Nina Canell

(b. 1979)

Born 1979, Växjö, Sweden
Lives and works in Berlin

Solo Exhibitions (Selected)


Nina Canell, Robin Watkins and Anna-Sophie Springer, Progetto, Lecce, Italy

Drag-Out, 500 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA, USA

Nina Canell. Muscle Memory, Staatlichen Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany


Energy Budget, S.M.A.K, Ghent, Belgium

Nina Canell (Reflexologies), Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland


Polyethylene-Insulated Smear, Mendes Wood, Sao Paulo, Brasil

Viscosity, The Artist’s Institute, New York, USA

Dolphin Dandelion , le Crédac, Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry, Ivry-sur-Seine, France

Ayrton, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico


Reflexology, LEO XU PROJECTS, Shanghai, China

Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico

Foam-Skin Insulated Jelly-Filled Vowel, Barbara Wien Galerie, Berlin, Germany


Satin lons, Arko Art Center, Seoul, South 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

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK

Camden Arts Centre, London, UK


Luisa Strina Gallery (two person exhibition), São Paulo, Brasil

K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen (Kuenstler Raum), Düsseldorf, Germany

Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, USA


Lautlos, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart (two person exhibition with Rolf Julius), Berlin, Germany


The Douglas Hyde Gallery, 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

Art Basel Statements (with Mother’s Tankstation), Basel, Switzerland


Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin, Germany


ICA (collaboration with Robin Watkins), London, UK


T293, Napoli, Italy

Group Exhibitions (Selected)


Transparent Things, Goldsmiths CCA, London, UK.


The Elephant in the Room – Sculptures of the Marx Collection and of the Collection of the Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany

Blue is the Color of your Eyes – On Materiality and Abstraction in the Moderna Museet Collection, Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden

Luogo e Segni, Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana, Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy

Dark Matter – 95% of the Universe is missing, Science Gallery, London, UK

Delirious, Park De Oude Warande – Lustwarande – Platform for Contemporary Sculpture, Tilburg, The Netherlands


Architecture Effects, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain

XIV Bienal de Cuenca – Estructuras Vivientes. El arte como experiencia plural., Cuenca, Ecuador

The Elephant in the Room – Sculptures of the Marx Collection and of the Collection of the Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany, Germany

On circulation, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway

Other Mechanisms, Secession, Vienna, Austria

Restless Matter, Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amstelveen, The Netherlands

More than mere jelly, Center for Curatorial Studies-CCS Bard College, Annandale,-on-Husdon, NY, USA

Germany Is Not An Island – Contemporary Art Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany, Acquisitions 2012-2016, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany

Emerald City, K11 Art Foundation, Cosco Tower, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong & chi art space, Hong Kong, China

Unthought Environments, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, USA

Adverbios temporales (Adverbs of Time), CENTROCENTRO Cibeles de Cultura y Ciudadanía, Madrid, Spain

Nina Canell/Ian Kiaer, Barbara Gross, Munich, Germany


Aperto La Notte, Villa de Medici, Rome, Italy

How It’s Made, Carl Kostyál, Stockholm, Sweden

Art & Space, Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain

L’air vibre du bourdonnement des insectes, Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, France

How beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium

Future Eaters, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia

Mirrored, The Nordic Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, Italy

ZEIGEN. Eine Audiotour durch die Sammlung, GfZK Leipzig, Germany

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


Samhällsmaskinen, Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden

We Are The Center, CCS Bard, Hessel Museum of Art, New York, USA

The Distance of a Day: Connections and Disconnections in Contemporary Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

Accrochage, Punta Della Dogana, Venice, Italy

Third Nature, Hessel Museum of Art, CC Bard, New York, USA

Life Itself, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Matter Fictions, Museu Colecao Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal

The Mud of Compound Experience, 100 Third Street, Hong Kong, China

Fluxesfeverfuturesfiction, Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao, Spain

Accueile-moi paysage, Marcelle Alix Gallery, Paris, France


The Forces behind the Forms, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria, travels to Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany, and Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland

