• Adrian Ghenie
    'I have turned my only face…'
    November 21, 2019 - February 2, 2020
    The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

    The exhibition "I have turned my only face..." Paintings by Adrian Ghenie at The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, will include 12 new paintings, several of which engage with works from the collection that inspired the artist as a young boy seeing them in reproduction. The title contains a quotation from the poem 'On horseback at dawn' by Nichita Stănescu (1933–1983), the Romanian national poet who was nominated for a Nobel Prize in 1980. Born in 1977 in Baia Mare, Romania, Ghenie draws upon the profoundly personal as well as a sense of national identity in his works, which bridge the abstract and figurative. Curated by Dmitry Ozerkov, head of the Hermitage's Department of Contemporary Art, and Anastasia Veyalko, junior researcher, the exhibition is presented in collaboration with Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.