Rebecca Warren et al.

Mirrors and Windows (group show)
Sammlung Philara, Dusseldorf
18 June – 3 October 2021

Installation view: Philara Collection, Dusseldorf, 2021, photo: Kai Werner Schmidt
Installation view: Philara Collection, Dusseldorf, 2021, photo: Kai Werner Schmidt

We are experiencing a time of collective learning and unlearning. Representations, (un-)conscious linguistic customs and institutional structures are put to trial and revised, while alternative concepts are formulated for the future. Such a learning process introduces transformations and at the same time demarcates a privileged space that can lead to exclusions. Who has access to knowledge? Whom do we learn from and from which viewing angles? Teachers are identities significantly shaping our views of the world, for in the process of learning, the reflections (Mirrors) affect the perception and the formation of perspectives (Windows).

In 1921, a hundred years ago, the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf was one of the last academies to follow suit, granting female artists the opportunity to pursue an academic education in the arts. On this occasion, the exhibition Mirrors and Windows in the Philara Collection is dedicated to the centenary of the admission of women to the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie. Female students meanwhile constitute more than half of the body of students at art academies in Germany, yet they are not equally represented in terms of numbers and diversity in museums, on the art market and teaching professions.

With the exhibition Mirrors and Windows, the focus is directed towards the women who teach there. By combining works by former and current professors of the fine arts at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, we would like to take the opportunity to draw attention to both the achievements and the still existing inequalities, and thus inspire an overall evaluation of women in the art world. Which positive changes have already been initiated and which hurdles need yet to be cleared?

Rather than reproducing further gender-based territories, the exhibition's formal set up is aimed at creating a multi-voiced space of diverse, brilliant artistic approaches and experiences. The works featured at the Philara Collection bear similarities in how they question their own position and draw boundaries to and reflect on power structures at the time of their creation. This includes practices of negotiating gendered role attributions, addressing the interaction of private and public policies, questioning traditional language conventions and prerogatives of interpretation and implementing strategies of appropriation and exertion of influence. Alongside renowned positions of contemporary art, the exhibition highlights works by women as yet remaining unknown to a larger audience, since they were only marginally registered by the system of their time or their recognition was carried over into the present less prominently.

Sammlung Philara


Rebecca Warren

The Now Voyager (solo show)
Belvedere 21, Vienna
15 July – 16 October 2022

Image: Rebecca Warren, The Now Voyager, 2021/2022, © Rebecca Warren, photo: Johannes Stoll / Belvedere, Vienna
Image: Rebecca Warren, The Now Voyager, 2021/2022, © Rebecca Warren, photo: Johannes Stoll / Belvedere, Vienna

Rebecca Warren’s solo exhibition The Now Voyager at Belvedere 21, consists of nine new, large hand-painted bronze sculptures on variously coloured plinths, and a number of new neon collages shown on walls designed by the artist. Many of these sculptures (which in their variety Warren likens to the cast of aliens in the bar scene in Star Wars) are broadly figurative, and some are additionally top-heavy, leaning, working against gravity, straining against their own bulk and weight. The collages, made of neon, household paint, wool and other elements are presences of a different order: they suggest a strange system of communications manifested as glyphs, oddly familiar peripheral glimpses and distant, nocturnal vistas. Adapted from Walt Whitman’s poem The Untold Want, the exhibition title emphasises the nuance of voyaging in nowness, in live, immediate mental and artistic presence.

Belvedere 21

Rebecca Warren et al.

Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945 (group show)
An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition

Image: Rebecca Warren, Regine, 2007, © Rebecca Warren
Image: Rebecca Warren, Regine, 2007, © Rebecca Warren

This major new touring exhibition challenges the male-dominated narratives of post-war British sculpture by presenting a diverse and significant range of ambitious work by women. Offering a radical recalibration, Breaking the Mould not only celebrates the strengths of sculpture made by women but also seeks to guard against the threat of slipping out of view. Through this deliberately restorative act, the exhibition seeks to inspire future generations, supporting the maxim ‘if she can see it she can be it’.

Breaking the Mould represents the work of over forty-five sculptors including Rebecca Warren.

Tour schedule:
Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, 29 May – 5 September 2021 (Open Thursdays to Sundays and bank holidays, 11am - 4pm. Pre-booking essential. Book tickets at
Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, 18 September 2021 – 9 January 2022
The Levinsky Gallery, The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, 26 March – 5 June 2022
Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, 2 July – 2 October 2022
The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, October 2022 – March 2023

Arts Council Collection

Rebecca Warren

Honoured with OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire)

Rebecca Warren, Aurelius, 2017–2019, photo: Peter Mallet
Rebecca Warren, Aurelius, 2017–2019, photo: Peter Mallet

We congratulate Rebecca Warren on being awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in Queen Elizabeth II's 2020 Birthday Honours List for services to Art. The title OBE is awarded to individuals who have made great contributions to the United Kingdom.

Rebecca Warren's Aurelius, 2017–2019 is currently on view at Regent's Park in London, as part of Frieze Sculpture, until 18 October 2020.