Andro Wekua

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Andro Wekua (Georgian: ანდრო ვეკუა) (born 1977) is a Georgian artist based in Zurich, Switzerland, and Berlin, Germany.

Wekua was born in Sukhumi and witnessed an ethnic conflict in Abkhazia in the 1990s. His father, the Georgian political activist Vova Wekua, was killed by the Abkhaz nationalists during the 1989 Sukhumi riots.[1] His work encompasses painting, collage, drawing, installation, sculpture and film.[2]

Selected exhibitions[edit]


Pink Wave Hunter, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, cur. Rein Wolfs (solo show) [1]

A Neon Shadow, Castello Di Rivoli, Turin (solo show)

Never sleep with a strawberry in your mouth, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (solo show)

Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst 2011, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin [2]

ILLUMInations, 54th Venice Biennale 2011, Venice [3]


10,000 Lives, the 8th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, cur. Massimiliano Gioni [4]

Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection, New Museum, New York, cur. Jeff Koons [5]

Abstract Resistance, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, cur. Yasmil Raymond

Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, cur. Nancy Spector

1995, Gladstone Gallery, Brussels (solo show)


Workshop Report, Wiels, Brussels, cur. Dirk Snauwaert (solo show)

28. August, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich (solo show)

Workshop Report, Museion, Bolzano (solo show)

A GUEST + A HOST = A GHOST, Deste Foundation, Athens


My Bike and Your Swamp, Camden Art Center, London (solo show)

My Bike and Your Swamp, Hallen Haarlem, Haarlem, cur. Xander Karskens (solo show)

Sunset, Le Magasin CNAC, Grenoble, cur. Yves Aupetitallot (solo show)

Expenditure, Busan Biennale, Korea, cur. Tom Morton

Life on Mars, The 2008 Carnegie International, cur. Douglas Fogle [6]

Blue Mirror, Gladstone Gallery, New York (solo show)

Fractured Figure, Deste Foundation, Athens


Interlude, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich (solo show)

The Hydra Workshops, Hydra, cur. Sadie Coles (solo show)

Wait to Wait, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, cur. Rein Wolfs (solo show)

Everyday is Saturday, Tbilisi Center for Contemporary Art, Tbilisi, cur. Daniel Baumann


I’m sorry if I’m not very funny tonights, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, cur. Dieter Schwarz (solo show)

Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse, cur. Mirjam Varadinis

Without Mirror, Gladstone Gallery, New York (solo show)

Of Mouse and Men, 4th Berlin Biennale, Berlin, cur. Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni, Ali Subotnick


Expanded Painting, Prague Biennale 2, cur. Helena Kontova & Giancarlo Politi

Lively Memories, Plattform, Berlin, cur. Aurélie Voltz

Del Rio, Shirana Shahbazi & Andro Wekua, Zimmerfrei, Lugano, cur. Giovanni Carmine


That would have been wonderful, Neue Kunst Halle St. Gallen, St. Gallen, cur. Gianni Jetzer (solo show)

Punktleuchten, Hotel 3 Könige, Basel, cur. Klaus Littmann

Fürchte Dich, Helmhaus Zürich, Zurich, cur. Gianni Jetzer & Simon Maurer

Emotion Eins, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, cur. Nicolaus Schafhausen

Monographs and Artist's Books[edit]

Andro Wekua / Ketuta Alexi: Anywhere Anyhow, PamBook, Melbourne, Australia, 2009

Andro Wekua / Boris Groys: Wait to Wait, Christoph Keller Editions, JRP Ringier, Zurich, 2009

Andro Wekua: Workshop Report, Walther König Verlag, Köln, 2009,

Andro Wekua: If there ever was one, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, JRP-Ringier, 2006

Andro Wekua: That Would Have Been Wonderful, Patrick Frey Verlag, 2005

Andro Wekua: The Hydra Workshops, Sadie Coles, London, 2007

Andro Wekua: Shadows on the Facade, Nieves, Zurich, 2007

Andro Wekua: one was there, she did not know it..., Nieves, Zurich, 2005

Andro Wekua / Rita Ackermann : Chapter 3, Nieves, Zurich, 2005

Andro Wekua / Rita Ackermann : Chapter 2, Nieves, Zurich, 2003

Public collections[edit]

Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco


  1. ^ "Abkhazia artist Andro Wekua captures pre-war childhood". BBC News. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Press release from Kilchmann Galerie[permanent dead link]

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