Contemporary artist now based in New York, Berlin, and Chiang Mai.

His installations often take the form of stages or rooms for sharing meals, cooking, reading or playing music; architecture or structures for living and socializing are a core element in his work.

Rirkrit Tiravanija is widely recognised as one of the most influential artists of his generation. His practice defies media-based description combining traditional object making, public and private performances, teaching, and other forms of public service and social action.

Rirkrit Tiravanija was born in 1961 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tiravanija studied at the Ontario College of Art, Toronto, the Banff Center School of Fine Arts, Canada, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York. He has exhibited at museums and galleries worldwide. Major solo retrospectives include Museum of Modern Art, New York (1997); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1999); Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo (2002); Chiang Mai University Art Museum (2004); Museum Bojmans Van Beuningen (2004); Museé de la Ville de Paris (2005), and Kunsthalle Bielefield (2010).

Tiravanija’s work has been recognised with numerous prestigious awards including the Benesse by the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum in Japan and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Lucelia Artist Award, the Hugo Boss Prize from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (2004) and the 2010 Absolut Art Award.

Tiravanija is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts at Columbia University, and is a founding member and curator of Utopia Station, a collective project of artists, art historians, and curators. Tiravanija is also President of an educational-ecological project known as The Land Foundation, located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and is part of a collective alternative space called VER located in Bangkok where he maintains his primary residence and studio.

Rirkrit Tiravanija, performance during Art Basel 2015.
Rirkrit Tiravanija
Buenos Aires, 1961

Current Exhibitions

Rirkrit Tiravanija: Untitled 2019

Institute of Contemporary Art London – ICA

07 Jun — 06 Jun
Argentine artist Rirkrit Tiravanija returns to The Institute of Contemporary Arts London – ICA, with his newly-commissioned...

Past Exhibitions

Rirkrit Tiravanija: The Odious Smell of Truth

Drahtzugstrasse 67, Basel 13/06/2019 — 31/07/2019

The Street. Where the World is Made

Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo – MAXXI
07/12/2018 — 28/04/2019

Take Me (I’m Yours) at Pirelli HangarBicocca

Pirelli HangarBicocca
07/11/2017 — 21/01/2018


Victoria Miro
23/09/2016 — 05/11/2016

Rirkrit Tiravanija

Helga Maria Klosterfelde Edition
29/04/2016 — 02/05/2016

Solo Shows


untitled 2015 (KH reads), Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York

A Special Curatorial Project with Rirkrit Tiravanija: The Way Things Go, YBCA, San Francisco

Rirkrit Tiravanija, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
Tomorrow is the Question?, Garage Museum, Moscow


U.F.O – Naut JK (Julius Koller), Orchestrated by Rirkrit Tiravanija, Centre d’Art Contemporani Barcelona, Barcelona

Focus: Rirkrit Tiravanija, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas

Untitled 2012 (passport to the middleworld), Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York

Oktophonie, Park Avenue Armory, New York

Rirkrit Tiravanija: Asile Flottant, Center for Visual Communication, Miami


Rirkrit Tiravanija: untitled 2012 (all those years at no. 17E London Terrace), a collaboration with Arto Lindsay, kurimanzutto, Mexico

untitled 2012 (a study for Karl’s perfect day) or (the incomparable Karl Holmqvist), Pilar Corrias, London

untitled 2012 (a study for Karl’s perfect day) or (the incomparable Karl Holmqvist),Galleria Zuecca, Venice

Untitled 2001/2012, Gallery Side 2, Tokyo

On Air, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Soup/No Soup, La Triennale, Grand Palais, Paris

untitled 2012 (freedom can not be simulated), Neugerriemschneider, Berlin

Group Shows


A Brief History of the Future, Louvre, Paris

Who Interprets the World?, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Green Go Home, a two-man show with Tomas Vu, NFGalería, Madrid

Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey

Arts & Food, Triennale di Milano, part of Expo Milano 2015, Milan

Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible, curated by Eungie Joo, Sharjah

Nouveau festival, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Trouble in Paradise, curated by Susanne Klein, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, Bonn

Rirkrit Tiravanija, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Garage Museum Moscow, Moscow

The Land, Art Basel 2015, Basel

Open Source, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Do We Dream Under the Same Sky, Art Basel, Basel

All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor, the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice


Imagineering, Okayama Prefecture, Okayama

A stroll through a fun palace, Swiss Pavilion at 14th Architecture Biennale, Venice

Take Liberty!, National Museum of Norway, Oslo

Solaris Chronicles, Atelier de la Mécanique, Parc des ateliers, Arles

1984-1999. The Decade, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz

Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

{Insert 2014} The Sharp Edge of the Global Contemporary, Mati Ghar, New Delhi

Zero Tolerance, MoMA PS1, New York


Island, Dairy Art Centre, London

Foreigners everywhere, 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center Moscow, Moscow

Interruption: The 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts, International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana

News/Prints: Printmaking and the Newspaper, curated by Anders Bergstrom & Anne LaFond, International Print Center, New York

Revealed, Stonescape, Calistoga

do it 2013, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester

The Red Queen, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart

Unattained Landscape, Palazzetto Tito of Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice

Liberation Annlee, Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Montpellier

The Insides Are On The Outside / Interior está no Exterior, Casa de Vidro, São Paulo

untitled 2012 (who if not we should at least try to imagine the future, again) (remember Julius Koller), Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York

NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set. Trash and No Star, New Museum, New York

Day After Day: The Diaristic Impulse, University Art Museum, University at Albany, Albany


Opening, 338 Oida Gallery, Bangkok

Thai Transience, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

We the People, curated by Alison Gingeras, Jonathan Horowitz and Anna McCarthy, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space, New York

Sammlung Boros #2, Boros Collection, Berlin

Art Moves Festival, Torun

ROUNDTABLE: 9th Gwangju Biennale, The Gwangju Biennale Foundation, Gwangju

Ruptures: Forms of Public Address, Cooper Gallery, The Cooper Union, New York

John Baldessari / Rirkrit Tiravanija, 1301PE Gallery, Los Angeles

Echigo Tsumari Triennial

Fuori Uso in Opera, Cantiere Caldora, Pescara

Vers la lune en passant par la plage, Arles

Wide Open School organized by Ralph Rugoff, Hayward Gallery, London

Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Struktur & Organismus, Marillenhof Kausl, Mühldorf

Soup/No Soup, as part of Intense Proximite, La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

On Air, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Art and Press : Schwarz auf Weiss? Kunst – Zeitung – Wahreit, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin

Print/Out, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art, Smart Museum of Art, Chicago

Lifelike, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin, Austin

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Buenos Aires Country of birth: Argentina Date of birth: 1961 Lives in: New York, Berlin and Chiang Mai