Hauser & Wirth announced today that it will represent Romanian artist Geta Brătescu in collaboration with her longtime dealer Marian Ivan of Ivan Gallery. The ninety-one-year-old pioneer of Romanian Conceptualism often explores themes of identity, gender, and dematerialization in her works. The gallery will present an exhibition of her works at its Twenty-Second Street space in November.
“We are thrilled to announce our representation of Geta Brătescu and look forward to working with Ivan Gallery and Galerie Barbara Weiss in the advancement of this seminal artist’s reputation,” Manuela Wirth said in a statement. “Marian Ivan’s close relationship with Geta is inspiring, and parallels our own approach to working with the artists in our care. 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.”
Brătescu will represent Romania at the Fifty-Seventh Venice Biennale, which opens May 13, and at Documenta 14, taking place in Athens and Kassel. With a career spanning fifty years, Brătescu has represented the country in a number of international biennials, including the Venice Biennale in 1960 and 2013 as well as the São Paulo Bienal in 1983 and 1987.