Ana Zoe Pop

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Critical References

Concerned with closed shapes, Ana Zoe Pop seems determined to keep in her dense, tightly closed or only fortified space (“Count their towers, look at its backing!”, the psalmist leads us over the centuries) and guarded by any outside interference, the motif’s primary significances that are inferred (formulated in her personal key) or only suggested; we are actually in different stages of a process that has marked its course through signs in composition of which the artist never returns, considering them already part of a visual alphabet developed and provided to the public with full otherness (and all personal exhibitions and collective events she has attended are part of this endeavour), both for reading, decoding, and for philosophizing.

      Without having seen her earlier works or without having assimilated important areas of Christian symbolism and iconography - for it is faith that it is all about in these abstracted, sublimated shapes of a high expressiveness - the receiver may wonder: who are those seventy-two, why the window has the shape of a silhouette that fades away, seen from the torso (for the initiated, of course, but not all viewers are in such a privileged position), why a stele (a pre-Christian shape) indicates the way of the cross by its praying position or through its stages, why a psalm written is surrounded in the four corners by the towers of the fortress, compressed and put together, why the Canopy has sometimes pyramidal shape, why the face is absent if the title recalls it, why the tabernacle has locked its secrets, why the brick carries with it around the multipliable central axis the footprint of the haloed faces?

      The answers evoke the apostles’ world, the forms of devotion and sacrifice, the Eucharist, the command, the judgment, the redemption. The shape is not only closed, it is also centripetal. No motion or energy vector may penetrate this concentration that actually stems from drastic consecutive renunciations like: renunciation to the ratio between full and empty (and the show that it may propose), renunciation to cursive and discursive forms, renunciation to movement and rhythm, renunciation to exteriority, renunciation to a complicit capture of light in the process of contemplation. The mystery that this sculpture reveals - in ronde-bosse or embossed, only in bronze, which is sometimes associated with wood - is so deep, that in the space of maximum density (material and ideational alike), the matter (contrary to the laws of Physics, but according to Metaphysics) evaporates, disappears and for viewers’ use only the halo, miracle and transubstantiation are left.

      The works of sculpture and drawing made by Ana Zoe Pop and put together in the Shapes and Expressions exhibition meant to mark a year since Senso gallery returned to the public circuit, can be seen as an offering to faith and hope, but also as visual objects made with talent and long practiced craft. They show that the artist has crossed significant steps in the way of knowledge, marked thanks to her work place - she worked for a long period as a Conservator of sculpture works at the Romanian Art Gallery of the National Art Museum of Romania – by the admiration for the reference works of Romanian modern sculpture. Reminding that by means of Madonna Stolojan - work of a righteous originality - Demetrius Paciurea created an area of ​​visual investigation whose reverberations have not exhausted yet – we suggest a more than honourable lineage of spiritual descend.  Doina Pauleanu, Art Critic and Director of the Art Museum of Constanta.




2010 - Doctor of Fine Arts, the West University of Timisoara

1977-1978 – Specialization in sculpture at the „Ioan Andreescu” Fine Arts Institute of Cluj

2001- Accredited Expert by the Ministry of Culture and Cults – Specialization in Romanian sculpture   19th-20th centuries

2002- Accredited Expert by the Ministry of Culture and Cults – Specialization in Sculpture preservation

1973-1977 - „Ioan Andreescu” Fine Arts Institute of Cluj, Department of Sculpture

1978- 2012 Museographer-Conservator, Modern Romanian Art Department at the National Museum of Art of Romania

Personal Exhibitions:

2015 - Bucharest Senso Gallery

2014 - Tulcea –  the Art Museum

2013 - Constanta- the Art Museum

2010 - Timisoara - Triade Gallery

-Arad- Delta Gallery

2009 - Alba Iulia – the Union Museum

2006 - Bucharest - Simeza,Gallery Workshop on 68 Berzei Str.

