Ulla von Brandenburg


Born in 1974 in Karlsruhe, Germany and based in Paris since 2005

After studying scenography in Karlsruhe and a brief stint working in theatre, she trained at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg. Her œuvre is characterised by its diversity of media (installations, films, watercolours, wall paintings, collages, performances, etc.) which echo one another and which she variously stages, according to the exhibition spaces. Perfectly mastering the codes of scenography, inspired by literature, art and architectural history but also psychoanalysis, spiritualism, and magic, she borrows as much from esoteric rituals and popular ceremonies as from the mechanisms and codes of theatre to explore the construction of our social structures. Masks, costumes, sets, and accessories derived from various popular traditions thus allow her to symbolically transgress norms and hierarchies by subtly blending reality and appearances in theatrical stagings.

Internationally renowned, her work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, for instance at Stuttgartstaats Galerie (2022), Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst in Bremen (2021), Palais de Tokyo (2020), MRAC in Sérignan (2019), Whitechapel Gallery in London (2018), Musée Jenisch in Vevey, Switzerland (2018), Kunstmuseum in Bonn (2018), Perez Art Museum in Miami (2016), or the Contemporary Art Museum in Saint Louis (2016).

Her works belong to prestigious collections such as that of the Tate Modern in London, the Mamco in Geneva, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, or the Mudam in Luxembourg. The artist is represented in France by the Galerie Art: Concept in Paris, the Pilar Corrias Gallery in London, the Produzentengalerie in Hamburg, and the Meyer Riegger Gallery in Karlsruhe, Basel, and Berlin.