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For Swedish artist Nina Canell the nature of process is the material of her practice. Grounded as much in the chance encounter as in close study, her work is characterised by a syntax of relations and transfers, whereby material forms and immaterial forces are placed in proximity, facilitating dynamic relations to emerge and sculpture as an agency to take form.

The negotiation and displacement of energy has been an integral preoccupation in her work since the very beginning. Thinking beyond the tangibility of sculpture, she sees it not only as something that is grounded in material and objects, but more as a host that might act as a conduit for external events.

For Canell, sculpture is a condition; one that is highly sensitive to spatio-temporal variables. The environment in which her sculptures are placed determines the temperature, atmosphere and transformation of objects - just as they in turn shape what is around them.

Nina Canell (1979, Växjö, Sweden) lives and works in Berlin.
Her solo exhibitions include Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2019); S.M.A.K (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst), Ghent (2018); Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2018); The Artist’s Institute, New York (2017); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2017); Arko Art Center, Seoul (2016); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2014); Camden Arts Centre, London (2014); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2012), and Fridericianum, Kassel (2011).
Her group shows include the Venice, Sydney, Lyon, Gwangju, and Liverpool biennials; exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; the ICA, London; Guggenheim, Bilbao, and Manifesta 7, Trentino – South Tyrol.

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Solo Exhibitions
2020

Dits Dahs, Barbara Wien, Berlin, Germany
Dits Dahs, Daniel Marzona, Berlin, Germany
Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, Belgium (upcoming)
2019
Vegetable Teratology, Progetto, Lecce, Italy
Muscle Memory, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany
Drag-Out, 500 Capp Street, San Francisco, USA
Metallurgic Weather, Kaufmann Repetto, Milan, Italy
Energy Budget, CAPRI, Düsseldorf, Germany
2018
Reflexologies, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Energy Budget, S.M.A.K (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst), Ghent, Belgium
No. 4: Raises dust and loose paper; small branches moved. 2018 and No. 6: Large branches in motion; whistling heard in telegraph wires; umbrellas used with difficulty, 019, Ghent, Belgium
Nina Canell & Ian Kiaer, Barbara Gross, Munich, Germany
2017
Polyethylene-Insulated Smear, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil 
Viscosity, The Artist's Institute, New York, USA
Dolphin Dandelion, Le Credac, Ivry-sur-Seine, France
Ayrton, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico
2016
Reflexology, Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China
Foam-Skin Insulated Jelly-Filled Vowel, Barbara Wien, Berlin, Germany
2015
Satin Ions, Arko Art Center, Seoul, Korea
Brief Syllable (Flat), Rond Point Projects, Marseille, France
Dimensions Withheld, Daniel Marzona, Berlin, Germany
2014
Free-Space Path Loss, Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden
Mid-Sentence, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Near Here, Lulu, Mexico City, Mexico
Near Here, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, United Kingdom
Near Here, Camden Arts Centre, London, United Kingdom
Impulse Slight, Royal Library Stockholm, Sweden (permanent)
2013
Stray Warmings, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen (Kuenstler Raum), Düsseldorf, Germany
Stray Warmings, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, USA
O Little Drops, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin, Ireland
Nina Canell & Sofia Hultén, Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil
2012
Lautlos, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
Tendrils, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Into the Eyes as Ends of Hair, Cubitt Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2011
Matter of the Heart, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Heart of the Matter, Barbara Wien, Berlin, Germany
Ode to Outer Ends, Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
2010
To Let Stay Projecting as a Bit of Branch on a Log by Not Chopping it Off, MUMOK (Museum Moderner Künst Stiftung Ludwig), Vienna, Austria
2009
Five Kinds of Water, Hamburg Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany
The New Mineral, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany
We Sank Through to Our Waists (32760 Revolutions), Projects in Art & Theory, Cologne, Germany
Paradise [31], Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2008
Walking on No-Top Hill, Barbara Wien, Berlin, Germany
Nought to Sixty, ICA, London, United Kingdom
Slight Heat of the Eyelid, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin, Ireland
2007
Moon. Mist. Drum., Model Arts & Niland Gallery, Sligo, Ireland
2006
Soft Mud & Parallel Happenings, T293, Naples, Italy
2005
We woke up with energy, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin, Ireland

