ème Nuit des Musées, Musée Rodin, Paris, FR
, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv, IL
Heilige Blumen
, Kunsthalle Nuremberg, Nuremberg, DE
Klug wie die Schlangen und einfältig wie die Tauben / Wise as serpents and innocents as doves,
Museum Abteiberg, Moenchengladbach, DE
Solo Screening of Vertical Attempt
, Kunst Werke, Berlin, DE

White sugar for black days
, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, FR
Which light kills you,
The Commun Guild, Glasgow, UK
The need for uncertainty
, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK
Tracking Happiness
, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, CH
Preventative kiss for suspicious war
, Johnen Galerie, Berlin, DE


Expo 1 : New York, MoMA PS1, New York, US
Dinard, L’Amour atomique
, Palais des Arts et du Festival, Dinard, FR
Desire Lines,
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, AU
Galerie Gourvennec Ogor, Marseille, FR
Dinard, l’Amour Atomique
, Palais des Arts et du Festival, Dinard, FR
Le Pont
, MAC, Marseille, FR

Raüme der Erinnerung, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, DE
European Travellers
, Mucsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest, HO
I decided not to save the world
, Salt, Istanbul, TR
, S.M.A.K. Gent, BE
One Sixth of the Earth. Ecologies of Image,
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, ES

Big Brother: Artists and tyrants
, Palais des Arts et du Festival, Dinard, FR
Prix Marcel Duchamp
, LaM Museum, Lille, FR
Big Up 6,
Ecuries de Baroja, Anglet, FR
Nuit Blanche Paris
, International Visual Theatre, Paris, FR
Sphères 4
, Galleria Continua, Le Moulin, Boissy-le-Châtel, FR
The workers
, MASS MoCa, North Adams, US
The Animal Gaze,
Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, Sheffield, US

Les Promesses du passé – Une histoire discontinue de l’art dans l’Ex-Europe de l’Est,
Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR (Exhibition Catalogue)
Believe in Miracles
, Collection Lambert, Avignon, FR
Les recherches d’un chien
, La Maison Rouge, Paris, FR
D’ailleurs – I won’t Play Others to Your Same
, Galerie Art & Essai, Rennes, FR
Travail de la rivière,
(curated by Claire Le Restif), Le Credac, Ivry sur Seine, FR
DADA EAST? Contextes roumains du Dadaïsme 
- MUba Eugène Leroy, Tourcoing, FR
Romances sans paroles
, (curated by Ami Barak), La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Mulhouse, FR
Unsichtbare Schatten – Bilder der Verunsicherung,
MARTa Herford, Herford, UK
Höhepunkte der Kölner KunstFilmBiennal,
Kunst-Werke, Berlin, DE
Fische hinterlassen keine Spuren,
Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen, DE
Trei culori cunosc pe lume / Ich kenne drei Farben auf Erden
, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, DE
A Shot in the Dark,
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, US
Natural History,
Justina M Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto, Toronto, CA

Les Archipels réinventés, 10 ans du prix Fondation d’entreprise Ricard,
(curated by Christine Macel and Emma Lavigne ) Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR (exhibition catalogue)
Fleuves - Cneai =,
Chatou, FR
La force de l’art 02
, Grand Palais, Paris, FR
Videos Europa
, Le Frenoy, Lille, FR
D’ailleurs I Won’t Play Other to Your Same,
Galerie Art & Essai, Renne, FR


Nominated for Artes Mundi Prize 3rd edition, Wales, UK

Zece pentru Romania Award
by Realiatea TV, RO

Best Dance Short Film award
, Tiburon International Film Festival, California
Prix Marcel Duchamp
award, Paris, FR

Winner of the 6th Prize of Fondation d'entreprise Ricard

Presentation of the work of the artist.

Full CV of the artist.


Travel, moving, expectations and reality, and what they entail: negotiations, misunderstandings, chances, dialogues and (re)inventions, determine the work of the artist, who sees them as necessary starting points, to resistance as well as to creativity, and consequently, to the possibility of expressing their personal freedom and their desire to transform the world.