• Luogo e Segni
    March 24, 2019 - December 15, 2019
    Punta della Dogana

    Sturtevant is part of the group exhibition ‘Luogo e Segni’ at Palazzo Grassi, Punta della Dogana in Venice.

    ‘Luogo e Segni’, curated by Martin Bethenod, Director of Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana, and Mouna Mekouar, independent curator, takes its title from a painting by Carol Rama included in the exhibition. The show brings together over one hundred works, by thirty-six artists, that establish a particular relationship with their urban, social, political, historical, intellectual setting.

    The American artist Sturtevant (1924, Lakewood, Ohio – 2014, Paris) is best known for her repetitions of the works of other artists, which she recreated manually from memory after having seen a piece that intrigued her. These can immediately be identified with the original, but they are not copies. Her aim was not to achieve an exact replica, but rather to address notions of authorship, authenticity and originality that would later come to the fore in our own digital age, characterised by the endless circulation and recombination of images.

    Concurrent with the #LaBiennalediVenezia it runs until 15 December 2019

    Image: Sturtevant, Felix Gonzales-Torres, America America, 2004. Pinault Collection. Photo: Matteo de Fina.

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  • I Am Never Am the Other
    October 26, 2018 - December 22, 2018
    3816 Commerce Street
    Dallas, Texas, USA

    Not an appropriationist, Sturtevant asserts that a “copy” has the “absolute beauty of looking just like the real thing. But copy conceals dangerous gaps.” 2 She situates herself comfortably in these chasms of doubling and re-doubling, exposing the power of thought by way of repetition. Charging toward the not-so-distant past in the production of her “work of a work” (many of her artworks were authored shortly after the source), Sturtevant outpaces the history of her sources into individuation. The objects she creates are things that are not something else, but echo the familiar.

    Early in her career, she omits her given name in favor of Sturtevant, a gender-neutral moniker that labels artworks and exhibitions with an exteriority of sameness and an interiority of otherness. The dialectic disrupts assumed structures of power to foreground the “uncertain content” of “pure masculinity and femininity” as theoretical constructions. The question as to how her objects and images should be received, processed and interpreted is never constant but persistently destabilized by its own terms. Taking to task the immediacy of appearance, she transforms the potentiality of embedded content in an artwork into an anxious play of singular/plural identities.

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  • All Reality is Now Virtual Reality
    March 26, 2018 - March 26, 2018
    London ELY HOUSE

    Julia Peyton-Jones in conversation with Mario Kramer

    Mon 26 March 2018

    18:30 – 20:00


    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

    Ely House, 37 Dover Street

    London, W1S 4NJ


    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac London invites you to ‘All reality is now virtual reality’ at 6.30pm on Monday 26th March 2018: A talk to celebrate and cast new light on the work of Sturtevant, an artist widely acknowledged for her important contribution to the art of our time, who presaged the endlessly repeating, unattributed imagery that characterises today's digital world.


    To mark the occasion of Sturtevant's first posthumous show on view at Ely House in London, Julia Peyton-Jones, Senior Global Director: Special Projects and curator of Sturtevant's current exhibition Vice Versa, will be in conversation with Mario Kramer, Head of Collection at MMK, Frankfurt and curator of Sturtevant's largest exhibition to date.
    Discussing the importance of Sturtevant's work, her enduring relevance and artistic rigour, and sharing little-seen installation views, Peyton-Jones and Kramer will tap into the unique blend of urgency and timelessness that characterises her work and has increasingly impacted upon younger generations of artists. The talk will lay bare Sturtevant's investigation into notions of authorship and aesthetics and the relationship between original and origins, demonstrating that ‘she was not a copyist, plagiarist, parodist, forger, or imitator, but was rather a kind of actionist, who adopted style as her medium in order to investigate aspects of art’s making, circulation, consumption, and canonisation’ as Peter Eleey articulated when curating Sturtevant: Double Trouble at MoMA in 2014.
    The talk will be held in the ‘Hall of Fame' room at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac London, which brings together Sturtevant’s repetitions of emblematic works from American Pop, set against the artist's ‘Kill’ wallpaper (based on the Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill, 2003). Sturtevant's solo show of paintings, photographs, installation, videos and wallpaper which engage with iconic works of her artistic predecessors including Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Beuys will remain open after the talk until 8.30pm.

