Aurora KIRÁLY approaches the contemporary art field from different perspectives: as an artist, curator and cultural manager.
As of 2007 she has taught at the Department of Photography and Dynamic Image of the National University of Arts, Bucharest; an experience that has made her re-evaluate her artistic activity from the ’90s-2000 and come back with new projects. In her recent works she focuses on how artists relate to recent history/art history.
Since 2001 she has been the director of Galeria Nouă. Between 2001-2008 she curated an important number of exhibitions and events at this exhibition space. In 2006 she coordinated the book “Photography in contemporary art. Trends in Romania after 1989”, published by Galeria Noua at Unarte Publishing House. Between 2007-2012 she coordinated Witnesses XXI – Revisiting the Past / A collection of video interviews with Romanian artists, art critics and curators from different generations.
She lives and works in Bucharest.
2013 - Ph.D in Visual Arts, National University of Fine Arts from Bucharest with the thesis Photography in Romanian Contemporary Art, Coordinator: Professor Ruxandra Demetrescu.
As an artist she showed her projects in various group exhibitions:
2022 Artistic Residency at Fondation Boghossian, Brussels; Paris Photo, Grand Palais Ephémère, Paris - Main section with Anca Poterașu Gallery; Omission Possible, contribution to the collaborative project at Sala Omnia, with Mutual Loop; reUNIONS of Artists - Transmedia Peace Kit, Raiko Alexiev Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria; Open Doors, Anca Poterașu Gallery, București; 2021 Paris Photo, Main Section with Anca Poterasu Gallery, France; Upcoming group exhibition in Brussels, 4/14/26 exhibition; The Show that Never Was, Anca Poterașu Gallery, Bucharest; Corsets Then & Now, ZinaGallery, Cluj-Napoca, Romania ( https://zinagallery.com/corsets-then-and-now-viewing-room/); 12 Years After. A Survey of Romanian Art in 180 Works, MNAC Bucharest; 4 | 14 | 26 degrees east presented in Bruxelles by Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bucharest and lítost, Prague; 2020 In Midst of the Worst, the Best of Times, AncaPoterașuin partnership with LitostGallery, Prague; A Room of One's Own, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York; 2019 In the Eye of the Storm, Anca Poterașu Gallery, București; Ex-East. Past and recent stories of the Romanian avant-gardes, Espace Niemeyer, Paris; 2018 At Different Angles, MNAC, Bucharest; Woman, All Too Woman - The 3rd Edition of Baroque Urban, Museum of Art, Timișoara; Trauma & Revival: Contemporary Encounters, Kim? Laikmetīgās mākslas centrs, Riga / BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels / Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków; 2017 Artissima - Dialogues - Anca Poterașu Gallery; Life a User's Manual - Art Encounters Contemporary Art Biennial;
2016 Ex Future, Arcub Gabroveni, Bucharest; Our History about the Others. Bucharest - A city seen through four lenses, White Night of the Galleries #10 at Scena9; Girls with Ideas [Boys and Paintings], Lateral ArtSpace, Paintbrush Factory, Cluj; Brain Tatoos - A Map of Obssesions, Romanian Cultural Institute, Lisbon; 2014 WHAT ABOUT Y[OUR] MEMORY, MNAC, Bucharest; c.a.r. email@example.com Victoria Art Center, Bucharest; Contemporary Art Ruhr, Essen; 2013 Eu, En, Ich II – Myths, Victoria Art Center, Bucharest; Good Girls – On Memory, Desire, Power, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest; 2012 Body World. Traveling the Distance between Subject and Object, Victoria Art Center, Bucharest; 2011 The Body Under Surveillance, Victoria Art Center, Bucharest; 2002 RDV roumaine – l’espace En Cours, Paris, France; 2001 Woman’s room / Woman’s view, Paromlin Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia; 2001 The Dream of My Life, National Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria; 2000 In Full Dress, Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, Romania; 1997 The Shadow, Hungarian Museum of Photography, Kecskemet, Hungary; 1996 Una Finestra sull'Est, Galeria San Filippo Neri, Torino, Italy; 1996 Project 2000 Contest, Palazzo Bricherasio, Torino, Italy; 1996 Experiment in Romanian Art between 1960-1990, Artexpo Gallery, Bucharest; 1995 Mediawave Festival, Györ, Hungary; 1991 cARTe, Museum of Art Collection, Bucharest.
Solo shows: 2021 from somewhere other than myself, solo show at Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bucharest; 2018 Conjectures, Anca Poterașu Gallery | Spinnerei Leipzig, Ee um fah um soo foo suii too eem oo…, intervention at RAFT Brașov; 2017 Constructed Geometries. Space / Time / Memory, Anca Poterașu Gallery, Bucharest; 2016 Reality Check, Calina Gallery, Timișoara; 2015 Cut & Paste Histories, Alert Studio, Bucharest; 2003 Duet, Fortress Gallery, Târgu Mureș; 2000 Feminine Archaeology, International Center for Contemporary Art, Bucharest; Melancholia, Sindan Cultural Center, Cluj; Melancholia, GAD Photogallery, Bucharest; 1999 Untitled, International Center for Contemporary Art, Bucharest.
In 2012 she started Galeria Nouă educational programme with a series of workshops for children entitled "How to Understand Contemporary Art", realised in partnership with MNAC and supported by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. Since then she is constantly interested in developing cultural & artistic projects focused on education, to mediate the access to arts & culture and to open the understanding of contemporary art for children and adults.
Works in public collections: MNAC, Bucharest and in private collection from: Romania, Austria, Canada, and Nederlands.