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Drawing correspondences between romantic tradition and consumer culture, Karen Kilimnik's work brings a haunting and contrary sense of beauty to contemporary art. The world of the ballet and childhood, romantic painting and pop music, icons of film and fashion, signs of witchcraft, time-travel, and murder comprise an imagery that has been culled from the fairytale and recent past into an unsettling present. In a world where the forces of nature, youth, and terror have taken awesome hold, Kilimnik's art rematerializes a quest for the romantic sublime.




2018     Carnegie International, 57th edition, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

2017     “Zeitgeist”, MAMCO, Geneva, Switzerland

2016     Château de Malmaison, Rueil-Malmaison, Rueil-Malmaison, France, presented by Le Consortium, Dijon

2014     “Psyche” at Opera National de Paris / Opera Garnier, Paris, France

2013     Academie Conti, Le Consortium, Dijon, France

2012     The Brant Foundation, Greenwich, CT

2010    “Intervention”, Osterreichischle Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

2007    "Karen Kilimnik", Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Museum of 

            Contemporary Art, Chicago; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO; MOCA Miami; Serpentine Gallery, London

2006    Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France

2005    Historisches Museum Basel, Haus Zum Kirschgarten, Basel

2000    Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany South London Gallery, London, UK

            Kunstverein Wolfsburg e. V. Wolfsburg, Germany




American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY

Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine, Geneve, Switzerland

Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy

Graphische Sammlung das ETH, Zurich, Switzerland

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, MA

Museum of Conetmoporary Art, Chicago, IL

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington

Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Windsor Collection, Bielefeld, Germany

Fondazione Di Vignola. Italy

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA 

Guggenheim, New York, NY

The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY