Private Collection, 2017, On-Going Action, Photo by Dani Baptista
Private Collection was a collection consisting of live enactments of several art works that have disappeared in private collections or their whereabouts are mostly unknown. Using only the human body as a medium, Private Collection aimed at bringing these art works back into the public sphere. In line with previous works by Manuel Pelmus, Private Collection explored questions relating to “immaterial” labour, value production, ownership, economy of attention, and aims at reflecting on the relationship between the public and the private spheres during an age where privatisation has had a massive impact on public museums/institutions and the society at large.
Manuel Pelmuş is a Romanian artist. He has a background in choreography, but has worked mostly in the visual arts context over the last couple of years. Manuel Pelmuş represented Romania (together with Alexandra Pirici) at the -55th- Venice Biennale with the acclaimed project “An Immaterial Retrospective of the Venice Biennale.” His recent work has been presented, among others, at the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven; Tate Modern, London; The Kiev Biennale; Museum of Modern Art Warsaw; Para/Site, Hong Kong; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Museum M, Leuven; FIAC, Paris; Modern Museum Salzburg; The National Museum of Art Romania among others. Manuel Pelmus was awarded Berlin Art Prize for Performing Arts in 2012 and the Excellence Award of the National Dance Center in Bucharest in 2014.