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Born 1967in Hamilton, Scotland. Lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.

EDUCATION

1995-1997, MFA, Glasgow School of Art
1996, California Institute for the Arts
1986-1990, BA Environmental Art, Glasgow School of Art

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017                           
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY (forthcoming)

2016                          
Spook School, Capri, Dusseldorf, Germany
Gasträume 2016, Zurich, Switzerland

2015                           
Martin Boyce, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel, Switzerland*
Martin Boyce: When Now is Night, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Inside rooms drift in and out of sleep
While on the roof
An alphabet of aerials

Search for a language, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Germany

2014-2015                
Stellar Remnants, Johnen Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2014                
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Germany

2013                           
Martin Boyce: It’s Over and Over, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY
Solo presentation at the ADAA Art Show, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery booth, Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY
Study: Eyes, David Roberts Arts Foundation, London The Modern Institute, Aird's Lane, Glasgow, Scotland

2012                           
Martin Boyce: In Praise of Shadows, Johnen Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2011                           
night terrace – lantern chains – forgotten seas – sky, The Modern Institute/ Toby Webster Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland
Winter Palms, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY
Commission for the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, MIT, Cambridge, MA

2010                          
Galerie Almine Rech, Paris France (3 person show with Victoria Morton and Eva Rothschild)
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland

2009-2010            
No Reflections, Scottish Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice; traveling to DCA, Dundee, Scotland

2008                         
We Are Shipwrecked and Landlocked, RMIT University Alumni Courtyard, Melbourne, with Kaldor Art Projects
Martin Boyce and Ugo Rondinone: We Burn, We Shiver, SculptureCenter, Long Island City, New York, NY
This Place is Close and Unfolded, Westfalischer Kunstverein, Munster, Germany
Out of This Sun, Into This Shadow, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

2007                         
We Make an Unsubstantial Territory, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY
That Blows Through Concrete Leaves, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland
A Lost Cat and Alleyways, Back Gardens, Pools and Parkways, Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
Suspended Breath, Atelier Hermes, Seoul, Korea

2006                         
We Are the Breeze, Johnen Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Concrete Autumn (Broken Fall), Art Unlimited, Art|37|Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Our Love is Like the Flowers, the Rain, the Sea and the Hours, Tate Britain Electric Trees and Telephone Booth Conversations, Frac des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou. France

2005                         
Broken Fall, Kabinett fur Aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven Gallery Ruediger-Schottle Munich, Germany
Concrete Autumn, Project of Peter Heimer and Clemens Tissi, Galerie Jochum and Tissi, Berlin, Germany

2004                         
Brushing Against Strange Weeds, The Modern Institute, Glasgow
Dark Reflections, Adolf Luther Prize, Krefeld Museum, Krefeld
We Are Resistant, We Dry Out In The Sun, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich
In Between Breaths and the Sodium Spill, Johnen and Schottle, Cologne

2003                         
Art concept, Paris, France
Undead Dreams, Roma Roma Roma, Rome, Italy*
Our Love is Like the Earth, the Sun the Trees and the Birth, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada*

2002                         
Our Love is Like the Flowers, the Rain, the Sea and the Hours, Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland*
For 1959 Capital Avenue, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany*

2001                          
Els Hanappe Underground, Athens, Greece

2000                        
Fear View, Johnen and Schottle, Cologne Jerwood Gallery, London, England

1999                          
Martin Boyce, Jacob Fabricius/recent projects, Copenhagen When Now Is Night, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland* 
round room, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Lotta Hammer, London, England

1998                          
Habitat, Tottenham Court Road, London, England

1996                          
Loggia Gallery, Toronto*
You Are Here, Lime Gallery, California Institute for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA

1995                           
Something’s Got to Give, The Agency, London, England

* denotes catalogue

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016     
Concrete IslandsCurated by Douglas Fogle and Hanneke Skerath, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, CA                     
L’Esprit Du Bauhaus, L’Objet en Question, Musée Des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France
My love is like a red red rose, Musée du château des ducs de Wurtemberg, Montbéliard, France

2015-2016                
How to live? Visions of the future yesterday and today, Wilhelm-Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany
Devil’s in the Making: Glasgow School of Art and The Collection, GOMA, Glasgow, Scotland

