Aitken’s body of work ranges from photography, sculpture, and architectural interventions, to films, sound, single and multi-channel video works, and installations. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world, in such institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Vienna Secession, the Serpentine Gallery in London and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. He participated in the Whitney Biennial 1997 and 2000 and earned the International Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1999 for the installation “electric earth”. Aitken received the 2012 Nam June Paik Art Center Prize, and the 2013 Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award: Visual Arts.

Aitken’s “Sleepwalkers” exhibition at MoMA in 2007 transformed an entire block of Manhattan into an expansive cinematic experience as he covered the museum’s exterior walls with projections. In 2009, his Sonic Pavilion opened to the public in the forested hills of Brazil at the new cultural foundation INHOTIM. Continuing his work in innovative outdoor projects, Aitken presented his large-scale film and architecture installation, “Frontier”, on Rome’s Isola Tiberina in 2009 and in Basel in 2010. The multiform artwork “Black Mirror” engaged a site-specific multi-channel video installation and a live theatre performance on a uniquely designed barge floating off Athens and Hydra Island, Greece in 2011.

“Altered Earth” was a site-specific earthwork which explored the ever-changing landscape of Arles, France through moving image, sound and architecture commissioned and produced by the LUMA Foundation in 2012. “SONG 1”, also took place in 2012 and wrapped the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC in 360-degree panoramic video projections, transforming the concrete exterior into an audiovisual spectacle. The vintage hit, “I Only Have Eyes For You” was continually reworked and reimagined as “SONG 1” slowly unfolded over the museum’s giant, circular surface.

In 2013, Aitken created “MIRROR” an urban earthwork, at the Seattle Art Museum, which transformed the museum exterior into a living kaleidoscope. The work utilized hundreds of hours of footage changing in real time in response to the movements and life around it.

Aitken curated Station to Station, which took place over the course of three weeks in September 2013. A train, designed as a moving, kinetic light sculpture, broadcast unique content and experiences to a global audience as it traveled from New York City to San Francisco making nine stops along the way. Station to Station connected leading figures and underground creators from the worlds of art, music and culture for a series of cultural interventions and site-specific happenings.

Doug Aitken
Redondo Beach/CA, 1968

Past Exhibitions

The World on Paper

27/09/2018 — 07/01/2019

Doug Aitken

Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Maag Areal
10/06/2018 — 21/07/2018

Doug Aitken at Massimo De Carlo

Massimo de Carlo, Hong Kong
27/03/2018 — 19/05/2018

Life World. Photography from the CIAC Collection

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
27/02/2017 — 30/04/2017

Doug Aitken: Electric Earth

MOCA Geffen 10/09/2016 — 15/01/2017

Solo Shows

Doug Aitken, Eva Presenhuber, Zurich
Doug Aitken, Massimo de Carlo, Milan

Doug Aitken: Electric Earth, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX Mirage, Desert X, Palm Springs, CA
migration (empire), Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

Doug Aitken, Underwater Pavilions, Parley for the Oceans and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Pacific Ocean near Catalina Island, CA
Doug Aitken: Electric Earth, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Doug Aitken: twilight, Peder Lund, Oslo, Norway

Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland

“Still Life”, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA, USA

“100 Years Part II”, 303 Gallery, New York, NY “100 Years”, 303 Gallery, New York, NY, USA
“electric earth”, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin-si Gyeonggi-do, Korea “MIRROR”, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, USA

Sky Arts Ignition Series: Doug Aitken, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
Altered Earth, LUMA Foundation, Arles, France
303 Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, USA
Art 43 Basel, Art Galleries, Basel, Switzerland (solo presentation)
Song 1, a 360° projection, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA
Black Mirror, Helga de Alvear Gallery, Madrid, Spain
Black Mirror, Deste Foundation, Hydra, Greece
PKM Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland

Altered Earth, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
Cumulus, Rockefeller Center, New York, NY, USA
Black Mirror, Deste Foundation, Hydra, Greece
Black Mirror (Performance), Athens Theater Festival, Athens, Greece
I am in you, Sammlung Goetz at Haus der Kunst, Munich
Mirror, permanent façade installation, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, USA
Venice Film Festival, Venice, Italy

Group Shows

Future Shock, SITE Santa Fe, NM
Performance! An exhibition of the 40th anniversary of the Center Pompidou, Le Tripostal, Lille, France
14th Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France
Again and Again, Sammlung Goetz in the Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Mix it –Pop music & video art, Marta Herford Museum for Art, Architecture, Design, Herford, Germany
Art Unlimited 2017, Basel, Switzerland
Jaguars and Electric Eels, Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin, Germany
The Garden – End of Times; Beginning of Times: The Present, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Denmark

Artists in Their Time, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey
Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick, Somerset House, London, UK
Summer Exhibition 2016, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
Camera of Wonders, Museo de Arte Moderno, Medellin, Columbia
Come as You Are: Art of the 1990’s, Blanton Museum of Art: University of Texas at Austin, TX

Works on Paper, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
“Come as You Are: Art of the 1990’s”, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ; Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; The University of Michigan Museum ofArt, Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Blanton Museum of Art: University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA

“High Performance. THE JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION”, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
“Damage Control: Art & Destruction Since 1950”, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA
“Common Ground: Earth” Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey

Station to Station,
Turn off the Sun, Fundación/Colección Jumex, Mexico D.F., Mexico
Dialogues, MAK Center for Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Homebodies, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA
The Time is Now, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Collection Reinstallation for the 2013 Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
The Source, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Art and the City, Ein Festival für Kunst im öffentlichen Raum, Zurich, Switzerland

Elgiz : 10 A Decade of Commitment to Contemporary Art in Turkey, Istanbul, Turkey
Now: obras de La Colleccion Jumex, Centro Cultural Hospicio Cabanas, Guadalajara, Mexico
Why I never became a dancer – Sammlung Goetz at Haus der Kunst, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Sculpture Now, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
In the Name of the Artist – American Contemporary Art from the Astrup Fearnley Collection, Biennale pavilion in the Parque do Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Paradise Lost, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, Turkey
Pasajes, Vlajes por el híper-espacio, Laboral, Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón, Spain
The Expanded Cinema, Moscow Museum of Art and Center of Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Redondo Beach/CA Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1968 Lives in: LA and New York