Geta Brătescu

Gestul, desenul (The gesture, the drawing)

Geta Brătescu (b. 1926 in Ploiești / Romania, d. 2018 in Bucharest) is one of the most significant post-war Romanian artists. She was forced to break off her studies of literature and art at the University of Bucharest, continuing them again only in the late 1960s. Under Ceauşescu's regime from the 1970s, works of a high artistic calibre were created, despite cultural isolation. Brătescu's multifaceted work encompasses drawings, collages made out of fabric or paper, installations, objects, photography, experimental films and performances. In the artist's avant-garde practice, the borders are blurred between art and life; at the center-point of her work lies a focus on questions relating to, among other aspects, memory and history, and human identity and normativity – as well as female sexuality. For the occasion of her solo exhibition in 2018 at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Brătescu produced a 30-minute-long film in collaboration with Ștefan Sava that shows her working in her studio, in which she speaks of key influences in her work and its development. Gestul, desenul (The gesture, the drawing, 2018) is the last work of the artist, who died shortly after its completion. Neuer Berliner Kunstverein now offers this significant document as an edition. Brătescu's works have recently been shown at: Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (2018); documenta 14, Athen und Kassel (2017); Hamburger Kunsthalle (2016); Tate Modern, Liverpool (2015); Venedig Biennale (2017; 2013; 1983; 1960); La Triennale, Paris (2012); Tate Modern, London (2012); National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest (2012); Istanbul Biennale (2011); New Museum, New York (2011).



Gestul, desenul (The gesture, the drawing)
2018, with Ștefan Sava, 2018, HD video, color, sound, 31:05 min, original romanian version / english subtitles, edition of 7 + 2 AP, certificate
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