Lot 14

Ion Bitzan (Bițan)

La Carte du Soleil


Tempera, watercolour, ink and felt-tip pen on paper
75 × 100 cm (29.5 × 39.4 inch)

Sold for €1,500


Artwork description

"Signed and dated centre left, in pen "I.B. (19)93, 10 Aug (19)93"

Lot Notes

Ion Bitzan intrigued the international art world because he had permission to exhibit abroad with experimental artworks while also being allowed to show his social realist work within the communist regime. Since his participation in the 1964 Venice Biennale, he experimented with installation, collage, assemblage and other neo-avant-garde modes of production. In particular, he constructed books with secret languages. Bitzan declared his fascination with Jorge Luis Borges: “Borges’s writing preoccupies and sustains me, because he keeps talking about never-ending lines of books, or a never ending book.”


Ion Bitzan (Bițan)

Limanu, Romania, 1924 - Bucharest, Romania, 1997


Solo (Selection)
  • 2006 - Romanian Cultural Institute London (International)
  • 1994 - HotBath Gallery, Bath (International)
  • 1994 - Centre Culturel Roumain Paris (International)
  • 1990 - “A Human Spectacle (books, objects, paintings)”, Water Gallery Warren Point, Ireland (International)
  • 1990 - Narrow Water Gallery, Narrow Water Castle, Warrenpoint (International)
  • 1986 - “A Human Spectacle”, Kilkenny Castle, Ireland (International)
  • 1981 - P.S.1, New York (International)
  • 1972 - Espace Gallery, Amsterdam, NL (International)
  • 1972 - Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh and Aberdeen (International)
  • 1970 - Panorama Mesdag, The Hague (International)
  • 1966 - Arsenal gallery, Sopot (International)
Group (Selection)
  • 2016 - Before & After the Cultural Revolution in Romania: 1971, Postmodernism Museum, Bucharest (National)
  • 2016 - Art Safari - Bucharest Art Fair (National)
  • 2015 - Mapping Bucharest, Art, Memory, and Revolution 1916-2016, Vienna Biennale 2015 (National)
  • 2015 - Art Safari - Bucharest Art Fair (National)
  • 2014 - Between the Lines, PLAN-B Gallery, Cluj (National)
  • 2011 - Four Faces of Modernity: Bitzan, Maitec, Mitroi, Nicodim, Romanian Culture Institute London (International)
  • 2011 - Livres extraordinaires, Caroline Corre Gallery, Paris (International)
  • 2007 - 4 pictori români, exposition itinérant du Musée National d'Art Contemporain de Bucarest, Permanent Representation of Romania to the EU (National)
  • 1998 - Internationale Buchmesse, Untergrundmessehaus, Leipzig (International)
  • 1993 - Caroline Corre Gallery, Paris, France (International)
  • 1993 - Le Livre dans tous ses etats Europe 93, Galerie Caroline Corre, Paris FR and Galway Arts Festival, IE (International)
  • 1992 - "Romani ART", Barcelona, Spain (International)
  • 1980 - Salon de Mai, Paris, FR (International)
  • 1978 - Über die seltsame Natur des Geldes in Kunst, Wissenschaft und Leben, Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (International)
  • 1971 - International Miniature Print Exhibition, USA (International)
  • 1969, 1972 - Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh (International)
  • 1969 - Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, UK (International)
  • 1969 - 8 Romanian engravers Pratt Graphic Center, New York (International)
  • 1968 - Lambert Gallery, Paris, France (International)
  • 1967, 1969, 1981 - Romanian Pavilion, Bienal di São Paulo (International)
  • 1964, 1997 - Romanian Pavilion, Biennale di Venezia (International)
Biennial (Selection)
  • 1967 - Sao Paolo, Brazil (International)


  • MoMA, New York; Kunsthalle Hamburg; Scottish National Edinburgh; Kunsthalle Hamburg; Ulster Museum Belfast; Museé Ariana Geneva; Butler Gallery, Kilkenny; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Lidice Gallery; Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb; National Museum Poznan; National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest MNAC; National Museum of Art Bucharest MNAR; Art Museums in RO: Constanţa, Galaţi, Arad, Iaşi, Cluj, Călăraşi.

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  • Lavacow Autumn Auction

    By Lavacow Editorial

    A selection of artworks by established Romanian artists (Paul Neagu, Horia Damian, Horia Bernea, Ion Bitzan, Marcel Iancu, Daniel Spoerri, Magdalena Rădulescu, Ștefan Câlția, Sorin Ilfoveanu, Mircea Roman) ...


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