Ulla von Brandenburg

German, b. 1974

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Ulla von Brandenburg

German, b. 1974

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Working in film, photography, installation, and performance, Ulla von Brandenburg appropriates archaic artmaking traditions to investigate the unspoken rules of contemporary society. Von Brandenburg’s complex, eclectic practice also reveals her formal training in set design and her interest in the history of film, photography, theater, and psychology. A favored medium of von Brandenburg is the tableau vivant, or “living picture,” a popular 18th-century combination of art and theater wherein live models are arranged in painterly scenes; she employed this concept for Kugel (2007), filming the reflection of the figures in a curved mirrored ball, even including her own reflection in the composition. For “Wagon Wheel,” a 2009 exhibition, von Brandenburg installed a labyrinth of hanging quilts that referenced the African American patchwork quilts used as symbolic guides on the Underground Railroad.

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Tate Modern, and 4 more
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Biography

Working in film, photography, installation, and performance, Ulla von Brandenburg appropriates archaic artmaking traditions to investigate the unspoken rules of contemporary society. Von Brandenburg’s complex, eclectic practice also reveals her formal training in set design and her interest in the history of film, photography, theater, and psychology. A favored medium of von Brandenburg is the tableau vivant, or “living picture,” a popular 18th-century combination of art and theater wherein live models are arranged in painterly scenes; she employed this concept for Kugel (2007), filming the reflection of the figures in a curved mirrored ball, even including her own reflection in the composition. For “Wagon Wheel,” a 2009 exhibition, von Brandenburg installed a labyrinth of hanging quilts that referenced the African American patchwork quilts used as symbolic guides on the Underground Railroad.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Palais de Tokyo, and 4 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
Tate Modern, and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 2 more
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