What potentials for development lie within Bucharest, the capital
of Romania and one of the largest cities in the European Union?
The idea competition Create Your Bucharest seeks to attract social
and cultural visions from artists, designers, and architects for the
multifaceted city of Bucharest, which has been shaped by a varied
past, and its widespread cultural community. From the official
launch date on 3 October 2014 until 15 January 2015, entrants can
submit innovative concepts and site-specific works for one of the
most dynamic urban centers in Southeast Europe. The results of
Create Your Bucharest will be presented in the MAK exhibition
Mapping Bucharest: Art, Memory, and Revolution 1916–2016, one
of the central projects of the VIENNA BIENNALE 2015: IDEAS FOR
CHANGE (12 June – 4 October 2015), which was initiated by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Director MAK.
New Idea Competition Seeks Creative Visions for the Romanian Capital of Bucharest (3 October 2014 – 15 January 2015)Create Your Bucharest is made possible by generous financial
support from OMV and OMV Petrom. The integrated, international
oil and gas company OMV with headquarters in Vienna focuses
its cultural sponsorship efforts on cultural exchanges between
its core markets of Austria, Romania, and Turkey in contemporary
art. For ten years OMV has been the majority shareholder of OMV
Petrom, the largest oil and gas producer in South Eastern Europe
with headquarters in Bucharest. With this project, the two companies
aim to use its economic involvement to further contribute to
In keeping with the interdisciplinary, internationally oriented
VIENNA BIENNALE 2015, Create Your Bucharest is aimed at artists,
designers, and architects, including teams as well as students of
art, design, and architecture. Romanian citizens, Romanians living
abroad as well as international creative students and professionals
living in Romania are invited to enter the competition. Entries
may include projects from the areas of fine art (painting, drawing,
prints, mixed media, sculpture, object art, photography, video, film, media art), design (drawings, prototypes, new technologies),
and architecture (drawings, models, photography, video, film, new
The aim of this open competition is to find new patterns of social
and cultural perception in the Romanian and international communities and to make this potential accessible to the public within the context of Bucharest.
The prestigious jury, whose members include Peter Weibel (head of the jury and Director of the ZKM), Barbara Baum (OMV ART PROJECTS, Vienna), Andreiana Mihail (art consultant, Bucharest), Alice Rawsthorn (design critic, International New York Times, London), and Christoph Thun-Hohenstein (Director, MAK, Vienna), will evaluate the entries at a jury meeting in Bucharest based on their relation to the artistic practice of the entrant, innovation, artistic and social relevance, sustainability, and feasibility.
As part of the exhibition Mapping Bucharest: Art, Memory, and
Revolution 1916–2016 curated by Peter Weibel and Bärbel Vischer,
Curator of the MAK Contemporary Art Collection, the prizewinning
entries to Create Your Bucharest, along with internationally
renowned works by Romanian artists, will illuminate the inspiring
diversity of the contemporary scene in Bucharest and Romania
against the background of historical and current avant-garde
The first-place winner of the competition, who will be chosen by
the jury in March 2015, will receive a cash prize of €10,000. Nine
special prizes of €3,000 each will also be awarded.
Entries to the competition can only be made online. Further
information on the competition and the required documents are
available on the artful and engaging website
createyourbucharest.org designed by buero bauer.
For information on submissions, please contact the MAK at