Bircken creates assemblages featuring everyday ephemera like wood, knitted fragments and twigs. Her work has strong references to traditional craft practices and to the natural world, from which she sources her materials.

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Alexandra Bircken
Cologne, 1967
Germany

Past Exhibitions

At The Cliffs Of River Rhine

Oslo 10
18/11/2016 — 18/12/2016

Solo Shows

2019
Secession, Vienna

2018
Mammal, Studio Voltaire, London

2017
PING, BQ, Berlin
STRETCH, Centre de l’art contemporain d’Ivry, le Crédac, France
Parallelgesellschaften, K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf
STRETCH , Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach

2016
Needle, Herald St, London
STRETCH, Kunstverein Hannover
Parallelgesellschaften, K21 Ständehaus

2015
État, Piece*Unique, Cologne

2014
Eskalation, The Hepworth Museum, Wakefield
B.U.F.F., BQ, Berlin
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam

2013
Inside out, BQ, Berlin

2012
Recent Works, Herald St, London
Hausrat, Kunstverein Hamburg
UKnit, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn

2011
Studio Voltaire, London
‘Think of me’, Kimmerich Gallery, New York

2010
‘Storno’, BQ, Los Angeles
‘Blondie’, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne

2009
”Alles muß raus!’, BQ, Berlin
‘Crossings’, Herald St, London

2008
Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany
‘Units’, Docking Station, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

2007
‘Holz’, Gladstone Gallery, New York

2006
BQ, Cologne

2005
Herald St, London

2004
BQ, Cologne

Group Shows

2019
May You Live In Interesting Times, 58th Venice Biennale, Italy
Carried by Something Else, Alexandra Bircken, Anna Holtz, Galerie Schwaz, Schwaz, Austria
The Making of Husbands: Christina Ramberg in Dialogue, Kunstwerke, Berlin
On masculinity, Kunstverein Bonn, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne and Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf
Alexandra Bircken, Oliver Payne, Diane Simpson, Herald St I Museum St, London
Tainted Love / Club Edit, Villa Arson, Nice, FR
Sick and Desiring, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen, NL

2018
Naked, Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen, NL
The Revolutionary Suicide Mechanised Regiment Band, Part 2, Rob Tufnell, London, UK
Self Collection: Bumped Bodies, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
Alexandra Bircken, Josh Brand, Matthew Darbyshire, Michael Dean, Cary Kwok, Amalia Pica, Nicole Wermers, Herald St | Museum St, London

2017
‘Made Of Using Found Images’curated by Johannes Wohnseifer, Galerie Thoman, Vienna
‘Sammlung mit losen Enden 03:22‘, Kunsthaus NRW Kornelimünster, Aachen

2016
The Distance of a Day: Connections and Disconnections in Contemporary Art, Israel-Museum, Jerusalem
Trolleys, Tramway, Glasgow International Festival, Glasgow
At the Cliffs of River Rhine, Oslo 10, Basel

2015
‘Fiber: Sculpture 1960 – Present’, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus
‘Basket Case II’, National Gallery, Bulawayo, Simbabwe
’10 Years’, Herald St, London
‘Fiber: Sculpture 1960 – Present’, Des Moines Art Center, Iowa
‘Art, Memory and Revolution 1916 – 2016’, MAK, Vienna
‘Wo ist hier ? #2: Raum und Gegenwart’, Kunstverein Reutlingen
‘Rates of Exchange’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb

2014
‘Basket Case II’, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Simbabwe
‘Blicke! Körper! Sensationen!’, Deutsches Hygiene Museum
‘Fiber in Form’, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
‘Humanonhuman’, Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris
‘Ökonomie der Aufmerksamkeit’, Kunsthalle Vienna
‘Die Antwort der Dinge’,Lothringer13_Halle, Munich
‘The Great Outdoors’, Awst & Walther Schaufenster, Berlin

2013
‘Die Liebe zu den Dingen’, Kunsthalle Münster, Germany
‘Nur hier – Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland / Ankäufe von 2007 – 2011’, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn
‘Days in Lieu’, David Zwirner, London

2012
‘Made in Germany Zwei’, Sprengel Museum, Hannover
‘Neuralgie’, Kunstraum Düsseldorf
‘A Disagreeable Object’, Sculpture Center, New York

2011
‘Skulpturales Handeln’, Haus der Kunst, Munich
‘Gesamtkunstwerk: New Art from Germany’, Saatchi Gallery, London
‘Mailles. Art en laine’, Maison du Danemark, Paris
‘My Beautiful Mongo’, Thomas Brambrilla, Bergamo
‘H x W x D’, Wentrup, Berlin
‘Eins PLUS Eins’, M.1 Arthur Boskamp-Stiftung, Hohenlockstedt
‘Wash, then dance’, Tinderbox, Hamburg
‘Suspense. Suspended Sculpture’, EX3, Centre of Contemporary Art, Florence

2010
Kimmerich Gallery, New York
‘Neues Rheinland. Eine postironische Generation’, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
‘Folklore?’, CRAC Alsace, Altkirch
‘Undone’, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
‘Rive droite / Rive gauche’, Paris
‘The Long Dark’, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
‘SPOT ON 05’, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
‘The same sight slighter’, Renwick Gallery, New York
‘Feint Art’, Kunstverein Freiburg

2009
‘The Long Dark’, The International 3, Manchester; Hatton Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
‘Arrival Inside’, Mary Mary, Glasgow

2008

‘Vom Gehen in viele Richtungen’, 701 e.V. zu Gast im KIT – Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf
1st Brussels Biennial, Brussels
‘Borders’, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
‘View 14: Hooking up’, Mary Boone Gallery, New York
‘Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art’, Barbican Art Gallery, London
‘Paradies und zurück’, Sammlung Rheingold in Schloss Dyck
‘Anti-Baby Pille’, Aktualisierungsraum, Hamburg

2007
‘Unmonumental’, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
‘Hope and Despair’, Cell Project Space, London
‘Common Threads’, Charlottestown Confederation Center, Charlottestown and Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, Canada
‘Um-Kehrungen’, Kunstverein Braunschweig
‘L’Homme nu, Volume 2/3: L’Homme et son environnement’, Maison Populaire, Montreuil
‘L’Homme nu, Volume 1/3: Allures anthropomorphes’, Maison Populaire, Populaire, Montreuil

2007
‘dereconstruction’, Gladstone Gallery, New York
‘Das große Rasenstück. Zeitgenössische Kunst im öffentlichen Raum’, eine Ausstellung der Stadt Nürnberg und des Deutschen Fußball-Bundes, Nürnberg

2006
‘Kn’-yan’, Galerie Christine Mayer, München
‘Other People’s Projects: Herald St, London’, White Columns, New York
‘Alex Bircken, Mari Eastman, Maaike Schoorel’, Maureen Paley Interim Art, London
‘Us’, Herald St, London
‘fünfmalskulptur’, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Cologne Country of birth: Germany Date of birth: 1967 Lives in: Berlin, Germany