Biography

Ioana Bătrânu

(b. 1960, Unirea, Romania) lives and works in Bucharest. Graduated in 1983 the Graphic Arts Department of The “Nicolae Grigorescu” Fine Arts Institute, Bucharest. Works since 1990 at The Romanian Peasant’s Museum in Bucharest.

Solo Exhibitions

2013
Margins II, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, DE

2008
Ioana Bătrânu, Simeza Gallery, Bucharest, RO

2007
Painting and Drawing, ¾ Floor Gallery, The National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest, RO

2006
Signs of Faith, Villa Concordia, Bamberg, DE

2004
Banquet, Simeza Gallery, Bucharest, RO

2002
Margins, Dalles Hall, Bucharest, RO
Painting and drawing, Lido Casino, Bucharest, RO

2001
Painting, Simeza Gallery, Bucharest, RO

2000
Melancholic Interior, ¾ Floor Gallery, The National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest, RO

1997
Painting, ¾ Floor Gallery, Artexpo Foundation, Bucharest, RO

1993
Painting, Simeza Gallery, Bucharest, RO

1987
Ioana Bătrânu, Orizont Gallery, Atelier 35, Bucharest, RO

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
DOUBLE HEADS MATCHES. A selection of contemporary artworks from four Romanian private collections, New Budapest Gallery, Budapest, HU

2017
Life – a User's Manual, ArtEncounters 2nd edition, Timisoara, RO

2016
Track Changes, curated by Plan B at Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo, BR

2013
Scènes Roumaines, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, FR

2012
Artist and Power. Aspects of the Romanian Painting Between 1950-1990, The National Library of Romania, Bucharest, RO

2011
Romanian Contemporary Art Acquisitions, European Parliament, Brussels, BE
Salonul de mai, Galeria Plan B, Cluj, RO

2010
Romanian Cultural Resolution. Figurative Painting in Romania: 1970-2000, Spinnerei, Leipzig, DE / Club Electroputere, Craiova, RO
The Very Beautiful Arts Fair, Dalles Hall, Bucharest, RO
ZOOMANIA.ro, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, RO

2009
Bucharest-Budapest Bridge, Căminul Artei Gallery, Bucharest, RO

2008
Bucharest-Budapest Bridge, Moscow, RU

2007
Bucharest-Budapest Bridge, Bartók 32 Gallery, Budapest, HU

2004
Romanian Contemporary Art Exhibition at the Europe’s Council, Brussels, BE

2001
The Art Collection of the Royal House of Romania, The National Museum of Romanian Literature, Bucharest, RO
Group exhibition, Mogoşoaia Palace, Bucharest, RO

2000
Transitionland, The National Art Museum of Romania, Bucharest, RO

1999
Un Bisanzio latina, Bramante Gallery, Rome, IT
Warsaw Book Fair, PL
Sacrality in Arts, Palace of the Parliament Bucharest, RO
Kinship and Patrimony, Kalinderu Cultural Center, Bucharest, RO

1998
Zeitgenössische Rumänische Kunst, Leipzig Book Fair, DE
Versions of Transfiguration, Mȕcsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest, HU
Nude study, ¾ Floor Gallery, Artexpo Foundation, Bucharest, RO
Painting, Catacomba Gallery, The Art Collections Museum, Bucharest, RO

1997
Bukarest nach 89 – Kunst in Rumänien Heute, Ludwig Forum Museum, Aachen, DE
Beyond Belief – Contemporary Art in Central and Eastern Europe, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, US
Ad hoc, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, HU
Sacrality x 7Arts, Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest, RO

1996
Faces of Painters, ¾ Floor Gallery, Artexpo Foundation, Bucharest, RO
Beyond Belief – Contemporary Art in Central and Eastern Europe, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA; Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio, US

1995
Beyond Belief – Contemporary Art in Central and Eastern Europe, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, US (traveling exhibition)
The National Festival Filocalia, The Art Museum Cluj, RO
Open borders/Local time, De Gele Rijder Gallery, Arnhem, NL
Prolog, Limassol, CY

1994
Catacomba Gallery, The Art Collections Museum, Bucharest, RO
Goethe Institute Bucharest, RO
Orient – Occident. Trends in the Romanian Art of the Years 1989-1990, The Art Museum, Timişoara, RO
Pas d'accord avec Zefirelli, Kiscelli Museum, Budapest, HU
Pro Logos, Instituto Rumeno di Cultura e Ricerca Umanistica, Venice, IT
The Theme - an essay in comparative arts, The National Art Museum of Romania, Bucharest, RO

1993
Catacomba Gallery, The Art Collections Museum, Bucharest, RO

1992
New Acquisitions of Muzeul Crișurilor, The Art Museum, Arad, RO
The National Peasant Museum, Bucharest, RO
Waiting and Breathe Out, Szombathely Contemporary Art Museum, HU

1991
Romanian Contemporary Art, Lisbon, PT
Contestatory Art in East Central Europe, Art Collections Museum, Bucharest, RO
Le pied, M'ediatic Gallery, Die, FR

1990
Presidential Portrait, Galateea Gallery, Bucharest, RO
Youth’s exhibition, ¾ Floor Gallery, Artexpo Foundation, Bucharest, RO
Mozart’s Sex, The Annual Exhibition of the Soros Foundation, ¾ Floor Gallery, Artexpo Foundation, Bucharest, RO
Filocalia, ¾ Floor Gallery, Artexpo Foundation, Bucharest, RO

1989
Orizont Gallery, Atelier 35, Bucharest, RO

1988
6, Simeza Gallery, Bucharest, RO

Bibliography

Exhibition Catalogues, Artist Books, Monographs
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  • 2017

  • ”One Place after Another” in Life – a User's Manual, ArtEncounters Biennale 2nd edition. Timisoara & Arad: Azero, 2017, p. 144. [catalogue]

  • Langford, Martha. Narratives Unfolding: National Art Histories in an Unfinished World. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2017, p. 384.

  • 2016

  • Prut, Constantin. Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art. Bucharest: Polirom, 2016. [dictionary]

  • 2011

  • Niculescu, Alexandru; Bojenoiu, Adrian. Romanian Cultural Resolution, Contemporary Romanian Art. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2011, pp.131-135; pp. 188-189.

Articles and reviews
  •  

  • 2014

  • Hermeziu, Cristina. „« Scene românești » la Spațiul Louis Vuitton din Paris. O simetrie,” adevărul.ro, January, 2014.

  • 2012

  • Guță, Adrian. ”Video – Interview with Ioana Batranu,” Revista Arta Veche.wordpress.com, May, 2012.

  • 2007

  • Kessler, Erwin. ”Bunica lui Monet,” Revista 22.ro, April, 2007.

  • Crișan, Maria-Magdalena. ”Spectacolul lumii la Ioana Bătrânu,” Observatorul Cultural.ro, February, 2007.

  • 2006

  • Șușară, Pavel. ”Ioana Bătrânu,” Romlit.ro, no. 6, 2006.