The Ludwig Museum presents Rita Ackermann`s solo show as part of its series featuring Hungarian artists and artists of Hungarian origin whose works are less known in their native country.
Ackermann left Budapest nearly twenty years ago to move to New York City, where she has lived and worked ever since. Following two years of training in painting at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, she decided to leave for the United States, as she sought a more intense encounter with the various forms and cross-references of the visual arts, pointing beyond the narrow and constricted genre definition prevailing in Hungary at the time. Continuing her studies at The New York Studio School, Ackermann soon became a well-known figure of the underground art scene of New York City in the 1990s - which was marked by the activities of Sonic Youth, Chloë Sevigny, the Bernadette Corporation, Richard Kern and Harmony Korine, with their peculiar mixture of fashion, music and the most diverse forms of visual art, blending their languages, means and modes of expression. Her early works, primarily drawings and collages, are calligraphic and poetic pieces evocative of improvisations, which focus on questions pertaining to her own environment, as well as tackling the personal and collective problems of the so-called youth culture, including issues of sexuality and drugs. Questioning positions of power, and touching upon feelings of uncertainty, they carry on a contemplative pursuit of fate. In recent years, she has engaged in examining the internal questions of art and art history, including the opposing traditions of American and European painting.
Rita Ackermann`s works have been featured at numerous solo and group shows in both the United States and Europe. In 2008, she was invited to participate in the Whitney Biennial, and in 2009 she spent several months in Marfa (Texas) within the framework of the Chinati Foundation`s artist-in-residence program. In 2010 she began editing a several hundred page monograph with Rizzoli, which is due to appear in September 2011, two months before the opening of her show in Budapest. She is represented by Andrea Rosen Gallery, NY (USA), Peter Kilchmann Gallery, Zurich (Switzerland) and Rebecca Camhi Gallery, Athens (Greece).
Rita Ackermann`s exhibition in Budapest is centred around her latest works of the last three years, juxtaposed with key pieces of her earlier opus as points of reference, revealing the course of her artistic career. With the series of programmes accompanying the exhibition, including film screenings, offering mementos of music, literature and fashion, we hope to afford an insight into the spirit of an era that had a crucial influence on the New York-based artist`s career in the late 1980s and 90s, and that has continued to colour the development of her work today.