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halfway house, 1999

2 color prints, 3 black and white prints (one film stil, cleo 5-7 by agnes varda)

23.62 x 15.75 inches; 35.43 x 23.62 inches

Installation view of how is your work going? at galerie nagel, köln, 1999

the iron table, 2002

painted wood, painted metal, sand, wire cable, synthetic cable, mast, 2 spotlights

90.55 x 212.6 x 208.66 inches

installation view at büro friedrich berlin, 2002

teestube, 2005

installation view of the 5th berlin biennal for contemporary art, berlin germany

klappen mit goldenen zähnen (trapdoor with golden teeth), 2005

painted metal and wood, brass stick

dimensions variable

installation view at museum sztuki Łódź, 2005

vierte wand / zwei protagonistinnen / (fourth wall / two famale progatonists), 2005

painted metal, bleached fabric

dimensions variable

das hübsche eck (the pretty corner), 2006

painted metal, mirror

149.61 x 92.52 x 255.91 inches

entr’acte, 2007

concrete, plastic awning, metal frames, mirror

263.78 x 82.68 x 33.46 inches

skulptur projekte münster 07, münster

eule, 2007

wood and painted wood, epoxy resin

13.78 x 39.37 x 16.54 inches

portrait (der kopf des konzeptkünstlers raucht), portrait (the concept-artist smoking head), 2008

black and white print, metal frame, glass

49.21 x 48.43 x 1.18 inches

migraine, 2007

colored glass, painted metal and wood

68.9 x 90.55 x 35.43 inches

la lampe dans l’horloge, 2008

concept and collaboration: nairy baghramiann / janette laverrière

installation view at the 5th berlin biennale, berlin, germany, 2008

klassentreffen (class reunion), 2008

colored cast rubber, painted metal, colored epoxy resin

dimensions variable

klassentreffen (class reunion), 2008

colored cast rubber, painted metal, colored epoxy resin

dimensions variable

entrechambrage verticale, 2008

brass, aluminum, silicon, painted mdf board

94.5 x 92.52 x 1.57 inches

entrechambrage horizontale, 2008

brass, aluminum, silicon, painted mdf board

94.5 x 1.97 x 86.6 inches

la colonne cassée, 1871, 2008

painted steel

74.8 x 96.5 x .4 inches each

spanner (stretcher-loiterer), 2008

chromed brass pipe, stretcher, rubber wire rope, painted metal rings

dimensions variable

spanner (stretcher-loiterer), 2008

chromed brass pipe, stretcher, rubber wire rope, painted metal rings

dimensions variable

damenrad / side saddle, 2009

colored epoxy resin, basket, plastic sheath

90.6 x 15.7 x 11.8 inches

butcher, barber & angler, 2009

painted metal, fibreglass, rubber, real and decorative sausages and ham

90.55 x 92.52 x 70.87 inches

aufbauhelfer (construction helper), 2009

painted steel, concrete, rubber

installation view at steirischer herbst, graz, germany, 2009

aufbauhelfer (construction helper), 2009

painted steel, concrete, rubber

installation view at steirischer herbst, graz, germany, 2009

beliebte stellen hot spots, 2010

dimensions variable

londoner türsteher (london bouncer), 2010

polished aluminium, rubber

86.61 x 43.41 x 25.59 inches

fluffing the pillows c (gurney, silo), 2012

fabric, rubber, pleather, hemp rope, chromed pole

dimensions variable

fluffing the pillows I (moorings, gurneys, silos), 2012

casted painted aluminium, fabric, rubber, pleather, hemp rope, chromed pole

dimensions variable

mooring I (standing), 2012

casted painted aluminium

42.91 x 23.23 x 9.65 inches                                                      

fugue, 2012

rubber, mdf with melamine coating, paint, metal and concrete block

13.8 x 114.2 x 9.4 inches and 25.6 x 102.4 x 9.8 inches

installation view at museo tamayo, mexico city, mexico, 2012

retainer, 2013

casted aluminium, silicon, polycarbonate, chromed metal, print, painted metal, rubber

dimensions variable

retainer, 2013

casted aluminium, silicon, polycarbonate, chromed metal, print, painted metal, rubber

