Adrian Ghenie: Darwin's Room
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- L√≥r√°nd Hegyi and Magda Radu mit Adrian Ghenie
- Hatje Cantz Verlag
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At this year¬ís Venice Biennale, the Romanian Pavilion in the Giardini showcases Darwin¬ís Room, an exhibition of paintings by Adrian Ghenie. The title refers not only to a recent series of superb portraits of (and self-portraits as) the great British naturalist, but also to Ghenie¬ís exploration of twentieth-century history as an ¬ìevolutionary laboratory,¬î with the seminal ideologies as ¬ìspecies¬î fighting for survival¬óa fascinating interweaving of past and future histories. In just a few years, Ghenie has developed a unique artistic language, combining a spontaneous, sensual, multilayered ¬ìjoie de peindre¬î with a keen reflection on how the contemporary is shaped by memory and desire. This handsome book assembles all paintings presented in Venice and a wealth of essays and interviews that underline Ghenie¬ís standing as one of the most significant painters of his generation.