Bucharest, February 12, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Irina Stoica
A painting by Romanian-bord artist Adrian Ghenie sold for 4,000,000 euros (3,1 GBP) at an auction, setting an all-time record for the young painter. Sotheby’s hosted the auction in London.
“The Sunflowers in 1937” is a large oil-on-canvas work is inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s iconic sunflowers. It belonged to the Galerie Judin of Berlin, who had purchased it from the artist. “The Sunflowers in 1937” is part of the painter’s “2014 Berlin Noir” exhibition at Galerie Judin, a memento of the Nazi campaign against art in the Third Reich.
Ghenie, born in 1997 in Baia Mare, has works in several museums throughout the world, including Centre Pompidou of Paris, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Hammer Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles, and the SMAK (Municipal Museum of Modern Art) of Ghent, Belgium. He represented Romania in the 2015 Biennale of Venice.