Nina Canell

Born 1979 in Växjö, Sweden
Lives and works in Berlin

Awards & Grants

Edstrandska Stiftelsen, Malmö
Ars Viva Preis, Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft, Germany

Baloise Prize, Statements Art 40 Basel
Location One, residency stipend, New York
Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Johanneum Graz, project award
Culture Ireland, project stipend
Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, residency and stipend

Arts Council Ireland, Artist Bursary Award
Model Arts & Niland Gallery Fellowship

Firestation Artists’ Studios Residency

Aileen McKeogh Award

Jönköping Cultural Committee Award


Bundessammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst (National Collection, Germany)
Kupferstichkabinett – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany
Dallas Museum of Modern Art, USA
FNAC, Fonds national d’art contemporain, France
FRAC, Fonds Régional d’art contemporain, France
Hamburger Bahnhof, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
Konstnärsnämnden (National Collection, Sweden)
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Permanent Sculpture at Royal National Library, Stockholm, Sweden
Pinault Collection
S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA

Solo Exhibitions

Future Mechanism Rag Plus Two Grams, Simian, Copenhagen, Denmark
42 Days, SCAI Piramide, Tokyo, Japan (together with Reijiro Wada)

Mother of Dust, 303 Gallery, New York, USA

Scree, Mendes Wood, Brussels, Belgium
Tectonic Tender, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Hardscapes, OGR Torino, Italy

Nothing is Lost. Art and Matter in Transformation, GAMeC – Galleria d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Italy
N. Dash and Nina Canell, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden

Dits Dahs, Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin, Germany

Muscle Memory, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany
Nina Canell & Robin Watkins: Energy Budget, Capri, Dusseldorf, Germany

NINA CANELL / IAN KIAER, Various Others, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich, Germany
Energy Budget, S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium
Reflexologies, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland

Polyethylene-Insulated Smear, Mendes Wood, São Paulo, Brazil
Artist’s Institute, New York, USA
Dolphin Dandelion, Le Crédac Ivry-sur-Seine, France
Ayrton. Four exhibitions by Armando Andrade Tudela, Nina Canell, Tania Pérez Córodva and FOS, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico

Foam-Skin Insulated Jelly-Filled Vowel, Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin, Germany
Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China

Satin Ions, Arko Art Center, Seoul, South Korea
Dimensions Withheld, Daniel Marzona, Berlin, Germany

Free-Space Path Loss, Lunds Konsthall, Sweden
Mid-Sentence, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
The Registry of Promise, Le Crédac Ivry-sur-Seine, France
Near Here, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
Near Here, Camden Art Centre, London
Near Here, Lulu, Mexico City, Mexico
Impulse Slight, Royal Library Stockholm, Sweden (permanent)

Nina Canell | Sofia Hultén, Galerie Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil
Stray warmings, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany
Stray warmings, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, USA

Nina Canell & Rolf Julius, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany
Tendrils, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin, Ireland
Midway Contemporary, Minneapolis, USA
Cubitt Gallery, London, UK

Heart of the Matter, Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin, Germany
Matter of the Heart, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Ode to Outer Ends, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany

To Let Stay Projecting as a Bit of Branch on a Log by Not Chopping it Off, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria

Projects in Art & Theory, Cologne, Germany
Five Kinds of Water, Hamburg Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany
The New Mineral, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany
Paradise [31], Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Walking on No-Top Hill, Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin, Germany
Nought to Sixty, ICA, London, UK (in collaboration with Robin Watkins)
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

The Ocean‘s Walls, Budapest Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
A Subtle Remainder, CCS Bard, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, USA
Old Hulls & Young Reefs, Le Frac Ile-de-France/Le Plateau and Les Réserves, Romainville, France

Our Ecology, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (October)
Substrate, CCA Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel (July)
Primordial Waters, Garance Primat Collection, Domaine des Etangs, Massignac, France (June)
Everybody Talks about the Weather, Fondazione Prada, Venice, Italy
Obsession I, Echo, Cologne, Germany

BREATHING, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Extended Present, Ludwig Múzeum, Budapest, Hungary (April)
Jusque-là, Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing, France (in collaboration with the Pinault Collection)
Welt in der Schwebe. Luft als künstlerisches Material, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
FUTURA. Measuring Time, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
something new, something old, something desired, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Conditioned Movement. Works from the Moderna Museet Collection, Moderna Museet Malmö, Sweden

