Kerstin Brätsch

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Kerstin Brätsch
Known forPainter

Kerstin Brätsch (born 1979) is a German contemporary visual artist. She is primarily known as a painter, also making work collaboratively as DAS INSTITUT (with artist Adele Röder) and KAYA (with artist Debo Eilers).[1][2] She currently lives and works in New York City.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Brätsch was born in 1979 [4] in Hamburg, Germany.[3] She received a master's degree in Fine Arts from Columbia University in New York City.[3]


Brätsch is a painter, who often creates large-scale, highly abstract works that combine multiple medias.[5] Though Brätsch's abstract works might visually call to mind artists such as Vasilly Kandinsky, she bucks against tradition in the unusual display of her works. For instance, her paintings have been hung by magnets, draped, and framed in between sheets of glass and then leaned against the wall, which combines an element of exhibition display and performance to her artistic practice.[6]

Brätsch is also known for working quickly and producing large quantities of work.[5] In 2007 Brätsch formed DAS INSTITUT with fellow artist Adele Röder.[1] Using a traditional import and export agency as a model, DAS INSTITUT seeks to examine how images are disseminated, exchanged, and produced in today's world.[1] These collaborations often produce work that combine Brätsch's paintings with Röder's digital projections, posters, and advertisements.[6] Though Brätsch and Röder are the primary artists involved, DAS INSTITUT also collaborates with other artists.[6]

Her other frequent collaborator is sculptor Debo Eilers, with whom she makes work as KAYA. This alter-ego is "an ongoing project with their muse and collaborator Kaya, a teen girl who is the daughter of one of Eilers's childhood friends from Texas. Brätsch and Eilers have been working with Kaya since she was 14, in the process encouraging her to develop as an artist herself.[2]


In 2014, Brätsch was awarded the August Macke Prize.[7]

In 2017, Brätsch was awarded the second edition of the Edvard Munch Art Award, which constituted a cash prize and a solo exhibition at the Munch Museum in 2019.[8]

Art market[edit]

Brätsch has been represented by Gladstone Gallery since 2020.[9] She previously worked with Gavin Brown's Enterprise.[3]

Major exhibitions[edit]

Public collections[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Garutti, Francesco. "Das Institut", Domus, Published 22 July 2011, Accessed 6 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Kerstin Brätsch and Debo Eilers - Reviews - Art in America". Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  3. ^ a b c d "Kerstin Brätsch", Gavin Brown's Enterprise, Accessed 6 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Kerstin Brätsch", Museum of Modern Art, Accessed 6 March 2016.
  5. ^ a b Blagojevic, Bosko. "Kerstin Brätsch and Debo Eilers", Art in America, Accessed 6 March 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Meade, Fionn."Kerstin Brätsch", Parkett, Accessed 6 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Kerstin Brätsche 2014", Accessed 6 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Kerstin Brätsch Garners the Edvard Munch Art Award 2017". Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  9. ^ Jason Farago (July 20, 2020), Gavin Brown Closes His Gallery and Joins Forces With Barbara Gladstone New York Times.
  10. ^ "Das Institut", Swiss Institute Contemporary Art New York, Accessed 6 March 2016.
  11. ^ "The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World", Museum of Modern Art, Accessed 6 March 2016.
  12. ^ "About the Exhibition: NO MAN'S LAND", Rubell Family Collection, Accessed 6 March 2016.
  13. ^ "DAS INSTITUT", Serpentine Galleries, Accessed 6 March 2016.
  14. ^ "Museum Brandhorst | München: Exhibitions". Retrieved 2017-11-28.