Renate Bertlmann

(Vienna 1943)

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Renate Bertlmann

Renate Bertlmann, born in Vienna in 1943, belongs to the feminist avant-garde of the early 1970s, an art movement that has only in recent years been increasingly processed and recognized in its importance. She began her studies from 1962 to 1964 at the Academy of Arts in Oxford and then moved to the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. After finishing her studies in 1970, she herself was a lecturer there for over ten years. The artist works with a wide variety of media, such as drawing, painting, sculpture, installations, photography, video, and is considered a pioneer of performance art that was far ahead of her time. With irony she questions female role models and deals with topics such as sexuality, motherhood and gender relations, deliberately using kitsch and pornography as stylistic devices in her works.
In 2007 she was awarded the City of Vienna Prize for Fine Arts, in 2017 the Grand Austrian State Prize and in 2019 at the 58th Venice Biennale she was the first artist to present a solo exhibition in the Austrian pavilion.
Her works have been shown in exhibitions at the Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna, the Kunsthalle Krems, the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg, the Lentos in Linz, the MUSA and the MUMOK in Vienna, but also internationally in Berlin, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Rome, Madrid, Paris, London, New York, Brussels, and in Gwangju in South Korea. Works by Renate Bertlmann can be found at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Tate Modern, London, the mumok, Vienna, the Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, and the Sammlung Verbund, Vienna. The artist lives and works in Vienna.

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