I am sad. Rest in power, Geta, you bravespace groundbreaker. I’ve loved the art you made and the presumably zero shits you gave. #queerelders #getabratescu #Repost @hauserwirth with @get_repost
In loving memory of Geta Brătescu, 1926 – 2018. Hauser & Wirth and Ivan Gallery, Bucharest are saddened by the passing of dear friend and artist Geta Brătescu. –
Credited as a pioneer in the field of Romanian Conceptualism, Geta Brătescu developed a practice concerned with themes of identity, gender, and dematerialisation. Brătescu was born in Ploieşti, Romania, in 1926. From 1945 to 1949, she studied at the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy at the University of Bucharest under renowned Romanian literary critics, George Călinescu and Tudor Vianu, and at the Bucharest Academy of Fine Arts with painter and academic, Camil Ressu. In 1950 her studies were interrupted by the Communist government, and she was unable to complete her art education until 1971. Following her exclusion from university, Brătescu worked principally as an illustrator and graphic designer, and in the early 1960s became the artistic director of prestigious literary magazine, Secolul 20.
Under the Communist regime, Brătescu established a deeply personal practice, and her studio became a site for restoration and self-analysis. The studio held a significant place in her work, a relationship documented in her 1978 film, ‘The Studio’, which addresses her approach to the dissolution of the frontier between spaces of art making and daily life. Brătescu’s oeuvre comprised drawing, collage, engraving, textiles, photography, as well as experimental film, video and performance. She published a number of books documenting her daily studio activities and personal experiences of art and travel.
Image: Geta Brătescu, 2015. Photo: Ștefan Sava. © Geta Brătescu. Courtesy Ivan Gallery and Hauser & Wirth.