Ileana Parvu is an Associate Professor of History and Theory of Art in the Department of Visual Arts at HEAD. After studying art history at the Universities of Basel, Paris IV, Paris I and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) Paris, she received her PhD at the University of Basel and the EHESS Paris in 2002. From 2003 to 2005 she was a lecturer at the University of Basel and from 2005 to 2012 she was an Assistant Professor in the art history department of the University of Geneva. In 2018, she defended her Habilitation thesis at the University of Basel where she is Privatdozentin.
She has published numerous articles in international peer-reviewed journals. She is the author of La peinture en visite. Les constructions cubistes de Picasso (P. Lang 2007) and she edited Objects in Progress. After the Dematerialisation of Art (MetisPresses 2012). Her book La consistance des choses. Peter Fischli, David Weiss et le temps retourné was published in 2021 by Presses universitaires de Provence. Her research has received funding from various sources including the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). She is regularly invited to lecture at European and American universities and art schools.
Her research interests are the transgression of boundaries between arts and the overcoming of artistic genres in the 20th century, the notion of the object in the 20th and 21st centuries, the theory of material culture, artists' writings, the history of Romanian art in the 1970s, and the art and politics of making after Conceptual Art. From 2017 to 2021, she conducted an SNSF-funded research project on the execution of works in Conceptual and Post-Conceptual Art. A book on this topic was published in 2021 by the Presses du réel under the title To Make, to Make Make, to Not Make. Interviews on the Production of Contemporary Art.