Susanne Kutter


The works by Susanne Kutter – videos, objects, and installations – hover between reality and simulation, between the normal and the unfamiliar. Starting with what seem to be ordinary situations, Susanne Kutter presents transformational processes that are as painful as they are amusing. Frequently, it is the private interior, a space guaranteeing protection, which becomes the setting for highly disturbing events – events whose own dynamics put them on a relentless, catastrophic course, subjecting the original idyll to a sustained convulsion.

Examples of this are her video works, »moving day« and  »flooded home«, in which external influences cause living room furnishings to gradually lose their stability, until they collapse completely. Other actions take place right in front of viewers’ eyes, but, like a still image, ultimately remain frozen in the place where they occurred: a chandelier that has crashed to the ground, words written with burned-out fuse cord, or a kitchen cabinet concealing a festively lit bar behind   its doors, which are loudly blown open. After the guests have gone, the cabinet turns into a slowly wilting still life of a boozy evening.

What looks like an act of destruction at first glance, in all of her works, is, for Susanne Kutter, actually a tried and true way of adding so much to familiar situations that new images and meanings can be created. For, as the usual order of the objects is lost, they become props in a precisely staged game that is always questioning the perquisites for a happy life, as well as the things that prevent us from leading one.

 


 


VITA
 

1971
born in Wernigerode

1991-99
Studies of German and Philosophy, University of Münster

1992-2000
Academy of Fine Arts, Münster, master student of Prof. Paul Isenrath

1996
Advancement Award, Academy of Fine Arts, Münster

2000
Artist in Residence, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

2002
DAAD travel grant, New York
Artist in Residence, Barkenhoff, Worpswede

2003, 2011
Advancement Award, Filmstiftung North-Rhine Westfalia

2004
Advancemant Award, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster
Goldrausch Project art IT, Berlin
Prize for young artists, Gesellschaft für Westfälische Kulturarbeit, Münster

2009-10
Lectureship at Department for Art and Architecture, University of Fine Arts, Berlin, art and architecture

2013
Lectureship at Department for Media Arts, College for Art and Design, Karlsruhe

2014-16
Lectureship at Bauhaus-University Weimar

lives and works in Berlin

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (AUSWAHL)

2018
Lost in the Middle of the Road, MAAB Gallery, Milano
loose connection, Pavillon am Milchhof, Berlin

2015
Trilogie der Illusion, Kunstwegen Palijoen, Zwolle

2014
ti penso sempre, Galerie Mathias Güntner, Hamburg

2013
Die Zuckerdose, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen
Das süße Jenseits. Herbert-Gerisch-Stiftung, Neumünster (with Markus Willeke)

2011
Bis auf weiteres, apex pro art e.V., Göttingen (with Astrid Busch)
croxhapox, Gent (with Markus Willeke)

2010
Wie wär es, wenn ich noch ein wenig weiter schliefe, Rasche Ripken, Berlin
Liquid Area, Städtische Galerie Herne (with Harald Hielscher)

2009
No matter how long until it ends, Kunstverein Rügen

2008
Villa de Bank, Enschede (with Markus Willeke)
Make no mistake now, Galerie Mathias Güntner, Hamburg

2007
Sudden Death, M3 – Galerie Gianluca Ranzi, Antwerp
A black russian on the way home, Kunstverein Wolfenbüttel
Get yourself a gun, Galerie Frederik Foert, Berlin

2006
Frischzellen 05, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart
Luxury, power, beauty, La Nuova Pesa, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, Rome
Searching for suspects, Galerie Stefan Rasche, Münster
Back in five minutes, Kunsthaus Essen

2005
Stagediven, Galerie Foert/Garanin, Berlin

2004
GWK Förderprei, KunstvereinMünsterland, Coesfeld
Catastrophes and other comical matters, M3 – Galerie Gianluca Ranzi, Antwerp

2003
Allee der Kosmonauten, Galerie Stefan Rasche, Münster

2000
5 ZKB mit Blick aufs Meer, Wewerka-Pavillon, Münster

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION SINCE 2005)

