Adrian Ghenie

Romanian, b. 1977

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Adrian Ghenie

Romanian, b. 1977

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Biography

In his darkly disturbing works, Cluj School painter Adrian Ghenie weaves together personal and collective memories and fears to address the traumas of 20th-century European history. Recalling the textural richness of Northern European Renaissance painting, Ghenie depicts figurative imagery in contrasting states of clarity, fluidity, and decay, dripping and pouring paint, scraping surfaces, and deploying strong chiaroscuro. His works reveal a preoccupation with 20th-century political and scientific ideologies, such as Communism and eugenics, and references to figures like Marcel Duchamp, German SS officer and physician Josef Mengele, and Charles Darwin figure heavily in his oeuvre.

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
£7m, Christie's, 2016
Group
Group show at a major institution
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and 2 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Biography

In his darkly disturbing works, Cluj School painter Adrian Ghenie weaves together personal and collective memories and fears to address the traumas of 20th-century European history. Recalling the textural richness of Northern European Renaissance painting, Ghenie depicts figurative imagery in contrasting states of clarity, fluidity, and decay, dripping and pouring paint, scraping surfaces, and deploying strong chiaroscuro. His works reveal a preoccupation with 20th-century political and scientific ideologies, such as Communism and eugenics, and references to figures like Marcel Duchamp, German SS officer and physician Josef Mengele, and Charles Darwin figure heavily in his oeuvre.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
£7m, Christie's, 2016
Group
Group show at a major institution
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Articles Featuring Adrian Ghenie
Hits and Misses at the Venice Biennale’s National Pavilions
May 7th, 2015
Hits and Misses at the Venice Biennale’s National Pavilions
Ten Artists Trending at Art L.A. Contemporary
Jan 28th, 2014
Ten Artists Trending at Art L.A. Contemporary
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