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Keren Cytter was born in 1977 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Lives and works in New York.

Cytter has developed a large body of work including, particularly, films and video suites that adopt a nonlinear narrative. The artist remarkably plays with the notion of the real and the fictitious, using nonprofessional actors and handheld camera techniques. Her films are deconstructing the modern principles of cinema, balancing between performance and theatre. Language plays a central role in her work with plot lines and the structure influenced by the formal devices of poetry. Her filmic representations add up to paint a surrealistic picture riddled with existentialist concerns about love, hate and the human condition. They are at once a dark and comical reflection on todayʼs society.

Recent solo exhibitions and performances of Cytter’s work include Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2014), State of Concept, Athens (2014); Der Stachel des Skorpions, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich (2014), Institute Mathildeonhohe, Darmstadt, (2014); Where are we Now, 5th Marrakesh Biennial, (2014); High Performance. The Julia Stoschek Collection, (2014) Show Real Drama Fondazione Trussardi, Milano (2013); A Theatre Cycle, NOMAS Foundation at Teatro Valle Occupato, Rome (2013); Show Real Drama, Tate Modern Oil Tanks, London (2012); Avalanche, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2011); Project Series: Keren Cytter, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2010); X Initiative, New York (2009); CCA Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu (2009).

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Mature content, Museion Bolzano, Bolzano – upcoming in January

2018
Keren Cytter, Pilar Corrias, London, UK
Screening of Middle of Beyond, EMAF European Media Art Festival No. 31, Osnabruck
Killing Time Machine, Galerija Vartai, Vilnius

2017
Continental Break (with Nora Schultz), Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan
The Mirror of Simple Souls, SCHLOSS, Oslo
 
2016
Panoramas, Mathew Gallery, New York
Ocean, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London
Siren, Deweer Gallery, Gent
Selection, Kunstlerhaus, Graz
The Last Summer Fest of the European Union, LISTE Performance Project, Basel

2015
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Here and There, Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv
Studio for propositional cinema, Düsseldorf
Grand Tour (with Jon Rafman), Feuer/Mesler, New York
NICC, Brussels
ABC Contemporary, Zurich
Rose Garden, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis

2014
State of Concept, Athens
Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenaghen
Siren, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Cologne Home, Zach Feuer, New York

2013
Tutorial, Deweer Gallery, Otegem
Keren Cytter – Mop Vengeance, Pilar Corrias, London

2012
Keren Cytter: Video Art Manual, Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv
Donʼt Trust Americans, SHAU ORT, Zurich
Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada
Tina is gone, Image Festival, Toronto
Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada
Based on a true story, Oakville Galleries, Oakville

2011

Zach Feuer, New York
Avalanche, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milano
The Hottest Day of the Year, Kunstverein Munchen, Munich Pilar Corrias, London
David Roberts Art Foundation, London

2010
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz/Basel
Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin
Morality, Keren Cytter: Cross.Flowers.Rolex, SCHAU ORT, Zürich
Keren Cytter, Hammer Museum Project Series, Los Angeles
History in the Making, Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

2009
Keren Cytter, FRAC Ile-de-France/Le Plateau, Paris
Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv
History in the Making, Tate Modern Turbine Hall, London
Performa 09, New York
X Initiative, New York
Artspeak, Vancouver
CCA Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu
Domestics, Pilar Corrias, London
Les Ruissellements du Diable, Thierry Goldberg Projects, New York

2008
Centro Huarte de Arte Contemporáneo, Huarte
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam CCA Center For Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu

2007
Stuk Kunstcentrum, Leuven
The Victim, MUMOK, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna Something Happened, CUBITT Artists, London
Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
Dreamtalk, Thierry Goldberg Projects, New York
Something Happened, Elisabeth Kaufmann, Zürich

2006
I was the good and he was the bad and the ugly, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin ʻI can never get people to understand that poetry is the expression of excited passion, and that there is no such thing as a life of passion any more than a continuous earthquake, or an eternal fever. Besides, who would ever shave themselves in such a state?' Lord Byron, Artis, Den Bosch
REPULSION, Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv
Atmosphere, GAMeC - Galleria dʼArte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo Contemporary Neuromythological Stories, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam Continuity, Elisabeth Kaufmann, Zürich
The Victim, Art 37 Basel, Statements, Basel

2005
Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich
Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main

