Adrian Ghenie

Adrian Ghenie

Born in 1977 in Baia Mare, Romania, Adrian Ghenie currently lives and works in Berlin. He draws upon the profoundly personal and the art historical, as well as a sense of national identity in his works, which bridge the abstract and figurative. As he describes, ‘On one hand, I work on an image in an almost classical vein: composition, figuration, use of light. On the other hand, I do not refrain from resorting to all kinds of idioms, such as the surrealist principle of association or the abstract experiments which foreground texture and surface.’ In his paintings, Ghenie favours the palette knife over the paintbrush, enabling him to apply broad, expressive strokes and textures to the canvas.

Ghenie has been included in major exhibitions worldwide and he was selected for the Romanian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. The second of his ‘room within a room’ installations, The Darwin Room (2013–14), is currently on view at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, until November 2020; his first, The Dada Room (2010), is now in the permanent collection of S.M.A.K. Ghent. Previous solo exhibitions include the Villa Medici, Rome; CAC Málaga; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest. He has also participated in exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate Liverpool; Palazzo Grassi, Palazzo Cini and François Pinault Foundation, Venice, and Fondation Vincent van Gogh, Arles, among others.
 
Ghenie’s works are held in important public collections, including Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Long Museum, Shanghai; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, and S.M.A.K., Ghent.

Solo exhibitions

2019


The Battle between Carnival and Feast, Palazzo Cini, Venice, Italy


 


2018


Jungles in Paris, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


2017


Adrian Ghenie: Nightscape, Galerie Plan B, Berlin, Germany


Adrian Ghenie: The Graces, Galerie Juerg Judin, Berlin, Germany 


Adrian Ghenie, Villa de Medici, Rome, Italy


Adrian Ghenie: Recent Paintings, Pace Gallery, New York, USA


 


2015


Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Darwin´s Room, 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Romanian Pavilion, Venice, Italy


I will go there, take me home, The MAC, Belfast, Ireland


 


2014


Adrian Ghenie, CAC Málaga, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málago, Spain


Adrian Ghenie: Golems, Pace London, UK


Adrian Ghenie: Berlin Noir, Galerie Judin, Berlin, Germany


Adrian Ghenie, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium


 


2013


Adrian Ghenie: New Paintings, Pace Gallery, New York, USA


 


2012


Adrian Ghenie: Pie-Fights and Pathos, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, USA


 


2011


Adrian Ghenie, Haunch of Venison, London, UK


Adrian Ghenie, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium


 


2010


Adrian Ghenie, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kuns (S.M.A.K.), Ghent, Belgium


Adrian Ghenie: The Hunted, Nolan Judin, Berlin, Germany


Adrian Ghenie, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, USA


 


2009


Adrian Ghenie: Rainbow at dawn, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium


Adrian Ghenie, National Museum of Contemporary Art (M.N.A.C.), Bucharest, Romania


Adrian Ghenie: Darkness for an Hour, Haunch of Venison, London, UK


 


2008


Adrian Ghenie: The Flight into Egypt, Nolan Judin, Berlin, Germany


Adrian Ghenie: Works on Paper, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, Germany


Adrian Ghenie, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium


 


2007


Adrian Ghenie: Dig and Hide, Chung King Project, Los Angeles, USA


Adrian Ghenie: The Shadow of a Daydream, Haunch of Venison, Zurich, Switzerland


Adrian Ghenie: They Say This Place Does not Exist, Wohnmaschine, Berlin, Germany


 


2006


If You Open It You Get Dirty, Galeria Plan B, Cluj, Romania


 


Group exhibitions

2019


The Influencing Machine, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, Romania


La Brique, the Brick, Cărămida | 43 Romanian artists, 54 artworks, La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Mulhouse, France 


KUNST KUNST KUNST, ADRIAN GHENIE, JONATHAN MEESE, RINUS VAN DE VELDE, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium




2017


Something Living, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia


 


2016


Take Care, Amigo, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium


Très Traits, Fondation Van Gogh, Arles, France


Chere(s) Ami(e)s, new hanging Centre Pompidou (from 16 March)




2015


Mapping Bucharest: Art, Memory, and Revolution 1916–2016, Vienna Biennale 2015, MAK Vienna, Vienna, Austria


Run for the Roses, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium


Painting Show – Part One, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany


 


2014


Love Story – The Anne & Wolfgang Titze Collection, Winter Palace and 21er Haus, Belvedere Vienna, Austria


 


2013


Nightfall: New Tendencies in Figurative Painting, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Hungary


 


2012


Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA


Francis Bacon and the Existential Condition in Contemporary Art, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy


European Travellers: Art from Cluj Today, Mücsarnok / Kunsthalle Budapest, Hungary


 


2011


Burning, Bright: A Short History of the Light Bulb, The Pace Gallery, New York, USA


The Art of Climbing Mountains, 303 Gallery, New York, USA


The World Belongs to You, Palazzo Grassi, François Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy


One of a Thousand Ways to Defeat Entropy, Arsenale Novissimo, Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy


 


2010


After the Fall, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York, USA. Traveled to Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee, USA


The Crystal Hypothesis, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy


Romanian Cultural Resolution: Figurative Painting in Romania, 1970–2010, Spinnerei Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany


Mircea Pinte Collection, Museum of Art Cluj, Cluj, Romania


Berlin Show #2, Plan B, Berlin, Germany


 


2009


I've Watered a Horseshoe as if It Were a Flower, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, USA


Show Me a Hero, Calvert 22, London, UK


Stagingthe Grey, Prague Biennale 4, Prague, Czech


Featuring 2, Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris, France


The Punishment of Lust and Luxury, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, USA


 


2008


Drawings & Other Works on Paper, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium


Liverpool Biennial 2008: Made Up, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK


BERLIN SHOW #1, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, Germany


RE-CONSTRUCTION - 3rd Edition of the Biennial of Young Artists, Sala Dalles, Bucharest, Romania


Days Become Nights, Galerie Hussenot, Paris, France


 


2007


Adrian Ghenie, Ciprian Muresan, Kontainer Gallery, Los Angeles, USA


Size Matters: XS - Recent Small-Scale Paintings, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York, USA


Janis Avotins, Adrian Ghenie, Andrew Palmer, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany


Expanded Painting 2, Prague Biennale 3, Prague, Czech


Eastern European Painting Now, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, Texas, USA


Across The Trees, David Nolan Gallery, New York, USA


 


2006


Please Drive Slowly Through Our World, Kontainer Gallery, Los Angeles, USA


Cluj Connection, Haunch of Venison, Zurich, Switzerland


Small Wonder, Andreiana Mihail Gallery, Bucharest, Romania


Public and private collections

Belgium


Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp


S.M.A.K. (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst), Ghent


 


China


Long Museum, Shanghai


 


France


Centre Pompidou, Paris


 


Spain


CAC Málaga Contemporary Art Centre, Málaga


 


UK


Tate Gallery, London


 


USA


Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA


Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA


The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA