Exhibitions

Biography

Adrian Ghenie

(b.1977 in Baia Mare, Romania) lives and works in Cluj and Berlin.
Graduated in 2001 from The University of Art and Design, Cluj.
In 2015 he represented Romania at the 56th International Art Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia.

Solo Exhibitions

2018
Jungles in Paris, Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FR

2017
Nightscape, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, DE
The Graces, Galerie Judin, Berlin, DE
Art Club 19: Adrian Ghenie, Accademia di Francia a Roma - Villa Medici, Rome, IT (solo project)
Recent Paintings, Pace Gallery, New York, US

2015
Darwin’s Room, The Romanian National Pavilion, 56th International Art Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia, IT
New Paintings, Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FR
Adrian Ghenie, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, US

2014
Adrian Ghenie, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (CAC) Málaga, Malaga, ES
Golems, Pace Gallery, London, UK
Berlin Noir, Galerie Judin, Berlin, DE
Adrian Ghenie, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, BE

2013
On the Road to... Tarascon (with Navid Nuur), Galeria Plan B, Berlin, DE
New Paintings, Pace Gallery, New York, US

2012
Pie-Fights and Pathos, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Denver, US

2011
Adrian Ghenie, Haunch of Venison, London, UK
Adrian Ghenie, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, BE

2010
Adrian Ghenie, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent, BE
The Hunted, Nolan Judin, Berlin, DE
Adrian Ghenie, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, US

2009
Rainbow at dawn, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, BE
Adrian Ghenie, National Museum of Contemporary Art (M.N.A.C.), Bucharest, RO
Darkness for an Hour, Haunch of Venison, London, UK

2008
Works on Paper, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, DE
The Flight into Egypt, Nolan Judin, Berlin, DE
Adrian Ghenie, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, BE

2007
Dig and Hide, Chung King Project, Los Angeles, US
The Shadow of a Daydream, Haunch of Venison, Zurich, CH
They Say This Place Does not Exist, Wohnmaschine, Berlin, DE

2006
If You Open It You Get Dirty, Galeria Plan B, Cluj, RO

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
Painting the Night, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, FR
DOUBLE HEADS MATCHES. A selection of contemporary artworks from four Romanian private collections, New Budapest Gallery, Budapest, HU

2017
Luther und die Avantgarde, Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur, Wittenberg, DE
House Work, Victoria Miro, London, UK
The Hierophant, Nicodim, Bucharest, RO

2016
take care, amigo, Tim van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, BE
George Grosz : Politics and his Influence, David Nolan Gallery, New York, US
Track Changes, curated by Plan B at Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo, BR
Omul Negru, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, RO
Très Traits, Fondation Vincent van Gogh, Arles, FR
Cher(e)s Ami(e)s: Hommage aux Donateurs des Collections Contemporaines, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR
Intrigantes incertitudes, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain de Saint-Étienne Métropole, Saint-Etienne, FR

2015
Mapping Bucharest: Art, Memory and Revolution 1916 – 2016, MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna, AT
I will go there, take me home, The Metropolitan Art Center (The MAC), Belfast, UK
Group Exhibition, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Run for the Roses, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, BE
Painting Show – Part One, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, DE
BERLIN SHOW #4: Inventory, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, DE

2014
Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, US
Love Story – The Anne & Wolfgang Titze Collection, Winter Palace and 21er Haus, Belvedere Vienna, AT
A FEW GRAMS OF RED, YELLOW, BLUE. New Romanian Art, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
Through the Collector’s Eye. Works of the Generation 2000 from Cluj in Three Romanian Collections, The Office, Cluj, RO
States of Mind, Maison Particulière, Brussels, BE

2013
Scènes Roumaines, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, FR
Painting Forever, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE
Nightfall: New Tendencies in Figurative Painting, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, CZ
HOTSPOT CLUJ - NEW ROMANIAN ART, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, DK

2012
Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, US
Francis Bacon and the Existential Condition in Contemporary Art, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, IT
European Travellers: Art from Cluj Today, Mücsarnok / Kunsthalle Budapest, HU
Nightfall: New Tendencies in Figurative Painting, MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debrecen, HU
The Castle in the Air. Séance of Imagination, Centrum Kultury Zamek, Poznan, PL
Beaufort 04 - Beaufort Triennale, Oostende, BE
Being Here, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, BE
Cer variabil, Collectors House, Heerlen, NL
Salonul de vară, Galeria Plan B, Cluj, RO