2008 - Bucharest - Veroniki Gallery

2005 - Bucharest - Sabina & Jean Negulescu Gallery

2002 - Bucharest - Mogosoaia Palace

2006 - Bucharest- Simeza Gallery, Workshop on 68 Berzei Str.

2002 - Oradea – “Tara Crisurilor” Museum

2001 - Aiud, Alba – the History Museum

1994 - Bucharest - Simeza Gallery

1993 - Erlangen, Germany - Moderne Kunst Gallery

1992 - Tokyo, Japan – Romanian Embassy

1992 - Bucharest - Art Home Gallery

1990 - Bucharest - Art Home Gallery

1985 - Bucharest - Hanul cu Tei Gallery

1977 - Oradea – The New Gallery

Group exhibits:

2014 - Bucharest - Brancusi Hall - Parliament - Arts Salon, 5th edition - Reasons

- Bucharest – Brancusi Hall - Parliament – Fall Salon

- Bucharest - Arts in Bucharest 2014 –Simeza Gallery

- Bucharest-   Winter Salon 2014 – Simeza  Gallery

2013 - Cluj-Bistrita, Art Museum, the Arts of Fire

         - Sibiu –Astra Museum Contemporary Art Exhibition

         - Bucharest- Simeza Gallery – Print Salon – Sculpture in Stone

         - Bucharest- Brancusi Hall - Arts Salon, 4th edition - Reasons

- Arad- Delta Gallery – the International Small Graphics Biennale

         - Bucharest - Simeza Gallery, Small Sculpture Salon

2012 - Bucharest, Arts in Bucharest, UNARTE

- Bucharest, Art Home – FemArt Exhibition

- Aiud, „Inter-Art” Spring Salon

- Bucharest, Art Home, Bucharest’s Salons

- Aiud, „Inter-Art” Winter Salon

- Bucharest, Simeza Gallery, Sculpture Salon

- Bucharest, Simeza Gallery, Sculptors’ Drawing Salon

- Iasi – Chisinau, Itinerant Exhibition Moldovia’s Salons

- Arad, Meeting PointBiennale

- Mogosoaia, Brancovenesti Palaces, A Decade of Art Explorations

- Bucharest, Gallery Veroniki Art – An Unexpected Mix of Art Works

2011 - Bucharest – Art Home – Sacred Art Exhibition

2011 - Bucharest, Fall Salon

2011 - Bucharest - Simeza Art Biennale in Arad, Meeting Point, 3rd Edition – Itinerant Exhibition Hungary, Czech Repblic and Croatia

2010-2011- Bucharest, Small Sculpture Salon

2011 - Palatul Mogosoia - A Decade of Explorations in Romanian Art

2010 - Bucharest - Orizont Gallery – The Sacred

- Iasi Dana Gallery – Camino doloroso

         - Constanta – the Art Museum – European Bridges

2009 – Art Biennale of Arad, Meeting Point, 2nd Edition – Itinerant Exhibition in Hungary, Czech Republic and Croatia

2004 - Bucharest - Orizont Gallery – Sculptors’ Drawings

2003 - Bucharest - Apollo Gallery – Contemporary Sculpture

2002 - Aiud, Alba - Inter-Art Galleries

2002 - Bucharest – Romanian Literature Museum, Inter-Art

2001 - Bucharest - Romanian Literature Museum, Inter-Art

2001 - Aiud, Alba - Inter-Art Galleries

2000 - Bucharest - GAMBA Gallery – the Horse- myth and reality

1991 - Bucharest - Simeza Gallery – Surfaces’ Possibilities

International Exhibitions:

2011- Inter-Art International Exhibition, Kutztown and Washington D.C., USA

- Arad - Gallery Cleo - International Biennale

2009 - Vienna, Austria - Time Gallery – International Fine Arts Exhibition „Freedom without Frontiers”

- Inter-Art International Exhibition, New York, USA

- Salé, Maroc – „Arts, Storks & Nature”

