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Romanian Cultural Institute : Dan Hayon : Behind the curtain


Dan Hayon presents at the Romanian Cultural Institue  in Paris the exhibition Small fragments of Miruna Boruzescu’s magical world, seen through the eyes of Dan Hayon. He presents it as follows:

This exhibition celebrates the memory of my friend, the theater set and costume designer, the extraordinary Romanian woman and artist who was Miruna Boruzescu.

These small photos, and the short video I made with them – “Miruna’s Magical Mystery Tour” – tried to capture some details of her magical world. In a way, details from behind the curtain. Each photo invites you to look at it closely. Literally very, very close, as they are only 9 by 9 cm.

Each one reflects her unique personality and creativity, as seen through my eyes. I made them during the more than fifty years of a friendship that began in Bucharest, at the Academy of Arts, and continued here in France.

I did not make them thinking that one day they would be seen by anyone other than her, her husband and creative partner Radu Boruzescu, and a handful of close friends and family. Although I think, in all modesty, that these photographs are not bad, this exhibition is not a show-off for me, a new opportunity to add a few laurels on the heavy crown I already wear, but a chance to share with you my little messages of friendship.

One last thing: the Institute’s gallery is not an ordinary gallery where you just happen to pass by, peek through the glass to see if there is anything to see inside, and then enter.


Dan Hayon


Born in 1947 in Bucharest, Dan Hayon left Romania in 1972 after finishing his studies at the Art Academy. He lives in Paris since 1992.
In 1978, in Tel Aviv, he had his first solo exhibition “The Time Machine” with photos taken in Romania before leaving.
He exhibited for the first time in Paris in 2006, when the Romanian Cultural Institute organized a retrospective of his work since 1970, entitled “Mauvaises photos”.
He continued to show his photographs in France, the UK and Romania, in solo and group exhibitions. The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest invited him to participate in a large group exhibition of painting, sculpture, drawing and photography.
In 2009, a second retrospective exhibition “Waiting for Godot” was organized by the Romanian gallery Dialog, under the patronage of the French Institute in Bucharest.
In 2012, he was the guest of honor of the Photoclub de Paris Val-de-Bièvre at the Salon International d’Art Photographique – Daguerre, where he showed a narrative in 19 images, inspired by a Bob Dylan song, “Something is happening here but you don’t know what it is. Do you, Mister Jones?”.
In 2018 he had at the Parisian gallery Mind’s Eye an exhibition “Making a Point”, a series presented afterwards at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie by the curator and art critic Sylvie Hugues.
In 2019, in the same gallery – Mind’s Eye -, he participated in the exhibition “WYSIWYG.” together with gallery owner and photographer Adrian Bondy.
A number of his photographs are in private collections and interviews with him have been published in several magazines. He has also published several books.


Dan Hayon : Derrière le Rideau
From 5 April to 3 May 2023, Monday to Friday, from 10am to 6pm.
Opening 5 April at 7pm
L’Institut Culturel Roumain
1 rue de l’Exposition
75007 Paris

Visits on the basis of a confirmation at: [email protected] during the usual hours of the ICR Paris (10:00 to 18:00)

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