Bogdan Rata in the 55th edition of the Venice Biennale

Cosmin Nasui
Jul 17, 2013 10:58AM

Romanian sculptor Bogdan Rata, present within the international curatorial project ”Personal Structures”, Venice Biennale 55

The sculptor Bogdan Rata is present with the artwork ”Trying to keep life” within the international curatorial project ”Personal Structures”, Collateral Event in Venice Biennale 55, at Palazzo Bembo, until November 24, 2013. The artist Rata was selected from short list of 320 artists worldwide by a jury of international curators.

The curator Cosmin Nasui proposed and won the participation of the Romanian artist Bogdan Rata within the project ”Personal Structures”, organised by the Danish foundation Global Art Affairs and curated by Francesca Crudo, Sarah Gold, Carol Rolla and Valeria Romagnini. The exhibition revolves around the concepts Time / Space / Existence and the selected artworks accede to all contemporary visual arts: video, sculpture, painting, photography, installation, performance. Hermann Nitsch (AUT), Yoko Ono (JPN), Roman Opalka (FRA) and Sam Jinks (AUS) are some of the artists with works within the exhibition.

Venice Biennale is the oldest and most prestigious art event in the world. The previous edition of ”Personal Structures”, a Collateral Event in Venice Biennale as well, had drawn more than 3.000 journalists and over 70.000 visitors in 7-month time.

The sizes of the artwork ”Trying to keep life” are 153 x 36,5 x 17 cm and the materials used are synthetic resin, polyester, fibre, metal, paint. The artwork is filled with water. The water evaporates during the exhibiting, showing or hiding parts of the sculptures, depending of the water level.

”Trying to keep life” was created in 2012, on the occasion of Bogdan Rata’s participation within the curatorial project ”Colouring the Grey. The State of Body” at Independents Liverpool Biennial 2012 (St. George’s Hall).

Organiser: Nasui Collection & Gallery

Sponsor: Herczeg Foundation

With the support of: Romanian Cultural Institute Venice



Curator: Cosmin Nasui, Cosmin at, 0040 723 358 945

Bogdan Rața is an artist, with a PHD on new materials in Sculpture at West University Timisoara Romania. Rata lives and works in Bucharest and Timisoara (Romania). He has been exhibited in Mulhouse Basel Biennale 2010, Moscow Biennale 2011, Independents Liverpool Biennale 2012. His artworks were featured in curatorial projects in Tel Aviv, Budapest, Paris, New York, Bucharest.


Cosmin Nasui (BA-es in History of Art and Visual Arts&Design), has worked as curator, art critic, gallerist, cultural journalist, cultural manager for the last 13 years. He is expert and assessor in contemporary art accredited by AEEAR (Association of Experts and Evaluators of Romania), chairman of the Department of Contemporary Art of ACOAR (Association of Artworks Traders in Romania), founder member, the most important arts&culture online publication in Romania.

Cosmin Nasui