Wiener Konzerthaus

Renate Bertlmann

Close-up in black and white of two hands: pacifiers with extremely sharp knife tips at the end are placed over the fingers
Renate Bertlmann, Messerschnullerhände - Ambivalenzen 1, 1981 / Courtesy Richard Saltoun Gallery, London und Rom © Renate Bertlmann/ Bildrecht, Wien 2023
Close-up in black and white of two hands: pacifiers with extremely sharp knife tips at the end are placed over the fingers

Renate Bertlmann is one of the main protagonists of the Austrian feminist avant-garde. In recent years she has gained international attention, especially through her solo presentation at the Austrian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale 2019. On the occasion of her 80th birthday, the Belvedere honors her oeuvre with a first comprehensive retrospective. 

Bertlmann's radical, ironically provocative works subvert social attributions and stereotypes of gender, femininity, and masculinity, thus addressing the female body as a battlefield as well as the ambivalences of pleasure and pain, desire and discipline, tenderness and vulnerability. The artist draws both from conceptual and pop-cultural aesthetics, appropriates pornography and kitsch from an altered perspective, and references literature, film, medicine, religion, and spirituality. Her work is characterized by her interest in experimenting with a wide range of media and materials, such as conceptual photographs, drawings, paintings, collages, sculptures made of latex and Plexiglas, performances, and large-scale installations.

Venue

Belvedere 21

Arsenalstraße 1
1030 Wien

Current Dates

  • Tue. 27 Feb 2024, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 28 Feb 2024, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 29 Feb 2024, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 01 Mar 2024, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 02 Mar 2024, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 03 Mar 2024, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.