2011
Burning, Bright: A Short History of the Light Bulb, Pace Gallery, New York, US
The Art of Climbing Mountains, 303 Gallery, New York, US
The World Belongs to You, Palazzo Grassi, François Pinault Foundation, Venice, IT
One of a Thousand Ways to Defeat Entropy, Arsenale Novissimo, Biennale di Venezia, Venice, IT
Just Another Brick In The Wall, Barbara Seiler Galerie, Zurich, CH
After the Fall, Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA), Knoxville, US
CON AMORE - Leif Djurhuus Collection, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, DK
Salonul de mai, Galeria Plan B, Cluj, RO
Communism never happened, Charim Galerie, Vienna, AT

2010
After the Fall, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York. Traveled to Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee, US
The Crystal Hypothesis, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, IT
Romanian Cultural Resolution: Figurative Painting in Romania, 1970–2010, Spinnerei Leipzig, Leipzig, DE
Romanian Cultural Resolution: Figurative Painting in Romania, Club Electro Putere, Craiova, RO
Mircea Pinte Collection, Museum of Art Cluj, Cluj, RO
Berlin Show #2, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, DE
The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, Zabludowicz Collection London, London, UK

2009
Show Me a Hero, Calvert 22, London, UK
I've Watered a Horseshoe as if It Were a Flower, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Staging the Grey, Prague Biennale 4, Prague, CZ
Featuring 2, Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris, FR
The Punishment of Lust and Luxury, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Invisible Body, Conspicuous Mind, The Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Los Angeles, US
Nothing worth more than the value of the day, Andreiana Mihail Gallery, Bucharest, RO

2008
Liverpool Biennial 2008: Made Up, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
BERLIN SHOW #1, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, DE
Drawings & Other Works on Paper, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, BE
Bucharest Biennial 3, Bucharest, RO
Days Become Nights, Galerie Hussenot, Paris, FR
Small Wonder, Andreiana Mihail Gallery, Bucharest, RO
Size Matters: XS – Recent Small-Scale Painting, Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA), Knoxville, US

2007
Size Matters: XS - Recent Small-Scale Paintings, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York, US
Janis Avotins, Adrian Ghenie, Andrew Palmer, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, DE
Expanded Painting 2, Prague Biennale 3, Prague, CZ
Eastern European Painting Now, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, Texas, US
Across The Trees. Romanian Art Now, David Nolan Gallery, New York, US
Adrian Ghenie and Ciprian Mureşan, Kontainer Gallery, Los Angeles, US

2006
Please Drive Slowly Through Our World, Kontainer Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Cluj Connection, Haunch of Venison, Zurich, CH
Small Wonder, Andreiana Mihail Gallery, Bucharest, RO

Selected public and private collections

Centre Pompidou, Paris; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles; The Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K), Ghent; Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga; Francois Pinault Collection, Venice; Hort Family Collection, New York; David Roberts Collection, London; Titze Collection, Paris; The George Economou Collection, Athens; The Sander Collection, Darmstadt.

Bibliography

Exhibition Catalogues, Artist Books, Monographs
  • 2015
    Judin, Juerg; Pop, Mihai (eds.). Adrian Ghenie Darwin's Room. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2015. [catalogue]

    2014
    Frances, Fernando; Serraller, Francisco Calvo. Adrian Ghenie. Málaga: Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (CAC) Málaga, 2014.
    Sharp, Jasper; Lloyd, Christopher. Adrian Ghenie: Golems. London: Pace Gallery, 2014. [catalogue]
    Judin, Juerg (ed.). Adrian Ghenie. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2014. [catalogue]
    Adrian Ghenie. Antwerp: Tim Van Laere Gallery, 2014. [catalogue]
    Love Story – The Anne & Wolfgang Titze Collection. Vienna: Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, p. 106–9, 2014. [catalogue]
    Backer, Yona; Beckwith, Naomi; Cassel Oliver, Valerie; Nyong'o, Tavia; Owens, Clifford; Sirmans, Franklin. Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art. Houston: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 2014. [catalogue]

    2013
    I. Byrd, Antawan; Shier, Reid (eds.). Art Cities of the Future: 21st Century Avant-Gardes. London & New York: Phaidon, 2013, p. 74-75.
    Abrams Burnett, Nora. Adrian Ghenie: New Paintings. New York: Pace Gallery, 2013. [catalogue]

