Thomas Houseago with Nick Cave and Brad Pitt
Through January 15, 2023
Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
WE celebrates Thomas Houseago’s belief that creativity is fundamental, common to all people and flowing in all of us. The exhibition presents new paintings from the artist’s Visions series as well as sculptures in redwood and plaster, some created in response to works in the museum collection. These are shown alongside a series of ceramic figures by Nick Cave and sculptures by Brad Pitt, both of which were created during an ongoing dialogue with Houseago. By including artworks by his creative associates, Houseago recontextualizes the concept of original creation to challenge the idea of the artist as a solitary individual and celebrate a more collectivist approach.
Thomas Houseago, Weekend at El Cap, 2022 © Thomas Houseago
Sculptures pour amoureux
Through April 24, 2023
Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
For this exhibition, whose title translates to Sculptures for Lovers, Thomas Houseago has designed two installations specifically for the museum, which will be shown in two parts. First, three monumental unstretched paintings, hung on the roof aim to express the restorative power of art and its visceral relationship with life. Visitors are invited to walk freely among the paintings, which are in dialogue with both nature and the building’s architecture, to view them from different vantage points. In the fall, the paintings will be replaced by a set of three sculptures.
Thomas Houseago, Machine Wall, 2019 © Thomas Houseago/ADAGP, Paris
Collection of Qiao Zhibing
March 19–December 19, 2021
Qiao Zhibing, contemporary art collector and founder of Tank Shanghai, has selected works from his private collection by twelve Chinese and international contemporary artists for this exhibition, which explores the inspiration art brings to the public from a visual perspective. Work by Theaster Gates and Thomas Houseago is included.
Installation view, Aesthetics: Collection of Qiao Zhibing, Tank Shanghai, March 19–December 19, 2021. Artwork, left: © Thomas Houseago; center and right: © Theaster Gates. Photo: courtesy Tank Shanghai
April 22–August 1, 2021
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels
Vision Paintings comprises large-scale paintings, drawings, and previously unexhibited journals by Thomas Houseago. The works occupy two first-floor galleries of the museum in a parallel display to selected works from the permanent collection, including Jacques-Louis David’s painting Marat assassiné (The Death of Marat) (1793). The exhibition invites viewers to contemplate the emotional tenor of both the neoclassical and contemporary works, as well as their formal differences and shared points of connection.
Installation view, Thomas Houseago: Vision Paintings, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, April 22–August 1, 2021. Artwork © Thomas Houseago
March 22–November 4, 2020
Punta della Dogana, Venice
Conceived and curated by Thomas Houseago, Muna El Fituri, and Caroline Bourgeois, Untitled, 2020 places into dialogue works in a broad range of media by more than sixty artists held by the Pinault Collection, international museums, and private collections. The exhibition centers around a re-creation of Houseago’s studio in Tadao Ando’s cube room, in the heart of Punta della Dogana. Work by Ellen Gallagher, Duane Hanson, Mike Kelley, Henry Moore, and Nam June Paik is included.
Installation view, Untitled, 2020, Punta della Dogana, Venice, March 22–December 13, 2020. Artwork © Thomas Houseago. Photo: Marco Cappelletti/DSL Studio
An exhibition dedicated to the memory of Michael Stanley
June 12–September 8, 2019
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England
This exhibition, dedicated to the memory of former Ikon director Michael Stanley, is structured loosely on Rex Warner’s 1941 wartime novel The Aerodrome, a book that made a great impression on Stanley. The show features many of the artists he worked with, including Michael Craig-Martin, Thomas Houseago, and Jenny Saville.
Jenny Saville, Portrait of Lola, 2019 © Jenny Saville
RA Summer Exhibition 2019
June 10–August 12, 2019
Royal Academy of Arts, London
Running annually since 1769, the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open-submission art show. It brings together art in all mediums—prints, paintings, film, photography, sculpture, architectural works and more—with some 1,200 works on display, many of them for the first time. Work by Michael Craig-Martin, Thomas Houseago, and Anselm Kiefer is included.
Installation view, RA Summer Exhibition 2019, Royal Academy of Arts, London, June 10–August 12, 2019. Artwork © Thomas Houseago
March 15–July 14, 2019
Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
This exhibition traces the different phases of Thomas Houseago’s development as an artist, from his work in the 1990s to his latest creations, which include a completely new installation produced specifically for the occasion.
Installation view, Thomas Houseago: Almost Human, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, March 15–July 14, 2019. Artwork © Thomas Houseago. Photo: Thomas Lannes
Collection François Pinault
June 23–September 9, 2018
Couvent des Jacobins and Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rennes, France
The city of Rennes will host an exhibition of works from the Pinault collection under the title “Debout!”. More than sixty works by twenty renowned artists will be on display in locations and institutions around the city. Work by Duane Hanson, Thomas Houseago, and Tatiana Trouvé will be included.
Thomas Houseago, Baby, 2009–10 © Thomas Houseago
Thomas Houseago in
December 5, 2017–April 30, 2018
Elgiz Museum, Istanbul
In Fact focuses on the concepts of representation and the act of referring. The exhibition includes works from different media and investigates the models of representation through the referred. Work by Thomas Houseago is included.
Thomas Houseago, Roman Masks II, 2013 © Thomas Houseago
Proof of Life
May 19, 2017–February 25, 2018
Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany
Proof of Life brings together one hundred paintings, sculptures, and photographic works that investigate existential questions in a manner both palpable and profound. Work by Damien Hirst, Thomas Houseago, Anselm Kiefer, Sterling Ruby, and Richard Serra is included.
Installation view, Proof of Life, Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany, May 19, 2017–February 25, 2018. Photo: Björn Behrens
The Marciano Collection
May 25–September 16, 2017
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
Unpacking: The Marciano Collection is the debut presentation of the collection’s holdings organized by Philipp Kaiser. The title and theme of the show are derived from Walter Benjamin’s essay “Unpacking My Library,” in which he discusses the chaotic potentiality inherent in unpacking and recontextualizing one’s collection. Work by Mark Grotjahn, Jennifer Guidi, Thomas Houseago, Alex Israel, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Sterling Ruby, Cindy Sherman, Franz West, Jonas Wood, and Christopher Wool is included.
Installation view, Unpacking: The Marciano Collection, Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, May 25–September 16, 2017. Artwork, left to right: © Albert Oehlen, © Christopher Wool
L’exposition du centenaire
March 22–July 31, 2017
Grand Palais, Paris
This exhibition reveals Rodin’s creative universe, his relationship with his audience, and the way in which sculptors have appropriated his style. With over two hundred of Rodin’s works, this show also includes work by Georg Baselitz, Alberto Giacometti, Thomas Houseago, Pablo Picasso, and more.
Georg Baselitz, Folk Thing Zero, 2009 © Georg Baselitz 2017. Photo by Jochen Littkemann