2015                           
Haubrok Collection: Thoughts That Breathe, Fondation Hippocrène, Paris, France
Private Utopia: Contemporary Works from the British Council Collection, The Museum Of Art, Kochi; travelling to Itami City Museum Of Art, Itami,;Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, Okayama; traveling to Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
Archive Fever!, The Clay and Glass Gallery, Ontario, Canada
The Tears of Things, Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres, Spain

2014                          
Urban/Suburban, City Art Centre in conjunction with GENERATION 2014, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Bigger Picture: Work from the 1990s, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY
When Now is Minimal. The Unknown Side of the Goetz Collection, Museion, Bolzano, Italy
Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, three-part exhibition at Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art,Edinburgh, and Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
between the lines, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY
You Imagine What You Desire, 19th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

2013                           
Show and Tell: Calder Jewelry and Mobiles, Salon 94, New York
Out of the House, Cranford Collection, Sala de Arte, Fundación Banco Santander, Madrid
The World is Almost Six Thousand Years Old: Contemporary Art and Archaeology from the Stone Age to the Present, The Collection Lincoln and Usher Gallery, Lincoln, United Kingdom
39greatjones, Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
Flaques D’Ombre et Feuilles De Lumiere (Shadow Pools And Leaves Of Light), Public Art Project, Lyon, France
City of Disappearances, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
40/40, Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow
When Now is Minimal. The Unknown Side of the Goetz Collection, Neues Museum, Nürnberg, Germany, traveling to Museion, Bolzano, Italy
 /Prospekt/ Funktion / Disfunktion – Kunstzentrum Glasgow, Neues Museum, Nürnberg, Germany
a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and king: From the Naomi Milgrom Art Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand

2012-2013                
Kabinettstücke / Cabinet Pieces, Museumsfreunde Weserburg, Bremen

2012                           
The Spirit Level, curated by Ugo Rondinone, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
Scarecrows & Lighthouses: a collaboration between Martin Boyce, Raymond Macdonald and David Mackenzie, Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland
The Sculpture Show, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland
KölnSkulptur 6, Skulpturenpark Köln, Cologne, Germany
New Sculpture, Zacheta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, Warsaw, Poland
Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form Balance Joy. Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Durham, NC
Tales of the City: Art Fund International and the GoMA Collection, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland
Perspectives on 8th Art, Tony Garnier Urban Museum, Lyon, France
The same thing, but different – on the impossibility of repetition, Andrae Kaufmann, Berlin, curated by Christian Ganzenberg
Bitume Et Astres Dansent. Parfois, Dans Le Pure Peur, Eva Presenhuber, Paris, France

2011-2012                 
Conceptual Tendencies: 1960s to Today, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
Baltic Presents Turner Prize 2011, Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
Made in the UK: Contemporary Art from the Richard Brown Baker Collection, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

2011                           
La Carte d’après Nature, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Monaco; Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY
Shapes, Sammlung Haubrok, Berlin, Germany
Modern British Sculpture, Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
The Shape We’re In, 176, Zabludowicz Collection, London, England
Art & Stars & Cars: The Daimler Art Collection at the Mercedez-Benz Museum Stuttgart, Mercedez-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany
KölnSkulptur 6, Skulpturenpark Köln, Cologne, Germany
Distant Star, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Sculpture Now, Eva Presenhuber, Zurich
Emblem of My Work, Shandy Hall Gallery, Coxwold, England

2010-2012               
Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; traveling to Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX; Orange County Museum of Sculpture, Newport Beach, CA; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC

2010-2011                
The New Décor, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London; traveling to the Garage Centre, Moscow, Russia
Ordinary Madness, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

2010                          
The 4th Auckland Triennial: Last Ride in a Hot Air Balloon, Auckland, New Zealand
The Library of Babel/In and of Place, 176, London, England
Living Rooms/Pieces a Vivre, Centre d’art contemporain de Brétigny- Chamarande, Chamarande, France
Multiple Pleasure: Functional Objects in Contemporary Art, curated by Nathalie Karg/Cumulus Studios, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
Parkliv, Marabouparken, Stockholm, Sweden
La Carte d’aprés Nature, curated by Thomas Demand, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Monaco
Memories of the Future, curated by Laurent Grasso, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
Missing Beat, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel High Ideals & Crazy Dreams, Vera Munro Gallery, Hamburg Silent Revolution, K21, Dusseldorf
Permanent trouble kunst aus de Sammlung kopp Munchen, Kuntforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg

