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Kristin Oppenheim's immersive installations explore the coalescence of sound and vision and the relationship between time and memory. Designed with choreography and movement in mind, and based in sound, film, and performance, her work mimics the rhythmic, evocative nature of the metaphysical realm. Hypnotic melodies and haunting vocals, often narrative phrases, are layered and twisted into repeating patterns that saturate the exhibition space, at times recreating a phenomena of the senses.

 

Kristin Oppenheim was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1959. Since the early 1990s, she has exhibited with prestigious institutions around the world, including the 45th and 46th Venice Biennale; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Her recent solo exhibitions include ‘Kristin Oppenheim’, at MAMCO Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain in Geneva, and ‘Echo’ at the Vienna Secession. In Spring 2021, Oppenheim released Night Run, a new vinyl record which features the first collection of her early sound works recorded between 1992 and 1995. Her upcoming vinyl record, Voices Fill My Head is scheduled to be released in spring 2022. Oppenheim currently lives and works in New York City.

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

2020      “X”, Frac Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France 

              Encores: Music on recurrence, redundancy and surplus, artgenève, Victoria Hall, Geneva

2019      Kristin Oppenheim, MAMCO, Geneva, Switzerland

2017      H(a)unting Images. Anatomy of a shot”, Fundación la Caixa, Barcelona, Spain

2015      ECHO, Secession, Vienna, Austria

2014      Frieze Sculpture Park, Regent’s Park, London, UK

              Never Ending Stories, MAMCO, Geneva, Switzerland

              International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

2013      Nuit Blanche, Siège du Parti Communiste, Paris, France

              NYC 1993: Experimental, Jet, Set Trash and No Star, New Museum, New York, NY

2012      Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

2011      Volume!, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain

2009      Elles, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2007      Silence. Listen to the Show, Sandretto Foundation, Turin, Italy

2006      Having New Eyes, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO

2005      Itinerarios del Sonido, Centro Cultural del Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain 

2003      Don’t Call it Performance, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

              Black Sabbath, KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

2002      Installations Sondres et Dessins, FRAC Pays de la Loire, Carquefou

              Numbers, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

              Visions From America, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1999     Searchlight: Consciousness at the Millennium, CCAC Institute, San Francisco, CA

1998     Voices, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; also Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain

1997     Young and Restless, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

1995     Threshold, Fundacao de Serralves, Porto, Portugal

             On Board, and Avant-Garde Walk in Venice, 46th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

1993     Aperto, 45th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

 

    

PUBLIC AND MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

 

Art Foundation Mallorca Collection- CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain 

Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

FNAC Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France

FRAC Des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France

MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

MAMCO musée d’art modern et contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY