The Global Post looks at the vogue for arts from Romania, particularly Romanian painter Adrian Ghenie who lives in London and has a show on in Ghent:
Ghenie isn’t the only Romanian hitting the global marquee. Since the mid-1990s, compatriots including Victor Man, Ioana Nemes and Ciprian Muresan have burst onto the art scene. They are matched by colleagues in film, music and design.
“Talent exists everywhere but you also have to meet the right people who will tell you the right things and give you the right support,” Ghenie said. “That is when the planets align.” […] Design from Romania has also been gaining a global following thanks to the successes of Andra Dumitrascu (she was named by Wallpaper as one to watch in 2011) and Rozalb de Mura. […]
Though the world may be waking up to Romania culture, Romanians themselves have always kept pace with Western artistic trends. While living under the repressive and brutal dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu, their access to contemporary Western cultural movements was limited. However, artists heard about and experimented with performance art, while publishers translated non-political work by famous international writers.
Why Romanian Arts Have Gone Global (Global Post)