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Geta Brâtescu: L’Art est un Jeu Sérieux


Kunstmuseum St. Gallen / St Gallen / Art

“The line tells no story; it serves no image,” said the Romanian artist Geta Brătescu, who died in 2018. “The line itself is the image, from the low to the high, in the way in which it sings.”A true pioneer, Brătescu was one of the first representatives of conceptual art in Romania. As a young woman, she studied for a degree in fine arts but was expelled when the Communist party rose to power—it disapproved of Brătescu because her family owned land. She turned to a range of media, including drawing, collage, photography, illustration, and film—playfully and creatively defying oppression. This show follows her 2015 U.K. solo exhibition at the Tate Liverpool and acclaim at the Venice Biennale in 2017, and includes Brătescu’s works from the 1970s and 80s, as well as more recent drawings. —E.C.

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