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b. 1977, Romania

Adrian Ghenie Biography

Ever since his first solo exhi­bi­tion in 2006, Adrian Ghenie – born in Roma­nia in 1977, and also raised there – has gar­nered atten­tion and excite­ment with his highly unconven­tional com­po­si­tions and stu­pendous technique. Like a mas­ter sto­ry­teller, he confi­dently guides us through images both fig­u­ra­tive and abs­tract, in order to allow us to catch a glimpse of his interpreta­tion of history. Ghenie’s grand themes are power and its abuses, as well as forced exile and migra­tion, which he weaves into sug­ges­tive imag­inar­ies by borrow­ing boldly from the history of both art and cin­ema.

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Above and beyond his gallery exhi­bi­tions in Eng­land, Ger­many, Belgium, France, Switzer­land and the United States, a number of muse­ums have already ded­icated ret­ro­spec­tive exhi­bi­tions to the young artist. A show at the National Museum for Con­tem­po­rary Art in Bucharest in late 2009 will be fol­lowed, in 2010, by the S.M.A.K. in Ghent. In summer 2009, Hatje Kantz pub­lished a first mono­graph, while the art mag­a­zine “FlashArt” pub­lished a widely noticed cover story on him in Novem­ber 2009. A pub­lica­tion on his works on paper is forth­coming.

Adrian Ghenie Featured Artworks

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Study for The Storm 2 by Adrian Ghenie contemporary artwork
Adrian GhenieStudy for The Storm 2, 2017Collage on paper
22.6 x 18 cm
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The Collector by Adrian Ghenie contemporary artwork
Adrian GhenieThe Collector, 2008Oil on canvas
200 x 290 cm
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Nickelodeon by Adrian Ghenie contemporary artwork
Adrian GhenieNickelodeon, 2008Oil and acrylic on canvas
230 x 420 cm
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The End of Romanticism by Adrian Ghenie contemporary artwork
Adrian GhenieThe End of Romanticism, 2009Oil on canvas
210 x 140 cm
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Duchamp's Funeral II by Adrian Ghenie contemporary artwork
Adrian GhenieDuchamp's Funeral II, 2009Oil and acrylic on canvas
200 x 300 cm
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The Storm by Adrian Ghenie contemporary artwork
Adrian GhenieThe Storm, 2015Oil on canvas
200 x 240 cm
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Vincent as Old by Adrian Ghenie contemporary artwork
Adrian GhenieVincent as Old, 2016Oil on canvas
203 x 204 cm
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Self-Portrait by Adrian Ghenie contemporary artwork
Adrian GhenieSelf-Portrait, 2017Oil on canvas
42 x 27 cm
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Adrian Ghenie Current Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, (SELF) PORTRAITS at Parkett, Zurich
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22 February–18 July 2020 Group Exhibition (SELF) PORTRAITS Parkett, Zurich Exhibition Space

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Adrian Ghenie In Ocula Magazine

Frieze Viewing Room: Five Artwork Highlights Ocula Insight Frieze Viewing Room: Five Artwork Highlights By Ocula Advisory, New York

Frieze Viewing Room has opened with its first edition dedicated to an online edition of Frieze New York. Ocula's Advisory team, in constant contact with the many leading galleries represented at Frieze, have reviewed what is on offer and provide a selection of their highlights.

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London Auction Sales Down Despite $30m Hockney Splash Ocula News London Auction Sales Down Despite $30m Hockney Splash London, 18 February 2020

The third highest price fetched by Hockney at auction contributed to over US $500 million in sales.

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Adrian Ghenie In Related Press

The Art Newspaper's pick of the 2019 Venice Biennale Related Press The Art Newspaper's pick of the 2019 Venice Biennale 30 April 2019, The Art Newspaper

There are hundreds of exhibitions in Venice during the Biennale. Alongside the main exhibition in the Giardini and Arsenale, there are 90 national presentations, many in nearby pavilions in the Giardini and in spaces around the Arsenale, but also dotted throughout Venice. Then there are the official collateral exhibitions in museums and galleries...

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