Birgit Jürgenssen: 'lo sono.', GAMeC Bergamo, Italy

7 March - 19 May 2019


Io sono. is the first major retrospective of the work of Birgit Jürgenssen (b.1949, Vienna, Austria; d. 2003, Vienna, Austria) in an Italian institution. The GAMeC pays homage to this extraordinary artist with this exhibition, curated by Natascha Burger and Nicole Fritz, staged in close collaboration with the Estate of Birgit Jürgenssen, Vienna; Kunsthalle Tübingen, Germany and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark.

Birgit Jürgenssen drew on the language of surrealism in her approach to social conventions, sexuality, the canons of beauty and the relationships between the sexes with an ironic language and a subversive humour which often used the image of the artist herself. 

Split into six sections, Io sono. will provide a complete overview of the Austrian artist’s production though the display of more than 150 works produced over 40 years, from drawings to collages, sculptures, photographs, rayograms, gouaches and cyanotypes. The exhibition will occupy all the rooms of the Gallery, from childhood drawings signed “BICASSO”, to her later, large format works, via those linguistic and literary games that reflect her narrative and representative contamination, to the point of focusing in the central part on the two major themes that most strongly characterise the artist’s research: gender and nature.

The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive monograph, published by Prestel, with contributions from Patricia Allmer, Michael Bracewell, Louisa Buck, Natascha Burger, Maurizio Cattelan, Melissa Destino, Marta Dziewańska, Heike Eipeldauer, Nicole Fritz, Lorenzo Giusti, Jessica Morgan, Marta Papini, Gabriele Schor, Jasper Sharp, Abigail Solomon-Godeau and Ninja Walbers.



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24121 Bergamo BG