Career

Portrait Beate Spitzmüller studied Fine and Interdisciplinary Arts in Frankfurt and Freiburg. She draws, photographs, collages and develops concepts for her installation-pieces. In her work, various media interconnect and work upon one another. Conceptually based, her output often consists of works in series and inter-linked. In recent years, it predominantly focuses on “time” and its internal processes, identity in all its facets, all the while exploring social, social and environmental issues. Upon completing her studies, Spitzmüller relocated to Berlin.

Spitzmüller has exhibited and created in-situ project-related works in Germany and abroad, notably in Australia, India, Poland, South Africa, Switzerland, and the USA. The beneficiary of numerous scholarships and artist residencies, including the International Akerby Scholarship, Sweden (2000); a grant from the Fondation Bartels, Switzerland (2006); a grant from the Cranach Foundation, Wittenberg (2008). She was artist-in-residence at the Greatmore Studios in 2009 in Cape Town and the following year a scholarship holder at the BagFactory in Johannesburg, where she lived and worked for several months. In 2011, she received a scholarship from the Schlossberg Böblingen Kunstverein, where she worked on both individual citizens’ and the city’s history time window in conjunction with local residents, investigating personal and collective memories.

"Inevitably, my career trajectory is closely linked to my personal life and constantly shaped by artistic debate, personal development and dialogue."

Artistic Career

Education:

  • 1986-88  Académie des Arts Decoratifs, Strasbourg, Department Ceramics
  • 1988-93  Academy of Fine Arts Freiburg, Department Painting
  • 1991-93  Städelschule Frankfurt, Academy of Fine Arts, Department Interdisciplinary Arts
  • Worked as a freelance artist since 1993

Awards, Scholarships, Artist Residencies

2021   Residency Kunsthaus Stove /Germany
2020   Artist stipend Senat Berlin / Germany
2020   Artist stipend Kunstnartun Leveld / Norway
2018   Residency Estonian Artist Association, Muhu / Estland
2016   4.th Int. VideoDay of Experimental- & Animation Shortfilms, G.A.S. Station, Berlin / Germany
2014   IX Int. Biennial of Drawing, Pilsen / Czech Republic
2011   Artist stipend Kunstverein Böblingen / Germany
2010   Artist stipend Bagfactory, Johannesburg / South Africa
2009   Residency Greatmore Studio, Cape Town / South Africa
2008   Artist stipend Cranach Foundation, Wittenberg / Germany
2006   Artist stipend Bartels Fondation, Basel / Switzerland
2002   Deutsches Elfenbeinmuseum, as part of the Art Prize of Bernd-Rosenheim Foundation, Erbach / Germany
2000   Artist stipend Akerby Sculpture Park, Nora / Sweden
1994   IV. Int. Art Triennial Majdanek, State Museum Lublin / Poland
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