    2012
    Adrian Ghenie: Pie-Fights and Pathos. Denver: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2012. [exhibition brochure]
    Bradburne, James; Nori, Franziska; Dawson, Barbara; Harrison, Martin; Marzano, Michela. Francis Bacon e la condizione esistenziale nell’arte contemporanea / Francis Bacon and the Existential Condition in Contemporary Art. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2012, p. 94–105. [catalogue]

    2011
    Daniel Buren, Ilya Kabakov, Artur Barrio, Guillaume Bull, Honoré δ’0, Adrian Ghenie. Ghent: Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), 2011, p. 107–118.
    One of a Thousand Ways to Defeat Entropy: Hans Op de Beeck, Adrian Ghenie, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Alexander Ponomarev. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2011. [catalogue]
    Vitamin P2: New Perspectives In Painting. London: Phaidon, 2011.

    2010
    Straus, J. Marc. After the Fall. Peekskill, New York: Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, 2010. [catalogue]

    2009
    Hüsch, Anette; Price, Matt. Adrian Ghenie. Edited by Juerg Judin, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2009.
    Bergh, Van den Jos. Adrian Ghenie: Rainbow at Dawn. Antwerp: Tim Van Laere Gallery, 2009. [catalogue]

    2008
    Liverpool Biennial: The Guide. Internation Festival of Contemporary Art. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2008.

    2007
    Judin, Juerg (ed.). Adrian Ghenie: The Shadow of a Daydream. Zürich: Haunch of Venison, 2007. [catalogue]
    Neal, Jane. Eastern European Painting Now: Slawomir Elsner, Adrian Ghenie, Serban Savu, Wojciech Zasadni. Austin: Lora Reynolds Gallery, 2007. [catalogue]

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Articles and reviews
  • 2017
    Mircan, Mihnea. ”Rememberment of Things Past,” Parkett, No. 99, 2017, p. 144-147.
    Doherty, Brigid. ”Adrian Ghenie, Painter of the Twentieth Century,” Parkett, No. 99, 2017, p. 172-180.
    Hudson, Suzanne. ”Paintings Gags,” Parkett, No. 99, 2017, p. 158-164.
    Ghenie, Adrian. ”Oil on Canvas: Artwork Adrian Ghenie,” Red Thread (Spring / Summer 2017), p. 18-23.
    Ghenie, Adrian. ”Rest During Flight into Egypt,” Harper’s Magazine, May, 2017.
    ”Galleries-Chelsea: Adrian Ghenie”, The New Yorker, February, 2017.
    Battaglia, Andy. ”‘Every Painting Is Abstract: Adrian Ghenie on His Recent Work and Evolving Sense of Self,” Art News.com, February, 2017.
    Kalinovski, Roman. ”The End of History: Adrian Ghenie at Pace,” Art Critical, February, 2017.
    Creahan, D. ”Recent Paintings at Pace Gallery Through February 18th, 2017,” Art Observed.com, February, 2017.
    Neuendorf, Henri. ”Gallery Hopping: Adrian Ghenie Blurs All the Right Lines at Pace Gallery,” artnet.com, January, 2017.
    Popescu, Irina. ”Paintings by Romanian Adrian Ghenie, on Display at New York Art Gallery,” Romania Insider, January, 2017.
    ”10 Art Events to See in New York this Week,” artnet.com, January, 2017.

    2016
    Vasiliu, Luiza. ”Adrian Ghenie: My Method is Managing Failure,” Scena9.ro, May, 2016.

    2015
    Reyburn, Scott. ”Venice Biennale Expands Its Scope,” New York Times.com, May, 2015.
    Decaux, Anne-Hélène. ”56th Venice Biennale: the five must-see pavilions,” News of the Art World.com, May, 2015.
    ”Romanian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale,” artsy.net, May, 2015.
    Thackara, Tess. ”Hits and Misses at the Venice Biennale’s National Pavilions,” artsy.net, May, 2015.
    ”Adrian Ghenie to represent Romania at the 56th Venice Biennale,” e-flux.com, March, 2015.
    Russeth, Andrew. ”Romania Taps Adrian Ghenie for 2015 Venice Biennale Pavilion,” Art News, February, 2015.
    Pagel, David. ”Review for Adrian Ghenie at Nicodim Gallery, ‘how’ just as important as ‘why’,” Los Angeles Times, May, 2015.

