Painter Adrian Ghenie has been selected by Romania to represent it at the 56th Venice Biennale, which opens to the public in just a little more than three months, on May 9.
Ghenie, who was born in 1977, is known for moody paintings, often portraits or interiors, that he bedecks with patches of brushy abstraction. Michaël Borremans and Luc Tuymans may come to mind as precedents when viewing his canvases.
The painter has had solo shows at S.M.A.K. Ghent, the MCA Denver, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and been in included in quite a few international group shows. He’s represented by Pace, Tim Van Laere Gallery, and Galerie Judin, and is cofounder of Galeria Plan B, which has locations in Cluj and Berlin.
Ghenie has some big shoes to fill. In 2013, Romania presented Alexandra Pirici and Manuel Pelmuş’s An Immaterial Retrospective of the Venice Biennale, which received wide acclaim. In 2011, the nation presented a three-person show with Ion Grigorescu, Anetta Mona Chişa, and Lucia Tkáčová.