Birgit Jürgenssen (b. Vienna, Austria, 1949; d Vienna, Austria, 2003) began her artistic career in 1968 studying at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, where, in 1980, she later became a lecturer, preceding a fifteen-year position as a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.
Jürgenssen has exhibited across Europe and North America since 1970, with over forty solo shows including: Ungesehenes, Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna (2017); Birgit Jurgenssen, McCaffrey Fine Art, New York (2016); Jurgenssenweg, Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna (2016); Birgit Jürgenssen: Rankings, Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna (2015); Birgit Jürgenssen: Works from the 1970s, Alison Jacques Gallery, London (2013); Birgit Jürgenssen Retrospective, Bank Austria Art Forum, Vienna (2011); footwear. Subversive Aspects of 'Feminism', MAK, Vienna (2004) and Fra hout or später, State Gallery, State Museum, Linz (1998).
Notable group shows include the forthcoming exhibitions The Shape of Time, Kunshistorisches Museum, Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her writings, Tate St Ives (2018) and Glaude. Liebe, Hoffnung, Kunsthaus Graz (2018); Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s, ZKM, Karlsruhe (2017), travelling to Stavanger Art Museum, Norway and The Brno House of Arts, Brno (2018); Woman House 2.0, La Monnaie de Paris (2017); The Beguiling Siren is Thy Crest, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2017); An Imagined Museum: Works from the Centre Pompidou, the Tate and the MMK, Museum für Moderne Kunst, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, (2016); Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s, The Photographers Gallery, London (2016); Corpus, Nacheta - National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2015); Shoeting Stars, Kunst Haus Wien (2015); The Other View, Essl Museum, Vienna (2015); Sigmar Polke / Birgit Jürgenssen, Fergus McCaffrey Gallery, New York (2014); The Other Side, Mirrors and Reflections in Contemporary Art, 21er Haus, Vienna (2014); Self, Model, and Self as Other, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2013); MUJER [The Feminist Avant-Garde from the 1970s Works from the Collection Composite], Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid (2013); Cupid Psyche Action – Vienna: The Feminine in Viennese Actionism, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague (2013);The Collection #3, 21er Haus, Vienna (2013); XL: 19 New Acquisitions in Photography, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013); The Collection #2, 21er Haus, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna (2012); Privacy, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2012); Reflecting Fashion - Art and Fashion since Modernism, mumok, Vienna (2011); Obsessions and Intimacy, Theocharakis Foundation, Athens (2011); elles @ centrepompidou, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010).
Jürgenssen's work is in various public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; MAK, Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna and Museum of Modern Art, Salzburg.