Matthew Barney (San Francisco, 1967) is an American artist who works in sculpture, photography, drawing and film. His early works are sculptural installations combined with performance and video. Between 1994 and 2002 he created the The Cremaster Cycle, a series of five films described by Jonathan Jones in The Guardian as “one of the most imaginative and brilliant achievements in the history of avant-garde cinema.” He is also known for his past relationship with Icelandic singer Björk.

Matthew Barney
Matthew Barney
San Francisco, 1967

Past Exhibitions

Liquid Antiquity

The Benaki Museum
04/04/2017 — 17/09/2017

Sculpture on the Move 1946–2016

Kunstmuseum Basel
19/04/2016 — 18/09/2016

Solo Shows


Matthew Barney: River of Fundament, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Water Castings: Fourteen Pieces, Regen Projects, Los Angeles


River of Fundament, Haus der Kunst, Munich (traveled to: The Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles)
Crown Zinc, Sadie Coles, London
Drawing Restraint, Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario


Subliming Vessel: The Drawings of Matthew Barney, Morgan Library, New York (traveled to: Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris)


Djed, Gladstone Gallery, New York


Matthew Barney, Sadie Coles HQ, London
Matthew Barney: Prayer Sheet with the Wound and the Nail, Schaulager, Basel, Switzerland

Group Shows


Future Present, Schaulager, Münchenstein, Switzerland
Partial Presence, Zabludowicz Collection, London
A Secret Affair: Selections from the Fuhrman Family Collection, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
America is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, Guggenheim Museum, New York


Manifest Intention. Drawing in All its Forms, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
A Very Short History of Contemporary Sculpture, Phillips, London
Man in the Mirror, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels
Philippe Parreno – Dessins, Cahiers d’Art, Paris
Love Story- Anne & Wolfgang Titze Collection, Winter Palace and 21er Haus, Belvedere, Vienna
A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Contacts & Details

City of birth: San Francisco Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1967 Lives in: New York, USA