b. Wiesbaden, Germany, 28 October 1930 – d. Frankfurt, Germany, 1 October 1985
Trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, Charlotte Posenenske amassed, from 1959 to 1968, a body of work that was both radical and utopian in its outlook. Throughout her 10-year long career, she remained one of the few European artists willing to embrace the principles of American minimalism in her work, while still incorporating a strong social and participatory emphasis. As part of her goal to create art that was reproducible at a fixed affordable price, she created series of sculptures which explored the systems and structures arising from serial production and standardisation (the latter as a result of modular assembly).
Posenenske’s work made an international comeback in the early noughties, which notably saw her inclusion in the documenta 12 in Kassel in 2007. Many major exhibitions have since been dedicated to her, including at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 2010, the MAMCO in Geneva in 2016, and the Dia Art Foundation (which is currently hosting a retrospective on her work) in the USA in 2019. Her works feature among the collections of some of the most prestigious institutions in the world, such as the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Museu d’Art Contemporani in Barcelona, the MoMA in New York, and the Tate in London.