Adrian Ghenie continues his passion for the outstanding historical personalities of the last century and will make an artistic intervention inspired by Ana Pauker. His creation can be seen between November 10 and 28, 2021 at the Project Salon in the Universul Palace building in Bucharest.
Adrian Ghenie was inspired by an image from the Mihai Oroveanu Image Collection which is a resource for anyone interested in the recent history of Romania.
Reflection on history is not motivated by the pretense of capturing in paintings, drawings, collages or installations an event or various circumstances from the past, but he is rather interested in revealing the difficulty of extracting from collective memory and perception the endless series of screens and filters through which history reaches us.
Ghenie chose as a subject of inspiration a prominent character of the post-war period, Ana Pauker. She was the first woman foreign minister in the history of the world and was one of the main Stalinist agents who led the process of Sovietization of Romania and the imposition of the communist regime. In September 1948 she appeared on the cover of Time magazine with the title “For an old ax, a new sharp”, being named one of the most powerful women in the world.
The announcement of the exhibition indicates that Ghenie is “especially inclined to explore how the archive photography that aroused his interest comes into friction with intensely conveyed representations of the same character in public discourse, and, in a sense, with his own repertoire. imaginary. A photograph is never just a simple illustration of something or someone, even if it communicates the presence of a personality; the photographic image has its own autonomy, beyond the subject or referent to which it is inevitably linked, its own power of persuasion, and, at the same time, its dose of mystery and opacity. As in other situations, Ghenie is fascinated by a whole set of elements that give particularity to an image: the scenic atmosphere of an interior, the contribution of light in the configuration of the visual field, the succession of plans, the role of certain details, such as everyday objects. – a partially fictionalized reading process, resizes the meaning of the respective frame. ”
The exhibition can be visited between November 10 and 28, 2021, from Wednesday to Sunday between 15:00 and 19:00 in the space of the Project Salon from Universul Palace, Building B, Floor 1, on Ion Brezoianu Street, no. 23-25. Details about the guided tours will be announced in advance on social networks.
Adrian Ghenie lives and works in Berlin. In 2015 he represented Romania at the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale, and more recently, in 2019, he had personal exhibitions at the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg and Palazzo Cini, Venice.
El a creat mai multe instalatii concepute in sistem „camera in camera” – The Dada Room (2010), acum in colectia S.M.A.K. Ghent, si The Darwin Room (2013–14), acum in colectia Centre Pompidou, Paris. Expozitiile sale personale au fost gazduite de institutii precum Villa Medici, Roma (2017); CAC Málaga, Spania (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2012); Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent (2010) sau MNAC, Bucuresti (2009). De asemenea, el a participat in expozitii de grup la Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016); Fondation Vincent van Gogh, Arles (2016); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2012); Palazzo Grassi, Venetia (2011) sau Tate Liverpool (2008).
Lucrarile sale au devenit printre cele mai bine vandute ale unui artist contemporan, mai jos puteti afla povestea lui si veti descoperi si cele mai bine recente tablouri pe care le-a creat si care au fost cumparate in licitatii internationale de top.