Ulla von Brandenburg
19 February 2009 – 5 April 2009
Opening: Thursday 19 February

Chisenhale presents the first solo exhibition of Ulla von Brandenburg in the UK. Working with drawing, painting, textiles, film and installation von Brandenburg investigates historical socio-cultural practices including the occult, magic, early psychoanalysis and modernist theatre through a highly crafted system of objects and moving-image works.

In the gallery von Brandenburg presents a reconfiguration of her 16mm film installation 8 (2007), which consists of a maze-like structure of eight coloured fabric panels that the viewer must navigate before encountering a black and white film. The fabric panels refer to colour coding experiments developed by Dr. Max Lüscher, a Swiss psychologist who pioneered the study of the relationship between colour and personality. According to Lüscher’s theories, von Brandenberg’s selection should have a changing effect on the viewer dependent on their personality as they move through the work.

The installation plays with the visual contrast between these coloured architectural forms and the content of the black and white film, which depicts a slow steadycam single shot through the baroque rooms of the 17th century château de Chamarande in France. Each room plays host to a single character in a tableau vivant which, as well as conjuring images and characters and motifs in von Brandenburg’s past work, make oblique references to works of theatre, painting and literature such as the prints and paintings of Edvard Munch, August Strindberg’s The Father and Anton Chekov’s Uncle Vanya.

Accompanying 8 von Brandenburg will create a monochromatic wall painting of a forest specially conceived for the Gallery’s entrance space. Covering the entire surface area of the room this installation provides an intense introduction to the psychologically charged atmosphere of the main exhibition hall.

Ulla von Brandenburg (born Karlsruhe 1974, lives and works in Paris) has recently shown in the 2nd Turin Triennale (2008) and will be presenting in the main exhibition at the forthcoming Venice Biennale (2009) and a solo show at Le Plateau/FRAC Iles-de-France (2009). Previous solo shows include CCA, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco (2008); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2008); Kunsthalle, Zürich (2006) and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006).

A limited edition print by Ulla von Brandenburg has been produced to accompany the exhibition. For more details please visit our online shop, here.

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A screening of artists’ film

Wednesday 25 March, 7pm

A screening of artists’ film exploring choreographic motifs and psychological space selected by Ulla von Brandenburg.

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Darian Leader: the relationship between art, psychoanalysis and the use of psychoanalytic motifs in contemporary art

Thursday 2 April, 7pm

Darian Leader, psychoanalyst and member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research will discuss the relationship between art, psychoanalysis and the use of psychoanalytic motifs in contemporary art.

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Ulla von Brandenburg

Black and white fibre-based Lambda print
30 x 40 cm
Edition of 50 + 10 AP, signed and numbered


Working in film, painting, drawing, installation and performance von Brandenburg often draws on her training in theatre design in order to create staged scenarios within which various narratives are played out. Ulla von Brandenburg’s photographic limited edition print for Chisenhale Gallery depicts a group of people, each covered with a sheet, imitating ghosts, quizzically grouped in a woodland setting. The print makes use of imagery common to von Brandenburg’s practice, which incorporates references to histories of the occult, magic, early psychoanalysis and modernist theatre.

Ulla von Brandenburg was born in 1974 in Karlsruhe, Germany. Recent solo exhibitions include: Secession (2013), Kunsthaus Hamburg (2013); Mirror Song, Pilar Corrias, London (2012); The Common Guild, Glasgow (2011); Chisenhale Gallery, London (2009); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2008); Stedilijk Museum, Amsterdam (2008); Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco (2008); Kunstverein, Düsseldorf (2007); Art:Concept, Paris (2007); Produzentengalerie Hamburg (2007); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006); and Kunsthalle Zürich (2006). Recent group exhibitions include: Film as Sculpture, WIELS, Brussels (2013); 1966-79, Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne (2013); Tools for Conviviality, The Power Plant, Toronto (2012); Intense Proximite, Palais de Tokyo (2012); Secret Societies. To Know, To Dare, To Will, To Keep Silence, CAPC Bordeaux (2011); Un Espressione Geografica, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2011); Biennale de Lyon, Lyon (2011); TABLEAUX Principe d’Incertitude, Magasin Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble (2011);Yokohama Triennale (2008); Biennale Jerusalem 2008; Performa 07, Performa, New York (2007); The World as a Stage, Tate Modern, London (2007), and Against Time, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2007).

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