A Higher Calling, White Space Beijing, China
MOMENTUM 11 – HOUSE OF COMMONS, Jeløya, Moss, Norway, amongst other venues & places
Into Nature 2021. New Energy, Rensenpark, Bargerveen & Emmen, Drenthe, Netherlands
... Lines as Thought, Lines as Universe, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria
Luz de Domingo, Cerca de las torres de Quart, Valencia, Spain
Enjoy – The mumok Collection in Change, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria

STUDIO BERLIN, Berghain, Berlin, Germany
Transparent Things, Goldsmiths CCA, London, UK
(Un)endliche Ressourcen. Künstlerische Positionen seit 1980, Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe, Germany
Signature Women, Artipelag, Stockholm, Sweden
The Clouds and the Cloud, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Germany (September)

Blue is the Color of your Eyes - On Materiality and Abstraction in the Moderna Museet Collection, Moderna Museet Malmö, Sweden
Nina Canell, Robin Watkins and Anna-Sophie Springer, Progetto, Lecce, Italy
Sound Unheard, Goethe Institut Paris, Paris, France
XIV Bienal de Cuenca - Estructuras Vivientes. El arte como experiencia plural. Cuenca, Ecuador
Delirious, LUSTWARANDE - Platform for Contemporary Sculpture, Tilburg, Netherlands
Luogo e Segni, Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy

der grosse Anspruch des kleinen Bildes, Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin, Germany
The Elephant in the Room - Sculptures of the Marx Collection and of the Collection of the Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
Architecture Effects, Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
On Circulation, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway
Other Mechanisms, Secession, Vienna, Austria
Restless Matter, Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amstelveen, the Netherlands
Title II, Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montreal, Québec, Canada
Untought Environments, The Renaissance Society, Chicago
Emerald City, K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space, Hong Kong, China
Deutschland ist keine Insel, Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Germany
More than mere jelly, Center for Curatorial Studies - CCS Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, USA
Adverbios temporales (Adverbs of Time), CENTROCENTRO Cibeles de Cultura y Ciudadanía, Madrid, Spain

Art & Space, Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain
How It’s Made, Carl Kostyál, Stockholm, Sweden
Ouvert la nuit - festival des lumières, Villa Médicis - Académie de France à Rome, Rome, Italy
Unthought Environments, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, USA
Beyond the Box. Sammlung Dohmen, Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren, Germany
Myth, Music & Electricity, Herkulessaal, Munich, Germany
L’air vibre du bourdonnement des insectes/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
Gridded Currents, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
I. Summer (after the Great Game), Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York, United States
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, Austria
Viva Arte Viva, Nordic Pavilion, 57th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Future Eaters, MUMA, Melbourne Australia
Transmissions from the Etherspace, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
Neither, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, Belgium
Theatre of Measurement, Kunstverein Muenchen, Germany

We Are The Center for Curatorial Studies (phase 1), Hessel Museum of Art, New York, United States
Samhällsmaskinen, Malmö Konstmuseum, Sweden
Inflected Objects #2: Circulation - Otherwise, Unhinged, Future Gallery, Berlin, Germany
A Thousand Horsepower, Trinxet Factory, Barcelona, Spain
Third Nature, CCS Bard, New York, United States
Matter Fictions, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal
Die Kräfte hinter den Formen/The forces behind the forms, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany
Die Kräfte hinter den Formen/The forces behind the forms, Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland
The Distance of a Day: Connections and Disconnections in Contemporary Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Accrochage, Pinault, Punta Della Dogana, Venice, Italy
The Mud of Compound Experience, G/F, Hong Kong
Farewell to an Idea, curated by Jaromir Hladík, Neue Berliner Räume, Berlin, Germany
Life Itself. On the question of what it essentially is; its materialities, its characteristics considering that the attempts to"¦, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Fluxesfeverfuturesfiction, Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao, Spain
Accueille-moi paysage, Marcelle Alix Gallery, Paris, France