Köln Skulptur #8, Skulpturenpark Köln, Cologne, Germany


La Vie Moderne, 13th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France

Drawn by its own memory, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, UK

Prosperous Poison – On the Feminist Appropriation of the Austrian Unconscious, Mumok, Vienna, Austria


Presque Rien, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France

White Noise, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland

An Imprecise Science, Artspace, Sydney, Australia

The Percussive Hunter, Akbank Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey

Art in the Age of… Energy and Raw Material, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Animal, Mineral, Vegetable, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, USA

The Registry of Promise, Le Crédac, 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, Kent, UK

Köln Skulptur 7, Skulpturenpark Köln, Germany

Flex-Sil Reloaded, Kunsthalle St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland

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, Ireland

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, Liverpool, UK

On Destuction, Jean Tinguely Museum, Basel, Switzerland

Neue Alchemie, Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Münster, Münster, Germany

Beyond Entropy: When Energy Becomes Form, La Biennale di Venezia – 12th Intl. Architecture Exhibition, Venice, Italy

A Never Ending Story (curated by Chris Sharp), Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, USA

Fischgrätenmelkstand, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany

Runaway Train, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

Life: A User´s Manual, Art Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

Leopards in the Temple, Sculpture Center, New York, USA

Performative Attitudes, Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland

Das Wesen im Ding, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany


The Knight’s Tour, De Hallen, Haarlem, The Netherlands

The Actuality of the Idea, Stuart Shave / Modern Art, London, UK

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, different locations in Trentino-Südtirol-Alto Adige, Italy

Auto – Stop, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden

Mima: Sound Space, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, UK

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 of the Land in Historic and Contemporary Art, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland

Movement, Contingency & Community, Gallery27, Seoul, South Korea

What Remains, Spazio Lambretto, Milano, Italy

Come Together, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland


Bring the Noise, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, UK


Precaution, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

Monographic Publications

Satin Ions, Nina Canell, Arko Arts Center, Seoul and Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite, Berlin, 2015

Mid-Sentence, Nina Canell & Robin Watkins, Moderna Museet, Stockholm and Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite, Berlin, 2015

Free Space Path Loss, Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden, 2014

Stray Warmings, artist monograph, essays by Dieter Roelstraete, Monika Szewczyk, Steven Connor, Sternberg Press and Midway Contemporary Art, 2014 

Nina Canell, Rolf Julius, essay by Gabriele Knapstein, Hamburger Bahnhof and Walter König Verlag, 2013

Tendrils, essay by John Hutchinson, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, 2012

Into the Eyes as Ends of Hair, pamphlet, essay by Steven Connor, Cubitt Gallery, 2012

Neptune the Mystic, 10” vinyl record, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, 2011

To Let Stay Projecting as a Bit of Branch on a Log by not Chopping it Off, artist monograph, essay by Dieter Roelstraete, Walter König Verlag, Köln and Mumok, Vienna, 2010

Evaporation Essays, artist monograph, essays by P. Moore, C. Mac Goilla Leith, C. Sharp, X. Karskens, Distanz Verlag, NAK and Kunstverein Hamburg, 2010

Creamier; 100 Contemporary Artists, text by Adam Szymczyk, Phaidon Press, 2010 

Shedding Skin (Perpetual Current for Twenty-Four Buckets), LP, KH Worpswede, 2008

29 Infra-Ordinary Meteors, 7” locked groove record, Economic Thought, 2008

Arpeggio Book, artist monograph, The Model Arts & Niland Gallery, 2007

Selected Publications, Catalogues & Reviews 

Satin Ions, Nina Canell, review by Amiee Lin, Art Review Vol. 4, No. 1, 2016

Accrochage, Ed. Caroline Bourgeois, Béatrice Gross, Pinault, Marsilio, 2016

Art in the Age of…, Ed. Ayas, Hoare, Kleinman, Witte de With, 2016

The Forces Behind the Forms, Ed. Magdalena Holzhey, Kunstmuseum Krefeld, 2016

Satin Ions, Nina Canell, review by Jayoon Choi,, 2015

Nina Canell at Moderna Museet, review by Neringa Cerniauskaité, Artforum, March, 2015

