Geta Brătescu

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street
July 25–September 28, 2014

Curated by Apsara DiQuinzio

Romanian artist Geta Brătescu, the golden girl of Eastern European Conceptualism and a legendary figure in Bucharest’s art scene, has only recently come to the attention of the international art world. Born in 1926, she launched her career in the liberal-minded 1950s, and her work matured (largely away from the public eye) amid the social upheavals that followed—decades of totalitarian repression under Ceauşescu followed by the collapse of Communism. Her long-overdue first American museum show, the 254th edition of the Berkeley Art Museum’s renowned MATRIX Program for Contemporary Art, will be organized on the cornerstones of process, action, and materiality and will include films such as The Studio,1978, and Les Mains (Hands), 1977; tempera-on-paper collages from the series “Memorie” (Memories), 1990; and a selection of Brătescu’s remarkable photographs and textile work.

Translated from German by Gerrit Jackson.