Year founded: 2015
Organiser: Art Encounters Foundation


Art Encounters lies at the intersection between an experimental art festival and a contemporary art biennial, and focuses on Romania’s cultural connections with its geographic neighbours.

The Art Encounters Foundation is an independent cultural institution, which was set up in 2015 with the aim of insuring support for the development of the contemporary art scene in Romania. The programs initiated by The Art Encounters Foundation intend to play a role in consolidating the position of the art scene, by supporting and encouraging art, promoting the artistic production, through encouraging various participatory artistic practices, the development of new forms of artistic expression, the organizing of exhibitions, the publication of books and albums of contemporary art, but also by supporting key institutions of art and culture.

Activating both locally, nationally as well as internationally, The Art Encounters Foundation operates as a flexible structure, by mediating a new status of contemporary culture through a constant dialogue between artists and their public. It supports cultural diversity through promoting some of the most valuable Romanian contemporary artists, but also by encouraging and sustaining young initiatives.

What conveys real value to the program run by the The Art Encounters Foundation is not only the quality of the involved artists and curators (covering different generations), but, mostly, the end product – the exhibitions, publications, workshops and conferences, as well as the the range of educational activities.