The Romeos

  • The Romeos, 2018
    Love Comes From the Most Unexpected Places, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim, Norway
    Photo: Aksel-Dev Dhunsi
    Copyright: Trondheim Kunstmuseum and Dora García

Stylish posters on the wall which seem as if from a fashion magazine or an Ocean's Eleven film are part of the work entitled The Romeos. Photographed in June in Aichi exclusively for the exhibition, you may see some of the men in the posters in person―the photographed men actually walk around the exhibition venues kindly and politely offering conversation, company and advice to visitors.
The men who appear in the posters are carrying out the performance artwork The Romeos and have the task to gently and respectfully approach visitors, regardless of their age or gender. The title of this performance was inspired by a Cold War strategy designed by East Germany spymaster Markus Wolf. The similiarities between the performance and the Cold War strategy are not only the name, but also the possibility to activate real affection among strangers.
Would you still believe in your destiny, even when you are aware that the relationships you are in are all somehow intentionally fabricated? The Romeos prove that it is possible to generate authentic care and fondness even if the other person in the relationship has entered it as part of a contract or as a job.


  • Born 1965 in Valladolid, Spain
  • Based in Barcelona, Spain / Oslo, Norway
  • Photo: Bruno Dubner

Dora García develops her practice across a wide range of formats, from media and installation to performance, theater and drawing. Her work generates performative situations requiring the participation of the spectators, pushing them to reflect on controversial issues related to institutional environments. A performer often intervenes in these environments, affecting or modifying the works according to any type of action taken or decision made by the audience. García's projects explore the relationships between the artist, the work and the public, focusing on cultural communication processes and making visible the importance of the public's critical participation.

Selected Works & Awards

2018 Segunda Vez (solo), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
2012 dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany
2011 54th Venice Biennial, Spanish Pavilion, Venice, Italy
2008 16th Biennale of Sydney, Revolutions – Forms That Turn, Sydney, Australia
2007 Skulptur Projekte Münster 2007, Münster, Germany


Nagoya City Art Museum


2-17-25, Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya 460-0008 JAPAN


Admission until
30 minutes
before closing


Mondays (Except for National Holidays), Sep.17[Tue]


・8 minutes on foot from Fushimi Station on the Higashiyama Line or Tsurumai Line
・7 minutes on foot from Osu Kannon Station on the Tsurumai Line
・10 minutes on foot from Yabasho Station on the Meijo Line