dimensions variable

beliebte stellen / privileged points

metal rods, laquer

installation view at nbk, berlin, germany, 2014

beliebte stellen / privileged points

metal rods, laquer

installation view at nbk, berlin, germany, 2014

cold shoulder, 2014

metal, fabric, epoxy resin

approx. 122 x 43.3 x .8 inches each

cold shoulder, 2014

metal, fabric, epoxy resin

approx. 122 x 43.3 x .8 inches each

french curve, 2014

cast aluminium, epoxy resin, lacquer

approx. 433 x 23.6 x 2.8 inches

installation view at the art institute of chicago, chicago, united states, 2014

french curve, 2014

cast aluminium, epoxy resin, lacquer

approx. 433 x 23.6 x 2.8 inches

installation view at the art institute of chicago, chicago, united states, 2014

slip of the tongue, 2014

rubber, epoxy resin, concrete, styrofoam

installation view at art institute of chicago, chicago, united states

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halfway house, 1999

2 color prints, 3 black and white prints (one film stil, cleo 5-7 by agnes varda)

23.62 x 15.75 inches; 35.43 x 23.62 inches

Installation view of how is your work going? at galerie nagel, köln, 1999

image

the iron table, 2002

painted wood, painted metal, sand, wire cable, synthetic cable, mast, 2 spotlights

90.55 x 212.6 x 208.66 inches

installation view at büro friedrich berlin, 2002

image

teestube, 2005

installation view of the 5th berlin biennal for contemporary art, berlin germany

image

klappen mit goldenen zähnen (trapdoor with golden teeth), 2005

painted metal and wood, brass stick

dimensions variable

installation view at museum sztuki Łódź, 2005

image

vierte wand / zwei protagonistinnen / (fourth wall / two famale progatonists), 2005

painted metal, bleached fabric

dimensions variable

image

das hübsche eck (the pretty corner), 2006

painted metal, mirror

149.61 x 92.52 x 255.91 inches

image

entr’acte, 2007

concrete, plastic awning, metal frames, mirror

263.78 x 82.68 x 33.46 inches

skulptur projekte münster 07, münster

image

eule, 2007

wood and painted wood, epoxy resin

13.78 x 39.37 x 16.54 inches

image

portrait (der kopf des konzeptkünstlers raucht), portrait (the concept-artist smoking head), 2008

black and white print, metal frame, glass

49.21 x 48.43 x 1.18 inches

image

migraine, 2007

colored glass, painted metal and wood

68.9 x 90.55 x 35.43 inches

image

la lampe dans l’horloge, 2008

concept and collaboration: nairy baghramiann / janette laverrière

installation view at the 5th berlin biennale, berlin, germany, 2008

image

klassentreffen (class reunion), 2008

colored cast rubber, painted metal, colored epoxy resin

dimensions variable

image

klassentreffen (class reunion), 2008

colored cast rubber, painted metal, colored epoxy resin

dimensions variable

image

entrechambrage verticale, 2008

brass, aluminum, silicon, painted mdf board

94.5 x 92.52 x 1.57 inches

image

entrechambrage horizontale, 2008

brass, aluminum, silicon, painted mdf board

94.5 x 1.97 x 86.6 inches

image

la colonne cassée, 1871, 2008

painted steel

74.8 x 96.5 x .4 inches each

image

spanner (stretcher-loiterer), 2008

chromed brass pipe, stretcher, rubber wire rope, painted metal rings

dimensions variable

image

spanner (stretcher-loiterer), 2008

chromed brass pipe, stretcher, rubber wire rope, painted metal rings

dimensions variable

image

damenrad / side saddle, 2009

colored epoxy resin, basket, plastic sheath

90.6 x 15.7 x 11.8 inches

image

butcher, barber & angler, 2009

painted metal, fibreglass, rubber, real and decorative sausages and ham

90.55 x 92.52 x 70.87 inches

image

aufbauhelfer (construction helper), 2009

painted steel, concrete, rubber

installation view at steirischer herbst, graz, germany, 2009

image

aufbauhelfer (construction helper), 2009

painted steel, concrete, rubber

installation view at steirischer herbst, graz, germany, 2009

image

beliebte stellen hot spots, 2010

dimensions variable

image

londoner türsteher (london bouncer), 2010

polished aluminium, rubber

86.61 x 43.41 x 25.59 inches

image

fluffing the pillows c (gurney, silo), 2012

fabric, rubber, pleather, hemp rope, chromed pole

dimensions variable

image

fluffing the pillows I (moorings, gurneys, silos), 2012

casted painted aluminium, fabric, rubber, pleather, hemp rope, chromed pole

dimensions variable

image

mooring I (standing), 2012

casted painted aluminium

42.91 x 23.23 x 9.65 inches                                                      

image

fugue, 2012

rubber, mdf with melamine coating, paint, metal and concrete block

13.8 x 114.2 x 9.4 inches and 25.6 x 102.4 x 9.8 inches

installation view at museo tamayo, mexico city, mexico, 2012

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retainer, 2013

casted aluminium, silicon, polycarbonate, chromed metal, print, painted metal, rubber

