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Corinne Wasmuht - Artists - Petzel Gallery

Corinne Wasmuht (b. 1964, Dortmund, Germany)

Corinne Wasmuht was born in 1964 in Dortmund, Germany and currently lives in Berlin. Her works deals with issues such as globalization, economic crisis, the proliferation of technology, and modern warfare.

“Her current work is centered on creating an atmosphere that underlines that feeling of ‘information overload’ resulting from today’s profusion of mass technology and media. Wasmuht’s paintings of overlapping images confuse orientation and clarity, and the sheer scale of them allows the audience to become completely enveloped by the realm that she has created. The non-hierarchical composition becomes fragmentary, as if one is constantly receiving bits of information and collaging them together in a jumbled incoherent mix.”

Wasmuht studied at the Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf. She has exhibited widely and has had solo exhibitions at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart (2017); SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia (2016); Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2014); Kunsthalle Kiel, Germany (2014); Petzel Gallery, New York (2012); Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria (2011); Kunsthalle Nurnberg (2010); Haus am Waldsee, Berlin (2009); Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin (2007); Kunstverein Hannover (2006); Kunstverein, Bonn (2004); Kunstahalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden (2003); Raum Aktueller Kunst, Wien (2002); Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe (2000); arsFutura Galerie, Zürich (1998); Galerie Johnen & Schröttle, Köln (1997); Galerie Johnen & Schöttle, Köln (1994).

Wasmuhut’s work has been featured in group shows at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville (2018); Lenbachhaus, Munich (2017); Staedel Museum, Frankfurt (2015); the 54th Venice Biennale (2011); KW Institute for contemporary Art, Berlin (2011); Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateuabriand, São Paulo (2010); Nancy-Halle, Karlsruhe (2009); Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle, Bonn (2008); Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg (2007); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2006); Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden (2006); Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn (2004); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2003); Palacio Conde Duque, Madrid (2001); Kunstahhle Nürnberg, Nürnberg (1999); and the Ulmer Museum, Ulm (1996), among many others.

Corinne Wasmuht has been the recipient of awards including the Heitland Foundation Award (2009); Art Award of the City of Offenburg (2011); Käthe-Kollwitz-Award (2014).

Wasmuht draws much of her inspiration from images generated on a computer screen and from the artist’s archive of photographs of places most of us instantly recognize, such as malls and airports, which are then modified, collaged, and overlaid one on top of each other. . . Alnilam (2015) captures the layer-upon-layer effect of wheat-paste posters torn away from a billboard, leaving a solitary woman staring out from the shreds of color that make up the majority of the painting.

William Corwin, “The Surrealist Impulse: Corinne Wasmuht Alnitak,” The Brooklyn Rail, December 9, 2015

Career Highlights

Corinne Wasmuht - Artists - Petzel Gallery

Supracity, 2009, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin

1964 Born in Dortmund, Germany

1983-92 Attends the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

1994  First exhibion at Galerie Johnen & Schüttle in Cologne

1995  Awarded a grant from the Stiftung Kunstfonds

1999 Damenwahl: Corinne Wasmuht & Jason Rhoades opens at the Kunsthalle Bremen

2003 Kunstverein in Hamburg exhibits over 130 of Wasmuht’s collages

2004 Wasmuht is invited to create an installation for Berlin’s Deutscher Künstlerbund; her pieces can take over a year to produce, but she adapted her signature style for this mural so that it could be painted in just a few days


Corinne Wasmuht - Artists - Petzel Gallery

Alnitak, 2015, Petzel, New York

2006 Inaugural exhibition at Petzel

2009-10 Haus am Waldsee in Berlin organizes a major show of Wasmuht’s paintings

2011 Bice Curiger includes Wasmuht in ILLUMinations – the central exhibition of the 54th Venice Biennale

2014 Kunsthalle zu Kiel in Germany organizes Corinne Wasmuht: Supraflux

Wasmuht wins the prestigious Käthe Kollwitz Prize; as part of the award, a retrospective of her work takes place at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin

2015  Petzel opens Alnitak – Wasmuht’s fourth exhibition with the gallery

2016  Wasmuht’s first American institutional show opens at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia