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Between 1989–95 Grubinger studied at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin. While Grubinger began her career with works that reflected and commented, in a pioneering manner, on the early development of the Internet, since the mid-1990s she has worked primarily in sculpture and installation. These phases are not, however, disconnected: her latter-day focus on materiality and space, not least social space and how it subliminally affects us, might be seen as a reaction to the immateriality of the online world.
Grubinger’s method is primarily to focus on, and unsettle via various strategies, recognizable objects. Her scope in this regard is wide: she draws inspiration and iconography from such diverse worlds as seafaring, history, architecture, the theatre of politics, and the recent history of art itself, particularly Minimalism and Conceptualism. As a sculptor she has worked, accordingly, in numerous different formats and materials. Typically, however, Grubinger’s approach is to take subjects that we might be familiar with, even to the point of no longer ‘seeing’ them, and alter their scale, context and material, often with attention to surfaces – for surfaces, and their deceptions, are a strong part of her interest – so that they register anew. As she works, the familiar comes to reveal not only itself but also its subtle, often politicised workings on body and mind.
In the 1990s and 2000s Grubinger had numerous residencies in Cologne, Stockholm, Paris, London, New York and Los Angeles. She was professor for Sculpture – Transmedial Space at Kunstuniversität Linz, Austria and is currently guest-professor at the Academy of fine arts in Düsseldorf, Germany. She lives in Berlin.
Throughout the past twenty years Grubinger’s works have been shown in numerous international venues, with solo exhibitions at, among others, Abteiberg Museum Mönchengladbach; the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle; Kiasma Museum, Helsinki; Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; and the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna. She has also participated in many group exhibitions in Germany and abroad, e.g. the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; the Taipei Fine Art Museum; Krannert Art Museum, Illinois; the Marrakech Biennale; and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam.
- Sculpture Unlimited II/ Materiality in Times of Immateriality, Eva Grubinger und Jörg Heiser(Eds.),with texts by Nathalie Heinich, Mark Leckey, Christiane Sauer, Jussi Parikka and Timotheus Vermeulen, (Sternberg Press, Berlin 2015)
- Café Nihilismus, Kerstin Engholm Galerie Vienna, with a text by Martin Herbert (SternbergPress, Berlin, 2014)
- Decoy, Landesgalerie Linz and Kerstin Engholm Galerie Vienna, with texts by Martin Hochleitner and Carson Chan (Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2012)
- Sculpture Unlimited, Eva Grubinger, Jörg Heiser (Eds.), with texts by Jennifer Allen, Manuela Ammer, Nikolaus Hirsch, Aleksandra Mir, Vivian Sky Rehberg and Jan Verwort (Sternberg Press, Berlin 2011)
- Trespassing, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, with texts by Toni Stooss und Margit Zuckrigl, and an interview with Eva Grubinger (Museum der Moderne, 2009)
- Spartacus, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, with texts by Hans Hollein and Matthias Ulrich (Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König, Köln, 2008)
- Dark Matter, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, with texts by Sune Nordgren/Sarah Martin and Jan Verwoert, (Cornerhouse Publications, Manchester 2003)
- "Eva Grubinger. Trespassing Opens at Museum der Moderne Rupertinum". Artdaily.org. 7 February 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
- Ursula Prinz (20 October 2004). "Semiotik der Verschwörung". Berliner Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 27 August 2014.
- Carson Chan, in: Decoy, Landesgalerie Linz and Kerstin Engholm Galerie Vienna, Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2012
- CV Eva Grubinger www.evagrubinger.com