Renate BERTLMANN's online exhibition 'Tender Touches' features new editions from the radical Austrian artist's 'Tender Object' series. The presentation coincides with her exhibition at the Austrian Pavilion for the 2019 Venice Biennale.
The principle of pleasure oozes from every pore of Renate Berltmann’s work. Since the 1970s, the radical Austrian artist has incorporated gendered object trouves in her multi-faceted practice, creating sculpture, performance and photography that use fetish objects typically associated with male sexual fantasies – dildos, condoms and sex dolls – as the basis of her work.
This online exhibition looks to Bertlmann's Tender Object series, conflating and subverting gender stereotypes with her photographic works Zärtliche Berührungen [Tender Touches] (1976) showing latex teats, made by stretching and inflating condoms, tenderly and erotically caressing one another. Her Tender Christ (1981) works document her surreptitious intervention of a crucifix, secretly placing a crown of blown-up condoms around Jesus's head.
The online presentation coincides with Bertlmann's representation of Austria at the Venice Biennale (11 May – 24 November) and her exhibition 'Hier ruht meineZärtlichkeit [Here lies by Tenderness]’ that will inaugurate the State Gallery of Lower Austria in Krems on 25 May.