2009-2010             
What you see is where you’re at, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland

2009                         
Being and Nothingness, Light & Sie Gallery, Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, TX
The Eternal Nework, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne Concrete Island (room 30), Tate Britain, London, UK
Material Intelligence, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge; traveling to Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield, UK
Tonite, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland
Summer Show, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
Running Time: Artists Films in Scotland 1960 to Now, Dean Gallery, Edinburgh
Geoplay (Part­ II), Pilar & Romero, Madrid, Spain

2008                         
Peter Saville: Accessories to an artwork, Paul Stolper, London, England
Open Plan Living, ART TLV: The First City-Wide International Contemporary Art Exhibition in Tel Aviv, Helena Rubenstein Pavillion, Tel Aviv, Israel
5 minutes later, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

2007                         
Carte Blanche à Ugo Rondinone, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Stay Forever and Ever and Ever, South London Gallery, London, England
skulptur projekte münster 07, Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Münster, Germany
Echo Room, Alcalá 31 Centros de Arte, Madrid, Spain
Half Square, Half Crazy, Villa Arson Centre d’Art, Nice, France
Abstraction: Extracting from the World, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield, Galleria Massimo de Carlo, Milan, Italy
Winter Palace, De Ateliers, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Third Mind, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Jubilee Exhibition, House Eva Presenhuber, Engiadina Bassa, Switzerland

2006                         
Shanghai BiennialShanghai, China
Strange I’ve Seen That Face Before, Museum Abteiberg, Moenchengladbach, Germany
Punching Through The Clouds, curated by Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY
Our Love is Like the Flowers, the Rain, the Sea and the Hours in British Art 1900 - 2006, (curated by Helen Delaney as part of Tate Collections), Tate Britain, London, England
Street: Behind the Cliché, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands
How to Improve the World, British Art 1946-2006, Hayward Gallery, London, England
Life’s a Beach, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
When the moon shines on the moonshine, Breeder, Athens, Greece
Black/ White & Chewing Gum, Krobath Wimmer Gallery, Vienna
If it didn’t exist you’d have to invent it: a partial Showroom history, The Showroom, London, England
AGAIN FOR TOMORROW, Royal College of Art Galleries, London, England
Draft Deceit, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway

2005-2007             
Body: New Art from the UK, British Council, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada, and touring to The Ottawa Art Gallery, Canada; Oakville Galleries, Canada; Edmonton Art Gallery, Canada; Art Gallery Nova Scotia, Canada

2005                        
This Storm is what we call Progress, Arnolfini, Bristol, England*
ThickDesign05, Betty Rymer Gallery, School of Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
De Sculptura, Ruzicska Gallery, Salzburg, Germany
Andrew Kreps, New York, NY
What’s New Pussy Cat, New Acquisitions, MMK, Frankfurt, Germany
Die gute Form, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Germany
2 oder 3 Dinge, die ich von ihr weiss, curated by Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Produzentengalerie Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

2004                         
Boros Collection, ZKM Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
The Sculptural Sphere, Goetz Collection, Munich Georg Kargl Gallery, Vienna, Austria
Formalismus Moderne Kunst Heute, Hamburg Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany
Sodium & Asphalt, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico

2003                         
Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France
Love Over Gold, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland
Archibald Campbell and Harley Photography Prize, Stills, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Contemporary Abstraction, Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow, Scotland
3D, Friedrich Petzel, New York, NY
Sodium dreams, Bard College, New York, NY
Discussing Sculpture, Martin Janda Gallery, Vienna, Austria
Special Dedicace, Rouchechouart Museum, Rochechouart, France
M_ars - Art and War, Neue Gallerie, Graz, Austria
Breathing the Water, Galerie Hauser & Wirth & Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland

2002                         
Greyscale CMYK, Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland*
Non Places, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany*
Roma Roma Roma, Rome, Italy
When Now Is Night, Art Unlimited, Basel Art Fair
Martin Boyce & Toby Paterson, Foksal gallery, Warsaw, Poland
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out, Galleria Sonia Rosso, Italy
Happy Outsiders, Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw & City Gallery of Contemporary Art, Katowice, Poland*

