Serban Savu

(b.1978 in Sighișoara, Romania) lives and works in Cluj.
Graduated in 2001 from the University of Art and Design, Cluj.
Between 2002 and 2004 he received the “Nicolae Iorga” postgraduate research grant, Venice.

Serban Savu is representing Romania at the 60th edition of the Venice Biennale, 2024.

Solo Exhibitions

What Work Is, The Romanian National Pavilion, in the 60th Venice Biennale, Giardini della Biennale, Venice, IT

Makeovers, National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest, RO
Regolith, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, US

ECHINOCȚIU, Kunsthalle Bega, Timișoara, RO

Serban Savu - En dérive, Le Lait Centre D'art Contemporain, Albi, FR
The New Life, Galeria Dawid Radziszewski, Warsaw, PL

Heroes, Saints and Other Figures, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, DE
Serban Savu, Museo Pietro Canonica a Villa Borghese, Roma, IT

Serban Savu, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, US

Pictures at an Exhibition, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, DE
Manastur, Dawid Radziszewski Gallery, Warsaw, PL

Sometimes My Eyes Are the Eyes of a Stranger, Monica de Cardenas Gallery, Milan, IT

Daily Practice for the End of the World, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, DE
Overview, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, US

Close to Nature, David Nolan Gallery, New York, US
Under the Radar, Pitzhanger Manor House & Gallery, London, UK

Essay on Limits, Galerie Hussenot, Paris, FR
Unimportant Stories, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, US

Recent paintings, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, DE
The Edge of the Empire, David Nolan Gallery, New York, US
Behind the Walls, Laika, Cluj, RO

Harvest, Kontainer Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Girls, Plan B Gallery, Cluj, RO
Along the River, F A Projects, London, UK

The New Man, Mie Lefever Gallery, Ghent, BE
Clock Card, H’art Gallery, Bucharest, RO

Selected Group Exhibitions

Reenactment - Recostituire il passato, Galleria D'arte Accademia di Romania, Rome, IT

Remembering Peace, Kyiv Biennial, Augarten Contemporary, Vienna, AT
The Twist. Five Provincial Stories from an Empire, Kunsthalle Bega, Timisoara, RO
Looking Anew and Beyond, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, US
Lost in the Moment That Follows, Ways of Collecting: Ovidiu Șandor Collection, Kunsthalle Prague, Prague, CZ
Bienala Jurnal de virus | Tulpini criptice, Diptych Art Space, Bucharest, RO
Mystery 3 Elefsina Mon Amour: In Search of the Third Paradise, cur. by Katerina Gregos, Elefsina, GR
Avangarda si Contemporaneitate, Muzeul Județean de Artă, Centrul Artistic Baia Mare, Baia Mare, RO

The Influencing Machine, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, PL
Culturi agricole. Agricultura în arta românească modernă și contemporană, Museum of Recent Art, Bucharest, RO

Arta si Orasul 1974-2021, Museum of Recent Art, Bucharest, RO
Electric Crossroads, Bubble ‘n’ Squeak, Brussels, BEL
FOOTBALL. REALISM OF THE GAME,Floreasca Sports Hall, Bucharest, RO

Because in our dreams we took risks, Art Encounters, Timisoara, RO
Geta Bratescu, Adrian Ghenie, Ciprian Muresan, Serban Savu, Fondazione Nicola Del Roscio, Rome, IT
Ciprian Muresan and Serban Savu, L’atelier sans fin, Atelier Brancusi - Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR
La Brique, the Brick, Caramida, La Kunsthalle, Mulhouse, FR
Ex-East, past and recent stories of the Romanian Avant-Garde, Espace Niemeyer, Paris, FR

Ciprian Muresan and Serban Savu, L'entretien infini, Une saison roumaine, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR
DOUBLE HEADS MATCHES. A selection of contemporary artworks from four Romanian private collections, New Budapest Gallery, Budapest, HU

On the Sex of Angels, Nicodim Gallery, Bucharest, RO
Out of Place, The 3rd Mediterranean Biennale, Haifa, IL
Making Windows Where There Were once Walls, Gallery of Fine Arts, Ostrava, CZ
The Hierophant, Nicodim Gallery, Bucharest, RO

