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Bettina Pousttchi. Fluidity

19. Dec 2021 – 12. Jun 2021

  • Bettina Pousttchi, Vertical Highways A17
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    Bettina Pousttchi, Vertical Highway A17, 2021
    © Courtesy Buchmann Galerie Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe
  • Bettina Pousttchi, Marianne, 2015
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    Bettina Pousttchi, Marianne, 2015
    © Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, photo: Helmut Reinelt
  • Bettina Pousttchi, David, 2019
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    Bettina Pousttchi, David, 2019
    © Courtesy Buchmann Galerie Berlin, photo: Michael Schultze
  • Bettina Pousttchi, Framework, 2016
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    Bettina Pousttchi, Framework, 2016
    © Courtesy Buchmann Galerie Berlin, photo: Roman März
  • Bettina Pousttchi, Emma, 2018
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    Bettina Pousttchi, Emma, 2018
    © Courtesy Buchmann Galerie Berlin, photo: Roman März
  • Bettina Pousttchi, Framework, 2019
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    Bettina Pousttchi, Framework, 2019
    © Courtesy Buchmann Galerie Berlin, photo: Michael Schultze
  • Bettina Pousttchi, Double Monument for Flavin and Tatlin VII, 2010
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    Bettina Pousttchi, Double Monument for Flavin and Tatlin VII, 2010
    © Courtesy Buchmann Galerie Berlin, photo: Serge Hasenböhler
  • Bettina Pousttchi, Framework, 2017
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    Bettina Pousttchi, Framework, 2017
    © Courtesy Buchmann Galerie Berlin, photo: Roman März
  • Bettina Pousttchi, Directions 09, 2021
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    Bettina Pousttchi, Directions 09, 2021
    © Courtesy Buchmann Galerie Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe
  • Bettina Pousttchi, Installationsansicht Berlinische Galerie, 2019/20
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    Bettina Pousttchi, Installationview Museum of Modern Art Berlin, 2019/20
    © Courtesy Buchmann Galerie Berlin, photo: Norbert Miguletz
  • Bettina Pousttchi, Directions 08, 2021
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    Bettina Pousttchi, Directions 08, 2021
    © Courtesy Buchmann Galerie Berlin, photo: Michael Schultze
  • Bettina Pousttchi, Vertical Highways, 2019
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    Bettina Pousttchi, Vertical Highways, 2019, Installationview Museum of Modern Art Berlin (2019/20)
    © Courtesy Buchmann Galerie Berlin, photo: Norbert Miguletz
  • Bettina Pousttchi, Rodin Drive Thru, 2014
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    Bettina Pousttchi, Rodin Drive Thru, 2014
    © Courtesy Bettina Pousttchi & Buchmann Galerie Berlin, photo: Roman März

Bettina Pousttchi was born in Mainz in 1971, today she lives and works in Berlin. Her work, which has been presented with great international success, is at the interface between sculpture, architecture and photography. As the kick-off exhibition for the theme year 2022, »Wegweiserinnen« (»female guides«), we follow Bettina Pousttchi's diverse works and ask ourselves the question of orientation in unexpected and new contexts.

About the exhibition

The exhibition shows sculptures, reliefs and photographs from the last seven years, with the title »Fluidity« referring to the changeable, flowing form of her works. She mechanically deforms street furniture that seems familiar, such as tree protection bars, road posts or guardrails, coats them with paint or polishes them to a high gloss. Transformed in this way, the objects acquire an innovative and often dynamic aesthetic. The abstract forms such as the Squeezers or the Vertical Highways are arranged in groups and figures that communicate and interact with each other. The industrially manufactured elements abandon their original purpose of establishing order in public space and become individuals who enliven the exhibition space. Pousttchi's work Marianne (2015) from the Squeezers series completes the Skulpturenufer (Sculpture Bank) Remagen as the last artistic position. During the exhibition, it was set up below the Unkelstein Bridge in Oberwinter and will remain there permanently.

The architecture of the museum's building by Richard Meier, with its generous white walls, also offers an ideal setting for the group of works of Frameworks, multi-part reliefs with oriental-looking square elements made of fired and glazed clay. These works are complemented by the recently created series of Directions, which are mounted "floating" on the wall as cut-out objects made of cut and color-coated steel. Roads with markings, on the other hand, determine the Drive Thru photo series. This was based on the installation Drive Thru Museum in the Nasher Sculpture Center Dallas 2014, in which the artist presented her own work in dialogue with the museum's collection in an unusual way, including the sculpture Knospentorso by Hans Arp. The resulting photo now invites you to follow the dynamic rhythm of Bettina Pousttchi's trendsetting works in the Arp Museum.

Further information

Ansprechpartnerinnen

Curator of Contemporary Art

Jutta Mattern M.A.

+49 2228 9425-13
mattern@arpmuseum.org

Assistant Curator

Sylvie Kyeck M.A.

+49 2228 9425-15
kyeck@arpmuseum.org

Head of Communication

Claudia Seiffert M.A.

+49 2228 9425-39
seiffert@arpmuseum.org

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