Artist Mika Rottenberg, a master of deliriously labyrinthine videos and winningly absurd sculptures and installations, has joined the powerhouse gallery Hauser & Wirth, which will represent her exclusively around the world.
Rottenberg has been on a tear over the past few years, participating in the 2017 edition of Skulptur Projekte Münster in Germany and the 2015 edition of the Venice Biennale; winning the 2019 Kurt Schwitters Prize and the 2018 Smithsonian American Art Museum’s James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize; and presenting a solo show at Goldsmiths college in London last year that traveled to the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria and opens this month at the Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna in Italy.
The Argentine-born, New York–based artist also has an exhibition on tap for June at the New Museum in New York, which will then head next year to the Sprengel Museum in Hannover, Germany, where it will be presented in conjunction with her Schwitters Prize win.
A veteran of the 2008 Whitney Biennial, which helped propel her to greater attention, Rottenberg has made her name with videos that follow bizarre, nonsensical machines and systems that seem to link disparate places and processes. Props or architectural elements of those videos often figure in her shows, heightening the uncanny potency of her rhapsodies on global supply chains and capital networks.
Rottenberg had previously shown in New York with Andrea Rosen Gallery, which shuttered in 2017. Her move to Hauser & Wirth, which has nine spaces around the globe, represents one of those exhilarating moments when an ambitious artist links up with a deep-pocketed gallery and we all get to wait, with fingers crossed, hoping that magic will transpire.