Artist Focus: Sarah Ortmeyer

« Sarah Ortmeyer’s work is both nuts and serious, intellectually challenging as well as visually stunning, refined in its execution and yet emotionally completely raw. Many of the themes in Ortmeyer’s work draw from the her keen interest in — and uncanny understanding of — cultural, human, and political interrelations, whether contemporary or historic, highbrow or lowbrow, academic or punk. Years of working on her non-fiction book about chess and politics have taken her on a world library tour de force and have equipped her with a scientific rigor that is rare among contemporary artists. But rather than taking a purely analytical approach, Ortmeyer marries her scholarly inclinations with an inquisitive and sometimes biting naïveté, allowing her to effortlessly break down the most complex intricacies of the human psyche in what may otherwise seem benign or platitudinous contexts. And in all her ongoing quest to discover deeper universal truths, she never compromises her unapologetic passion for beauty … and for love. »

Felix Burrichter

Sarah Ortmeyer, ‘SANKT PETERSBURG PARADOX’, 2014, exhibition view, Swiss Institute, NY

Sarah Ortmeyer (b.1980) is a graduate of Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt am Main and Universität für angewandte Kunst, Vienna. Selected exhibition include: Kunstverein München (Munich); Belvedere21 (Vienna); Museum of Modern Art (Warsaw); Palais de Tokyo (Paris); MoMA PS1 (New York); MAK Center (Los Angeles); KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin); Wittgenstein House (Vienna); Stedelijk Museum Bureau (Amsterdam); Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt); Tel Aviv Museum (Tel Aviv); Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin); Monnaie de Paris (Paris); S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (Ghent) and Swiss Institute (New York). Her work has been featured in Artforum, Frieze Magazine, Spike, Monopol, artist Kunstmagazin, Kunstforum International, FAZ, The New York Times, and The New Yorker, among others.



‘In This Layered World, All Perception Is Real’, Kunstverein Bielefeld – online





‘and suddenly it all blossoms’, Riga Biennial – August 20 to September 13, 2020

solo exhibition, Dvir Gallery / Brussels – 2021