    To book your complimentary place for the drinks reception, talk and after-hours gallery viewing please register at



    Since 1990 Mario Kramer (*1956) is Head of the permanent Collection and Curator of the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main. He studied Art History, Archaeology and Cultural Sciences at the Albert Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg i. Br. and at the University of Hamburg.

    From 1985 – 1987 he worked as a Collaborator at the Kunstverein in Hamburg; 1987 – 1989 Graduate's scholarship, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Scholarship for travel and research at the archives of the Guggenheim Museum, New York. His Master’s thesis where published 1991 entitled, Joseph Beuys “DAS KAPITAL RAUM 1970-1977”. His Doctorate's thesis where published in 1995 entitled‚ Sound and Sculpture. The Musical Aspect in the Work of Joseph Beuys’. Dr. Mario Kramer was several times invited as a visiting professor, e.g. at Bennington College, Vermont and at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main.

    At the MMK he curated amongst others the following exhibitions: On Kawara 1952-56 TokyoPaare/Couples – Gilbert & George und Felix Gonzalez-Torres; Andy Warhol’s Time CapsulesSturtevant - The Brutal TruthAndreas Slominski – Roter Sand und ein gefundenes GlückDouble – Gregor Schneider; On Kawara – Pure Consciosness (Saligao, Goa, India); Dayanita Singh – Go Away CloserSturtevant Drawing Double ReversalWilliam Forsythe. The Fact of Matter; PRIMARY STRUCTURES – Meisterwerke der Minimal Art von Carl Andre bis Santiago Sierra aus der Sammlung des MMK.

    Lectures at home and abroad among others: Hallen für Neue Kunst, Schaffhausen; The New School for Social Research, New York; Joseph Beuys – Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Fondation Auschwitz, Bruxelles; Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Fine Art Museum, Taipei; Akademie der bildenden Künste, Nürnberg; Bauhaus Dessau; Centre George Pompidou, Paris; Goethe House New York; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Mücsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest; Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg.



    Dame Julia Peyton-Jones is Senior Global Director: Special Projects, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, for which she recently co-curated, with Dr Sharon Hecker, Medardo Rosso: Sight Unseen and His Encounters with London, and is Visiting Professor, School of Arts and Humanities, Royal College of Art, London. She began her working life as an artist after graduating with a master’s degree from the Royal College of Art in London. In 1988, she became a curator at the Hayward Gallery and three years later was appointed director of the Serpentine Gallery, which she transformed into an internationally acclaimed visual arts institution. Among her innovations was the Serpentine’s acclaimed annual architecture programme and the prestigious Summer Party. Having won many awards and honours for her achievements at the Serpentine, she now serves on several boards, such as the Michael Clark Company and The Old Vic theatre. As well as speaking on the arts and creative leadership at important global events including the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, she participates in numerous international advisory committees, panels and juries.

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  • Duh? Art & Stupidity
    November 10, 2015 - March 26, 2016
    Focal Point Gallery
    Essex, England

    Duh? Art & Stupidity is a group exhibition featuring existing and previously unseen works by artists including Tariq Alvi, BANK, Bonnie Camplin, Cecilia Condit, Ryan Gander, Isa Genzken, Judith Hopf, Larry Johnson, Erik van Lieshout, Annika Ström, Sturtevant, Rosemarie Trockel, Tomi Ungerer and Andy Warhol amongst others.

    The exhibition looks at stupidity as a subject and a tactic of art making, with a particular focus on its relationship to the politics and performance of identity. High culture is meant to keep its audience from being stupid, but artists have repeatedly drawn upon stupidity, or playing stupid, as a form of dissidence, irreverence or as a means to cast off received thinking. 

