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KW Institute for Contemporary Art Christina Ramberg, O.H.B., 1976 © the Estate of Christina Ramberg, Courtesy Sammlung / Collection of Karin Tappendorf
Christina Ramberg, Tight Hipped, 1974, © the Estate of Christina Ramberg, Courtesy Sammlung Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, The Bill McClain Collection of Chicago Imagism

Exhibition,
KW INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

Exhibition 14 SEP 2019—5 JAN 2020
Opening 13 SEP 2019, 7pm

The Making of Husbands: Christina Ramberg in Dialogue

Alexandra Bircken, 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

»Containing, restraining, reforming, hurting, compressing, binding, transforming a lumpy shape into a clean smooth line,« is how American artist Christina Ramberg (1946–1995) 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 a significant body of comic, formally elegant, erotically sinister paintings. Operating under the influences of Surrealism, her cropped torsi, sharply delineated and bound in bizarre variations of corsets, bandages, and textures exude an unnerving calm burdened with a conflicted desire. Ramberg’s understanding of the body as an environment that is closely intertwined with its surrounding, shaped by corsets, hairdos as well as behavioural conventions is central to the thesis of this exhibition that summons an analysis of conduct based on her approach as something constructed by the structures that externally and internally determine our existence. A selection of works by Christina Ramberg will form the core of the exhibition, alongside of which a group of other artistic positions will expand the conversation and extend the understanding of the type of framing devices that can be identified as having an impact on performance, behaviour and physical expression. (Curator: Anna Gritz)

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