2004
The friends series, Dolores (with Mark Kent); Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam My brain is in the wall, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam

2003
Videos, Rozenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv

2002
Drawings, Rozenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
Pissing in a River. Again!, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (until 2019)
SUPERSTITIOUS MINDS, Marres House of Contemporary Culture, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Music for the Eyes, Santa Maria della Scala, Siena, Italy
Blackout, 3 + 1 Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
Frames Structures, Magenta Plains, New York
Digital Bodies, Michigan State University (organised by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum), Michigan, USA
Biotropics, Rosa Santos, Valencia, Spain
Centre d'Edition Contemporaine at artgenève, Genève, Switzerland

2017
Doing Identity, Die Sammlung Reydan Weiss, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum, Germany
The Collectors, Soloway, New York, USA
Souvenir, Alto Refugio, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Vision on Vision - Lemaitre video collection, SEMA Museum, Seoul, South Korea
Bad Intentions, Circle 1 Gallery, Berlin, Germany
VideoInsight Collection, il Polo Museale regionale d’Arte Moderna e Contempornea, Palermo, Italy
Fear, Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent, Belgium
In Relation to a Spectator, Kestner Gessellschaft, Hanover, Germany
Dream States: Video and the Political Imaginary, Grossman Gallery: School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Boston, USA
State (in) Concepts, KADIST, Paris, France
Continental Break, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan, Italy
Hôtel du Pavot 2, FRAC île-de-france, le chãteau, Bussey-Saint-Martin, France
Planet 9, Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
(X) A Fantasy, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK
Limited Engagement, Devin Borden Gallery, Texas, USA
Place Relations: Identity in Contemporary Israeli and Arab Avant-Garde Art, CEPA Gallery, New York, USA
Instructions for Happiness, 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria
SUR/FACE: Mirrors, Museum Angewandtekunst, Frankfurt, Germany
The Coverly Set, Sargent’s Daughter, New York, USA
Nothing But Longing, Void Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland, UK

2016
House of Commons, Portikus, Frankfurt
Europa, Shanaynay, Paris
Busan Biennal, Busan
Exhibition by 31 Women, Philipp Pflug Contemporary, Frankfurt am Main

2015
Political Populism, Kunsthalle Wien ¬
Affects, Cultuurcentrum, Mechelen
The Future of Memory, Frankfurt
TURN ON, Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv
Creating realities, Pinakothek der Moderne, München
Die kalte Libidio, Haus der Kunst, Berlin
Keren Cytter/Jon Rafman, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York
RE(A)D, curated by Ryan Steadman, Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York
Turn On: Time-Based Art from the Julia Stoschek Collection, Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Creating Realities – Encounters Between Art and Cinema, Pinakothek der Moderne and Museum Brandhorst, Munich
Keren Cytter Presents – The Last Summer Fest, MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38, New York

2014
Perfect Lovers. Art in the Time of Aids, Fundació Suñol, Barcelona


Explore, FRAC Ile-de-France/Le Plateau, Paris
The Sting of the Scorpion, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich
Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt
High Performance. Die Julia Stoschek Collection, Zu Gast im Zkm. Zeitbasiert, Medienkunst Seit 1996, ZKM, Karlsruhe
Affekte, Kunstpalais Erlangen, Erlangen
Where are we now?, Marrakech Biennale 5, Marrakech
Annals of the Twenty-Ninth Century, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge
Skeptical Thoughts on Love, Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart, Stuttgart

2013
Günther Förg, Keren Cytter, and Collector’s Room #1, Deweer Gallery, Otegem
Liberi tutti, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Teatro Arsenale, Milan
Unattained Landscape, Palazzetto Tito of Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice
Taming the Narrative, Basis, Frankfurt am Main
Die Sammlung #4, 21er Haus, Vienna
Jetztzeit (el tiempo del ahora) + La Espalda del ángel, Centre d’Art la Panera, Lleida Looking for video, Galerie Claudine Papillon, Paris
Israel Now – Reinventing the Future, MACRO Testaccio (MACRO Future), Roma

2012
Fremde überall - Foreigners everywhere, Jüdisches Museum, Vienna
MADE IN GERMANY ZWEI, Sprengel Museum und Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover Big Picture III (Szenen/Figuren), Kunstsammlung im Ständehaus, Düsseldorf
The Images Festival, Toronto
Found in Translation, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

