Christiane Baumgartner

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Christiane Baumgartner (born 1967 in Leipzig) is a German artist best known for her woodcut printmaking.

Life and work[edit]

Baumgartner studied at the Hochschule fur Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, from 1988 to 1994 before completing her Masters in Printmaking at the Royal College of Art in London in 1999.[1] Baumgartner is best known for the monumental woodcuts based on her own films and video stills, for example 1 Sekunde,[2] in which she documented a single second of video in a series of 25 woodcuts. She has said that she is "interested in woodcut for conceptual reasons and not just for the love of the's about bringing together the different mediums of the video still and the woodcut, about combining the first and the latest reproduction techniques to produce an image...."[3] She first came to public attention in the UK in EAST international[4] in 2004 with her print Shack and a year later with a major solo exhibition at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham.[5] She was included in the groundbreaking exhibition at MoMA, NY, Eye on Europe.[6]

In 2009 she received the Teresa Bulgarini Prize[7] for her woodcuts which deal with concepts of time, motion, velocity and acceleration. In 2012 she was awarded the first ever Goethe-Institut artist's residency in Vietnam,[8] jointly sponsored by the state of Saxony. She began her three-month stay with an exhibition at the Goethe-Institut in Hanoi - Holzschnitt im digitalen Zeitalter (woodcut in the digital age) and finished with a tour around the country's art schools, sharing her experience in the art of woodcut.

Baumgartner’s works are included in the collections of Albertina (Vienna), the Städel (Frankfurt), Kadist Art Foundation (Paris), Kunsthaus Zurich, Museum der bildenden Künste (Leipzig), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Spendhaus (Reutlingen), Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), The New Art Gallery Walsall and Victoria and Albert Museum (London), among others.

She is represented by Alan Cristea Gallery, London.

Her working process is largely intuitive. She begins by selecting an image from existing film footage she shoots off of a television screen. The grainy lines of the screen appear in her final images. She decides on the size and frequency of the lines and creates a half-tone image. Then she prints the image and transfers it onto a woodblock and starts cutting. She describes the wood cutting process as meditative and uses the cutting as time for reflection. Once the cutting is complete, the final stage is to print. "I also like the handmade aspect of the cutting with all its inaccuracies and mistakes- this is an important aspect of the final print."[9]


  1. ^ Royal College of Art Alumni Archived 2013-03-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Christiane Baumgartner, 1 Sekunde, 2004 Cream cloth covered box containing". The Independent. 2011-02-14. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  3. ^ Baumgartner, Christiane; Cristea, Alan; Waters, Helen; Alan Cristea Gallery (2011-01-01). Christiane Baumgartner: reel time (in Undetermined). London: Alan Cristea Gallery. ISBN 9780956487650. 
  4. ^ "EASTinternational". EASTinternational. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  5. ^ "Programme : Past : Christiane Baumgartner : Christiane Baumgartner". Ikon Gallery. 2005-09-18. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  6. ^ "Interactives | Exhibitions | 2006 | Eye On Europe". Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  7. ^ "Teresa Bulgarini Preis". Teresa Bulgarini Preis. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  8. ^ "Hanoi - Welcome to the Goethe-Institut in Vietnam - Goethe-Institut". 2012-09-30. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  9. ^ Baumgartner, Christiane; Cristea, Alan; Waters, Helen; Alan Cristea Gallery (2011-01-01). Christiane Baumgartner: reel time (in Undetermined). London: Alan Cristea Gallery. ISBN 9780956487650.