Adrian Ghenie, one of the most important international contemporary artists, known for his paintings inspired by historical subjects that marked the history of the 20th century, exhibits this month in Timișoara.
The event-exhibition “Adrian Ghenie, The Impossible Body”, organized by the Art Encounters Foundation, presents a series of recent works, specially created for this occasion, along with some of the artist’s paintings.
The opening will take place on Thursday, April 20, starting at 6 p.m., at the ISHO Pavilion in Timișoara in the presence of the artist and the Art Encounters team.
“As part of the “Impossible Body” exhibition in Timisoara, the artist will present new works, inspired by the period of the pandemic and the isolation in the domestic space, when the only connection with the “world” was through digital devices. These themes speak to the complicated relationship that modern man has today with technology, with social media, with his own body and with time. Ghenie noticed that today there is a new language of the body, which imposes different postures, specific anatomical developments and extensions of the limbs through the tools of technology.
The drawings are the artist’s attempts to deconstruct and reconstruct the human figure respecting some large volumes, but speculating plastically through all the details that contain them and especially through the surrounding empty spaces. Constant access to technology and the digital environment makes us, ostensibly at least, permanently connected and bound to a collective network, while remaining increasingly alone.” stated Diana Marincu, curator of the exhibition and artistic director of the Art Encounters Foundation.
On April 21, from 6 p.m., the Art Encounters Foundation will organize a special event “Meet the Artist”, with a guided tour and public discussion about Adrian Ghenie’s artistic practice.
“We are delighted that Adrian accepted our invitation and that we thus have the opportunity to see for the first time works reflecting his current concerns, with a very relevant theme, that of our relationship with technology. This surprise exhibition completes the Art Encounters Foundation’s contribution to the effervescence of a special year,” said Ovidiu Sandor, President of the Art Encounters Foundation.
Taking into account the large number of requests, it is necessary to register for the two events at the following addresses:
- Opening—Thursday, April 20 (6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.):
- Guided Tour & Meet the Artist Special Event (90 seats available)—Friday, April 21 (6:00 PM – 7:30 PM):
Tickets are free.
Adrian GHENIE was born in 1977 in Baia Mare and currently lives in Berlin. The mixture of abstract and realism in his works often generates psychological, deeply disturbing paintings.
Ghenie’s painting is ultimately a political or even revolutionary act. It has to do with the “duty of memory” and, in a certain sense, Adrian Ghenie’s work goes in the direction of George Santayana’s quote: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”.
Adrian Ghenie is a personality who has reached the full maturity of his artistic expression. He exhibited in major art institutions of the world, including: Accademia di Francia a Roma – Villa Medici, Rome, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (CAC) Málaga, Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Denver; Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent; National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest; Tate Liverpool.
In 2015, he represented Romania at the Venice Art Biennale with the Darwin’s Room project.
The exhibition, organized at the ISHO Pavilion, can be visited between April 20 and June 18, from Wednesday and Sunday, during 12 a.m. and 6 p.m. Access to the exhibition is free.
The “Impossible Body” also benefits from a mediation program, which we will make public soon.