Mika Rottenberg

Argentinean-Israeli, b. 1976

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Mika Rottenberg

Argentinean-Israeli, b. 1976

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Mika Rottenberg creates elaborate and imaginative video installations as vehicles to explore ideas of class, labor, gender, and value. The artist, who above all considers herself a sculptor, often begins a project by seeking out female performers noted for their unusual physical characteristics, such as bodybuilders. She then builds elaborate sets as “costumes” for the performers—which in turn become the theater where the audience experiences the video. Inspired by her first encounters with infomercials after moving to New York as a teenager, as well as the idea of “finding little solutions for things that are not necessarily a problem,” her characters engage in absurd acts of labor involving Rube Goldberg-like assembly line contraptions, milking hair to make cheese or grinding acrylic fingernails into maraschino cherries—often exerting much more effort along the way than the final product is worth.

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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 6 more
Biography

Mika Rottenberg creates elaborate and imaginative video installations as vehicles to explore ideas of class, labor, gender, and value. The artist, who above all considers herself a sculptor, often begins a project by seeking out female performers noted for their unusual physical characteristics, such as bodybuilders. She then builds elaborate sets as “costumes” for the performers—which in turn become the theater where the audience experiences the video. Inspired by her first encounters with infomercials after moving to New York as a teenager, as well as the idea of “finding little solutions for things that are not necessarily a problem,” her characters engage in absurd acts of labor involving Rube Goldberg-like assembly line contraptions, milking hair to make cheese or grinding acrylic fingernails into maraschino cherries—often exerting much more effort along the way than the final product is worth.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 6 more
Articles Featuring Mika Rottenberg
Why Video Is the Art Form of the Moment
Nov 27th, 2019
The 20 Most Influential Artists of 2017
Dec 15th, 2017
Mika Rottenberg’s Seductive Videos Expose Capitalism’s Surreal Inner Workings
Dec 5th, 2017
8 Women Who Turned Food into Feminist Art
Dec 30th, 2016
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