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Ulla Von Brandenburg

b. 1974, Germany

Ulla von Brandenburg has a richly complex and multifaceted practice that is realised through a combination of black & white film, installation, performance, drawing, and painting. The vocabulary of von Brandenburg’s work comes from a basis of using approaches and methods of the theatre, the stage, and rules of performance to engage with cultural or social issues from different moments in history to explore how stories, rituals, and symbols of the past have constituted our societies.

Permeated by recurring themes and images sourced from literature; expressionist theatre; early cinema, and pre-Freudian psychoanalysis, von Brandenburg’s practice cross-references back and forth between media creating a language that loops back on itself: endlessly repeating and developing. Concerned with ‘the borders of different consciousness: past and present, alive and dead, real and illusionary’, von Brandenburg creates work positioned uncertainly at the point at which reality ends and the illusion of life, emotions and events begins.

Ulla von Brandenburg was born 1974 in Karlsruhe, Germany. Major solo exhibitions of her work include: It Has a Golden Sun and an Elderly Grey Moon, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, 2016; It has a golden red sun and an elderly green moon, Power Plant, Toronto, 2016; It has a golden orange sun and an elderly blue moon, La Fonderie Darling, Montréal, 2016; Manchmal Ja, manchmal Nein [Sometimes yes, sometimes no], Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, 2016; It has a golden sun and an elderly grey moon, ACCA, Melbourne, 2016; Yesterday and Today is Tomorrow is also like this, Kasseler Kunsteverein, Kassel, 2015; Ulla von Brandenburg: Wagon Wheel, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, 2015; 24 Filme, Kein Schnitt, MAMCO, Geneva, 2014; Inside is not Outside, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, 2014; Innen ist nicht Außen, Secession, Vienna, 2013; Kunstpreis Finkenwerder 2013, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg, 2013; Das Versteck des W.L., Kunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg, 2013; Neue Alte Welt, The Common Guild, Glasgow, 2011; Name or Number, Frac Ile-de- France/Le Plateau, Paris, 2009; Ulla von Brandenburg, Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2009; Whose beginning is not, nor end cannot be, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2008; Passengers 1.68 Ulla von Brandenburg, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, 2008. Significant group exhibitions include: Prix Marcel Duchamp, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2016; Sink Down Mountain, Rise Up Valley, Performa 15, New York, 2015; Accrochage 3: Pop & Musique/Son, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, 2015; Et bien dansez maintenant !, Centre d’art contemporain de Pontmain, Pontmain, 2015; After Dark, MAMCO, Geneva, 2015; Vidéodanse, Le corps en jeu, Space 315, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2015; The Other Side, CAC, Vilnius, 2014; Explore, Frac Île-de-France, château de Rentilly, Bussy-Saint- Martin, 2014; 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire, Sydney (2014); The Crime was Almost Perfect, Witte de With, Rotterdam, 2014; Film as Sculpture, WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, 2013; Tools for Conviviality, The Power Plant, Toronto, 2012; Intense Proximite, La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); A Terrible Beauty is Born, 11th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon (2011); Secret Societies. To Know, To Dare, To Will, To Keep Silence, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankurt, 2011; Spatial City, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, 2010; Making Worlds, 53rd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale, Venice (2009); Wizard of Oz, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, 2008; The World as a Stage, ICA, Boston, 2008; Performa 07, the 2nd Visual Art Performance Biennal, New York, 2007; The World as a Stage, Tate Modern, London, 2007.

In 2016 von Brandenburg has been nominated for the Prix Marcel Duchamp (award presented in October 2016). Previously she has been awarded Finkenwerder Art Prize (2013); shortlisted for Daniel and Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation’s 2013 Drawing Prize (2013); Kunstpreis der Boettcherstrasse, Kunsthalle Bremen (2007); Cité des Arts, Paris (2007); Arbeitsstipendium Jürgen-Ponto-Stiftung (2006); Reisestipendium, Verein für Neue Kunst in Hamburg (2005); Stipendium Künstlerstätte Schloss Bleckede (2005); Begabtenstipendium der Dietzte-Stiftung (2003).

