Doina Simionescu

b. 1947

Doina Simionescu created a kind of visual journal. Fresh – delicate – inventive. A passage to say that the eye has an extreme pleasure ‘sur le motif’, that can also be fulfilled in its proximity.

Doina Simionescu brings things closer and makes them incredibly more interesting. ‘The blossom lay like snow’. Sometimes her art emits light. For the visual journal she used a new type of description. She had chosen the particular time of day, the summer morning, the quality of the air, the charcoal shadow of the silhouettes, emotion in a fluid form / ‘I hear the light’… ‘this is a very good line’… the performative power of drawing.

“She was fastened to minimalism, using a gestural abstraction with hard edges and tender surfaces. She practiced an evanescent communication, infinitely sophisticated.”
 Liviana Dan, In Memoriam Doina Simionescu 

For Doina Simionescu, drawing was more than just a line of thought, it was a moment in life. The drawing composes her artwork following a liquid metaphor and a type of intense continuity. The drawing follows a lyrical geometry, dictated by the aesthetics of silence. It is an exercise of ascetic value. An ecological asceticism. An imaginative behavior for what one can do. 

The rigor of drawing determines Doina Simionescu to find an emergency-based approach. Doina Simionescu finds a place / Gruiu / and a natural, direct world. Which travels in and out of the photograph. Photography as a free theoretical zone. Starting with this place, photography certifies the involvement of the facts and the intensity of images. Doina Simionescu does not have to draw anymore. There is a dimension behind the speech even before the photograph. There are many other discursive elements after the photograph. 

Doina Simionescu composes a garden for herself →
Doina Simionescu composes a garden for herself →

In 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983 and 1986 Doina Simionescu participated at the Drawing Contest “Juan Miro” (Barcelona). She was granted the first mention of the contest in 1979, and then, in 1981, she was awarded the prize of the Juan Miró Foundation.

Her artworks are in important private and public collections: National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC, Romania); Albertina Museum (Vienna, Austria); São Paulo Museum of Art (Brazil); FRAC Alsace (France); Charlottenborg Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark; “Juan Miró” Foundation (Barcelona, Spain).

Selected Shows

2005 The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest (MNAC), Romania

2003 Preview, The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest (MNAC), Romania

1998 The International Drawing Triennale Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland

1993 Hommage au Rococo, Robert Desnos Library, Montreuil, Paris, France

1992 Book Object, The Museum of the Art Collections Bucharest, Romania

1991 Solo Show, The Art Museum Oradea, Romania

1991 Contemporary drawing, The Art Museum Bistrița, Romania

1990 Drawing, The Gulbekian Foundation Lisbon, Portugal

1990 Solo Show, The Art Museum Bistrita, Romania

1990 The 2nd edition of the Engraving International Biennial, Bharat-Bhavan International Print Biennale in Bohpal, India

1989 The 9th Engraving Triennial, The International Print Biennale Fredrikstad, Norway

1985 International Engraving Exhibition, Kanawaga, Yokohama, Japan

1984 The 6th Biennial of European Engraving, Mulhouse, France

1983 The Corner Art Association, Charlottenborg Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

1981 Veinte Años nos de Sensibilidad, The Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art, Madrid, Spain

1980 Drawing, “Joan Miro”, The Gulbekian Foundation Lisbon, Portugal

1975 Femeia în artă, Simu Museum Bucharest, Romania

1973 Fantasticul ca atitudine, Orizont Gallery, Atelier 35, Bucharest, Romania

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