Jutta Koether

Jutta Koether, Tour de Madame 6, 2018. Courtesy Gallery Buchholz, BerlinCologneNew York

Jutta Koether, Tour de Madame 6, 2018. Courtesy Gallery Buchholz, BerlinCologneNew York

Jutta Koether (b. 1958, Cologne, Germany) lives and works in Berlin, Germany, and New York, USA. Koether’s practice ranges from music, text and performance to painting, a medium that she has explored for more than four decades. Her paintings are often in dialogue with art history, music, language and performance, critically reflecting on the canon and the role of painting in contemporary culture and society. Approaching painting from a conceptual angle, Koether raises questions about ways of production and patterns of reception. Since 2010, Koether has been Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg, Germany. Recent exhibitions include Museum Abteiberg, Germany (2019/2020); MUDAM, Luxembourg (2019); Stedelijk Museum, Netherlands (2018); and Museum Brandhorst, Germany (2018).

Project Description

Jutta Koether presents a new series of paintings at Tate Liverpool. Deeply rooted in European tradition, Koether’s painting constantly confronts the conditions of its own production as a site of reflection on the act of looking and the different perspectives this act raises according to who is looking, how and when. Koether accentuates a counter-history to the male-dominated canons of art history, claiming a space usually occupied by male painters with her grotesque and guttural works. Referencing the European history of the Grand Tour, her works resonate with the movement of ideas and bodies across borders and time, echoing the Biennial’s concern with the circulation of bodies and knowledges.

Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial with support from Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne/New York and Institutfür Auslandsbeziehungen.