IKWIL goes to the West End to visit an exhibition by Romanian artist Adrian Ghenie, who is considered one of the hottest stars on the contemporary art market. Born in 1977, he sold the painting "The Fake Rothko" for £1.4M at a Sotheby's auction a few weeks ago. This is a solo exhibition at Pace London, a gallery who Ghenie has been working with since 2011.
Ghenie’s paintings investigate the darker currents of modern European history, combining sources from historical books, archives, film stills, and the artist’s imagination to create simultaneously figurative and abstract images that address issues of personal and collective memory. Exposing the horror and complexity of some of the most historically charged moments of the twentieth century, Ghenie’s painterly and expressionistic canvases force the viewer to confront and bear witness to the past.