The museum’s two Christina Ramberg paintings on exhibit in an exhibition at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin Germany. Curated by Anna Gritz, the exhibition puts Ramberg’s work in conversation with contemporary artists around the ideas of constraint and identity.
The Making of Husbands: Christina Ramberg in Dialogue
14 September 19 – 5 January 20
Alexandra Bircken, Rachal Bradley, Sara Deraedt, Gaylen Gerber, Frieda Toranzo Jaeger, Konrad Klapheck, Ghislaine Leung, Hans-Christian Lotz, Senga Nengudi, Ana Pellicer, Christina Ramberg, Richard Rezac, Diane Simpson, Terre Thaemlitz, Kathleen White
From KW’s brochure:
“Containing, restraining, reforming, hurting, compressing, binding, transforming a lumpy shape into a clean smooth line,” is how American artist Christina Ramberg (1946–1995, US) once described the drawings of corsets in her sketchbooks. Ramberg was one of the most intriguing painters to emerge within a generation of Chicago Imagists. She left
behind a significant body of comic, formally elegant, erotically sinister paintings. Her cropped torsos, sharply delineated and bound in bizarre variations, explore the
body in traction with its environment, shaped by corsets and hairstyles, as well as behavioral conventions. A selection of paintings and drawings by Ramberg form the core of the exhibition at KW Institute for Contemporary Art. Shown alongside are works by
further artists in order to expand the understanding of the type of framing devices that construct identity—physically, psychologically, and metaphorically.
The exhibition will travel to FRAC (Fonds régional d’art contemporain) Lorraine, Metz, FR and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK