Lot 3

Ion Grigorescu

Loneliness is Timeless

Ink and pencil on paper
21 × 29 cm (8.3 × 11.4 inch)


Sold for €700


Artwork description

Signed centrally down, in pen, ION GRIGORESCU

Lot Notes

Ion Grigorescu's daring exploration of life, art and the self has transformed him into one of the most important Romanian artists of the communist period.

Grigorescu stated in 2009: "It is clear to me that I have been constantly looking for paths and for ways out of them. Science, sports, morals, religion, family, human sciences - they all strive in one direction, i.e., 'seriousness', but they have a major deficiency: they err because they neglect error. They evince a stubbornness and a narrow-mindedness that in art is referred to as kitsch, and in psychology, the exaggeration of the conscious. What is, then, this subsidiary part that art plays? Could it be the subversive or treacherous part of the fox who can't reach the grapes? If it is, then I accept it; not the grapes of pure art, but those of mixed and unapproached domains; I have great doubts as to their taste, since they are still green and have not been tasted."

Loneliness is an ever-present theme in Grigorescu's body of work, for his most powerful creations examine the myriad of perspectives through which his own person can be analyzed. 



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Ion Grigorescu

b. Bucharest, Romania, 1945
Based in Bucharest


Solo (Selection)
  • 2017 - “Opera pictată”, National Museum of Art, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 2013 - “Trauma of the Exposed Body”, Prometeo Gallery di Ida Pisani, Church San Matteo, Lucca, Italy (International)
  • 2011 - “Level 2 Gallery: Out of Place”, Tate Modern, London (International)
  • 2011 - “Performing History”, the Romanian Pavilion at the 54th International exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, Italy (International)
  • 2010 - “Oedipus The Wanderer”, Gregor Podnar Gallery, Berlin, Germany (International)
  • 2009 - “In the Body of the Victim (1969-2008)”, The Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland (International)
  • 2009 - “The Poor people are fending for themselves”, Angels Barcelona, Spain (International)
  • 2008 - “Superpositions”, JGM Gallery, Paris, France (International)
  • 2008 - "The Time Modified the Place", A l’Enseigne des Oudin, Paris, France (International)
  • 2006 - “Am Boden”, Salzburg, Kunstverein, Austria (National)
  • 2004 - “Fotografii recente”, personal exhibition, Galeria Noua, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 2002 - “Auf der Suche nach Balkanien”, Neue Gallerie Graz (International)
  • 2001 - “Remedy for Melancholy”, Edwin Kunsthalle, Stockholm, Sweden (International)
  • 1999 - “Una Bisanzio Latina”, S. Maria Poppolo Church, Rome, Italy (International)
  • 1998 - “Documents (1967-1997)”, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1993 - “Mahlzeit für eine tote Kunst”, Schauplatz Zeitgenossischer Kunst, Wien, Austria (International)
  • 1993 - "Animality, society, divinity”, Romanian Cultural Institute, Venice, Italy (International)
  • 1992 - “A Meal for a Dead Culture”, Schauplatz Zeitgennössischer Kunst, Vienna, Austria (International)
  • 1991 - "Wanderlieder”, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (International)
Group (Selection)
  • 2011 - Venice, Italy (International)
  • 2011 - “Out of Place”, Tate Modern Gallery, London (International)
  • 2010 - 2011 - “After the Fall”, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Arts, New York (International)
  • 2010 - “Construcții Auxiliare Provizorii”, Recycle Nest Gallery, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 2010 - “Gender Check. Feminity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe”, Museum of Modern Art, Wien (International)
  • 2010 - “Subversive Practices”, Trafo, Budapest (International)
  • 2009 - “Subversive Practices”, Stuttgarter Kunstverein (International)
  • 2008 - “Crisis”, Angels Gallery, Barcelona, Spain (International)
  • 2007 - “Resources”, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 2007 - ”Ressources”, with Geta Brătescu, M.N.A.C. Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 2007 - Documenta 12 Kassel Dadaeast, (Zürich, Praga, Stockholm, Sibiu, Warsaw), “Exit memory, desire”, Artra, Milano (International)
  • 2006 - “Kontakte”, Erstebank Collection, MUMOK Wien, Austria (International)
  • 2006 - “Autopoesis”, National Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia (International)
  • 2006 - Art Salon, Belgrade (International)
  • 2005 - “Embodying the City”, Lisbon, Gulbenkian Foundation (International)
  • 2003 - “Prophetic Remix”, M.N.A.C. Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 2002 - “Auf der Suche nach Balkanien”, Graz neue Gallerie (International)
  • 2002 - “In den Schluchten des Balkan”, Friedericianum Kassel (International)
  • 2001 - “Double Life”, Generali Foundation Wien, Austria (International)
  • 2001 - “Remedy for Melancholy”, Edsvik Art, Sollentuna (International)
  • 1999 - “Atelier Vagabond”, META Gallery, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1998 - “Out of Actions”, MOCA Los Angeles, Viena, Barcelona, Tokio (International)
  • 1998 - “Body and the East”, Moderna Gallery, Ljubljana (International)
  • 1995 - “The Artistic Ego and the Dilemas of the Postcomunist Age – Month of Photography”, Bratislava, Slovakia (International)
  • 1991 - 1994 - São Paulo Biennale, Brasil (International)
  • 1991 - “Wanderlieder”, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands (International)
  • 1990 - “Points East”, Third’s Eye Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland (International)
Biennial (Selection)
  • 2004 - “Love It or Leave It” Cetinje Biennial (International)
  • 1997 - Venice Biennale, Romanian Pavilion (International)
  • 1979 - The International Biennale of Engraving, Bradford (International)


  • Award for the Church Restoration Painting, 1998
  • "Cuvântul" Magazine Award , 1998


  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona
  • Museum of Modern Art, NY, USA
  • National Museum of Contemporary Art, Romania

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