Photograph: © Mike Nelson, Installation view, Camden Arts Centre, London, 2010
Mike Nelson is known internationally for his installations, sculptures and complex, site-specific installations. His work has been exhibited extensively worldwide in numerous solo and group exhibitions. He represented Great Britain at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011 and designed the English Pavilion. Nelson was born in 1967 in Loughborough (BG) and lives with his family in London. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in both 2001 and 2007. He has been a lecturer at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam since the mid-2000s. The exhibition at the Kunsthalle Münster is Nelson’s first institutional exhibition in Germany. For Münster he is planning a new, site-specific installation that deals with the Speicher II’s history within the context of its transformation into an exhibition. Nelson plans to live for one month in Münster in the Speicher II in order to complete the project.
Studio apparatus for Kunsthalle Münster
Mike Nelson’s works frequently convey a unique experience of seeing. In seemingly believable situations or environments, his works insinuate mysterious, magical spaces for thought, spaces where the hidden is made visible through physical, confrontational means. Nelson uses his installations to change spaces into objects of investigation. These spaces become emotionally loaded partners in a dialogue where their use and history are revealed, revelations that including their often surprising historic and contemporary fates. Comparable to “quasi” Ready-mades, the spaces become the center of a physical space-time experience that moves the viewer to maneuver himself through a voyage of discovery through numerous obstacles and mysterious encounters.
Mike Nelson’s exhibition is supported by the Kunststiftung NRW, the British Council and the Stadtwerk Münster. The Kunsthalle Münster is supported by the Freundeskreis der Kunsthalle Münster.
1 November 2014 - 22 February 2015
Tue - Fr: 14:00 - 19:00
Sat and Sun: 12:00 - 18:00