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Kiki Smith was born in Nuremberg in 1954, into an artistic family: her mother, Jane Lawrence Smith, was an opera singer, and her father was the architect and sculptor Tony Smith. The work of Kiki Smith is characterized by a constant reflection on human existence and on life and death. Her traumatic yet poetic representations of the human body brought her international recognition in the late 1980s. In 2006 and 2007, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Whitney Museum in New York organized a retrospective exhibition: “Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980-2005”, which for her signified the end of a particular period.