Christiane Baumgartner creates monumental handmade woodcuts. In her work, she transforms her own photographs and video stills, which often record news and television images. Using both traditional and digital modes of representation in the artistic process, the work reflects on viewers’ experience of the materiality and immateriality of images. Relations of movement and standstill, scale and structure are recurring themes embodied in the woodcuts.

Christiane Baumgartner was born in Leipzig, East Germany in 1967. She studied at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB) Leipzig and completed her Masters in Printmaking at the Royal College of Art in London in 1999. The artist lives and works in Leipzig.

Baumgartner's works have been shown in numerous international exhibitions, and they are in the collections of renowned institutions and museums including the Albertina, Vienna; Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; The Federal Collection of Contemporary Art, Bonn; the Städel Museum, Frankfurt / Main; the Sprengel Museum, Hanover; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 

MDR Kultur Spezial
Audio essay by Ulrike Thielmann, 21 Jul 2022 (German language)