2018
KRASJ 4, Kunstbiennale Ninove
Full House –  10 Jahre, Rasche Ripken, Berlin

2017
Dreams & Fears, Galerie im Gustav-Siegle-Haus, Stuttgart
Anxiety, Museum Dr. Guislain, Gent
Unpredictable, Schaufenster, Berlin
Dislocation, Rolf Hengebach Gallery, Wuppertal

2016/15
Desperate Housewives? Künstlerinnen räumen auf, Staatliches Industrie- und Textilmuseum Augsburg, Kunstmuseum Mülheim, Kunstsammlungen Zwickau, Städtische Galerie Villingen- Schwenningen, Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg

2015
Waterbound – vom Leben mit Wasser, Kallmann-Museum Ismaning
Voyage Mezzanine, Galerie Poiesis Spec, Artspace Berlin
Artist Sweethearts, Künstlerhaus Dortmund

2014
Sichtbetonung, Zentralwerk, Dresden
The Germans did not come, Contemporary Museum, Wrocław
Underground, La Ligne Maginot, Fort de Schoenenbourg

2013
Heimsuchung. Unsichere Räume in der Kunst der Gegenwart, Kunstmuseum Bonn
camera obskur, Kunstraum Düsseldorf
Die Form ist uns Geheimnis, Städtische Galerie Nordhorn

2012
Jäger und Gejagte. Insekten in der Gegenwartskunst, Museum Villa Rot und Schloss Sommershausen, Burgrieden-Rot

2011
Zimmer, Küche, Bad. Das Interieur in der Kunst vom Biedermeier bis zur Gegenwart. Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg
Kinofest Lünen, Short Film Competition
Art in between, Journey into swaying imagination, Galleria Tiziana di Cara, Salerno
Modeled realities, Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt/M.
Glückliche Krieger, Galerie Mathias Güntner, Hamburg
7. Bremer Kunstfrühling, Präsentation der Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Gleishalle, Bremen

2010
Wie gemalt. Bildner im 21. Jahrhundert, Kunsthalle Erfurt,  Kunstmuseum Ahlen
The Interior – Domestic Space in Visual Art, Roger Raveel Museum, Mechelen
Update – Die Welt als Modell, Montag Stiftung, Bonn

2009
Pittoresk – Neue Perspektiven auf das Landschaftsbild, MARTa Herford
Pulsioni performative nell'arte contemporanea, Torrione Passari, Molfetta-Bari
Serendipities. Velvet Projects, Berlin
Dé/Montage, Grusenmeyer Art Gallery, Deurle

Unter Wasser / über Wasser, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven
Once there was the sea, Souzou Kuukan, Yokahoma

2008
The Eye of the Sound II, Museum Schloss Moyland
Hinter den Kulissen. Ausstellungsprojekt zum Kinofest Lünen, Hauptbahnhof Lünen

2007
Countdown, Galerie Stefan Rasche, Münster
White out, Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn & Taxis, Bregenz, Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken
Floods, Sant’Agostino Exhibition Space, Bergamo
Home Stories. Zwischen Dokumentation und Fiktion, Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Städtische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen, Stadtgalerie Kiel

2006
Homestories, Kunstverein Grafschaft Bentheim, Neuenhaus
Crash!, M3 – Galerie Gianluca Ranzi, Antwerp
Art, life & confusion, 47. Oktober Salon, Belgrad
Wo bitte geht’s zum Öffentlichen?, Kunstsommer Wiesbaden
Die andere Seite, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel
Das Schicksal des Paradieses liegt in seiner Geometrie, Kunstverein Untergröningen
Anticipation, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago

2005
Multiple Räume, Teil III: Film, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
Lichtkunst aus Kunstlicht, ZKM – Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe
Reflection/Refleksija, National Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Novgorod
Home Sweet Home, M3 – Galerie Gianluca Ranzi, Antwerp
Reservoir IX, behaust – unbehaust, Großer Wasserspeicher, Berlin
Neue Heimat I, Galerie Stefan Rasche, Münster