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Born in Austria in 1935, Kiki Kogelnik studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna before turning away from European Abstraction, eventually relocating to New York in the early 1960s and finding a community alongside artists including: Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol. In an era shaped by the Space Race and Cold War, Kogelnik became fascinated with the uncertainties and possibilities of a new, technology-driven future and the evolving representations of women's bodies. Kogelnik's paintings and drawings depict a world of dismembered techno-bodies and mechanically enhanced avatars floating aimlessly in vibrant, pop-like compositions reminiscent of the bold shapes and color planes associated with modern advertising.

Kogelnik started creating work in the early 1950s—by the 60s, she focused on the human form and outlines of body parts and by the 70s, there was an explicit focus on the portrayal and representation of women and the female figure. In 1971, Kogelnik created a series of works titled, "Women's Lib." The work depicts the artist standing valiantly with a pair of enormous scissors in hand and her iconic cut-outs at her feet. The same era brought her "Hanging" series—vinyl silhouettes, flopped over clothes hangers; a commentary on the fluidity of identity and the impermanence of the human body. Kogelnik returned to her hangings and to vinyl as a material, until the late-1980s. Those years also found Kogelnik distilling simplified forms into a language of paintings, ceramic wall works, and drawings that riffed on feminism and politics. The work of this time was very much in conversation with the punk and new wave culture that sprung up around her SoHo studio. Kogelnik’s work occupied its own cultural space, intersecting with various movements but always defying categorization on a larger scale.

Kiki Kogelnik ( 1935 - 1997) was born in Austria and lived and worked between Vienna and New York. Recent solo museum shows include Kiki Kogelnik – Inner Life (Kunsthalle Stavanger, Norway); Kiki Kogelnik: Fly Me to the Moon (Modern Art Oxford, UK); and I Have Seen the Future (Hamburger Kunstverein, Hamburg). She was the subject of major retrospectives at Österreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna, Austria in 1998 and at Kunsthalle Krems, Austria in 2013.

Born 1935 Graz, Austria
Died 1997 Vienna, Austria


SELECTED SOLO EXHBITIONS

2020
Kiki Kogelnik: Riot of Objects, MOSTYN, Wales, UK
Kiki Kogelnik: Les cyborgs ne sont pas respectueuses, curated by David Lemaire and Marie Gaitzsch, Musée des beaux-arts de La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

2019
​Kiki Kogelnik, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, NY 

2017                         
Dea ex machina, Gallery Natalie Seroussi, Paris, France

2016                         
Kiki Kogelnik. Works from 1962-1968, KÖNIG GALERIE, Berlin, Germany

2015                         
Fly Me to the Moon, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK

2014                         
Cuts, Fissures and Identity: Works from the 1960s and 1970s, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY
No Coca-Cola, Johann König, Berlin, Germany

2013                         
Retrospektive, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria

2012                         
I have seen the future, Hamburger Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany
Early works: 1964-1970, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY

2006                        
Strictly KIKI - Perfectly KOGELNIK, Galerie bei der Albertina, Vienna, Austria

2005                        
Werner Berg Galerie, Bleiburg, Austria
Kiki Kogelnik. Happy Birthday, Kunstlerhaus Klagenfurt, Austria

2004                        
Palais Liechtenstein, Feldkirch, Austria

2003                        
Baby remenber my name, Art Herberstein, Schloß Herberstein, Austria

1998                         
Retrospektive, 1935-1997, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria
Karntner Landesgalerie, Klagenfurt, Austria

1996                         
Hanging, MAK - Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria
Kiki Kogelnik and the Venetian Heads, Chicago Athenaeum, Chicago, IL

1995                         
Venetian Heads, Österreiche Galerie, Belvedere, Vienna, Austria
Glass & Graphics, Gallery next Gritti, Venice, Italy

1994                         
Expansions/Sterotypes, Metsna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia

1993                         
Palac Kultury I Nauki, Warsaw, Poland
Palac Sztuki, Krakow, Poland

1992                         
Expansions - 30 Year New York, Ernst Museum, Budapest, Hungary; Galerie Úluv, Prague, Czech Republic

1990                         
Inside the Clone Factory, Henry Gallery, Washington D.C.

1989                         
Kiki Kogelnik. Retrospektive, Karntner Landesgalerie, Klagenfurt, Austria

1986                         
Broadway Windows, New York, NY

1983                         
BAWAG Foundation, Vienna, Austria

1982                         
Galerie Ulysses, Vienna Austria

1980                         
Graphics, Gallery One, Montclair State University - College of the Arts, Montclair, USA

1978                         
Galerie Kornfeld, Zurich, Switzerland

1977                          
Jack Gallery, New York, USA

1973                          
Retrospektive. Kiki Kogelnik, Kunstlerhaus Klagenfurt, Austria

1969                         
Moonhappening Apollo II, Galerie nachst St Stephan, Vienna, Austria

1967                         
Kunst kommt von kunstlich, Galerie nachst St Stephan, Vienna, Austria

1965                         
Austrian Institute, New York, USA

1964                         
Jerrold Morris International Gallery Limited, Toronto, Canada

1961                          
Galerie nachst St. Stephan, Vienna, Austria
 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
This Skin of Ours, curated by Liz Park, Miller Institute for Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Kiki Kogelnik, Julia Scher, Erika Vogt, Lisa Williamson, Curated by Tif Sigfrids, Dodd Galleries, University of Georgia, Athens 
Fly Me to the Moon, curated by Thorsten Sadowsky, Christina Penetsdorfer and Tine Teufel, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
A Detached Hand, organized by Nicole Will, Magenta Plains, NY 
SurrogatesKayne Griffn Corcoran, Los Angeles, CA 
A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women, Curated by Kasia Redzisz, Museu Susch, Susch, Switerzland

