Opening and artist talk on Wednesday, 22 May at 6–8pm

Ion Grigorescu (born in 1945, lives in Bucharest) is one of the crucial artists of the postwar European scene. His oeuvre, spanning from the mid-1960s until today, is both wide-ranging and concentrated, both many-faceted and singularly personal. Grigorescu has twice represented Romania at the Venice Biennale, in 1997 and in 2011, and he participated in documenta XII in Kassel in 2007.

His is an open oeuvre by an open artist, who has excelled in classically oriented painting, investigative drawing, politically engaged printmaking, text, performance art photography and experimental film with the body – his own body – in focus, but also the restoration of historical religious painting and the creation of new religious imagery that innovates on the basis of the Romanian Orthodox canon.

The exhibition at Kohta will be the first presentation on Finland of Grigorescu’s work. It will comprise around 100 works in various genres and techniques, made between 1964 and 2019 and belonging to his own collection and to a number of private collections in Romania.

‘Ion Grigorescu: The Open Artist’ is organised by Kohta with kind support from the Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm and Andreiana Mihail Gallery in Bucharest.

Ion Grigorescu: Birth, 1978