Bettina Pousttchi stands as one of Germany’s foremost contemporary artists and has also received significant recognition internationally, especially in the USA, where solo exhibitions of her work have been held in institutions such as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas and the Arts Club of Chicago.
Bettina Pousttchi predominantly works with sculpture and photography. Her site-specific photo installations consistently challenge and expand the formal and conceptual possibilities of photography and often occupy entire building façades.
Pousttchi first attracted international attention in 2009 with her monumental photographic installation Echo, which covered the four elevations of the Temporäre Kunsthalle at Schlossplatz in Berlin. Echo was a visual echo of the former prestigious Palace of the Republic of the GDR, reflecting on the individual’s ability to recall. Pousttchi explores the relationship between memory and history from a transnational perspective. Such an interlocking approach is key to the artist’s work.
Pousttchi’s sculptural works provide deeper insight into her interest in the structures of public space, often developed from street furniture like street bollards, crowd barriers or bike racks. Her recent sculptures Vertical Highways are transformations of crash barriers. The vertical alignment and modular use of a prefabricated element change the viewer’s spatial perception and give the work an architectural reference. Taking the structures used to establish order in public space, these works address crowd control, the directing of crowds, a theme that is more topical than ever at present.
For her extensive photo project World Time Clock Pousttchi travelled over several years to different time zones around the world. In each place she took a photograph of a public clock always at the same time. The planetary piece about the political and social organization of time and space creates a philosophical image of synchronicity and a globalized reality.
Bettina Pousttchi was born in Mainz in 1971. She studied at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf and graduated from the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. She lives in Berlin.
Born 1971 in Mainz. Lives and works in Berlin.
|1999/2000||Whitney Independent Studio Program, Whitney Museum, New York|
|1995-1999||Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (with Prof. Gerhard Merz and Prof. Rosemarie Trockel)|
|1992-1997||Studies in philosophy, art and film history, Universities of Cologne and Bochum|
|1990-1992||Studies in Fine Art, Université de Paris|
|2016||Villa Aurora, Los Angeles|
|Wolfsburg Art Award|
|TrAIN Research Center for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation, University of the Arts, London|
|2007||BBAX - Berlin Buenos Aires Art Exchange, Buenos Aires|
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Washington DC
Nasher Sculpture Center Dallas
Margulies Collection Miami
Rennie Collection Vancouver
The Arts Club of Chicago
The Phillips Collection Washington DC
Freybe Collection Vancouver
Nasher Collection Dallas
Berlinische Galerie, Museum of Modern Art Berlin
Hall Collection New York
Blake Byrne/Skylark Foundation Los Angeles
Levine Collection Washington DC
Wemhöner Collection Herford/Berlin
Kadist Collection Paris
Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany
University of Cologne
Von-der-Heydt Museum Wuppertal
Absolut Art Collection Stockholm
Wolfsburg City Art Gallery
MMAG Foundation Amman