- Latina, Italia - Casa Arte Scuola Civica di Musica di Latina, International Art Collective Exhibition

- Latina, Italia - Casa Arte Scuola Civica di Musica di Latina – 52  donne amorose

- Salzburg, Austria - Eriebnisburg Hohenwerfen, InternationalArtnetwork Autonomous Stream

- Arad - Gallery Cleo - International Biennale

2008 - New York, USA – ONU Headquarters - „Inter-Art" International Exhibition

- Cluj - Marginalii Art Museum at the International Contemporary Feminine Art Exhibition „European Bridges”

2007 – Symposium and  the International Contemporary Feminine Art Exhibition „European Bridges”- Tradition and Continuity”, Bucharest- Senso Gallery – Contemporary Sacred Art

2004 - Cairo, Egypt - Inter-Art

2004 - Bombay, India - Inter-Art

2003 - Gyomaendrod, Hungary – Town Gallery, Inter-Art

2003 - Bekescsaba, Hungary, Town Gallery, Inter-Art

- Bucharest, Orizont Gallery, Sculptors’ Drawings

1999 - Ravenna, Italia, Centro Dantesco dei Frati Minori Conventuali, Dante in Romania

1996 - Venice, Italy – Culture Romanian Institute/ Rome, Accademia di Romania – Graphics Exhibition

- Ravenna, Italia, “Dantesca” International Biennale, 9th ed.

- Osaka -, Japan – West Gallery, Romanian Painting

- Sète, France - International Artistic Salon

- Paris, France - Domus Medica, AFRA, Romanian Contemporary Art Exhibition

1992 - Paris, France - Grand Palais – SAGA

- Nyreghaza, Hungary – Town Gallery – Sculpture in Bronze Symposium

- Ravenna, Italia - ”Dantesca” International Biennale, 10th ed.

1991- Szombathelyi, Hungary – Young Romanian Artists

- Brussels, Belgium/ Paris, France, Romanian Art Exhibition „Romania salutes Europe”

- Budapest, Hungary – Romanian Art Exhibition

- Neuilly, France - Des artistes pour des artistes

- Paris,France - 10 artistes roumaines à Paris

- Paris, France - L’art d’aujourd’hui est à Neuilly

- Budapest, Hungary/ Oradea - Water, Light, Color

- Seville - Romania’s Pavilion at the Universal Exhibition

1990 - Paris, France - Romanian Art Exhibition

- Ravenna, Italy– “Dantesca” International Biennale, 9th ed.

1988 - Ravenna, Italy – “Dantesca” International Biennale, 8th ed.

1988 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Romanian Art Exhibition

Open air symposiums (Romania):

2001 - 2012 - Aiud, Alba (stone-wood)

2005 - Blaj (wood)

2004 - Constanta (modelling paste)

1997 - Vata, Hunedoara (stone)

1990 - Soveja, Vrancea (wood)

1988 - Macea, Arad (stone)

1987 - Covasna (wood and stone)

1986 - Saliste, Sibiu (wood)

1985 - Casoaia, Arad (stone)

International symposiums:

2006 - Majdanpek, Serbia (jewelry)

2003 - Bekescsaba, Hungary (wood)

- Gyomaendrod, Hungary (wood)

- Karantin, Turkey (stone)

1995 - Trebiç, Czech Republic (wood)

1992 - Nyíregyháza, Hungary, (bronze)

1991 - Debrecen, Hungary (wood)


1995 – Retrospective Exhibition Margareta Sterian (Margareta Sterian Award)

2002 – Award for reorganizing the Modern Art Gallery conferred by the Ministry of Culture

Works in private collections: the NationalContemporary Art Museum, the Museum of Bucharest, the Art Museum of Tulcea, Triade Collection of Timisoara, the Collection of Intrart Foundation of Aiud


Romanian Sculptures Dictionary of the XIX-XX centuries, Lit. H-Z, Romanian Academy Publishing House, Bucharest 2012