Eve Sussman

Osvaldo Romberg

Osvaldo Romberg was born in Buenos Aires and trained as a painter and architect. He left Argentina at the start of the Dirty War, when his teaching at the University of Tucaman was interrupted. Over five decades and on five continents, Romberg has produced a consistently goading body of work that tackles questions of analysis, interpretation and representation of art and art history. His own history of translocation and his firm commitment to family and teaching are mirrored by a practice forever playing with the basics of life, sex and death, and its more complex sensibilities, language and mythology. As director of Bezalel Academy, he influenced an entire generation of Israeli artists. He is senior curator at the Slought Foundation in Philadelphia and founder of The Well in Beer-Sheva, Israel. His work is in many major museum collections around the world.


Education

2008 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
2006-2008 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, MFA Sculpture
1998-2002 University of Hartford, Connecticut, BFA Sculpture (Magna Cum Laude)


Selected Exhibitions & Projects

2009

  • Video Installation
    Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
  • Videos and Stills
    Z.K.M., Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Building Footprints
    Sabanci University, Istanbul

2008

  • Videos and Stills
    Centro Cultural de Recoleta, Buenos Aires
  • Dear Theo, The Night that Van Gogh Cried
    Galeria Vasari, Buenos Aires

2007

  • Jesus de Buenos Aires
    Kunst Museum, Bonn
  • Buildings Footprints
    Museum of Modern Art Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
  • Framing  the Art
    Heike Curtze Gallery, Vienna
  • The War of the Jews
    The Artist Workshop, Tel – Aviv

2006

  • The Library is Burning
    The University of Pennsylvania Library, Philadelphia

2005

  • Translocations: Architectural Installations, 1980 – 2005, (cat.)
    PeKA Gallery for Experimental Art and Architecture, Technion, Haifa
  • Narrative Architectural (1987—2005), (cat.)
    Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint Etienne, Saint Etienne
  • Text, Image, Object (1963 – 2005), (cat.)
    Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
  • Dear Theo…(the night Van Gogh cried)
    Galerie Heike Curtze, Berlin

2004

  • From Paradise to Paradise: A Hypertext about Love in Three Parts
    Julie M. Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

2003

  • From Paradise to Paradise: A Hypertext about Love in Three Parts
    Universal Concepts Unlimited, New York

2001

  • The Library Is Burning (recent books)
    Jan Van der Donk Gallery, New York

2000

  • Besame Mucho: A Hypertext About Love (cat.)
    Domgrabungsmuseum, Salzburg, Austria, and White Box Gallery New York
  • Retinal-Non-Retinal (cat.)
    Staedtische Kunstsammlungen, Augsburg

1999

  • Romberg's Walks at the Kunsthistorische Museum (cat.)
    Kunsthistorische Museum, Vienna and Galerie Heike Curtze, Vienna

1997

  • Bypass (1972-1997) (cat.)
    Kunstmuseum, Bonn;
    Galerie Hohenthal & Bergen, Munich
  • Osvaldo Romberg: A Survey (1974-1997)
    Stux Gallery, New York

1996

  • +/- 2000, Even (cat.), exhibited simultaneously at:
  • Fundacion Xavier Corbero, Barcelona;
  • Ludwig Museum, Budapest;
  • Ludwig Museum, Cologne;
  • Museum of Modern Art, Odessa;
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia;
  • The Reykjavik Municipal Art Museum, Reykjavik;
  • Stadtgalerie, Saarbruecken;
  • Tel Aviv University Gallery, Central Library;
  • Sudo Museum, Tokyo;
  • Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna

1995

  • The Return of Martin Steel (prospect)
    Artist Space, New York
  • New Books and Short Stories
    Galerie Hohenthal & Bergen, Cologne

1994

  • Re-Citing, Books and Short Stories
    Gimel Gallery, Jerusalem

1993

  • Building Footprints III (cat.)
    Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna
  • On Scale (cat.)
    Sprengel Museum, Hannover
  • La vie en Valise: The Artist as Curator (cat.)
    Fundacion San Telmo, Buenos Aires
  • New Works
    Galerie Heike Curtze, Vienna
  • New Works
    Galerie Schueppenhauer, Cologne