Group Exhibitions
2020

Solo 27, Club Solo, Breda, The Netherlands
Ghosts from the Recent Past, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
The Clouds and the Cloud, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Siegen, Germany
Studio Berlin, Berghain, Berlin, Germany
Reservoir, 019 Ghent, Ghent, Belgium
(In)Finite Resources? Artistic Positions since 1980, Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
Signature Women – 100 Years on the Swedish Art Scene, Artipelag, Gustavsberg, Sweden
Transparent Things, Goldsmiths CCA, London, United Kingdom
2019
Sounds Unheard, Goethe-Institut, Paris, France
Living in a Lightbulb, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Luogo e Segni, Punta della Dogana / Pinault Collection, Venice, Italy
Blue is the Color of your Eyes – On Materiality and Abstraction, Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden
Delirious, Lustwarande, Park De Oude Warande, Tilburg, The Netherlands
DARK MATTER: 95% of the universe is missing, Science Gallery London, London, United Kingdom
Transmissions, Vin Vin, Vienna, Austria
2018
Architecture Effects, Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain
Der grosse Anspruch des Klienen Bildes, Barbara Wien, Berlin, Germany
Estructuras Vivientes, XVI Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador
On Circulation, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway
The Elephant in the Room, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
Hunter of Worlds, Salts, Birsfelden, Germany
Other Mechanisms, Secession, Vienna, Austria
Restless Matter, Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amstelveen, The Netherlands
More Than Mere Jelly, CCS Bard, New York, USA
Emerald City, K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong, China
Unthought Environments, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, EUA
Adverbios Temporales, Centro Centro, Madrid, Spain
Title II, Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montreal, Canada
Germany is not an island – Contemporary Art Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany Acquisitions 2012-2016, Bundeskunsthalle (Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany), Bonn, Germany
2017
Mirrored, Nordic Pavilion, 57th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Open at Night, Villa Medici, Rome, Italy
How It's Made, Carl Kostyál Stockholm, Sweden
Art and Space, Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain
Myth, Music and Electricity, Herkulessaal, Munich, Germany
Gridded Currents, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
I. Summer (after the Great Game), Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York, USA
How beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken, S.M.A.K, Ghent, Belgium
Transmissions from the Etherspace, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
Neither., Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, Belgium
ARS17: Hello World! Art after the Internet, Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA / The Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
More Than Just Words [On the Poetic], Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria Theatre of Measurement, Kunstverein Munchen, Munich, Germany Future Eaters, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia
Beyond the Box. Sammlung Dohmen, Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren, Germany
The Air Vibrates with the Buzz of Insects, Musée départemental d'art Contemporain de Rochechouart, France
The vague Space. Sammlung Christian Kaspar Schwarm, Weserburg - Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany
2016
We Are The Center For Curatorial Studies, Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard, New York, USA
Samhällsmaskinen, Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden
Inflected Objects #2 Circulation – Otherwise, Unhinged, Future Gallery, Berlin, Germany
A Thousand Horsepower, Trinxet Factory, Barcelona, Spain
Third Nature, Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard, New York, USA
Matter Fictions, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal
The Distance of a Day: Connections and Disconnections in Contemporary Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Accrochage, Punta Della Dogana / Pinault Collection, Venice, Italy
The Forces Behind the Forms, Museums Haus Lange and Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany
The Forces Behind the Forms, Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun, Switzerland
Life Itself. On the question of what it essentially is; its materialities, its characteristics considering that the attempts to..., Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
FluxusFeverFuturesFiction, Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao, Spain
Accueille-moi paysage, Marcelle Alix Gallery, Paris, France
Let There Be (More) Light, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, USA
The Mud of Compound Experience, Mother’s Tankstation in collaboration with Leo Xu Projects, Hong Kong, China
Farewell to an Idea, Neue Berliner Räume, Berlin, Germany
2015
The Forces Behind the Forms, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria
Drawn By Its Own Memory, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, United Kingdom
KölnSkulptur # 8, Skulpturenpark Köln, Cologne, Germany
Blühendes Gift, MUMOK (Museum Moderner Künst Stiftung Ludwig), Vienna, Austria
La vie moderne, 13th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France
Presque Rien, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France
Art in the Age of... Energy and Raw Material, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Art in the Age of... Planetary Computation, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
White Noise, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland An Imprecise Science, Artspace, Sydney, Australia
Percussive Hunter, Akbank Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey
Eppur si muove (And yet it turns), Mudam Luxembourg (Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean), Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Le Souffleur, Schürmann meets Ludwig, Ludwig Forum Aachen, Germany
2014
Animal, Mineral, Vegetable, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, USA
The Registry of Promise: The Promise of Moving Things, Le Credac, Ivry-sur-Seine, France
Technokinesis, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA
Curiosity: Art & the Pleasures of Knowing, Hayward touring, De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Nature After Nature, Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
And How Are We Feeling Today?, San Diego University Art Gallery, San Diego, USA
See what sees you, 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria
2013
A Stand In (or A Glass of Milk), Public Fiction, Los Angeles, USA
Surface Tension, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada
KölnSkulptur # 7, Skulpturenpark Köln, Cologne, Germany
Curiosity: Art & the Pleasures of Knowing, Hayward Gallery touring, Turner Contemporary, Margate, United Kingdom
12 Triennale Kleinplastik, Fellbach, Germany
Flex-Sil Reloaded, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Revolution from Within, Kaufman Repetto, Milan, Italy
How To Write, Galerie Wien Lukatsch, Berlin, Germany
2012
Les amas d’Hercule, Parc Saint Léger, Pouges-les-Eaux, France
Atelier + Kitchen, MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany
All our relations, 18th Biennale of Sydney Biennale, Sydney, Australia
Made in Germany Zwei, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
Intense Proximity, La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
The Devil’s Fidelity, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France
Mexico City Blues, Shanaynay, Paris, France
Dorothea Von Stetten Kunstpreis, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
2011
Second Strike, Herzliya Biennial, Tel Aviv, Israel
Based in Berlin, Monbijou Park, Berlin, Germany
Twenty, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Laboratory (ars viva 2010/2011), SALT, Istanbul, Turkey
Under Destruction, Swiss Institute, New York, USA
I Love Those Paintings (art, natural and social science), Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin, Ireland
The Silver Show, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany
2010
On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century, MoMA, New York, USA
Modernautställningen, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Touched, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Under Destruction, Jean Tinguely Museum, Basel, Switzerland
Neue Alchemie, LWL - Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Münster Germany
Beyond Entropy: When Energy Becomes Form, La Biennale di Venezia – 12th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice, Italy
A Never Ending Story, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, USA
Fischgrätenmelkstand, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany
Runaway Train, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Art Sheffield 2010 – Life: A User’s Manual, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Leopards in the Temple, Sculpture Center, New York, USA
Performative Attitudes, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland
Das Wesen im Ding, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany
Invisible Shadows, MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany
2009
The Knight’s Tour, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands
The Actuality of the Idea, Stuart Shave / Modern Art, London, United Kingdom
All That is Solid Melts into Air, MuHKA, Antwerp/Mechelen, Belgium
Canell/Egan/Nowak, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany
Coalesce Happenstance, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2008
7th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea
Manifesta 7 – European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Trentino – South Tyrol, Italy
Auto – Stop, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
MIMA: Sound Space, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
NO BORDERS (Just N.E.W.S.*), Centre of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki (in collaboration with AICA & the European Centre for Contemporary Art in Brussels “La Centrale Électrique”), Thessaloniki, Greece
2007
Beyond the Country: Perspectives of the Land in Historic and Contemporary Art, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland
Movement, Contingency & Community, Gallery27, Seoul, South Korea
What Remains, Spazio Lambretto, Milan, Italy
Come Together, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2006
Bigger Bang, Galleria Ja Projektitila Huoltamo, Tampere, Finland
Bring the Noise, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Plane, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin & The Dock, Carrick-on Shannon, Ireland
Mother’s Ruin: Dangerous Obsessions and the Culture of Excess, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin, Ireland
2005
Precaution, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Here Comes Everybody, Project Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Live, Interim-Projekte, Frankfurt, Germany
BA Graduation Exhibition, IADT, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
2004
Obscured by Clouds, Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Regarder, Observer, Surveiller, Galerie Sequence, Quebec, Canada
Projected Windows, The Digital Hub, Thomas Street, Dublin, Ireland
G-niale International Short Film Festival, Stralsund, Germany

