Richard Saltoun Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in the UK dedicated to one of the most radical artists of our time: Austrian Feminist artist Renate BERTLMANN.
Described as 'phallus-addicted' by her peers in the 1970s, Renate Bertlmann's provocative art practice has historically made her the subject of criticism, despite her active participation in feminist discourse. Her inclusion in the major exhibition Museum des Geldes (Museum of Money) (1978) resulted in audience members calling for the removal of her work and for the artist to be prosecuted. The show toured to the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Both organisations refused to exhibit her work.
Her more recent inclusion in the Gwangju Biennale (2014) and The World Goes Pop at Tate Modern (2015-2016), as well as her solo exhibition at the Sammlung Verbund, Vienna, has been to critical acclaim – finally securing her spot as one of the leading Feminist artists of the 20th Century.
The exhibition at Richard Saltoun Gallery will showcase three of Renate's most controversial works: Rollstuhl (rot-groß) [Wheelchair (red-big)](1975); Uravagina (1978) and Bru(s)tkasten [Breast incubator] (1984). These works, exhibited alongside vintage photographs and drawings from the '70s, illustrate her unique sensitivity to material and female tropes.