Alexandra Bircken

Selected works by Alexandra Bircken

Alexandra Bircken


wood, concrete, cloth, wax, screws, wire & steel

240 x 300 x 236cm
Alexandra Bircken’s unmonumental stretcher frame sculptures are informed by her background in fashion design and interest in the radical aspects of handmade culture. A fragmentary array of irregular objects and organic shapes, often coloured by the artist, is hung and displayed on strings and aluminium rods.
Alexandra Bircken
Unit 1 (and detail)


Coated aluminium, aluminium rods, polyurethane foam, fabric, wool

Frame: 140 x 220 cm Base: 80 x 185 cm
Embedded and held aloft as if on a weaver’s loom, lowly materials such as found tree trunks, slices of Styrofoam, building offcuts and thin cloth swatches (seen in Unit 1, Unit 3 and Unit 4, all 2008) are reincarnated as a new kind of artwork, twisting traditional painting and sculpture into icons of vernacular art and craft.
Alexandra Bircken
Unit 3 (and detail)


Coated aluminium, copper, brass, wire, roots, stones, acrylic paint, spray paint, cardboard, mortar, branches, tomato panicle, steel, concrete, wax, oilcloth, tangerine, apple cores, screws

Frame: 220 x 140 cm Base: 185 x 80 cm
Alexandra Bircken
Unit 4 (and detail)


Coated aluminium, branches, plastic tube, acrylic paint, stone slices, bread, wire, screws

Frame: 140 x 220 cm Base: 185 x 80 cm
The detritus, wool, reedy trunks and rags that find their way into Bircken’s grids are reminiscent of the temporary architectures and all-incorporating make-do of alternative communities on the margins of mainstream society. The weaving and crafting involved in her method additionally brings to mind 1960s and ’70s feminist art politics.

When shown together, her works can appear as a radical lifestyle Gesamtkunstwerk. ‘I am interested in dismantling prevailing hierarchies of value regarding these objects and materials by way of connecting them, thus putting them in a new context to each other. It’s an alternative system or cycle.’
Alexandra Bircken


Wood, painted fabric, pigmented wax

92 x 21 x 13.3cm

Alexandra Bircken's Biography

Alexandra Bircken
Born in 1967, Cologne, Germany
Lives and works in Cologne


Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL

Kunstverein Hamburg, DE
Kunstverein Bonn, DE

Studio Voltaire, London
Kimmerich, New York

Blondie, Kunstverein Koln, Germany
STORNO, BQ, Los Angeles
Crossings, Herald St, London
BQ, Berlin

Ursula Blickle Stiftung (solo), Kraichtal-Unteröwisheim, Germanys
Open Space (BQ), Art Koln 08
Units, Docking Station, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Holz, Gladstone Gallery, New York
Statements, Art Basel 37 (Herald St)

BQ, Cologne, Germany

Herald St, London, UK

BQ, Cologne, Germany


Made in Germany Zwei, International Art in Germany, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, DE

My Beautiful Mongo, Thomas Brambilla, Bergamo, ITA
Skulpturales Handeln, Haus der Kunst, Munich (cat)
EX3 Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea, Florence
Arthur Bokskamp- Stiftung, Hohenlockstedt, DE
Gesamtkunstwerk: New Art From Germany, Saatchi Gallery, London

Undone, Henry Moore Instistute, Leeds
Rive Droite/ Rive Gauche, Paris
The Long Dark, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
Feint Art, Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany
Same Slight Slighter, Renwick gallery, New York, USA
The Long Dark, curated by Michelle Cotton , Kettles Yard, Cambridge
Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf, Germany

Your Gold Teeth II, Marianna Boesky, New York, Curated by Tod Levin
Arrival Inside, Mary Mary, Glasgow
The Long Dark, curated by Michelle Cotton, The international 3, Manchester

Borders, Museum Boijmans Van Beunigen, Rotterdam
Hooking Up, View 14, mary Boone, New York, curated by Klaus Kertess
Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Art Galelry, London, curated by Francesco manacorda
Paradies und zuruck, Zeitgenossische Kunst im schloss Dyck, Juchen, Germany

Unmonumental, New Museum Of Contemporary Art, New York
Hope and Despair, Cell Project Space, London
Common Threads, Chartlottestown Confederation center, Charlottestown, and Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Canada
About Turn, Kunstverien Braunschwerig, germany
L’Homme nu, Volume 2/3: L’Homme et son environment, Maison Populaire, Montreal
L’Homme nu, Volume 1/3: L’Homme et son environment, Maison Populaire, Montreal

Dereconstuction, curated by matthe Higgs, Gladstone Gallery, NYC
Das Grosse Rasenstuck, outdoor sculpture project, Nurnberg
K'n-yan, curated by Veit Loers, galerie Christine Mayer, Munich

5 Sculptors, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany
Group Show, Maureen Paley, London, UK
Other People’s Projects, Herald St, White Columns, NYC