Collections
Dallas Museum of Modern Art
FNAC Fonds National d’Art Contemporain
FRAC Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Staatliche Museen Zu Berlin
Irish Arts Council
Irish Museum of Modern Art
Kiasma
Konstnärsnämnden - the Swedish Arts Grands Committee
Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen
LWL - Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte
Malmö Konstmuseum
Moderna Museet
Mumok
Pinault Collection
Royal National Library of Stockholm (permanent public sculpture)
S.M.A.K. (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst)
Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (National Collection, Germany)
Walker Art Center

Exhibitions
Nina Canell Nina Canell
EnormousBalls
Nina Canell Polyethylene-Insulated Smear
Neither.
Curated by Fernanda Brenner
Publications
Reflexologies Nina Canell
2019
Delirious Lustwarande Excursions in Contemporary Sculpture III Nina Canell
2019
Muscle Memory Nina Canell
2019
Vegetable Teratology Colouring Book Nina Canell
2019
Speculations on Anonymous Material, nature after nature, Inhuman Nina Canell
2018
Mirrored Nina Canell
2017
Satin Ions Nina Canell
2016
The Forces Behind the Forms: Geology, Matter, Process in Contemporary Art Nina Canell
2016
Stray Warmings Nina Canell
2014
File Note Nina Canell
2014
Mid-Sentence Nina Canell
2014
Lautlos Nina Canell
2013
La Triennale 2012 - Intense proximité: Une Anthologie du Proche et du Lointain Nina Canell
2012
Tendrils Nina Canell
2012
To Let Stay Projecting As A Bit Of Branch On A Log By Not Chopping It Off Nina Canell
2010
Under Destruction Nina Canell
2010
Evaporation Essays Nina Canell
2010
Lunar Distance / The Knight’s Tour Nina Canell
2009
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