Interview with ION GRIGORESCU
by Magda Radu
Image: Valentin Purza
Video editing: Larisa Sitar
Video Pre-editing: Aurora Király, Simona Dumitriu
Subtitles: Elena Dediu, Simona Dumitriu
Ion Grigorescu (born in 1945) is one of the most important Romanian artists of the past decades. He has been using a wide range of media – painting, photography, video, and performance – addressing themes such as sexuality, the body, labor, and politics, using time as a transformative element. By the end of the 70s Grigorescu began recording his performances, which concentrated on ritualised actions around his body. His more recent exhibitions include: “Performing History” (with Anetta Mona Chisa and Lucia Tkacova), The Romanian Pavilion at the 54th edition of the Venice Biennale (2011); “The Diplomatic Tent” (with Anetta Mona Chisa and Lucia Tkacova), Salonul de Proiecte, Bucharest; “Horse/Men Market”, Museum Sammlung Friedrichshof, Zurndorf, Austria, 2011 (solo); “Out of Place”, Tate Modern (2011); “Ostalgia”, New Museum, New York, 2011; 6th Berlin Biennale, 2010; “Oedipus the Wanderer”, Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin, Germany, 2010 (solo); “Ion Grigorescu, In the Body of the Victim 1969-2008”, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland, 2009 (solo); “The Poor People Are Fending for Themselves”, Angels, Barcelona, 2009 (solo); Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany (2007); “Ressources”, with Geta Brătescu, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania (2007); “Ion Grigorescu, Am Boden”, Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria (2006).
Magda Radu is a curator and art historian based in Bucharest. She is the editor of the book André Cadere / Andrei Cădere (MNAC, 2011). Together with the artist Alexandra Croitoru she initiated, in 2011, the program Salonul de proiecte, a program dedicated to the organization of exhibitions, presentations and debates focusing on Romanian contemporary art. In 2010 she curated Here and Then, a section of the large-scale exhibition Romanian Cultural Resolution (featured in a comprehensive catalogue published by Hatje Cantz). Magda Radu has been teaching the course “Eastern European Art under Communism: the Romanian Case” at the National University of Arts in Bucharest since October 2010. Her texts have been published in various catalogues, journals and magazines dedicated to contemporary art.
The project is coordinated by Aurora Király, based on a concept developed together with Iosif Király.
Produced by: Galeria Nouă
Supported by funds from: Erste Foundation, AFCN
With the support of: MNAClab