Softcover 1st edition
black and color images, drawing
paperback 30,0 cm x 16,0 cm
“Nevertheless, the most irritating things – doing the laundry, washing the dishes, sweeping the floor, tidying up, throwing out the garbage, standing in queues, waiting for trams, getting into arguments – seem to me exemplary and constitutive. All daily tasks are performances, art, acts of survival.” [Ion Grigorescu]
Ion Grigorescu (1945, lives and works in Bucharest) is one of the most significant Romanian artists of the Post-War period and an iconic figure of the conceptual and performative art since the early 70s. He has been working on issues of sexuality, body and politics from both a communistic and capitalist point of view, based on historical changes. He is the author of numerous photographic series, drawings, paintings and collages, as well performances recorded on film, which concentrate on ritualized actions around his body and go beyond art, leading into a private and personal life.
He represented Romania at Venice Biennial in 1997 and 2011; his works are in the main public collections, such as MoMa, New York; Mumok and Erste Foundation, Vienna; Tate Modern and Deutsche Bank AG, London; Vehbi Koc Foundation, Istanbul; Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin. He has taken part in a number of international shows including Chercher le garçon (2015), Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne MAC/Val, Vitry-sur-Seine; Mein Körper ist das Ereignis – Wiener Aktionismus und internationale Performance (2015), MUMOK, Vienna; Inside (2014), Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Performing Histories (2012), MoMA, New York; PhotoEspaña (2012), Madrid; Ostalgia (2011), New Museum, New York; Out of Place (2011), Tate Modern, London; Promises of the Past (2010), Centre Pompidou, Paris; 6. Berlin Biennale (2010), Berlin; Performing the East (2009), Kunstverein Salzburg; Ion Grigorescu: In the Body of the Victim 1969–2008 (2009), Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Documenta XII (2007), Kassel; Paradoxes: The Embodied City (2005), Calouste Gulbenkian Cultural Centre, Lisbon; Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object, 1949–1979 (1998), Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, MUMOK, Vienna, MACBA, Barcelona, MOMAT, Tokyo.