New paintings by Romanian artist Adrian Ghenie on display in London


New oil paintings and charcoal drawings by renowned Romanian artist Adrian Ghenie are on display at London’s Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery.

Fear of NOW The exhibition, promoted as “Ghenie’s biggest exhibition in London for almost a decade”, opens today, October 12, and will be on view until December 22. According to the gallery, the exhibition “reflects a key shift in themes and artist practice.”

“Revisiting his enduring interest in portraiture through a group of figurative works, Ghenie records the impact of the digital age on the human condition and its physiological effects on the body. In turn, a group of paintings depicting the American icon Marilyn Monroe examines the multifaceted characters of public figures who constitute, what the artist calls, the “soup of fame. Together, these two bodies offer a powerful reflection on the transformation of contemporary society”, reads -we in the Press release.

The same source adds: “The show’s title reflects Ghenie’s apprehension about the role of online culture in today’s social interactions. Abstaining from social media platforms, the artist chooses to place herself “out of the social loop”. Fear of NOW encompasses his relationship to what he describes as “this new way of communicating that everyone is using now that I’m not.”

Adrian Ghenie was born in 1977 in the city of Baia Mare, in northern Romania, but lives and works in Berlin. He represented Romania at the Venice Biennale in 2015 and had solo exhibitions in 2019 at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg and Palazzo Cini in Venice. This year, two site-specific paintings by the Romanian artist have been permanently installed in the historic setting of Chiesa della Madonna della Mazza, Palermo, as part of an independent project curated by Alessandra Borghese.

His works regularly fetch high sums at international auctions and are part of art collections around the world. Earlier this year his painting Interior Pie Fight 12 sold for a record 81.06 million HKD (nearly 10.4 million USD) at a Christie’s auction in Hong Kong.

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