Renate BERTLMANN (b. 1943)

Renate BERTLMANN (b.1943, Vienna) is a leading feminist avant-garde visual artist, who since the early 1970s has focused on issues surrounding themes of sexuality, love, gender and eroticism within a social context, with her own body often serving as the artistic medium. Her diverse practice spans across painting, drawing, collage, photography, sculpture and performance, and actively confronts the social stereotypes assigned to masculine and feminine behaviours and relationships.


Her work has been the subject of many important institutional exhibitions and is included in various public collections. In 1975 she was included in the radical feminist exhibition MAGNA. Feminismus curated by VALIE EXPORT at Galerie St. Stephan, Vienna. In 2016, a comprehensive monograph of her work edited by Gabriele Schor and Jessica Morgan was published by Prestel. Important recent exhibitions include Woman - Feminist Avantgarde of the 1970s, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna (2017), which travelled from The Photographer’s Gallery, London (2016); Renate Bertlmann: Two Climaxes, Richard Saltoun Gallery, London (2016); Renate Bertlmann: Amo Ergo Sum, Sammlung Verbund, Vienna (2016); The World Goes Pop, Tate Modern, London (2015) and Burning Down The House: The 10th Edition of the Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2014).



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