Intersections: Bettina Pousttchi

Double Monuments

Exhibition Website

Jun 9 2016 - Oct 2 2016

Phillips Collection

Washington, DC

Through photography and sculpture, Berlin-based artist Bettina Pousttchi explores the history and memory of architecture. In her series Double Monument for Flavin and Tatlin (2010–2014), Pousttchi incorporates constraining materials like rails, street barricades, and metal crowd barriers into sculptural forms with spiraling vertical towers and neon light tubes. These “double monuments” reference the work of Russian constructivist sculptor-architect Vladimir Tatlin from the 1920s and American minimalist artist Dan Flavin from the 1960s, created in homage to Tatlin.

Five Double Monument sculptures, ranging from 8 to 12 feet, are on view, dramatically illuminating the space with their neon lights. The sculptures are paired with Naum Gabo’s Linear Structure in Space No. 1 (1943) and photographs from the 1930s and 1940s by Berenice Abbott, Louis Faurer, Alfred Eisenstaedt, and Gjon Mili, black-and-white images that underline the theme of illuminated space presented in Pousttchi's work.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.

  • Mixed-media
  • Bettina Pousttchi
  • Naum Gabo
  • Berenice Abbott
  • Gjon Mili
  • Louis Faurer
  • Alfred Eisenstaedt

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