2017                         
The problem with having a body / is that it always needs to be somewhere, The Approach, London, United Kingdom
Kiki Kogelnik - Inner Life, Kunsthalle Stavanger, Norway
Sans titre (2016), vol. 3: Eros, Sans titre, Paris, France
Le Nouveau Voyeurisme, Hotel Contemporary, hosted at Secondo Pensiero, Milan, Italy
When it has't been your day, your week, your month or even your year, Weekends, Paris, France,
Condo 2017, Emalin, hosting Gregor Staiger, London, UK

2016                         
Salone del Mobile, Fiera Milano Rho, Milano, Italy
Seduction of Cyborg, Barro Arte Contemporaneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
OTHER PEOPLE'S FEELINGS, Johann König | Dessauer Straße, Berlin, Germany
We Pioneers. Trailblazers of Postwar Modernism, Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria
Kiki Kogelnik, Kunsthall Stavanger, Norway
Lira Gallery, Rom, Italy
la femme visible, Galerie Natalie Seroussi, Paris, France
I Am Silver, Foxy Production, New York, NY
Skins: Body as Matter and Process, Garth Greenan Gallery, New York, NY
Fokus sammlung, Meisterwerke , Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten (MMKK), Klagenfurt, Austria
Aktuelle Ausstellungen im Schloss Ebenau, Galerie Walker, Weizelsdorf, Germany
Untitled Body Parts, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY

2015                         
Mother of the year, LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz, Austria
Pop in Space. We Choose to Go to the Moon., WAVE/ Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK
The EY Exhibition: The World Goes Pop, Tate Modern, London, UK

2014                         
I Multiplied Myself to Feel Myself, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Austria
4 x 4, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK

2010                        
Seductive Subversion: Woman Pop Artists 1958-1968, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Sheldon Art Museum, Lincoln, NE; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA, USA
POWER UP - Female Pop Art, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
Kiki Kogelnik - Werner Berg, Werner Berg Museum, Bleiburg, Austria

2008                        
K08. Emanzipation und Konfrontation. Kunst aus Karnten 1945 bis heute, MMKK - Museum Moderne Kunst Karnten, Klagenfurt, Austria; Werner Berg Museum, Bleiburg, Austria

2007                        
Wien - Paris. Van Gogh, Cezanne und Österreichs Moderne, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

2006                        
PunkEcho - Widerhall von Überall, Brotfabrik Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Facing 1200°. Glasskulpturen der Berengo Collection Venedig, MMKK - Museum Moderne Kunst Karnten, Klagenfurt, Austria

2004                        
Gegen-Positionen - Kunstlerinnen in Österreich 1960-2000, Museum Moderne Kunst, Stiftung Worlen, Passau, Germany

2003                        
Mimosen, Rosen, Herbstzeitlosen - Kunstlerinnen von 1945 bis zur Gegenwart, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria

2002                        
Artists in Glass, National Crafts Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

2001                        
In the Name of Painting - Austrian Female Painters Now, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary

1999                         
Skin-Deep, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
I Love Pop, Chiostro del Bramante, Rome, Italy
Jahrhundert der Frauen, Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna, Austria

1997                         
The Secret of Murano, Museum Het Paleis, The Hague, The Netherlands

1996                         
Kunst aus Österreich 1896-1996, Kunst- und Ausstelungshalle der BRD, Bonn, Germany

1986                         
Zeichen und Gesten - Informelle Tendenzen in Österreich, Secession, Vienna, Austria

1985                         
Six Austrian Artists, The Art Society of the International Monetary Fund, Washington D.C.

1983                         
Die Sammlung Otto Mauer, Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna, Austria

1979                         
Museum of Drawers, Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

1975                          
Color Light & Images, Women's Interart Center, New York, NY

1973                          
Prints and Graphic Works from Austria, International Art Center, Ottawa, Canada

1972                          
GEDOK American Woman Artists Show, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany

1966                         
Austrian Artists in the United States, Austrian Institute, New York, NY

1965                         
Pop Op Art - Abstract Expressionism, Gertrude Castle Gallery, Detroit, MI
Six Women Artists, Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

1956                         
Junge Talente stellen sich vor, Karntner Landesmuseum, Klagenfurt, Austria
 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Albertina, Vienna, Austria
Bank Austria Art Collection, Vienna, Austria
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Collection of the City of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Collection of the Republic of Austria, Vienna, Austria
Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, FL, USA
Cornig Museum of Glass, Cornig, NY, USA
Dom Museum Wien, Vienna, Austria
Essl Museum - Kunst der Gegenwart, Klosterneuburg, Austria
Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, Geneva, Switzerland
Fondazione Fiera Milano, Milan, Italy
Hammer Museum, Grundwald Center Collection, Los Angeles, USA
Kunstforum Bank Austria Collection, Vienna, Austria
Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria
Leopold Museum (Collection Leopold II), Vienna, Austria
Liaunig Museum, Neuhaus, Austria
mumok – museum moderner kunst stiftung ludwig wien, Vienna, Austria
Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., USA
Österreichische Galerie Belvedere (Belvedere 21), Vienna, Austria
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, USA
Sammlung Infeld, Vienna, Austria
Strabag Kunstforum, Vienna, Austria
The George Economou Collection, Athens, Greece
The Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, IN, USA