Adrian Ghenie: Darwin's Room

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SKU:
9783775740135
Author:
Lóránd Hegyi and Magda Radu mit Adrian Ghenie
Publisher:
Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date:
2015-07-03
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
96
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At this year’s Venice Biennale, the Romanian Pavilion in the Giardini showcases Darwin’s 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’s exploration of twentieth-century history as an “evolutionary laboratory,” with the seminal ideologies as “species” fighting for survival—a fascinating interweaving of past and future histories. In just a few years, Ghenie has developed a unique artistic language, combining a spontaneous, sensual, multilayered “joie de peindre” 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’s standing as one of the most significant painters of his generation.