Oliver Beer

Oliver Beer

Oliver Beer (b.1985, lives and works in London and Paris) studied musical composition at the Academy of Contemporary Music before reading Fine Art at the Ruskin, University of Oxford and film theory at the Sorbonne, Paris.  He makes sculptures, installations, videos, and immersive live performances that reveal the hidden properties of objects, bodies, and architectural sites. Drawing on his musical training, his social and familial relationships often become the blueprint for multi-disciplinary works that engage with intimate and universal concerns, such as the transmission of musical memories and the personal and cultural meanings invested in the things we possess. For his Resonance Project (2007–), vocal performances stimulate the natural harmonics of built structures, generating a disarmingly visceral relationship between the audience and interior space. By slicing and reassembling common objects to construct new meanings and forms, Beer’s sculptural practice dissects the material world and the traces we leave on it. 

Beers work has been the subject of many solo and group exhibitions, notably at Met Breuer, Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA PS1, New York; Centre Pompidou, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Palais de Tokyo and Chateau of Versailles, Paris; the Musée dArt Contemporain, Lyon; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; WIELS, Brussels and the Sydney and Istanbul biennales. Beer has also held residencies at the Palais de Tokyo, the Watermill Centre, Sydney Opera House and the Fondation Hermès. 

Awards

2015


Daiwa Art Prize 2015, Daiwa Art Foundation


Watermill Center artist in residence


 


2013


Villa Arson artist in residence


 


2011


Palais de Tokyo artist in residence


 


2010


Arts Council award and commission


 


2009


Added to the Zabludowicz 176 Collection


Saatchi Gallery News Sensations


 


2007


Oxford University Scholarship


  


2006 - 2009


Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford, UK


BFA HONS, 1st Class


 


2004 - 2007


Academy of Contemporary Music, UK



BA HONS, 1st Class


 


Solo exhibitions

2020


Oma, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, UK

2019


A Thousand Faces, in collaboration with the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Jahili Fort/ Qasr al Hosn, Abu Dhabi
Syncopation: Contemporary encounters with the Modern Masters, Pola Museum of Art, Japan
Vessel Orchestra, Metropolitan Museum of Art - Met Breuer, New York, USA
Impossible Composition, University of New South Wales Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Recomposition (Baloo Stripped Bare), Galerie des Arts Visuels, Quebec City, Canada
Household Gods, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

2018


Impossible Composition, Anna Schwartz gallery, Melbourne, Austrialia


Reanimation (Snow White), Video Presentation, George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY, USA


Reanimation (Alice Falling), Video Presentation, Ruya Foundation, Baghdad, Iraq

2017


Oliver Beer, Performance & sculpture, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, UK


Oliver Beer, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England

2015


Life, Death and Tennis, Aoyama Meguro, Daiwa Art Prize 2015 exhibition, Tokyo, Japan


Deconstructing Sound, Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan


Artist in Residence, Watermill Center, New York, NY, USA


Call to Sound, a performance to coincide with the Istanbul Biennale, with Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Kilic Ali Pasa Hamam, Istanbul, Turkey


 


2014


Diabolus in Musica, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France


Rabbit Hole, MAC Lyon, Lyon, France


Prospectif Cinéma: Oliver Beer, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France


 


2013


Composition For Hearing An Architectural Space, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France


Oliver Beer, Villa Arson, Nice, France


Outside-In, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (permanent installation), UK


Out of Shot, Silencio, Paris, France


 


2012


Klang, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France


 


2011


Pay and Display, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK


 


2010


Deep and Meaningful, MurmurART, 20 Hoxton Square, London, UK


Training, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (Tower Room), UK


 


2009


Die Budgie History, Dolphin Gallery, Oxford, UK


 


2008


The Resonance Project, Abbazia di Farfa, Rome, Italy


 


2007


Oliver Beer, La Viande Gallery, London, UK


Group exhibitions

2020
Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA2), Riga, Latvia
Rendez-vous, Voorlinden Museum, Wassenaar, Netherlands


 


2019


...Et l'obscur, L'Abbaye du Thoronet (in collaboration with Le Palais de Tokyo, Paris), Le Thoronet, France


