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b. 1971, Germany

Bettina Pousttchi Biography

The social dynamics of the urban space and systems of time and space in a transnational perspective is at the heart of the multi-facetted work of German-Iranian artist Bettina Pousttchi.

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Her large-scale site-specific interventions in public space covering entire facades of buildings with photographic images are re-contextualising the historical and architectural meaning of a place. In her sculptural work Pousttchi bends and distorts street furniture like crowd barriers and street bollards into sculptures which deal with the history of sculpture as much as they analyse the privatisation of the public realm.

World Time Clock is the artist's most comprehensive photographic series to date for which she travelled eight years in several stages in the world's various time zones. In each of the places she photographed public clocks always at the same time; 1:55 pm. Thus arose a work spanning the entire globe which examines the political and social organisation of time and space. The director of the Hirshhorn Museum, Melissa Chiu calls the series 'A poetic contemplation on global synchronicity and the structuring of time.' This experience of nonlinear temporal structure is to be found in many of the artist's works.

Bettina Pousttchi has exhibited widely in Europe and the United States, most recently she held solo shows at the Berlinische Galerie - Museum of Modern Atr Berlin, the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Kunsthalle Mainz, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. and The Phillips Collection Washington D.C.

Bettina Pousttchi is represented in the permanent collections of a large number of museums and public galleries, including The Nasher Sculpture Center Dallas, Kadist Collection Paris, Von-der-Heydt Museum Wuppertal, Museum Morsbroich Leverkusen, Wemhöner Collection Herford/DE, Hall Collection New York, Margulies Collection Miami amongst others. Bettina Pousttchi participated twice in the Venice Biennale (2003, 2009). In 2014 the artist received the Wolfsburg Art Prize.

Text courtesy Buchmann Galerie.

Bettina Pousttchi Featured Artworks

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Directions (04) by Bettina Pousttchi contemporary artwork
Bettina PousttchiDirections (04), 2020Steel, powder-coated
120 x 60 x 1.2 cm
Buchmann Galerie Contact Gallery
Directions (02) by Bettina Pousttchi contemporary artwork
Bettina PousttchiDirections (02), 2020Steel, powder-coated
180 x 93 x 1.2 cm
Buchmann Galerie Contact Gallery
Vertical Highways A13 by Bettina Pousttchi contemporary artwork
Bettina PousttchiVertical Highways A13, 2020Crash barriers, steel
220 x 106 x 91 cm
Buchmann Galerie Contact Gallery
Vertical Highways A14 by Bettina Pousttchi contemporary artwork
Bettina PousttchiVertical Highways A14, 2020Crash barriers, steel
227 x 120 x 71 cm
Buchmann Galerie Contact Gallery
Untitled by Bettina Pousttchi contemporary artwork
Bettina PousttchiUntitled, 2014Photography
45 x 32 cm
Buchmann Galerie Contact Gallery
Houses by Bettina Pousttchi contemporary artwork
Bettina PousttchiHouses, 2017Fired and glazed clay, mild steel
113 x 160 x 120 cm
Buchmann Galerie Contact Gallery
Framework by Bettina Pousttchi contemporary artwork
Bettina PousttchiFramework, 2018Fired and glazed clay
157 x 118 x 5.5 cm
Buchmann Galerie Contact Gallery
Vertical Highways A10 by Bettina Pousttchi contemporary artwork
Bettina PousttchiVertical Highways A10, 2019Crash barriers, steel
178 x 95 x 95 cm
Buchmann Galerie Contact Gallery

Bettina Pousttchi Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Bettina Pousttchi, Vertical Highways at Buchmann Galerie, Buchmann Box, Berlin
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9 September–21 November 2020 Bettina Pousttchi Vertical Highways Buchmann GalerieBuchmann Box, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Tony Cragg, Tatsuo Miyajima, Bettina Pousttchi, William Tucker, CUTOFF at Buchmann Galerie, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
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26 June–1 August 2020 Tony Cragg, Tatsuo Miyajima, Bettina Pousttchi, William Tucker CUTOFF Buchmann GalerieBuchmann Galerie, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Bettina Pousttchi, Allee at Buchmann Galerie, Buchmann Box, Berlin
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27 April–28 July 2018 Bettina Pousttchi Allee Buchmann GalerieBuchmann Box, Berlin

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Bettina Pousttchi In Ocula Magazine

The Armory Show 2020 Ocula Photolog The Armory Show 2020

The Armory Show (5–8 March) features presentations by leading international galleries, innovative artist commissions, and dynamic public programs. The 2020 edition of The Armory Show, welcomes 183 exhibitors from 32 countries, convening Midtown Manhattan at Piers 90 and 94.

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Bettina Pousttchi In Related Press

Meet Time-Traveling Artist Bettina Pousttchi Related Press Meet Time-Traveling Artist Bettina Pousttchi 19 June 2018, W Magazine

World Time Clock covers all 24 full-hour time zones, and took Pousttchi everywhere from Portugal to Brazil to even Siberia. Starting this week, though, the work finds a home at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. - the city which, as Pousttchi is quick to point out, hosted the International Meridian Conference where a...

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