Nina Canell, Viscosity, Artist’s Institute, New York, 2017
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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 recent solo exhibitions include S.M.A.K, Ghent (2018); The Artist’s Institute, New York (2017); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2017); Arko Art Center, Seoul (2016); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2014); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2013).
Her group exhibitions include: the Venice, Sydney, Lyon, and Liverpool biennials; exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Witte de With, Rotterdam; the ICA, London, and the Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, among others.


Solo Exhibitions

Muscle Memory, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany
Energy Budget, CAPRI, Düsseldorf, Germany
S.M.A.K (City Museum for Contemporary Art), Ghent, Belgium
Reflexologies, Kunstmuseum St Gallen, Switzerland
Polyethylene-Insulated Smear, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico
Le Credac, Paris, France
Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China
Barbara Wien Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Arko Art Center, Seoul, Korea
Daniel Marzona, Berlin, Germany
Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden 
Lulu, Mexico City, Mexico
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, United Kingdom 
Camden Arts Centre, London, United Kingdom 
K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen (Kuenstler Raum), Düsseldorf, Germany
Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, USA
Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany
The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin, Ireland
Cubitt Gallery, London, UK
Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin, Germany
Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
Museum Moderner Künst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria
Hamburg Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany
Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany
Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin, Germany
ICA (collaboration with Robin Watkins), London, United Kingdom 
T293, Napoli, Italy
Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin, Ireland

Group Exhibitions

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, Pinault Collection, Venice, Italy
Blue is the Color of your Eyes - on Materiality and Abstraction, Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden
Unthought Environments, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, EUA
Emerald City, K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong, China
Architecture Effects, Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain
der grosse Anspruch des Klienen Bildes, Barbara Wien, Berlin, Germany
Art & Space, Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain
Aperto La Notte, Villa de Medici, Rome, Italy
How It's Made, Carl Kostyál Stockholm, Sweden
Nordic Pavilion, 57th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
More Than Just Words [On the Poetic], Kunsthalle Wien, Austria
ARS17: Hello World! Art after the Internet, Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA / The Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
L'air vibre du bourdonnement des insectes ("The Air Vibrates with the Buzz of Insects"), Musée départemental d'art contemporain de Rochechouart, France
The Distance ofa Day: Connections and Disconnections in Contemporary Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Accrochage, Pinault, Punta Della Dogana, Venice, Italy
Third Nature, Hessel Museum of Art, CC Bard, New York, USA
Life Itself. On the question of what it essentially is; its materialities, its characteristics considering that the attempts to..., Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Matter Fictions, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal
Die Kräfte hinter den Formen / The forces behind the forms, Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland
Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany
FluxusFeverFuturesFiction, Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao, Spain
Accueille-moi paysage, Marcelle Alix Gallery, Paris, France
13 Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France
Presque Rien, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, france
An Imprecise Science, Artspace, Sydney, Australia
Art in the Age of... Energy and Raw Material / Pleanetary Computation, Witte de With, Rotterdam
White Noise, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland
Percussive Hunter, Akbank Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey
Animal, Mineral, Vegetable, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, USA
The Registry of Promise, Credac, Paris, France
Nature after Nature, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
Technokinesis, Blume & Poe, New York & Los Angeles, USA
Curiosity: Art & the Pleasures of Knowing, De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Curiosity: Art & the Pleasures of Knowing, Hayward Gallery touring, Turner Contemporary Köln Skulptur 7, Skulpturenpark Köln, Germany
12 Triennale Kleinsplastik, Fellbach, Germany
18th Biennale of Sydney Biennale, Sydney, Australia
Made in Germany Zwei, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Atelier + Küche, Marta Herford, Herford, Germany
The Devils Fidelity, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France
Second Strike, Herzliya Biennial, Tel Aviv, Israel
Based in Berlin, Monbijou Park, Berlin, Germany
Twenty, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin Labor (Ars Viva Prize), SALT, Istanbul, Turkey
Under Destruction, Swiss Institute, New York, USA
On Line, MoMA, New York, USA
Modernautställningen, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Liverpool Biennial, Tate Liverpool, United Kingdom
On Destuction, Jean Tinguely Museum, Basel, Switzerland
Neue Alchemie, Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Münster, Germany
Beyond Entropy: When Energy Becomes Form, La Biennale di Venezia – 12th Intl. Architecture Exhibition A Never Ending Story (curated by Chris Sharp), Truth or Consequences, NM
Fischgrätenmelkstand, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany
Runaway Train, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Life: A User ass Manual, Art Sheffield, Sheffield
Leopards in the Temple, Sculpture Center, New York, USA
Performative Attitudes, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland
Das Wesen im Ding, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany
The Knight’s Tour, De Hallen, Haarlem, The Netherlands
The Actuality ofthe Idea, Stuart Shave / Modern Art, London, United Kingdom
All That is Solid Melts into Air, MuHKA, Antwerp/Mechelen Canell/Egan/Nowak, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany
Coalesce Happenstance, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
7th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju
Manifesta 7 - European Biennial ofContemporary Art, Trentino Südtirol Alto Adige
Auto – Stop, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
Mima: Sound Space, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
No Borders (Just News), La Centrale Electrique - European Centre for Contemporary Art, Brussels, February + CACT - Centre of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
Beyond the Country: Perspectives ofthe Land in Historic and Contemporary Art, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland
Movement, Contingency & Community, Gallery27, Seoul What Remains, Spazio Lambretto, Milano, Italy
Come Together, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Bring the Noise, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Ireland
2005 Precaution, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

Selected Public and Museum Collections
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Irish Arts Council
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Konstnärsnämnden, Stockholm (National Collection, Sweden)
Permanent public sculpture, Royal National Library, Stockholm
Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Staatliche Museen Zu Berlin
Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn (National Collection, Germany)
LWL Landesmuseum, Münster
Kiasma, Helsinki
FNAC Fonds National d’Art Contemporain
FRAC Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain
Pinault Collection, Paris / Venice
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen
Mumok, Vienna
Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz
S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent
Dallas Museum of Modern Art, Dallas
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Nina Canell Polyethylene-Insulated Smear
Curated by Fernanda Brenner
Reflexologies Nina Canell
Muscle Memory Nina Canell
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Stray Warmings Nina Canell
Lautlos Nina Canell
Tendrils Nina Canell
Evaporation Essays Nina Canell