Keren Cytter Born in 1977 in Tel Aviv, Israel | Lives and works in Berlin


Keren Cytter

Keren Cytter

The Israeli artist,Keren Cytter, works with a variety of forms of expression that primarily include, along with the writing of dialog and novellas, films and drawings and for a number of years now, performable works. It is not the language alone that is indicative of Cytter but particularly the narrative forms of storytelling.

The figures in her films and stage plays do not remain on the level of a coherent fiction. Though there are thematic focuses, the emphasis is often on relationship scenarios, tension that broaches on the psychotic, and social alienation and indifference; that is, the interpersonal and private, which are unfolded, not at all simply as linear stories. Cracks and fractures also arise through instances of reference to the media itself. Beginning with the actors’ halting manner of speaking, giving the impression the text is being recited unrehearsed for the first time, to the scripts that are actually lying on a table in one scene, or the stage directions from off stage demanding that the actors should stop improvising. This is not about any simple self-referencing because it is staged and an embedded part of the meta-story. The seemingly authentic amateurish nature is supported, for example, by the impression her films make of being home videos or bound to a performance situation. Cytter short circuits on an overbearing presence of artificial clichés, coded movements and gestures, and quotes that straddle highbrow and pop cultures. Cytter destabilizes her figures to such an extent that they become fragmented.


2002-2004 de Ateliers, Amsterdam, Niederlande
1997-1999 The Avni Institute, Tel Aviv, Israel

Solo exhibitions (selection)

2011 Fear, Fun and Fire, Deutsche Bank Towers, Frankfurt am Main
The hottest day of the year, k.m Kunstverein Munich
Avalanche, The David Roberts Art Foundation, London, Great Britain
2010 Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Kunsthaus Baselland, Switzerland
Keren Cytter, Hammer Museum Project Series, Los Angeles, USA
History in the Making (with D.I.E Now), Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
2009 Keren Cytter, Frac Il-de-France/Le Plateau, Paris
History in the Making (with D.I.E Now), Tate Modern Turbine Hall, London, Great Britain ; Performa 09, New York, USA
2008 Le ruissellements du diable, Kunstverein St. Pauli, Hamburg
Keren Cytter, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2007  The Victim, MUMOK, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien, Austria
Something Happened, CUBITT Artists, London, Great Britain
2006 I was the good and he was the bad and the ugly, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Atmosphere, GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy
2005 Kunsthalle ZĂĽrich, Switzerland
Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main
2004 My brain is in the wall, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Group exhibitions (selection)

2011 Found in Translation, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
2010 8th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea
Morality, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2009 Making Worlds, Biennale Venedig, Venedig, Italy
The New Museum Triennial, The Generational: Younger than Jesus, New Museum, New York, USA
2008 Videozone 4, Videozone – International Video-Art Biennial, Tel Aviv, Israel
If I Can't Dance … Edition III – Masquerade, De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Konzepte der Liebe, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne
Television Delivers People, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA