The Austrian Pavilion at next Venice aims to revive ‘a history of provocation’

Tender Touches, 1976. © Renate Bertlmann. Courtesy Richard Saltoun Gallery, London


Austrian artist Renate Bertlmann will represent her country at the next Venice Biennale, set to run from 11 May to 24 November 2019. Curator Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein selected Bertlmann because she feels ‘her methods in terms of both concepts and aesthetics will continue a Venetian art history of provocation in the best sense of the word’.

Based in Vienna, Bertlmann has exhibited internationally, including at the Gwangju Biennale, Tate Modern, London (2014) and Austrian Cultural Forum New York (2014). She has been a member of the Vienna Secession since 1993 and a coeditor of the magazine [sic!] – Forum für feministische Gangarten since 1994. In 2007, she received the Prize of the City of Vienna and in 2017, the Grand Austrian State Prize.

10 May 2019