The Freud Museum

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19 November 2016

Artist's talk: This Breathing House

Bharti Kher in conversation with Stephanie Rosenthal

Artist Bharti Kher is joined by Internationally acclaimed curator, Stephanie Rosenthal to discuss her current exhibition This Breathing House, on display until Sunday 20 November.

Bharti Kher’s inquiry in the realm of the domestic and its dramas finds its perfect counterpart in the Freud Museum London. Equally exploring Freud’s family life as well as his theories, Kher’s new exhibition is a dialogue with the house. Vivid and full of history, the artist calls into being the voices that echo through the house and refers to Maresfield Gardens as an organism, a “breathing entity“. Kher overlays, subverts, conserves and erases memories – of herself and of her own life, of her family and of the people who lived here. She adds traces to the house of conversations past and present that also engage with Freud’s references to the mind as a complex energy system. Kher extends the conversation to include the body.

Bharti Kher was born in London in 1969. She studied at the Middlesex Polytechnic, London, 1987 - 1988 and received a BA Honours in Fine Art, Painting at the Foundation Course in Art & Design at Newcastle Polytechnic, Newcastle, 1988 - 1991.

Kher's work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions and was included in scores of group exhibitions at museums and galleries worldwide. Recent solo presentations include: ‘In Her Own Language’, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, part of The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia (2016); 'three decimal points. Of a minute of a second of a degree', Hauser & Wirth Zürich (2014), 'Misdemeanours', Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2014), Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London, England (2012). Further solo presentations in 2012 include ' 'Reveal the secrets that you seek', Savannah College for Art and Design, Savannah GA.
Group exhibitions include the Sydney Biennale (2016),

A comprehensive solo exhibition is currently on view at Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada. Bharti Kher lives and works in New Delhi, India.

Dr Stephanie Rosenthal has held the position of Chief Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London since 2007. A key focus of her curatorial practice is the exploration of the relationship between visual art and performance. She was the artist director of the 20th Biennale of Sydney, 2016.

Notable exhibitions that Rosenthal has curated at the Hayward Gallery include MIRRORCITY (2014); Pipilotti Rist: Eyeball Massage (2012); Art of Change: New Directions from China (2012); MOVE: Choreographing You (2010); Walking in My Mind (2009); and Robin Rhode: Who Saw Who (2009).

During her previous tenure of more than a decade at Haus der Kunst, Munich, Rosenthal worked as assistant curator and co-curator on several celebrated exhibitions such as Night (1998) and Objects in 20th Century Art (2000). Appointed to the position of Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art in 2000, Rosenthal went on to deliver a series of significant exhibitions including Alan Kaprow – Art as Life (2006); Aernout Mik – Dispersions (2004); Abigail O’Brien – The Seven Sacraments (2003); and Stories. Narrative Structures in Contemporary Art (2002). She also curated the highly acclaimed exhibition Paul McCarthy. LaLa Land Parody Paradise which toured to the Whitechapel Gallery in 2005.

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