... HOUNDED BY EXTERNAL EVENTS …, Maureen Paley, London, UK
Track Changes, curated by Plan B at Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo, BR
The Factory of Facts and Other (Unspoken) Stories, Salonul de Proiecte, Bucharest, Galeria Plan B, Cluj, RO
Landscapes After Ruskin: Redefining the Sublime, Hall Art Foundation, New York, US
BERLIN SHOW #4: Inventory, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, DE

Tracing Shadows, PLATEAU, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, KR
Appearance and Essence, Art Encounters Biennial, Timisoara, RO
Pocket Revolutions, Korea Foundation, Seoul, KR
Group exhibition, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, US

A FEW GRAMS OF RED, YELLOW, BLUE. New Romanian Art, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
Defaced, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, Colorado, US
Through the Collector´s Eye, The Office, Cluj, RO

Scènes Roumaines, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, FR
Nightfall: New Tendencies in Figurative Painting, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, CZ
Km/h, Utopies automobiles et ferroviaires 1913-2013, Tour 46, Belfort & Musée du Château des ducs de Wurtemberg, Montbéliard, FR

Nightfall. New Tendencies in Figurative Painting, MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Art, Debrecen, HU
Salonul de vara, Galeria Plan B, Cluj, RO
Referencing History, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE
European Travellers – Art from Cluj Today, Mȕcsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest, HU

Anthem of People’s Love, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, US
East Ex East, Brand New Gallery, Milan, IT
Salonul de mai, Galeria Plan B, Cluj, RO
Communism never happened, Galerie CUC Charim Unger Contemporary, Berlin, DE
Communism never happened, Charim Galerie, Vienna, AT

Romanian Cultural Resolution, Figurative Painting in Romania: 1970-2000, Spinnerei, Leipzig, DE
After the Fall, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York, US
Der offene Garten, Kunsthalle Lingen, DE
Route tournante en sous-bois, UpLoad Art Project (ULAP), Trento, IT
Mircea Pinte Collection – I – ,The Art Museum Cluj, RO
BERLIN SHOW #2, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, DE
Romanian Cultural Resolution, Figurative Painting in Romania: 1970-2000, Club Electroputere, Craiova, RO

Invisible Body, Conspicuous Mind, The Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Los Angeles, US
Show me a hero, Calvert22, London, UK
Expanded Painting 3, Prague Biennale 4, Prague, CZ
I´ve watered a Horseshoe as if it Were a Flower, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, US

Size Matters: XS – Recent Small-Scale Painting, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, US
Re-construction, Biennial of Young Artists, Bucharest, RO
Berlin Show #1, Plan B Gallery, Berlin, DE
Closer Still, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Days Become Nights, Galerie Hussenot, Paris, FR

Eastern European Painting Now, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, Texas, US
Across the Trees, David Nolan Gallery, New York, US
Expanded Painting 2, Prague Biennale 3, Prague, CZ

Cluj Connection, Haunch of Venison Gallery, Zurich, CH
Please Drive Slowly Through Our World, Kontainer Gallery, Los Angeles, US

Selected public and private collections

Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Hort Family Collection, New York; Zabludowicz Collection, London, Sarvisalo, New York; Dean Valentine and Amy Adelson Collection, Los Angeles; Ambassador Nicholas Taubman and Mrs. Jenny Taubman Collection, Roanoke, Virginia.


Exhibition Catalogues, Artist Books, Monographs
  • 2015
    Mullins, Charlotte. Picturing People, The New State of the Art. London: Thames & Hudson, 2015, p. 9-51; p. 76-77.

