Geta Brătescu Apparitions

Romanian Participation at the 57th
International Art Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

About / The Project

Geta Brătescu – Apparitions will represent Romania at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition will take place both in the Romanian Pavilion in Giardini della Biennale and the New Gallery of the Romanian Institute for Culture and Humanistic Research in Venice and will be open to the public from May 13th to November 26th, 2017.

Geta Brătescu’s participation in Biennale Arte 2017 brings together works representative of all the stages of her artistic trajectory – many of them shown for the first time –, demonstrating the ease with which she employs a multitude of artistic media. The exhibition Apparitions is conceived through the lens of thematic clusters, including the most recent phase in her artistic practice, in an attempt to provide a mirror of her studio space, understood both as a physical space and a meta-artistic entity. The physical and mental spaces of the studio blend together in a complex assemblage, and so do the literary texts with their visual conceptualisations, the feminine mythologies with the process of self-investigation, personal memory with cultural memory and imagination. “Memory is apparition; an epiphany, like art”, states the artist.

In the current context, Geta Brătescu’s presence at Biennale Arte 2017 is aimed at communicating art’s capacity to invent narratives that transcend the gloomy climate of the contemporary world, by means of an artistic reflection that highlights the transformative strength of femininity as the consummate embodiment of a “nomadic subject”. Geta Brătescu’s art finds itself in full consonance with the return to materiality, to the power of the artistic imagination, to art’s power to give shape. Her artistic practice resonates with the current debates about the role of art as a space that points to reality’s sore spots, but also as a means of instituting a specific language capable of generating new forms of subjectivity. [see full curatorial text]

Curator: Magda Radu
Project Manager: Corina Bucea
Assistant Curator: Diana Ursan
Communication: Cătălin Năstăsoiu, Oana Hodade, Cristina Curcan
Graphic Designer: Raymond Bobar
Website: Dan Burzo
Photography: Ștefan Sava
[see full team]

Commissioner: Attila Kim
RCI Representative: Cristian Alexandru Damian

Special thanks:
Ștefan Sava, Marian Ivan, Mihai Pop / Fundația Plan B, Tiberiu Bucșa, Alexandra Croitoru

Special thanks to the institutions and collections which are lending works for the exhibition Geta Brătescu – Apparitions: The National Museum of Art of Romania, MNAC Bucharest / The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Romania, Vehbi Koç Foundation Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul.

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The book ‘Geta Brătescu – Apparitions’ is published by Koenig Books, London, in collaboration with Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) and is cofinanced by The Administration of the National Cultural Fund.

The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The Administration of the National Cultural Fund is not responsible for the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.