Biography

Ulla von Brandenburg is a German artist born in 1974 in Karlsruhe and based in Paris since 2005. After training as a scenographer in Karlsruhe and a brief period spent in the world of the theatre, she studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg. Her work is characterised by a diversity of means and media (installations, films, watercolours, murals, collages, performances…) that answer to one another and which she stages according to different exhibition spaces. Perfectly mastering the codes of scenography, nourished by literature, the history of the arts and architecture but also psychoanalysis, spiritism and magic, she derives as much from esoteric rituals and popular ceremonies, as from the mechanisms and codes of the theatre, to explore the construction of our social structures. Masks, costumes, sets and props coming from different popular traditions thus allow her to transgress symbolically norms and hierarchies by subtly mingling reality and appearances in theatrical presentations.*

Her works are included in collections such as the Tate Modern in London, the MAMCO in Geneva, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the GAM in Turin or the Mudam in Luxembourg.

Her work has appeared in numerous solo shows recently for example at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2020), the MRAC in Sérignan (2019), the Whitechapel Gallery in London (2018), the Musée Jenisch Vevey in Switzerland (2018), the Kunstmuseum in Bonn (2018), the Perez Art Museum in Miami (2016) and the Contemporary Art Museum of Saint Louis (2016). Her work is represented by Art : Concept gallery in Paris, Pilar Corrias Gallery in London, Produzentengalerie in Hamburg and the Meyer Riegger gallery in Karlsruhe and Berlin.

*Text: Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2020

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