1992

  • Romberg: The '70s, the '80s
    Galerie Montaigne, Paris

1991

  • Building Footprints (cat.)
    The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Building Footprints II (cat.)
    MUHKA-Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp
  • On Scale (cat.)
    Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg

1990

  • Installations (cat.)
    The Jewish Museum, New York

1988

  • Prepictum, Postpictum + Working Drawings (cat.)
    Galeria Julia Lublin, Buenos Aires

1987

  • Galeria Paolo Figueredo, Sao Paulo (cat.)

1986

  • Hybrid Objects and Installations (cat.)
    Museo de Arte de Sao Paulo

1985

  • Tibor de Nagy, New York (cat.)

1984

  • Israel Pavilion: Retrospective 1972-1984 (cat.)
    XLI Venice Biennial
  • Drawings (cat.)
    Utrecht Museum of Contemporary Art, Netherlands
  • Osvaldo Romberg und der Merzbau von Kurt Schwitters (cat.)
    Kunstmuseum, Hannover
  • From Analysis to Metaphor
    Galerie Springer, Berlin

1983

  • Galerie Stadler, Paris

1982

  • Color Environments
    Bauhaus-Archiv-Museum. Berlin
  • Mythologies, From Altamira to Manet, An Emotional Analysis of Art History (cat.)
    Musee D'Art Moderne, Strasbourg
  • Mythologies, From  Altamira to Manet, An Emotional Analysis of Art History (cat.)
    Neue Galerie, Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen

1981

  • Mythologies,  From  Altamira to Manet, An Emotional Analysis of Art History (cat.)
    Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vienna

1980

  • Mythologies, From  Altamira to Manet, An Emotional Analysis of Art History (cat.)
    Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv

1979

  • Galerie Stadler, Paris

1978

  • Works on Paper
    Galerie Peccolo, Livorno

1975

  • Typologies (cat.)
    International Cultural Center, Antwerp

1974

  • Projects
    Institute of Contemporary Art, London

1972

  • Landscape as Idea (cat.)
    Center of Art and Communication, Buenos Aires
    Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Selected Group Exhibitions

2008

  • Biennial of Sevilla
  • International Biennal of Poznan
  • Medium Religion
    Z.K.M. Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe

2005

  • Domicile: Privé/Public, installations of "Syzygy III" and "The Last Machu Pichu"
    Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint Etienne, Saint Etienne

2000

  • Topologies: Weiner, Le Va, Anastasi, Romberg
    White Box Gallery, New York

1999

  • Faith
    The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Connecticut
  • Plural Speech
    White Box Gallery, New York

1998

  • The Seventies
    Tel Aviv Museum

1997

  • Unmapping the Earth Kwangju Biennial, Korea
  • Transversions
    Second Biennial of Johannesburg, South Africa

1995

  • Avant-Garde Walk a Venezia
    Venice Biennial, Venice
  • White Machu Pichu
    Artists' Museum, Mitzpeh Ramon, Israel

1993

  • Les Levine, Osvaldo Romberg, Nancy Spero
    Thread Waxing Space, New York
  • Quotations
    Museum of Contemporary Art, Wright State University, Ohio

1992

  • Quotations
    Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut

1991

  • Perspective
    Helena Rubinstein Pavilion, Tel Aviv Museum of Art

1989

  • Projects, Installations
    Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut

1985

  • Kunst in Israel
    Kenynklist, Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp
  • Apokalypse
    Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen
  • Artistas Convidados
    18th Biennial: Sao Paulo

1984

  • Nackt in der Kunst
    Sprengel Museum, Hannover
  • Arte allo Specchio
    XLI Venice Biennial

  • Rationalism
    Kunsthalle, Berlin

1983

  • Three Artists about Monet
    Neue Pinakothek, Munich

1976

  • Latin American Art Lousiana Museum, Copenhagen