Nina Canell, Scree, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, 2022
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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 (b. 1979, Växjö, Sweden) lives and works in Berlin.

Her institutional solo exhibitions include: Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (2022); OGR Torino, Turin (2022); Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2019); S.M.A.K, Ghent (2018); Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2018); The Artist’s Institute, New York (2017); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2017); Le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine (2017); Arko Art Center, Seoul (2015); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2014); Camden Arts Center, London (2014); Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle (2014); Lunds Konsthall, Lund (2014); Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2013); Fridericianum, Kassel (2011); MUMOK, Vienna (2010); ICA, London (2008). Canell has taken part in the Venice, Sydney, Lyon, Gwangju, and Liverpool biennials, as well as in group shows at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Guggenheim, Bilbao, among others.


Solo Exhibitions
Scree, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, Belgium
Tectonic Tender, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
HardscapesOGR Turino, Turin, Italy
Dits Dahs, Barbara Wien, Berlin, Germany
Dits Dahs, Daniel Marzona, Berlin, Germany
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
Reflexologies, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Energy Budget, S.M.A.K, 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
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
Reflexology, Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China
Foam-Skin Insulated Jelly-Filled Vowel, Barbara Wien, Berlin, Germany
Satin Ions, Arko Art Center, Seoul, Korea
Brief Syllable (Flat), Rond Point Projects, Marseille, France
Dimensions Withheld, Daniel Marzona, Berlin, Germany
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
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
Tendrils, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Into the Eyes as Ends of Hair, Cubitt Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Matter of the Heart, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Heart of the Matter, Barbara Wien, Berlin, Germany
Ode to Outer Ends, Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
To Let Stay Projecting as a Bit of Branch on a Log by Not Chopping it Off, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria
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
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
Moon. Mist. Drum., Model Arts & Niland Gallery, Sligo, Ireland
Soft Mud & Parallel Happenings, T293, Naples, Italy
We woke up with energy, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin, Ireland

Group Exhibitions
Obsession I, ECHO, Cologne, Germany
Recent Acquisitions and Eternal Loves - Part I, Nicoletta Fiorucci Collection, Monaco, Monaco
Elzéard Bouffier, TheMerode, Brussels, Belgium
Esfíngico Frontal, Mendes Wood DM, São Paolo, Brazil
Atmen, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Candida Höfer: Liechtenstein, Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein, Zurich, Switzerland
Conversation Pit, Winona mon amour, Brussels, Belgium
Jusque-là, Pinault Collection | Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France
Une seconde éternité, Bourse du Commerce, Pinault Collection, Paris, France
Do Animals Go To Heaven?, Chiesa del Purgatorio, Matera, Italy
Up in the Air - Air as an Artistic Material, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
FUTURA. Measuring Time, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Extended Present – Transient Realities, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary
Conditioned Movement, Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden

A Higher Calling, White Space Beijing, Beijing, China
Into Nature 2021. New Energy, Rensenpark, Bargerveen & Emmen, Drenthe, The Netherlands
Winter of Discontent, 303 Gallery, New York, USA
Days of Inertia, Mendes Wood DM at d'Ouwe Kerk, Retranchement, The Netherlands
Metabolic Rift - Berlin Atonal, Kraftwerk Berlin, Berlin, Germany
The Ocean, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway
Zyklus fur Wassereimer (oder Flaschen) after Tomas Schmit #1, n.b.k., Berlin, Germany
Swimming Pool - Troubled Waters, Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Ghosts from the Recent Past, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Enjoy – The MUMOK Collection in Change, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria
Nothing is Lost. Art and Matter in Transformation, GAMeC - Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy
N. Dash and Nina Canell, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
Serien, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburger, Germany
Solo 27, Club Solo, Breda, The Netherlands
EnormousBalls, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, Belgium
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
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
City Prince/sses, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Architecture Effects, Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain
der grosse Anspruch des Klienen Bildes, Barbara Wien, Berlin, Germany
Estructuras Vivientes, XIV 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, Bonn, Germany
Nina Canell & Ian Kiaer, Barbara Gross, Munich, Germany
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
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
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), Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Le Souffleur, Schürmann meets Ludwig, Ludwig Forum Aachen, Germany
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
A Stand In (or A Glass of Milk), Public Fiction, Los Angeles, USA
Surface Tension, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada
Nina Canell & Sofia Hultén, Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil
Power (Powerless), 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
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
Second Strike, Herzliya Biennial, Tel Aviv, Israel
Based in Berlin, Monbijou Park, Berlin, Germany
Twenty, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Lab/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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Obscured by Clouds, Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Regarder, Observer, Surveiller, Galerie Séquence, Quebec, Canada
Projected Windows, The Digital Hub, Thomas Street, Dublin, Ireland
G-niale International Short Film Festival, Stralsund, Germany

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
Institut d'Art Contemporain de Villeurbanne
Irish Arts Council
Irish Museum of Modern Art
Konstnärsnämnden - the Swedish Arts Grands Committee
Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen
LWL - Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte
Malmö Konstmuseum
Moderna Museet
Pinault Collection
Royal National Library of Stockholm (permanent public sculpture)
Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (National Collection, Germany)
Walker Art Center

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Delirious Lustwarande Excursions in Contemporary Sculpture III Nina Canell
Muscle Memory Nina Canell
Vegetable Teratology Colouring Book Nina Canell
Speculations on Anonymous Material, nature after nature, Inhuman Nina Canell
Mirrored Nina Canell
Satin Ions Nina Canell
The Forces Behind the Forms: Geology, Matter, Process in Contemporary Art Nina Canell
Stray Warmings Nina Canell
File Note Nina Canell
Mid-Sentence Nina Canell
Lautlos Nina Canell
La Triennale 2012 - Intense proximité: Une Anthologie du Proche et du Lointain Nina Canell
Tendrils Nina Canell
To Let Stay Projecting As A Bit Of Branch On A Log By Not Chopping It Off Nina Canell
Under Destruction Nina Canell
Evaporation Essays Nina Canell
Lunar Distance / The Knight’s Tour Nina Canell
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