dimensions variable

image

retainer, 2013

casted aluminium, silicon, polycarbonate, chromed metal, print, painted metal, rubber

dimensions variable

image

beliebte stellen / privileged points

metal rods, laquer

installation view at nbk, berlin, germany, 2014

image

beliebte stellen / privileged points

metal rods, laquer

installation view at nbk, berlin, germany, 2014

image

cold shoulder, 2014

metal, fabric, epoxy resin

approx. 122 x 43.3 x .8 inches each

image

cold shoulder, 2014

metal, fabric, epoxy resin

approx. 122 x 43.3 x .8 inches each

image

french curve, 2014

cast aluminium, epoxy resin, lacquer

approx. 433 x 23.6 x 2.8 inches

installation view at the art institute of chicago, chicago, united states, 2014

image

french curve, 2014

cast aluminium, epoxy resin, lacquer

approx. 433 x 23.6 x 2.8 inches

installation view at the art institute of chicago, chicago, united states, 2014

image

slip of the tongue, 2014

rubber, epoxy resin, concrete, styrofoam

installation view at art institute of chicago, chicago, united states

nairy baghramian
* 1971, Isfahan, Iran

 

Nairy Baghramian explores forms and concepts inherited from the history of art to address issues of functionality, decoration, abstraction, and feminism. Her work offers a reflection on the incessant cycle of aesthetic object production, cultivating an interest in marginalized art forms and spaces that are often considered territory of the “feminine”. Her sculptures —made from a wide range of materials including steel, silicon, resin, and leather— bring art historical references into the realm of the subjective: the human body is dismantled and recombined through the politics of interior design. The result offers a re-reading of the legacy of Minimalism and Surrealism in the shape of protuberances and cavities, lumps and spills, organs and body parts. Instability, also a recurrent theme in Baghramian’s work, becomes evident in the use of tenuous and flimsy supports to hold and display her sculptures: dangling or leaning, always on the brink of collapse. The strength of her practice lies precisely in revisiting the oft-overlooked and the delicate, using these tropes as a point of departure for sculptures that are aware of their own fragility while comfortably holding sway over the exhibition space.

 

Baghramian’s most important exhibitions include: Nairy Baghramian, Palacio de Cristal del Retiro, Madrid (2018); Déformation Professionnelle, Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis, United States (2017-2018); Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Germany (2017); S.M.A.K.- Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghant, Belgium (2016); Scruff of the Neck (Supplements), Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland (2016); Hand Me Down, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2015); Nairy Baghramian: Fluffing the Pillows, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, United States (2013); Retainer, SculptureCenter, New York (2013); Fluffing the Pillows, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany (2012); Butcher, Barber, Angler & Others, Studio Voltaire, London (2009); Affairen. Ein semiotisches Haus, das nie gebaut wurde Zu Gast: Janette Laverrière und Henrik Olesen, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany (2008); The Walker’s Day Off, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany (2008); “Everlasting layers of ideas, images, feelings, have fallen upon your brain softly as light. Each succession has seemed to bury all that went before. And yet, in reality, not one has been extinguished.”, Kunstvereins Nürnberg - Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft, Nuremberg, Germany (2007); It Is Not at Home, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2006).

 

Her work has been part of group shows at the following institutions: Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (2018); The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan (2018); Madre · museo d’arte contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples, Italy (2017); Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany (2016); mumok - Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria (2016); Swiss Institute / Contemporary Art, New York (2016); Punta della Dogana, Venice (2015); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2012); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia (2012); Kunsthaus Dresden, Germany (2012); Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany (2012); Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2011); Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (2010); Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Canada (2010); Weserburg, Bremen, Germany (2009); Bergen Kunsthall, Norway (2009); Tate Modern, London (2008), among others.

 

She has also participated in the following biennials and festivals: 14e Biennale de Lyon, France (2017); documenta 14, Kassel, Germany (2017); Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017, Germany; Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture, Japan (2015); 8 Berlin Biennale (2014); Glasgow International, Scotland (2012); 45th Venice Biennial (2011), and 5 Berlin Biennale (2008).

 

Nairy Baghramian lives and works in Berlin.