    Valli, Marc; Dessanay, Margherita. Abrush with the real: figurative painting today. London: King, 2014, p. 210-218.
    Gorzadek, Ewa. A FEW GRAMS OF RED, YELLOW, BLUE New art from Romania. Warszawa: Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, 2014, p. 52-53. [catalogue]

    Demir, Duygu; Jung, Hyun; Byrd I., Antawan. Art cities of the future 21st Century Avant-Gardes. London: Phaidon Press Limited, 2013; New York: Phaidon Press Inc., 2014, p. 82-85.
    Garner, Glen; Fogh, Annemette. Hotspot Cluj-New Romanian Art. Arken, Copenhagen: Museum of Modern Art, 2013. [catalogue]

    Diquinzio, Apsara. SIX LINES OF FLIGHT: SHIFTING GEOGRAPHIES IN CONTEMPORARY ART. San Francisco: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2012, p. 106. [catalogue]

    Schwabsky, Barry. Vitamin P2: New Perspectives In Painting. London: Phaidon, 2011, p. 264-265.
    East by South West. Vienna: Remaprint, 2011, p. 48-50.

    Adler, Phoebe; McCorquodale, Duncan. Contemporary art in Eastern Europe. London: Black Dog, 2010.
    Mircan, Mihnea; Neal, Jane; Radu, Magda. Edited by Mihai Pop, Colectia Mircea Pinte. Cluj: Galeria Plan B and Museum of Art Cluj Napoca, 2010. [catalogue]

    Neal, Jane. Show me a hero: Zsolt Bodoni, Adrian Ghenie, Vitaly Pushnitsky, Serban Savu, Peter Sudar, Alexander Tinei. London: Calvert, 2009.


Articles and reviews
  • 2017
    Echterhoff, Cordula. ”Metropolis - Serban Savu,” arte.tv, October, 2017.
    Casiuc, Carmen. ”Concerns of radical eccentricity,” Revista Arta.ro, March, 2017.
    Gat, Orit. ”Hounded by External Events...,“ frieze.com, January, 2017.

    Dambrot, Shana Nys. ”Sociopolitical History and Art History as Feedback Loops,“ Whitehotmagazine.com, May, 2016.
    Buck, Louisa. ”Commercial success: the trio of independent galleries showcasing thought-provoking shows,” Telegraph.co.uk, December, 2016.

    Muraben, Bilie. ”Serban Savu’s wry realist renderings depict Romanian’s melancholic splendour,“ itsnicethat.com, January, 2015.

    Colvin, Rob. ”Artists Pick Artists: Serban Savu,“ Hyperallergic, May, 2014.
    Steffen, Patrick. ”My Highlights from Art Los Angeles Contemporary,“ Artsy.net, January, 2014.

    Turner, Zeke. ”Art Matters | A Medieval Romanian With Major Art Talent,“ New York Times, T Magazine, November, 2013.

    ”Inside the mind of Serban Savu,“ Phaidon.com, January, 2012.
    ”Referencing History,“ Artbahrain.org, June, 2012.

    Wise, Lloyd. ”Șerban Savu. David Nolan Gallery,” Artforum International, December, 2011, p. 256.
    Cohen, David. ”Communism Never Happend: Serban Savu and the Cluj Connection,“ artcritical.com, October, 2011.
    Grant, Daniel. ”Romanians of the Day - Romanian artist are in the spotlight all over the world," artnews.com, May, 2011.
    ”Artist to Wach,“ The Art Economist, February, 2011.

    „Nu vine niciun tren,” IDEA artă + societate / IDEA arts + society 35. Cluj, IDEA Design & Print Cluj and IDEA Fundation, 2010, p. 34-51.
    „Notă conținând activitățile desfășurate și membrii Fabricii de Pensule,” IDEA artă + societate / IDEA arts + society 36-37. Cluj, IDEA Design & Print Cluj and IDEA Fundation, 2010, p. 68.

    Obourn, Nick. ”The Edge of the Empire,” Art In America, June/July, 2009.
    Popescu, Adina. ”Serban Savu. David Nolan Gallery,” Artforum.com, March, 2009.
    Cotter, Holland. ”The Edge of the Empire,” The New York Times.com, March, 2009.
    Lindquist, Greg. ”The Edge of the Empire,” Artcritical.com, March, 2009.

    Neal, Jane. ”Serban Savu,” flashartonline.com, March - April, 2008.

    Cotter, Holland. ”Acroos the Trees: Romanian Art Now,” The New York Times, April, 2007.