Ulla von Brandenburg lives and works in Paris.

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Featured Artworks

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Colette by Ulla Von Brandenburg contemporary artwork Ulla Von BrandenburgColette, 2018 Watercolour on assembled papers, unframed
200 x 100 cm
Pilar Corrias
7 Ribbons: Blue, Yellow, Pink, Rosa, Green, Lilac, Brown by Ulla Von Brandenburg contemporary artwork Ulla Von Brandenburg7 Ribbons: Blue, Yellow, Pink, Rosa, Green, Lilac, Brown, 2014 Coloured ribbons, nails, inks
166 x 77 x 5.5 cm
Pilar Corrias
Seven Curtains by Ulla Von Brandenburg contemporary artwork Ulla Von BrandenburgSeven Curtains, 2018 Mixed media installation
Pilar Corrias
Nicolas by Ulla Von Brandenburg contemporary artwork Ulla Von BrandenburgNicolas, 2018 Watercolour on gesso
140 x 110 cm
Pilar Corrias
Mary by Ulla Von Brandenburg contemporary artwork Ulla Von BrandenburgMary, 2018 Watercolour on gesso
140 x 110 cm
Pilar Corrias
Eisbär (Ours blanc) by Ulla Von Brandenburg contemporary artwork Ulla Von BrandenburgEisbär (Ours blanc), 2013 Watercolour on ancient paper
180 x 135 cm
Pilar Corrias
Beuge (Bow) by Ulla Von Brandenburg contemporary artwork Ulla Von BrandenburgBeuge (Bow), 2015 Watercolour on paper
153.5 x 122.5 x 4 cm (incl frame)
Pilar Corrias
Mann ohne Kopf (Man without head) by Ulla Von Brandenburg contemporary artwork Ulla Von BrandenburgMann ohne Kopf (Man without head), 2015 Watercolour on paper
153.5 x 122.5 x 4 cm (incl frame)
Pilar Corrias

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Ulla Von Brandenburg, Objects Without Shadow at Pilar Corrias, London
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11 September–3 October 2015 Ulla Von Brandenburg Objects Without Shadow Pilar Corrias, London

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A collaboration between the Association for the International Diffusion of French Art (ADIAF) and the Centre Pompidou, the Prix Marcel Duchamp seeks to bring together the most innovative contemporary artists in France and to encourage new artistic forms.This year, for the first time, all four nominees are exhibiting at the Centre Pompidou....

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Ulla von Brandenburg: 'It Has a Golden Yellow Sun and an Elderly Grey Moon’ Related Press Ulla von Brandenburg: 'It Has a Golden Yellow Sun and an Elderly Grey Moon’ ArtAsiaPacific : 19 July 2016

Visitors to Melbourne’s Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) in the past two months have been greeted with an exhibition that could somewhat be described as a deconstructed theater play. Stage props, dramatic choir soundtracks and family-drama scenes, a forest backdrop and stage curtain are just some of the elements that make up...

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Ulla von Brandenburg at Pilar Corrias Related Press Ulla von Brandenburg at Pilar Corrias Contemporary Art Daily : 13 October 2015

For her third solo exhibition at Pilar Corrias Gallery, Objects Without Shadow, German artist Ulla von Brandenburg presents a new series of paintings alongside a constellation of objects and props that take leave from her recent film Sink Down Mountain, Raise Up Valley, which explores ideas and rituals from the commune of Saint-Simonians — a...

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Performa announced another batch of premieres and commissions today for its upcoming, three-week performance festival, Performa 15, which will take place in various locations around New York City in November. This year’s Performa asks its commissioned artists to respond to the legacy of the Renaissance.The commissions announced today will...

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