    2014
    Glover, Michael. ”Great Works: Nickelodeon by Adrian Ghenie (2008),” Independent, August, 2014.
    ”Adrian Ghenie,” Apollo Magazine.com, August, 2014.
    Wullschlager, Jackie. ”Adrian Ghenie, Pace Gallery, London,” Financial Times.com, July, 2014.
    Sapsford, Maxine Kirsty. ”Exhibitions to Explore this Month,” candidmagazine.com, July, 2014.
    Yerebakan, O. C. ”London – Adrian Ghenie « Golems » at Pace Gallery through July 25th, 2014,” Artobserved.com, July, 2014.
    Wullschlager, Jackie. ”Visual Arts: Adrian Ghenie, Pace Gallery London,” Financial Times, July, 2014.
    Black, Paul. ”The Axiomatic Figure and the Subjective Self,” NY Arts Magazine.com, June, 2014.
    Wright, Karen. ”Adrian Ghenie Painter: You Cannot Paint This with a Brush. It’s Simply the Result of An Accident,” Independent.co.uk, June, 2014.
    von Thurn und Taxis, Elisabeth. ”Adrian Ghenie und sein Andalusien,” Weltkunst, no.84, March, 2014, p. 130.

    2013
    Turner, Zeke. ”Traction in Transylvania,” T Magazine, November, 2013.
    Neal, Jane. ”La Roumanie entre en scène,” ,” L’Officiel, No. 7, September – October – November 2013, p. 58-59.
    D’Agostino, Paul. ”Consuming Themselves Within, Without,” The L Magazine.com, April, 2013.
    Lavrador, Judicael; Schlesser, Thomas. ”Retour dans les Bas-Fonds du XX Siècle,” Beaux Arts, Dossier | La Peinture Contemporaine. March, 2013, p. 65.
    Lane, Mary M. ”Slapstick With Dictators,” The Wall Street Journal.com, March, 2013.
    Wolf, Rachel. ”In the Studio: Romanian Painter Adrian Ghenie Sinister Mythology,” Blouin Artinfo.com, March, 2013.

    2012
    Bogdan, Cristina. ”Something Proper,” Revista Arta.ro, May, 2012.
    Littlejohn, David. ”Cities on the Edge: « Six Lines of Flight », San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,” The Wall Street Journal, October, 2012.
    ”50 Next Most Collectible Artists,” Art + Action, June, 2012.
    Gartenfeld, Alex. ”Adrian Ghenie,” Interview Magazine.com, May, 2012.

    2011
    Tieghi-Walker, Alex. ”Adrian Ghenie,” Aesthetica, No. 43, October-November, 2011, p. 63.
    William, Maxwell. ”Assimilation from the Fog,” Flaunt Magazine, October, 2011, p. 72-73.
    Akbar, Arifa. ”Adrian Ghenie puts fiends in the frame,” Independent.co.uk, September, 2011.
    Van den Bergh, Jos. ”Adrian Ghenie SMAK,” Artforum, March, 2011.

    2010
    Neal, Jane. ”Adrian Ghenie,” Art Review, December, 2010, p. 60-70.
    Riolo, Stephen. ”Adrian Ghenie, Pie Eater,” Art in America Magazine.com, October, 2010.
    Price, Matt. ”Adrian Ghenie: Out of the Zoo,” Modern Painters, No. 1, April, 2010, p. 56-61.
    Maertens, Marie. ”L’école de Cluj / The School of Cluj,” Art Press 365, March, 2010, p. 58-64.

    2009
    Radu, Magda. ”Adrian Ghenie Rise & Fall,” Flash Art, November-December, 2009, p. 48-51.
    Glover, Michael. ”Adrian Ghenie: Darkness for an Hour,” Art Review, September, 2009.
    Neal, Jane. ”The New Roman(ian) Order,” Modern Painters 21, No. 6, September, 2009, 51-60.
    Harris, Gareth. ”Adrian Ghenie. Haunch of Venison | New Bond Street,” Artforum, July, 2009.

    2008
    Knoll, Valérie. ”Adrian Ghenie: Haunch of Venison,” Artforum, April, 2008, p. 384-385.

    2007
    Casavecchia, Barbara. ”Prague Biennale 3,” Flash Art, No. 225, July/September, 2007, p. 68-69.
    Cotter, Holland. ”Art in Review: Across the Trees – Romanian Art Now,” The New York Times, April, 2007.
    Knoll, Valérie. ”Cluj Connection: Haunch of Vision,” Artforum, April, 2007, p. 286.

    2006
    Politi, Giancarlo. ”Focus Romania,” Flash Art, No. 251, November/December, 2006, p. 90-94.

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