Hauser & Wirth announced today that going forward, it will represent the work of Romanian artist Geta Brătescu internationally. The gallery will work in collaboration with the artist’s long-time dealer Marian Ivan, who runs the Bucharest-based Ivan Gallery.
The 91-year-old artist, who is based in Bucharest, worked under the oppressive Communist regime for a sizable portion of her career, producing a large body of multi-disciplinary work, from performance and film to textile work and paper and photo collages. Often seen as foundational to Romanian contemporary art, her practice is concerned with the ideas of identity, gender, dematerialization, and the role of the artist’s studio. Her artistic education was interrupted in 1950 with the rise of the country’s Communist government, which essentially blacklisted her. Until she could complete it in 1971, she became an illustrator and graphic designer, founding a literary magazine, Secolul 20.
“Marian Ivan’s close relationship with Geta is inspiring, and parallels our own approach to working with the artists in our care,” Manuela Wirth, the gallery’s co-founder and president, said in a statement. “I have been collecting Brătescu’s work in-depth for many years and have closely followed her artistic journey, so am now particularly excited to become intimately involved in the artist’s story in a professional capacity. She joins a family of strong women artists at the gallery who share a dialogue grounded in bringing intense physicality into their art making processes.”
Recently there has been a rise in interest in Brătescu’s work, including an exhibition of her work at Tate Liverpool in 2015, a solo show at Galerie Barbara Weiss in Berlin in 2016, and a major retrospective at the Hamburger Kunsthalle in Germany in 2016. She has also been tapped to participate in the Athens section of Documenta 14 this year and to represent Romania at the 2017 Venice Biennale. She has previously exhibited in Venice during the biennial in 1960, in a group show for the Romanian Pavilion, and then again in 2013 as part of the central exhibition curated by Massimiliano Gioni.
Hauser & Wirth will present an exhibition of the artist’s work, her first in New York, in November.