The Registry of Promise, Ed. Chris Sharp, Roma Publications, 2015

Eppur Si Muove: Art and Technology, a Shared Sphere, Mudam Editions, 2015

Nina Canell – Dimensions Withheld, article by Miki Kanai, Bijutsu Techo Magazine, May, 2015

Slot n°4: Refräng, (red. Adam Westman), Chateaux, 2014

Nina Canell: Mellan Skulptur & Skeende, Bulletinen no 3, Moderna Museet, 2014

Near Here, by Declan Long, exhibition booklet for Camden Art Centre, 2014

Currents of Memory, review by Sheila Regan,, March, 2014

The Stand In (Or a Glass of Milk), Gaty & Mackler, Public Fiction Los Angeles, 2014

Macht des Materials/Politik der Materialität, Witzgall & Stakemeier, Diaphanes, 2014

Nina Canell, Katharina Schlueter, Kritisches Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst #106, 2014

Utopie Beginnt im Kleinen, Ed. Yilmaz Dziewior/Angelika Nollert, Walter König Verlag, Cologne, 2013

Nina Canell & Rolf Julius at Hamburger Bahnhof, John Beeson, Texte zur Kunst, March, 2013

Köln Skulptur #7, Ed. Friedrich Meschede, Walther König Verlag, Cologne, 2013

Solo: featured artist Nina Canell, essay by Fionn Meade, Solo no. 3, 2012

Die Idee Konkret, Amely Deiss, Wienand Verlag, Köln, 2012

Nina Canell at Cubitt Gallery, review by Martin L. Herbert, Frieze no. 147, 2012

Intense Proximity, La Triennale Paris, ed. by Okwui Enwezor, 2012

Made in Germany Zwei: Internationale Kunst in Deutschland, Sprengel Museum, 2012

Creamier; 100 Contemporary Artists, text by Adam Szymczyk, Phaidon Press, 2010

Under Destruction, Ed. Jetzer, Sharp, Distanz Verlag with Museum Tinguely & SI, 2010

Nina Canell, article by Chris Sharp, Art Review, Jan-Feb, 2010

The Knights Tour, text by Xander Karskens, De Hallen, Haarlem, 2009

Nought to Sixty, text by Isobel Harbison, ICA, London, 2009

Younger than Jesus; Artist Directory, Phaidon Press and New Museum, 2009

Walking on No-Top Hill, review by Chris Sharp, MAP: Journeys in Contemporary Art #17, 2009

Walking on No-Top Hill, review by Renate Puvogel, Kunstforum International, Band 195, 2009

(E)merging Artists, article by Martin L. Herbert, Modern Painters, December, 2008

Walking on No-Top Hill, review by Quinn Latimer, Frieze Online, 2008

Movement, Contingency & Community, edited by Hyunjin Kim, Darun Books, 2008

Gwangju Biennale: Annual Report, ed. by Okwui Enwezor, exhibition catalogue, Gwangju Biennale, 2008

The Glue & the Wedge, artist interview, Circa # 124, 2008

Manifesta 7: Index, text by Adam Budak, exhibition catalogue, 2008

Slight Heat of the Eyelid, review by Luke Clancy, Art Review  #22, 2008

Come Together, essay by Declan Long, exhibition catalogue, Douglas Hyde Gallery, 2007

Together, Again, essay by Sarah Pierce, Mother’s Annual, MTS, 2006

We Woke Up With Energy, review by Sally O’Reilly, Frieze #98, 2006

We Woke Up With Energy, review by Declan Long, Circa #115, 2006

Precaution, exhibition catalogue, Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2005


Edstrandska Stiftelsen, Malmö, 2011

Ars Viva – Preis 2010/2011, Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft, Germany, 2010

Baloîse Prize, Statements Art 40 Basel, 2009

Location One, Arts Council Ireland residency stipend, New York, 2008/2009

Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, residency and stipend, 2008

Arts Council Ireland, Artist Bursary Award, 2007

Firestation Artists’ Studios Residency, Dublin, 2005-2008