2002                         
My Head is on Fire but my Heart is Full of Love, Charlottenborg Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark*
Johnen and Schottle, Cologne, Germany
Half the World Away, Hallwalls CAC, Buffalo, NY*
Hell, Neugeriemschneider, Berlin, Germany

2001                          
Here and Now, Aberdeen City Art Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland*
Trauma, DCA, Dundee; MOMA, Oxford, United kingdom
G3, Casey Caplan, New York, NY
Zero Gravity, Kunstverein fur die Rheinlands und Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany*
Open Country, Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, France*
Circles ˚4, Gallerie ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany*
Strategies Against Architecture, Fondazione Teseco, Pisa, Italy

2000                        
Living, Chicago Project Rooms, Los Angeles, CA
Pavillion, Mark Muller, Zurich
Model Model, NAK, Aachen, Germany
What If, The Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden*
The British Art Show, Inverleith House, Edinburgh, Scotland*
Becks’ Futures, The I.C.A., London, England*
Can 303’s Heal, Kiasma Museum, Helsinki, Finland
Future Perfect, Centre for Visual Arts, Cardif, the Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK
A Shot in the Head, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
Waiting, Mjellby Konstgard, Halmstad, Sweden*
If I Ruled the World, CCA Glasgow, UK*

1999                          
The Office of Misplaced Events, Lotta Hammer, London, England
Please Touch, SCP, London; The Lighthouse, Glasgow, Scotland*
Getting the Corners, Or Gallery, Vancouver Furoshikibility, Fly Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
Disaster, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
Seven Wonders of the World, Publication, curated by Matthew Higgs*
Word Enough to Save a Life Word Enough to Take a Life, London In the Midst of Things, Bourneville, Birmingham, England* 
Anarchitecture, de Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands*
If I Ruled the World, Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland*
The Queen is Dead, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland*
Slip of the Mind, Centre Regional d’Art Contemporain, Sete, France*
Stop Stop, (publication), Glasgow, Scotland

1998                          
Strolling, Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne, Australia
Nettverk Glasgow, Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo, Norway

1997                           
Material Culture, Hayward Gallery, London* Airport, Photographers Gallery, London Lotta Hammer, London, England
Life/Live, Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisbon, Portugal
Wish You Were Here Too, 83 Hill Street, Glasgow, Scotland

1996                          
Brain Mail, Broad Studio 17 California Institute for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
Life / Live, Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris*
City Limits, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent* Wallpaper, CCA, Glasgow, Scotland
No Tell Hotel, Moat House Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland
Girls High, The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland

1996                          
Transmissions, Free Parking, Toronto, Canada*
Fuse, McLellen Galleries, Glasgow, Scotland*

1995                           
Martin Boyce & David Allen, Mu-Tereem, Budapest, Hungary
Fairy Tales in the Supermarket: Multiples Show, Scotland Street Museum, Glasgow, Scotland
30 Seconds + Title, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
New Rose Hotel, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow Hopeless, CCA, Glasgow

1994                          
Institute of Cultural Anxiety, ICA, London, England*
Miniatures, The Agency, London, England
Modern Art, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
Wish You Were Here, The Bourse, Leeds Difficult Relationships, 99 Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

1993                           
Matter and Fact, Collection Gallery, London, England
Left Luggage, Travelling Group Project, Hanru’s Home, Paris, France
Home and Away, Intermedia Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

1992                           
How Noisy Everything Grows, Upper Gulbenkian Gallery. Royal College of Art, London, England*
Love at First Sight, The Showroom Gallery, London, England
l’u di carte, Cafe Picasso, Rome, Italy*
Contact 552 4813, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

1991                           
Windfall, Seamen’s Mission, Glasgow*
The Living Room, Glasgow, Scotland
Speed, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

1990                          
5 Artists from Glasgow, Exchange Between Transmission Gallery and Hordaland Kunstner Sentrum, Bergen, Norway

1989                          
Information, Paisley Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland*

RESIDENCIES, COMMISIONS, AWARDS

2011                           
Winner of 2011 Turner Prize

2009                         
Commission for Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 2005         
Universitat Der Kunste Fellowship, Berlin, Germany

2004                         
Hamlyn Foundation Award
Adolf Luther Stingfeld, Krefeld, Germany