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Kerstin Brätsch

Country(activity based):
United States
Visual Art


Graduated from Columbia University (MfA) in 2007 and University of the Arts Berlin (MfA) in 2008.

Recent 5 main activities (personal exhibitions, group exhibitions, concerts) are

- Kerstin Brätsch. Innovation, SOLO, Museum Brandhorst, Munich, 2017

- Full-Fall Presents Kerstin Brätsch [Poli'ahu's Cure], SOLO, Gió Marconi, Milan, 2016

- DAS INSTITUT, SOLO, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, 2016

- Whitney Biennial, GROUP, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. As KAYA, 2017

- Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age, GROUP, MuMoK, Vienna. As KAYA, 2016

Other activities are

- Edward Munch Award, Oslo, 2017

- Guest Professor at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg, Germany

- August Macke Price, Germany, 2014

My practice as a painter spans a diverse range of media, including works in glass, in the marbling technique, but also performances and installations. Defined by a collaborative approach, and by understanding painting as a medium of exchange, I chose to share my practice with artist colleagues such as Adele Röder (DAS INSTITUT, since 2007), Debo Eilers (KAYA, since 2010), and Ei and Tomoo Arakawa (UNITED BROTHERS, since 2011), with all of whom I have widely exhibited. In addition, in 2017/18, I have been teaching as a guest professor for painting at the Art Academy in Hamburg, Germany, which resulted in a workshop with my students as part of the collaborative project KAYA in Naples, Italy.

About works / performance


Installation view of Innovation, Kerstin Brätsch at Museum Brandhorst, Munich, 2017


Installation view of Innovation, Kerstin Brätsch at Museum Brandhorst, Munich, 2017


Unstable Talismanic Rendering_ Schrättel (with gratitude to master marbler Dirk Lange), 2017


Installation view of Full-Fall presents Kerstin Brätsch [Poli'ahu's Cure], Kerstin Brätsch at Gio Marconi, Milan, 2016

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Installation view of N.O.Madski presents KLUB KAYA, KAYA (Kerstin Brätsch & Debo Eilers) at Deborah Schamoni, Munich, 2015

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Taiyo no tate (Sunstorm) Green Flash / Blue Flash, 2012, DAS INSTITUT and UNITED BROTHERS, video, color, sound, 4:21 mins


I have been working with my artist-colleague Ei Arakawa and his brother Tomoo Arakawa (UNITED BROTHERS) since the Fukushima nuclear desaster in 2011. We were inspired by the concept of (harmful) light, reflection and abstract anxiety. Together, we climbed the Fuji mountain - the point closest to the sun in Japan - and organized phtoshootings in the tanning salons - the artificial imitation of sunlight - run by Tomoo Arakawa in Iwaki. Recently we started working on a video which arches from my paintings (which have since long been investigating natural forces) to glass in its natural (lava) and manufactured (sunglasses) state, and from sunlight to the imitation of sunlight (UV tanning light). The concept for the video is based on volcanoes as a source of energy and light, and it takes into account that the precursor to fabricated glass is derived from lava and, therefore, even mass-produced glasses still speak of this metamorphosis. I am planning to continue and finalize work on this new video with UNITED BROTHERS. The project will involve travels for further video shooting and editing in Tokyo, Iwaki, Fukushima and Kyoto.