    To work from a position of stupidity would appear to be a good way to counter knowingness and intellectual superiority, but how can artists adopt stupidity as a strategy without turning it into cleverness? Even if you don't play stupid, how do you write about stupidity without declaring yourself to be smart? If there are forms of intellectualism that, through being inflexible and unresponsive, appear stupid, then what exactly is stupidity anyway? 

    Duh? Art & Stupidity is curated by Paul Clinton and Anna Gritz. 


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  • Accrochage 3: Pop & Music/Sound
    June 3, 2015 - September 1, 2015
    Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

    The Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, presents a new hang of its Collection centred on its Popist and Music /Sound line. As part of Hang3, the Foundation showcases Sturtevant's installation Rock and Rap c Simulacra, 2012 consisting of 3 projections vidéo (5 minutes 7 secondes ; 4 minutes 43 secondes ; 5 minutes 3 secondes). For further details please visit the official website of the Fondation Louis Vuitton here.

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    May 30, 2015 - August 23, 2015
    Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany

    After its great success at the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and the Albertina in Vienna, Austria, the comprehensive show STURTEVANT. DRAWING DOUBLE REVERSAL moves on to the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin, Germany.

    Presenting 100 works on paper dating from the 1960s onwards, STURTEVANT. DRAWING DOUBLE REVERSAL focuses upon the graphic oeuvre of Sturtevant and gives a comprehensive insight into Sturtevant's radical artistic thinking.


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  • The House of Horrors
    May 29, 2015 - May 15, 2016
    Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

    The Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris pays tribute to Sturtevant by presenting her monumental work The House of Horrors for one year beginning on 29 May 2015.

    The House of Horrors, a life-size ghost train where visitors can ride in carts,

    is the last major installation of Sturtevant. The donation made by the artist complements the permanent collections of the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris

    With The House of Horrors Sturtevant wanted to create an installation in which figures of contemporary art history like The Painter, McCarthy or Divine would be seen amongst bats, Frankenstein and other well known monsters.

    Spanning across 300m2, House of Horrors explores the excess of our contemporary era dominated by entertainment, violence and anti-intellectualism. Sturtevant accompanies visitors through a series of experiences of fear connected to each other in an amusing way.


    Photo: Pierre Antoine

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    May 1, 2015 - September 21, 2015
    Museo d'arte contemporanea donnaregina (madre), Naples, Italy

    Opening on 1 May 2015, the Museo d'arte contemporanea donnaregina (madre) in Naples, Italy, will present Sturtevant's first major exhibition in an Italian institution. Through this comprehensive survey of Sturtevant's 50 year career, the exhibition Sturtevant Sturtevant brings together key artworks across the various mediums in which she worked including painting, sculpture, installation and video. This exhibition follows important survey shows at MoMA, New York and MoCA, Los Angeles last year and earlier this year.

    For further details please click here

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  • Double Trouble
    March 20, 2015 - July 27, 2015
    The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (MOCA), Los Angeles, USA

    After its great success at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York, "Sturtevant: Double Trouble" now moves on to Los Angeles. From 20 March until 27 July 2015 The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (MOCA) will show this comprehensive survey of Sturtevant’s 50-year career offering a historical overview of her work from a contemporary vantage point, interspersing more recent video pieces among key artworks from all periods of her career.

    Click here for more information about the exhibition.

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  • Drawing Double Reversal
    February 14, 2015 - May 10, 2015
    Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria

    "Sturtevant - Drawing Double Reversal", still on view at the MMK Museum Für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main until 1 February 2015, will travel on to the Albertina Museum in Vienna. From 14 February until 10 May 2015 the Albertina will present this world’s first ever major museum exhibition of the drawings of Sturtevant featuring a total of 100 drawings, prints and images representing Sturtevant’s artistic creative process from 1964 to 2004. For more information about the exhibition at the Albertina Museum please click here

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