Rosemarie Trockel

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Biography

Rosemarie Trockel was born in 1952 in Schwerte, West Germany. She embarked on her artistic education at the Werkkunstschule in Cologne in the early 1970s. Trockel’s multidisciplinary approach and innovative thinking were influenced by the vibrant art scene of Cologne, where she was exposed to diverse artistic movements and ideas.

In the 1980s, Trockel emerged as a pivotal figure in contemporary art. She defied conventional categorizations, exploring various mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, and installations. Her work challenged societal norms, particularly regarding gender roles, consumerism, and the intersections between art and craft.

Key to Trockel’s career was her exploration of knitting and textiles as mediums of expression, subverting their traditional domestic associations and infusing them with socio-political commentary. Her iconic “knit paintings” redefined the boundaries of art and craft, confronting established hierarchies within the art world.

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Studies and Awards

1974 – 1978

Studied painting at the art school of Cologne/ Prof. Schriefers, Cologne, Germany

1984

Kunstfonds, Bonn, Germany

1985

Scholarship of Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft, BDI

1989

Ströher Award, Frankfurt, Germany

1991

Fruhtrunk Award, Akademieverein Munich, Germany

1992

Konrad – von – Soest – Award, Münster, Germany

1996

Scholarship of Günther-Peill-Stiftung, Düren, Germany

1999

Artaward of Kulturstiftung der Stadtsparkasse, Munich, Germany

2001

Kulturpreis, Cologne, Germany

2004

Wolfgang-Hahn-Preis, Cologne, Germany

2006

Aufnahme in die Westfälische Ehrengalerie/Gallery of Honor of Westphalia (mit / with Annette von Droste-Hülshoff), Germany

2008

Kunstpreis der Landeshauptstadt, Düsseldorf, Germany



Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018

Moderna Museet Malmo, Malmö, Sweden

2017

Plus Quam Perfekt, Galdstone 64, New York

Knitted Works, Skarstedt, London

Wasser, das da noch kocht, CAC Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga

2016

Reflections / Riflessioni. Rosemarie Trockel And Works From Torino Collections, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin

Märzschnee Ûnd Wiebôrweh Sand Am Marg Niana Më, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz

2013

Sprüth Magers, London

A Cosmos, Serpentine Gallery, London

Flagrant Delight, Museion, Bozen


2012

A Cosmos, New Museum New York

Un cosmos, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid

(with Paloma Varga Weisz), Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen

In the Spirit of Walser, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago IL

Flagrant Delight, Wiels, Brüssel


2011

Mönchehaus Museum Goslar, Goslar

Zeichnungen, Collagen und Buchentwürfe, Kunst Museum Bonn, Bonn

Drawings, Collages and Book Drafts, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edingburgh

2010       

Verflüssigung der Mutter, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich

Zeichnungen, Collagen und Buchentwürfe, Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel

2008      

Neue Arbeiten, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Wien

 favorite things, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago

2007     

Selected drawings, objects and videoworks, Museo Paco des Artes Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo

2006/2007  

RO´MA – Rosemarie Trockel and Marcus Lüpertz, Museum Küppersmühle, Duisburg, ALBION Gallery, London

2006     

Country Life, New Ceramics, and Pottery, Gladstone Gallery, New York


2005/06  

Menopause, Museum Ludwig, Köln

2004      

Sprüht Magers Galerie, Köln


2003       

L´imitation d´Anne, Galerie Anne Villepoix, Paris (with Carol Rama)

Kinderzimmer, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main

2002      

She never promised you, Galerie Stampa, Basel

2001    

Manus Spleen, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York

Metamorphoses and Mutations, The Drawing Center, New York

2000    

Drawings, Centre George Pompidou, Paris

Fernweh, Kunst auf der Zugspitze, Garmisch-Partenkirchen zusammen mit Neues Museum, Staatliches Museum für Kunst and Design, Nürnberg

Pause, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athen

(with Carsten Höller), Expo 2000, Hannover 

1999     

La Biennale di Venezia, Deutscher Pavillon, Venedig

(with Carsten Höller), Häuser, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris 

1998    

Werkgruppen 1986-1998, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg

Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

(with Carsten Höller), Donald Young Gallery, Seattle 

Paare, Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren

1997    

Gudrun, Kunstverein Schwerte e. V., Schwerte

Yvonne, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York

1996    

Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York

Biennale Sydney

Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokio

Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowki Castle, Warschau

1995      

Gipsmodelle und Entwürfe, Galerie Metropol, Vienna+Museum in Progress, Wien

1994      

Galleria Lucio Amelio, Napels

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

MAK-Galerie, Museum für angewandte Kunst, Wien

Biennale de Sao Paulo, Brazil

1992      

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

1991      

Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

1990      

Gallery Susanne Ottensen, Copenhagen

1988       

Projects: Rosemarie Trockel, Museum of Modern Art, New York

ICA – Institute of Contemporary Art, London

Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York

1986      

Galerie Erika & Otto Friedrich, Bern

1985     

Bilder – Skulpturen – Zeichnungen, Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn

1984      

Galerie Ascan Crone, Hamburg

1983       

Monika Sprüth Galerie, Köln

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