2011
Voglio soltanto essere amato, MAGA, Gallarate
Found in Translation, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Parallel Worlds, Arsenal Berlinale forum, Berlin
Videonale 13, Kunstmuseum Bonn
Expanded Cinema, Moscow Museum of Modern Art – MMOMA, Moscow East Ex East – Brand New Gallery, Milan
Small Fires, Sint-Lukasgalerie, Brussels
The plot, Power plant, Toronto, Canada
3rd Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki
Cinema for Exhibitions, Fundacion CIAC, Mexico

2010
8th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju
Tramway, Glasgow International Festival, Glasgow
Paradise Lost Holidays in Hell, CCA Andratx
Face your Demons, Milliken Gallery, Stockholm
Not Necessarily In That Order, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver
Epilogue (1), Maisterra Valbuena, Madrid
Morality, Witte de With, Rotterdam
Michael Beutler & Friends, Galerie Christian Nagel, Antwerp
In Full Bloom, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan
Tell-Tale Heart, James Cohan Gallery, New York
Make the Most of Now, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna
Witty, Lo-Fi Works with knotty thoughts, Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst, Amsterdam Une Exposition (du) Sensible, Centre d'Art Contemporaine La Synagogue de Delme, Delme

2009
Underground Man, Artspeak, Vancouver
Return to Baroque, Museo Madre, Naples
Fare Mondi, 53rd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice Nationalgalerie Prize for Young Art, Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York
ars viva 08/09 – Inszenierung/ Mise en scene, Museum Abteiberg, Monchengladbach; Augarten Contemporary, Vienna

2008
Notorious: Recent FRAC Ile-de-France Acquistions, FRAC Ile-de-France/Le Plateau, Paris Television Delivers People, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

The Leisure Suite, The LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York
Works from the Video & Film collection of Jean-Conrad & Isabelle Lemaitre, Kunsthalle zu Kiel der Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel
Manifesta 7, Trentino, Italy
Yokohama Triennial, Yokohama Berlin International Film Festival, Expanded Forum, Filmhaus, Berlin
Konzepte der Liebe, Kölnicher Kunstverein, Cologne

2007
Cut, Thierry Goldberg Projects, New York
The History of a Decade That Has Not Yet Been Named, The Lyon Biennial, Lyon BoundLES, The Henry Street Settlement, New York
If water crystal, crystal water..., Ingalls & Associates, Miami
Pawnshop, e-flux, New York
The first Hertzelia Biennial
, Hertzelia
Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art, Moscow
The Floating Feather, Daniel Buchholz Gallery, Cologne
Self fashion show, Extra City – Center for Contemporary Art, Antwerp
On the Marriage Broker Joke, Office Baroque Gallery, Antwerp
There have to be many and they do(nʼt) need to be reconciled with one another, Kunstverein Braunschweig e.V., Brunswick
The Shadow Cabinet: ʻDistorted Fabricʼ, de Appel, Amsterdam
Fake Movement, Campobase Gallery, Bologna
Depiction Perversion Repulsion Obsession, Witte de With, Rotterdam
House Trip, Art Forum, Berlin
Berlin International Film Festival, Expanded Forum, BüroFriedrich, Berlin Zwischenbilanz II, Balôise Art Forum, Basel
Talking Pictures, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf CCA/MAP Magazine/Glasgow Film Festival, Glasgow

2006
Beauty Unrealized, PSWAR – Public Space With A Roof, Amsterdam The Floating Feather, Chantal Crousel Gallery, Paris
All Hawaii Entrees/Lunar Reggea, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin City Lab, Art Forum, Berlin
Open Space, Art Cologne, Cologne
Across.video, Cineclub Detour – offgallery, Rome
Experiments in Pop, Sommer Akademie, Paul Klee Zentrum, Bern Satellite of love, Witte de With, Rotterdam
The world state, Erik Steen Gallery, Oslo

2005
Filmblik Program, Filmhuis, Den Haag Dutch
Open,
De Balie, Amsterdam
Fabrikaat-avond, Artis, Den Bosch Disclosed, de Ateliers, Amsterdam 6th Republic, Eastarea Gallery, Amsterdam
Short Circuit, Motive Gallery, Amsterdam
Pilot 2, International Artforum, London
Dash5, Gallery 291, London

