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Birgit Ramsauer

4 september 2009 – 15 january 2010
Opening 3 september 2009, 7 - 9 pm
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Rue Madame No 65, 2007. 42 x 36 x 10 cm


“Everybody carries a different city inside. One loves to visit cafés and restaurants, some vistit Gothic churches, some are interested in a love affair, others come here for a conference. So many people, so many cities. I am interested as well in the correspondence of the level of former times of the painter Paula Modersohn-Becker, overlayering with my todays level. Each of us is dealing with the idea of “paining” but from different perspectives and media”. (Birgit Ramsauer, 2007).

When she awarded in 2002 a scholarship at the ‘Kuenstlerhaus Worpswede” she became familiar with the work of Paula Modersohn-Becker, an important painter a century ago, born in Bremen. On the steps of this exciting painter two years later Birgit Ramsauer visited Paris.

The intense diary of Paula became Birgit Ramsauer’s guidance in Paris. For Paula the time in Paris was her most shaping period of time.

The Polaroid pictures on Duratrans material in lightboxes bring in the Mediterranean light of Paris. They seem to be a window view into the city. By enlarging the original image the “painterly strokes” grow more powerful.

Since Birgit Ramsauer’s scholarship in 1998 in Moscow of Kolodzei Foundation, USA, she experiments in the media of Polaroid. During the three minute developing process of the picture with a stump pencil she scratches onto the surface of the Polaroid. Therefor she stops the developing process of the picture at this level.

In Paris, right at the locations of Paula’s diary Birgit Ramsauer works with the Polaroid. “Within the noise of the floating city, surrounded by the smell, the movement of the environment and the people I work into the developing Polaroid: leaning at a post or cowering on a bench my work process is vulnerably open to the public view. That for I correspond in this first step of a public performance with the environment. The strong “strokes” and the colourful transformation connect me with the locations of the paintings of Paula 100 years ago. The layers of time overlap. In the second step I scan and work on the computer. In the technic of new media I “paint plain air”. ….

>>The Gallery artThiess, Munich, shows works of the artist from
9 September to 11 December, 2009 www.artthiess.de

Boulevard Raspail No 203, 2007. 42 x 36 x 10 cm
Académie Julian, 2007. 42 x 36 x 10 cm
  CV (short version)

The artist lives and works in Nuremberg, Berlin and New York
    1982 - 1989
  • doublestudies at the Universities Erlangen-Nuremberg, Bamberg for teaching and Magister Artium in German Literatur, Art History

  • 1990 - 1995
  • studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, Nuremberg

  • 1997 - 2000
  • project ART : HOME – LESS in NYC, Moscow, Marseille, Berlin (scholarship of DAAD, Kolodzei Foundation USA, Triangle France, Museum der Verbotenen Kunst, Kunstfabrik)

  • 2000
  • assistent professor, Academy of Fine Arts, Nuremberg

  • 2001
  • artist in residency, Atlanta

  • 2002
  • artist in residency at Worpswede, “JWD”, Worpswede Künstlerhäuser

  • 2002/03
  • Gallery of the City of Bremen
  • scholarship of the Adenauer-Foundation, Berlin

  • 2003
  • Guest Professor, The Cooper Union, NYC

  • 2004
  • Guest Professor Woodruff Atlanta Art School, Atlanta
  • Project "spinet an experiment on Gesamtkunstwerk/Total art work",
    The Cooper Union, NYC

  • 2006
  • "9 Screws", Ystad Konstmuseum 2006

  • 2007
  • filmmaker evening Millennium Film Forum NYC
  • artist portrait “Exploding to all Sides” by Ullabritt Horn BR 2007
  • “Neue Heimat”, installation and video “9 Screws” Berlinische Galerie performanceprojekt
  • „Sand in the Gear” city of Chicago, department of public affairs 2007
  • performance „Waiting Standpoint” Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin
  • “9 Screws” in Neue Heimat, Statesmuseum Berlin, Performancefestival M4 Berlin

  • 2008
  • Rohkunstbau Festival Berlin-Brandenburg
  • personel film maker presentation, Millennium Film Forum New York City


Avenue du Maine No 14 (II), 2007.
42 x 36 x 10 cm
Avenue du Maine No 14 (I), 2007.
42 x 36 x 10 cm

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