The work of the renowned British artist Tacita Dean has already been seen at Kunsthaus Bregenz in 2003/2004. In the group exhibition Remind... with Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Anri Sala, and Jane and Louise Wilson, she produced a presentation for the first floor. Dean, who is regarded as one of today’s most outstanding artists, addresses the fundamentals of film and is known, above all, for her distinctive 16 mm film works. Her films of brutalist architecture from the South of England, and of the former East German Palast der Republik in Berlin before it was pulled down, are amongst the most significant works in contemporary art. Dean’s films are as poetic as they are melancholic.
Her graphic work interrelates the medium of film, photography, drawing, and books. Her works on blackboards appear like excerpts from a film storyboard. Her photogravures of fictional landscapes display a richness of forms and diversity of line. Small-scale notation is embedded within large-scale imagery; they are miniscule and personal, her handwriting almost indecipherable. And yet it becomes clear that every scene, every vista, each image is permeated by a directing, scripting, and planning hand. Kunsthaus Bregenz plans to exhibit a comprehensive exhibition that displays the full breadth and expression of her work.
Tacita Dean was born in 1965 in Canterbury, UK. She studied at Falmouth School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art before moving to live and work in Berlin in 2000. In 2014/15, she was invited as artist in residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where she continues to live at this current time.
Her solo exhibitions include Tate Britain, London, and MACBA, Barcelona (2001), Schaulager, Münchenstein/Basel (2006), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2007), Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan (2009), MUMOK, Vienna (2011), New Museum, New York (2012), Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro (2013), Fundación Botín, Santander (2013), and Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2016). Dean was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1998, and was awarded the Hugo Boss Prize in 2006 and the Kurt Schwitters Prize for Visual Art in 2009. In 2011, she made FILM as part of the Unilever Series of commissions in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, which marked the beginning of her campaign to protect the medium of photochemical film (www.savefilm.org). Other recent group exhibitions include documenta (13) (2012), 55th Venice Biennale (2013), as well as the Biennale of Sydney (2014).