Adrian Ghenie, ‘Pie Fight Study’, 2010, Annka Kultys Gallery

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'Desire of the other', 23 September - 3 October 2015, Annka Kultys Gallery, London

Private collection Paris

About Adrian Ghenie

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.

Romanian, b. 1977, Baia Mare, Romania, based in Cluj, Romania; Berlin; London