Bettina Pousttchi, photo: Norman Konrad, 2020

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. 

Bettina Pousttchi

Born 1971 in Mainz. Lives and works in Berlin.

Education
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 
Grants and Awards
2016 Villa Aurora, Los Angeles

2014

Wolfsburg Art Award

2008

TrAIN Research Center for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation, University of the Arts, London
2007 BBAX - Berlin Buenos Aires Art Exchange, Buenos Aires
2005 Provinzial Förderprojekt
2000 Kunststiftung NRW

 

Solo Exhibitions

2021
2020
2017
2015
2014
2011
2008
2007
2005
2001
2000

Group Exhibitions

2021
2020
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
Selected Collections

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

Albertina Vienna

Berlinische Galerie, Museum of Modern Art Berlin

Kunsthalle Bielefeld

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