Artist Profile: Eva Rothschild

1 August 2019

To coincide with our latest Curators' Day video interview series, this month we look at the work of Irish-born Collection artist Eva Rothschild, whose exhibition, The Shrinking Universe, is currently on show at the Irish Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale.

Eva Rothschild was born in Dublin in 1971, and lives and works in London. One of the leading sculptors of her generation, Rothschild’s work demonstrates a great awareness of the modernist tradition while maintaining its own distinctive sculptural language. Her works also engage with signifiers and objects from her surrounding urban environment, and the eternal forms of geometry and classicism. Her sense of materials, scale, monumentality, colour and line reflect a refined aesthetic sensibility that redeploys and subverts familiar sculptural formats.

She has undertaken large-scale commissions for Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries (2009) and Public Art Fund, New York (2011). Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2018); The New Art Gallery, Walsall (2016-17); The Hugh Lane, Dublin (2014); Nasher Sculpture Centre, Dallas (2012); Kunstverein Hannover, Hanover (2011); South London Gallery, London (2007); and the Kunstalle Zürich, Zürich (2004). Rothschild’s 2011 solo Hot Touch was the inaugural exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield.

The Arts Council Collection currently holds two works by Rothschild: Heavy Cloud, 2003 and Your Weakness, 2004 (pictured), which was shown as part of Occasional Geometries, a National Partners exhibition guest curated by artist Rana Begum.


Curated by Mary Cremin, The Shrinking Universe, a wholly sculptural exhibition of new work produced for this year’s Venice Biennale, engages with current political and environmental concerns arising from our on-going climate of global uncertainty. The exhibition employs a diverse use of materials and sculptural formats to construct an immersive environment that allows the public to be both viewer and participant.

The Shrinking Universe was one of a number of exhibitions by Arts Council Collection artists visited as part of our recent Curators' Day event in Venice. Alongside the Art Fund-supported event, we invited delegates to share their thoughts on the exhbitions visited. In the first film, Helen Pheby, Head of Curatorial Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park discusses The Shrinking Universe explaining: 'What really excites me about Eva’s work and what you really get from her pavilion here is the tension – this isn’t art that is passive which you stand back and look at, this is art that immediately confronts you and engages you.'

> Watch our Curators' Day films

The Shrinking Universe by Eva Rothschild, the national representation of Ireland at the 58th International Venice Biennale, is on show until 24 November 2019.


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