2004
Videozone, Video Biennale, F&N Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv city hall, Tel Aviv Interior painting after Richard Hamilton, Kav 16, Tel Aviv
A4 – 5, Overtoom 301, Amsterdam
2003
Eeehh..., Overtoom 301, Amsterdam
Horse Hospital
, London
Good Question, Studiokatendrechtstraat 66, Rotterdam Wonderyears, Kino Arsenal, Berlin
Rahvusvaheline
, Parnu Filmi

2002
Videozone - Video Biennale, Tel-Aviv
Wall Painting, Yanko Dada Museum, Ein Hod

2001
Shoes, Left Bank, Tel Aviv

1998
Nice Plant, Gross Gallery, Tel Aviv

 

PERFORMANCES & SCREENINGS

2018
Middle of Beyond, Yale Union, Portland, USA
European Media Arts Festival, Osnabruk, Germany
There's No us In Masterpiece, Parcours Night, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
New Sound and Video Programme (curated by David Gryn, Daata Editions), Independent and Spring Place, New York, USA
Middle of Beyond, E-Flux, New York, USA
Videoart, Midnight Festival, Berlin, Germany
A.P.E. Festival, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme, Paris, France
Morning!, Cinema REX, initiated by The Berner Kunstraum Milieu, Bern, Switzerland
Blood, Love, Without Chewing-Gum, Le Grand Action (curated by Gabrielle Reiner and Olivier Cooper Hadijan), Paris, France

2017
Kunst Film Fest Part II: Supercut, Centrum, Berlin, Gremany

2016
Open House in Dreams and Nightmares, Whitney Museum of American Art, USA
There Is No Us in Masterpiece, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Rocky - Art/theatre/dance/music performances, Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
A Retrospective, Bergamo Film Festival, Bergamo, Italy
The First Summer Fest of Western Liberation, Réunion (formerly Elisabeth Kaufmann), Zurich, Switzerland
The Last Summer Fest of the European Union, LISTE, Basel, Switzerland
There's no us in masterpiece, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2015
STALKER, Transformation Marathon, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London Show Real Drama, Mumok, Vienna
Show Real Drama, MCA, Chicago
Show Real Drama, ICA, London
Show Real Drama, GSS, Glasgow
Show Real Drama, Live at Lica, Leeds

2014
Leisure, Discipline and Punishment, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool Soft City, Kunsthall Oslo, Oslo
Video Art Manual, Deltaworkers, Indywood, New Orleans
Artists’ Film Club, ICA, London

2013
Vociferous: Keren Cytter with David Aird, Keira Fox and Charlie Feinstein, Artists’ Film Club, ICA, London; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge
Show Real Drama, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin
GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS, Vanity Projects, New York
A Theatre Cycle, NOMAS Foundation at Teatro Valle Occupato, Rome

2012
Show Real Drama, DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas Show Real Drama, NeuMarkt Theater, Zurich

Show Real Drama, Tank 2, Tate Modern, London

2010

Dance International Europe Now (D.I.E. NOW), The True Story of John Webber and his Endless Struggle with the Table of Content, Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin
If I Can’t Dance... Edition III: Episode 1 – Masquerade, De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam; Episode 2 – Masquerade, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao; Episode 3 – Masquerade, Project Arts Centre, Dublin; Episode 4 From Dusk Till Dawn, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

Dance International Europe Now (D.I.E. NOW), A man is a Museum,Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf

2009

Dance International Europe Now (D.I.E. NOW), History in the Making or the Secret Diary of Linda Schultz, Tate Modern, London
Performa 9, The Kitchen, New York


AWARDS

2009
Absolut Art Award
Short-listed for the Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst

2008
Ars Viva Prize, Kulturkeis der deutschen Wirschaft, Berlin

2006
Balôise Art Prize, Art Basel, Basel 


COLLECTIONS

Artist Pension Trust, London
Collection ARCO, Madrid
Collection Ringier, Zurich
Deutsche Bank Art Collection, Frankfurt
Fondazione Piemonte, Turin
FRAC Ile de France, Paris
FRAC PACA, Marseille
Goetz Collection, Munich
Guggenheim Museum, New York
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Kadist Art Foundation, Paris
KM Kunstlerhaus, Graz
Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich
Lewben Art Foundation, Vilnius
Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
MUMOK, Vienna
Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnof, Berlin
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Tate Modern, London