‘Bettina Pousttchi – Vertical Highways’
Bettina Pousttchi Vertical Highways
9 Sep—21 Nov 2020

Bettina Pousttchi Vertical Highways

9 Sep—21 Nov 2020
Buchmann Box
Press release

The Buchmann Galerie is pleased to announce for the Gallery Weekend Berlin a new exhibition by Bettina Pousttchi in the Buchmann Box.

 

Bettina Pousttchi shows new sculptures from the workgroup Vertical Highways, which were presented for the first time in this year's survey exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie - Museum of Modern Art. The new works in the Buchmann Box represent a further development of these sculptures and consist of crash barriers from the street, which regulate movement and traffic flow in public spaces and yet often go unnoticed. Using an industrial press, the artist deforms the individual elements and assembles them into upright sculptures, which immediately attract attention with their unusual coloring. Even in their altered form, the crash barriers remain recognizable and give an idea of the forces that have affected the steel - the anthropomorphic character and the monochrome coloration fuse the individual parts into a coherent new form. The vertical alignment of the crash barriers, which are normally installed horizontally, changes the spatial perception when viewing the sculptures and gives them an architectural reference. For several years, Bettina Pousttchi has realized sculptures from urban space objects, such as street bollards, crowd barriers, bike racks, and tree protection barriers, which regulate movement in public space. The sequential use of the original object is a conceptual connection to Minimal Art and also a reference to Duchamp's Readymades. 

 

Directions is a new group of works created in recent months and exhibited here for the first time. They are wall reliefs based on photographs Bettina Pousttchi took of road markings. These templates of street arrows are collaged in bundle-like forms, cut in steel, and then colored. The cut-out objects seem to float on the wall. Their clear, sharp-edged shape makes them oscillate between a kind of pictogram and graffiti. Similar to the Vertical Highways, the Directions take up the ordering structures of public space and "crowd control," the directing of crowds, a theme that is currently more topical than ever. 

 

Bettina Pousttchi works with sculpture and photography, often on the scale of architecture. Her site-specific photo installations often occupy entire building facades, such as her recent work Berlin Window on the complete glass facade of the Berlinische Galerie.

 

Currently, works by Bettina Pousttchi can also be seen at Studio Berlin in Berghain and at the anniversary exhibition Rohkunstbau XXV. Her façade work Block for the Kunsthalle Tübingen is also still on view, as well as the permanently installed sculpture Marianne on the Riverside Sculpture Park of the Arp Museum in Remagen from mid-September.

 

The work of Bettina Pousttchi has received much international recognition in recent years. She has had numerous solo exhibitions in international art institutions such as the Arts Club of Chicago, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., the Phillips Collection, Washington D.C., the Nasher Sculpture Center Dallas, the Kunstmuseum St.Gallen and the Kunsthalle Basel. In Germany, the artist has had solo exhibitions at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, the Neues Museum Nuremberg, the Kunsthalle Mainz, and recently at the KINDL Berlin and the Berlinische Galerie. Accompanying this exhibition, a comprehensive catalog has been published by Koenig Books London with essays by Jörg Heiser, Thomas Köhler, Jeremy Strick, and Melissa Ho. 

‘Bettina Pousttchi – Vertical Highways’

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

2022
2020
2015
2013
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001

Group Exhibitions

2022
2021
2020
2019
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