Famous Romanian artist Geta Brătescu dies at 92


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Romanian artist Geta Brătescu, one of the central figures of the Eastern European post-war artists, has died aged 92 on Wednesday morning, the artist’s son announced the mass media.

With an impressive 60-year career, Geta Brătescu gained the appreciation of the audience and of the art experts around the world.

Born in Romania in 1926, Brătescu spent much of her life under Communist regime and Ceaușescu’s totalitarian regime. Within these repressive contexts Brătescu embraced the freedom of her studio, using whatever was available to her, often her own body, giving new life to unassuming and humble materials, adapting and recycling these to create infinite possibilities.

Brătescu works comprise drawing, collage, performance, photography, textiles, print-making and film.

Geta Brătescu has graduated the Literature Faculty of the Bucharest University in 1949 where she had famous professors such as literary critics George Călinescu and Tudor Vianu, then she also studied art at „Nicolae Grigorescu” Fine Arts Institute in Bucharest during 1969-1971.

During the last years of her life, her works have been on display across famous art galleries and museums all over the world, at Galerie im Taxispalais in Innsbruck, the National Art Museum in Bucharest, A Foundation in Liverpool, Index Foundation iin Stockholm, e-Flux New York, Istanbul Biennale, MACBA Barcelona, Mumok Vienna, Kalmar Museum in Sweden, Galerie Barbara Weiss in Berlin, MOMA New York and Tate Museum in London.

Romania’s pavilion at Venice Biennale in 2017 hosted Geta Brătescu’s „Apparitions”, a series of works made by the artist with her eyes partially closed. The project was one of the most admired and praised in the international media.

The “Apparitions” exhibition. Credit photo: Jens Ziehe, Berlin

An exhibition signed by the great Romanian artist was hosted last year by the Belle Arts Museum in Gent, Belgium. The display, „An Atelier of One’s Own” was opened until mid-January 2018, being the first retrospective in Belgium dedicated to Brătescu.

In January this year, Geta Brătescu was awarded the „Star of Romania” National Order in officer rank by the Romanian Presidency.

In May this year a work made by Geta Brătescu that has been commissioned by Art on the Underground platform in London, has been put  on the cover of the London metro’s map. The Brits have asked the nonagenarian female artist from Romania to make an artwork to be displayed on the cover of the tube map and on billboards in the London tube stations.

Brătescu has created a collage which is part of her ongoing cycle Game of Forms (2009 – present). „This work comprises vivid pink cut-outs with graphic, hand-drawn, black markings. Brătescu describes this collaging technique as ‘drawings with scissors’. The use of scissors give the vibrant pink triangles sharp contours while the imperfection of the heavy black lines, which are almost reminiscent of Japanese calligraphy, anchor the artwork in its materiality,” the organizers say.

They also pointed out that the Romanian artist has created „a great sense of dynamism and movement” and that she „was inspired by the crowds of people moving through London, for her, their movement is like a drawing in physical space; her geometric forms possess both playfulness and order.”

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