Die Kräfte hinter den Formen/The forces behind the forms, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria
Drawn By Its Own Memory, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, UK
Blühendes Gift. Zur Feministischen Appropriation des Österreichischen Unbewussten, Mumok, Vienna, Austria
La vie moderne, 13th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France
Presque rien, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France
Art In The Age Of"¦Planetary Computation, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Koeln Skulptur #7, Skulpturen Park Köln, Germany
White Noise, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland
An Imprecise Science, Artspace, Sydney, Australia
Le Souffleur, Schürmann trifft Ludwig, Ludwig Forum Aachen, Germany
Percussive Hunter, Akbank Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey
Art In The Age Of"¦Energy and Raw Material, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Animal, Mineral, Vegetable, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, USA
The Registry of Promise, Le Credac, Ivry-sur-Seine, France
Technokinesis, Blum & Poe, New York
Siehe was dich sieht, 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria
Nature after Nature, Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
And How Are We Feeling Today?, San Diego University Art, USA
Curiosity: Art & the Pleasures of Knowing, De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam

How To Write, Galerie Wien Lukatsch, Berlin, Germany
The Stand In (or A Glass of Milk), Public Fiction, Los Angeles
Surface Tension, Oakville Galleries, Canada
Curiosity: Art & the Pleasures of Knowing, Hayward touring, Turner Contemporary
Köln Skulptur 7, Skulpturenpark Köln
Flex-Sil Reloaded, Kunsthalle St Gallen
12 Triennale Kleinplastik, Fellbach, Germany
Luisa Strina Gallery (two person exhibition), São Paulo, Brazil

Dorothea Von Stetten Kunstpreis, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
Les amas d’Hercule, Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux, France
18th Sydney Biennale, Sydney, Australia
Made in Germany Zwei, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
Intense Proximity: La Triennale, 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, UK
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, Italy
A Never Ending Story, Truth or Consequences, NM, USA
Fischgrätenmelkstand (curated by John Bock), 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, Schweiz
Das Wesen im Ding, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany

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

7th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, China
Manifesta 7 - European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Trentino Südtirol Alto Adige- Italy
Auto – Stop, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
Sometimes You Fall in Love with an Idea, Cluster, Berlin, Germany
Mima: Sound Space, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK
No Borders (Just News), La Centrale Electrique - European Centre for Contemporary Art, Brussels, February + CACT - Centre of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki, Belgium, 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, Ireland
Plane, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin & The Dock, Carrick-on Shannon, Ireland

Precaution, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

Catalogues & Artist’s books

Nina Canell & Robin Watkins. Shell Reader. Berlin: Bom Dia & Berlinische Galerie, 2022

Nina Canell & Robin Watkins. Animalcules Colouring Book, Berlin, 2021

Nina Canell & Robin Watkins. Amber (A visual anthology of the contradictory representation of the female body in the electrical age). New York 2020

Nina Canell, Robin Watkins & Anna–Sophie Springer, Vegetable Teratology Colouring Book, Progetto, Lecce, 2019

Reflexologies, Kat. (Engl./Kor.). Sternberg Press, Berlin 2019. Copublished with Le Crédac, S.M.A.K., Kunstmuseum St. Gallen.

Satin Ions, Exhibition catalogue, Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite, Berlin 2015. Co-publisher: Arko Art Center, Arts Council Korea

Free-Space Path Loss, Chris Sharp, Lunds Konsthall, 2014

Crosstalk, Stray Warmings, Dieter Roelstraete and Monika Szewczyk, 2014

Mid-Sentence, Nina Canell & Robin Watkins, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2014

Near Here, Declan Long, Camden Arts Centre, 2014

Some Notes on Cables, Nina Canell and Robin Watkins, Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite and Moderna Museet, 2014

Nina Canell, Rolf Julius, Lautlos. Kat. (Dt./Engl.). Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. Köln 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. Kat. (Dt./Engl.). Ed. by MUMOK Wien. Köln 2010

Evaporation Essays. Kat. (Dt./Engl.). Editd by Melanie Bono, Annette Hans (Neuer Aachener KV and KV Hamburg). Berlin, Wuppertal 2010

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

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

Champagne Diamond/The Brilliant Light, LP, Caff-Flick, 2007 + CD, Kaleidoscope, 2008

Arpeggio Book, Artist publication, The Model Arts & Niland Gallery, 2007

Luftkluster/Luftfluks, LP, Oscillatone, 2006

The New Heat/Obscured by Light, LP, Oscillatone, 2005

Selected Bibliography

Relation Textures, article by Chris Sharp, Mousse Publishing / Moderna Museet 2017

Nature After Nature, Susanne Pfeffer, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, 2014

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

Entangled, Tendrils, John Hutchinson, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, 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

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

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, exhibition catalogue, 2008

Gwangju Biennale: Annual R