About Ion Bitzan

Ion Bitzan is one of the founding fathers of contemporary Romanian art. His influential works range from Dada textualist experiments, object aesthetics, social-realist painting and sculpture to postmodernist installations. Ion Bitzan is one of the first artists to explore book-objects as a medium, creating elaborate hand-made sculptural book compositions.

During the communist regime in Romania, Ion Bitzan was an artist of the state, creating works that celebrated socialism, yet privately, the artist created works that expressed his personal vision of freedom, a secret manifesto that addresed the repression instituted by communism and censorship. Has experimented with collage, assemblage, painting, conceptual art-objects, sculpture and mixed media. His works have been showcased nationally and internationally in various individual and collective exhibitions.

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2016, September, Berlin

I participated at the inaugural conference of the Institute for Artists’ Estates in Berlin, Keeping the legacy alive, September 2016, Berlin An amazing line-up of speakers, very useful to learn h

2016, Ion Bitzan Foundation is legally incorporated

Since Ion Bitzan’s passing in 1997, we – Irina Bitzan, his daughter, and Viky Bitzan, his wife – have assumed the management of the artist’s estate. His studio of 30 years had to be vacated