Ion Grigorescu

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Ion Grigorescu (born March 15, 1945 in Bucharest) is a Romanian painter, was one of the first Romanian conceptual artists and advocates of anti-art, postulating a radical consolidation of artistic activities with quotidian life. He is the creator of numerous films, photographic series, and actions recorded on film, as well as drawings and collages that documented both his private life and the passage of the Romanian people from life under communist regimes to the realities of expansive capitalism.[1]

He is represented by Andreiana Mihail Gallery, Bucharest and Gregor Podnar Gallery Berlin-Ljubljana.

Personal exhibitions - selection[edit]

  • 2013 - Trauma of the Exposed Body, prometeogallery di Ida Pisani, Church San Matteo, Lucca
  • 2011 - Performing History, the Romanian Pavilion at the 54th International exhibition La Biennale di Venezia
  • 2011 - Rome seen with the eyes / Rome invented, with Bogdan Vladuţă, workshop, Andreiana Mihail Gallery, Bucharest;

Grigorescu, galeria Mitterand, Zuerich; Horse, Men Market, (personal) Friedrichshof Sammlung; Grigorescu, Enseigne des Oudin, Paris;

  • 2010 - Oedipus The Wanderer, Gregor Podnar gallery, Berlin;[2]
  • 2009 - The Poor people are fending for themselves Angels Barcelona;[3]

In the Body of the Victim, retrospective Modern Art Museum Warsaw; Lili Dujourie and Ion Grigorescu, Ludlow 38, New York;[4]

  • 2008 - Superpositions, Jean-Gabriel Mitterand Gallery, Paris;

Le Temps a modifié les lieux, Enseigne des Oudin, Paris; Retrospective Ion Grigorescu, Artra Gallery, Milano;

  • 2007 - Ressources, with Geta Brătescu, M.N.A.C. Bucharest[5]
  • 2006 - Am Boden, Salzburg, Kunstverein;
  • 2004 - Fotografii recente, Bucuresti, personal exhibition, Galeria Noua, Bucharest
  • 1998 - National Museum of Art, Kretzulescu hall, Bucuresti, personal exhibition
  • 1993 - Mahlzeit für eine tote Kunst, Schauplatz Zeitgenossischer Kunst, Wien

Group exhibitions[edit]

  • 1981 - São Paulo Biennale, Brasil
  • 1990 - Points East, Third’s Eye Gallery Glasgow,
  • 1991 - Wanderlieder, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
  • 1994 - São Paulo Biennale, Brasil
  • 1997 - Venice Biennale, Romanian Pavilion
  • 1998 - Out of Actions, MOCA Los Angeles, Viena, Barcelona, Tokio;

Body and the East, Moderna Galertja, Ljubljana

  • 2000 - 2000+Collection, Ljublijana, (curator Zdenka Badovinac)
  • 2001 - Double Life, Generali Foundation Viena,

Remedy for Melancholy, Edsvik Art, Sollentuna

  • 2002 - Auf der Suche nach Balkanien, Graz neue Gallerie;

In den Schluchten des Balkan, Friedericianum Kassel;

  • 2003 - Prophetic Remix, M.N.A.C. Bucharest;

Prophetic Corners, Iaşi

  • 2004 - Bienala Cetinje, Love It or Leave It;

Revolutions reloaded, Artra Gallery, Milano; Arteast, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana; Prolog, National Museum Arad, Romania; Formate, Bukarest, Kunsthalle Viena; M.N.A.C., Bucureşti, Vă place palatul Ceauşescu?;

  • 2005 - Lisbon, Gulbenkian Foundation, Paradoxes, Embodying the City;
  • 2006 - Kontakte, colectia Erstebank, MUMOK Wien;

Autopoesis, National Gallery Bratislava

  • 2007 - Lund, Kunsthall, Possible in art

Documenta 12, Kassel Dadaeast, (Zürich, Praga, Stockholm, Sibiu, Warsaw), Exit memory, desire, October, Artra, Milano

  • 2008 - Crisis, galeria Angels Barcelona[6]
  • 2009 - Subversive Practices, Stuttgarter Kunstverein;

Agents et Provocateurs, Dunaujvaros; Gender Check, Ludwigsmuseum Wien

  • 2010 - Subversive practices, Trafo, Budapest;

Promesses du Passe, Centre Pompidou;[7] 4th Biennale Berlin; Bienala Bucurestiului, Bucuresti and Stockholm ; Agents and Provocateurs, Hartware Medien Kunstverein, Dortmund; Romanian Art, Leipzig, Spinnerei Frieze Art Fair London

  • 2011 - Out of Place, Tate Modern Gallery, London;[8]

Desene, Andreiana Mihail Gallery, Bucharest; Venice Biennale, Romanian Pavilion; Ostalgia, New Museum New York;


  • 1998 - Award for the church restoration painting
  • 1998 - Award of the magazine "Cuvantul"
  • 1993 - Award Andrei Cadere
  • 1978, 1989 - Award of the art critics, Romania
  • 1972 - Youth Award Romanian Union of Artists


  1. ^ Ion Grigorescu: In the Body of the Victim, author Marta Dziewanska, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 2011
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  3. ^ Ion Grigorescu, exhibition catalog The poor people are fending for themselves, Angeles Gallery Barcelona, 2009
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  5. ^ Ion Grigorescu, Exhibition catalog, Ressources, with Geta Brătescu, M.N.A.C. Bucharest, 2007;
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  7. ^ Ion Grigorescu, Catalogue de l'exposition „Les Promesses du Passé, Centre Pompidou, 2010
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  • Beeren, Wim in ”Wanderlieder” exhibition catalogue, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1991
  • Stiles, Kristine ”Uncorrupted Joy” in “Out of Action: Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979” exhibition catalogue, MOCA, Los Angeles, 1998
  • Pintilie, Ileana ”Actionism in Romania during the Communist Era”, IDEA Publishing House, Cluj, 2002
  • Kreuger, Anders “There is no transparence or appearance” and Faria, Nuno “Deja-vu. Some notes on Paradoxes: the embodied city” in ”Paradoxes: the Embodied City”, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, 2005
  • Saxenhuber, Hedwig ”...that they mark everyday life in its depth”, in Springerin, Band XI, Heft 1 Fruejahr, Vienna, 2005
  • Cel ce se pedepsește singur. Stefan Bertalan, Florin Mitroi, Ion Grigorescu. Arta și România în anii 80-90, Editura Institutului Cultural Român, 2009
  • Experiment în arta românească după 1960”- Adrian Guță, Performance art în România între 1980-1996, p. 79, Centrul Soros pentru artă contemporană, 1997
  • Alexandra Titu, Experimentul în arta românească după 1960,Ion Grigorescu,Editura Meridiane 2003
  • Ion Grigorescu, Studiul 3, Prolog, Editura Institutului Cultural Român, 2009
  • Ion Grigorescu, Catalogul Romanian Cultural Resolution, editat de Editura Hatje Cantz, 2011;
  • Ion Grigorescu, Catalogue de l'exposition „Les Promesses du Passé, Centre Pompidou, 2010;
  • Ion Grigorescu, exhibition catalog, Ressources, with Geta Brătescu, M.N.A.C. Bucharest, 2007;
  • Catalogul proiectului Performing History sub forma unui supliment special al numărului 38 al revistei "IDEA artă+societate", 2011
  • Ion Grigorescu, exhibition catalog The poor people are fending for themselves, Angeles Gallery Barcelona, 2009;
  • Ion Grigorescu: In the Body of the Victim, author Marta Dziewanska, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 2011

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