Hypertimes, FuturDome, Milan, Italy    


Oliver Beer, Rassegna di video arte del XXI secolo al MACRO, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Italy (Video)
 


2018


21st Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia


Wonderland, ACMI, Melbourne, Australia


Abstract/ion, Galerie Klüser, München, Germany


The Myriad Forms of Visual Art: 196 Works with 19 Themes, National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan


À bâtons rompus, les Abattoirs, France
 


2017


Voyage d’hiver, Château de Versailles, Versailles, France


 


2016


ImprisonedJailbreakImprisonedJailbreak, AOYAMA/MEGURO, Tokyo, Japan


Nuit Blanche 2016, Paris, France


Polyphonies, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France


 


2015


Where the day begins, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut, Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France


Sounds Like Music, D+T Project Gallery, Brussels, Belgium


Daiwa Art Prize exhibition, Daiwa Foundation, London, UK


BBB Centre d´art contemporain, Toulouse, France


 


2014


Composition For a New Museum, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France


Orkest!, The Netwerk/Center for Contemporary Art, Aalst, Belgium


Condensation (Hermès), Corée du Sud


Condentation (Hermès), Le Forum, Japon


Saint Jerome, Meessen de Clerq, Brussels, Belgium


Sunday Sessions, MoMA PS1, New York, NY, USA


 


2013


In the context of the 12th Biennale de Lyon (Palais de Tokyo), Lyon, France


Nouvelles Vagues, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France


Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK ( Permanent installation of a sculpture)


The Resonance Project Performance, Wiels Centre for Contemporary Art / Art Brussels, Brussels, Belgium


Screening of Mum’s Continuous Note, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK 


Screening of The Resonance Project: Deep and Meaningful 8pm, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France


KLANG, Palais de Tokyo, (Tokyo Art Club), Paris, France


 


2012


Saatchi Gallery, “100 Curators” Biennale de Belleville, Paris, France


Whitstable Biennale, Kent, UK


Nuit Blanche 2012, Paris, France 


Two solo performances at the reopening of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France


Galerie de Roussan, Paris, France


Hebbel Theatre, Berlin, Germany


Ménagerie de Verre, Paris, France


FRAC Corse, avec le Pavillon du Palais de Tokyo, Corte, France



2011


Saatchi Gallery at the Big Chill, Herefordshire, UK


Mindful, Old Vic Tunnels, London, UK


Bonhams Macmillan De’Longhi Art Auction, London, UK



2010


Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, UK


Macmillan Auction, Christie’s, London, UK


Anticipation, Selfridges, London, UK


Ruskin Shorts, Oxford Playhouse, Oxford, UK


Concrete and Glass, 20 Hoxton Square, London, UK


Salon Contemporary, ‘Best of the UK, Class of 2009


Reflections, DNA Gallery, Berlin, Germany


Photo50 / London Art Fair, Islington, UK



2009


Saatchi Gallery ‘4 New Sensations’, A Foundation, Shoreditch, London, UK


Channel 4 ‘3-Minute Wonders’, UK Broadcast


Resonance FM, London UK / Online


Ruskin Degree Show, Osney, Oxford, UK


Ruskin Shorts, Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford, UK


The Fringe, Old Master’s Studio, Oxford, UK


           
2008


Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France


ICA, Performance with Goodbooks, London, UK


20 Eventi, Rome, Italy


Modern Art Oxford, UK


Beaconsfield Gallery, performance with Matmos, London, UK


Vivarosi Gallery, Budapest, Hungary


        
2007
Chelsea College of Art, London, UK



2006


Beardsmore Gallery, (with Oliver Barratt) London, UK


Balaton Film Festival, Balatonfured, Hungary


Vivarosi Gallery, Budapest, Hungary


Public and private collections

Australia


MONA - Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania


 


France


CNAP - Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris


Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris


Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris


FRAC, Île-de-France, Paris


FRAC, Midi-Pyrénées, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse


MAC - Musée d'Art Contemporain, Lyon


 


Japan


National Museum of Art, Osaka


 


Monaco


Nouveau Musée National de Monaco


 


Netherlands


Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar


 


United Arab Emirates


The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi


 


United Kingdom


IKON Gallery, Bimingham


Zabludowicz 176 Collection, London 


 


USA


Kramlich Collection, San Francisco