Oliver Beer

Oliver Beer

Oliver Beer was born in 1985 in the United Kingdom. He studied music before attending the Ruskin School of Fine Art, University of Oxford. His personality and his background in both music and fine art led to an early interest in the relationship between sound and space, particularly the voice and architecture. He has translated his research into fascinating performances in which spectators take part by the mere fact of their presence, and he makes sculptures and videos that embody, literally or metaphorically, the plastic expression of this subtle relationship and the way the human body experiences it. Within and alongside his work with sound, Oliver Beer creates subtle and diverse sculptural, installation and film projects whose provenance sometimes seems biographical; but in which his play with universal – often intimate – concerns draws on shared emotions and perceptions. 

Oliver Beer's work has been the subject of many screenings as well as solo and group exhibitions, notably at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; the Palais de Tokyo, Fondation Vuitton and Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Musée d'art contemporain, Lyon; Modern Art Oxford; WIELS, Brussels; the Ménagerie de Verre, Paris; the Hebbel Theater, Berlin. Oliver Beer has also held residencies at the Palais de Tokyo, the Watermill Foundation and the Fondation Hermès.

Awards

2015


Daiwa Art Prize 2015, Daiwa Art Foundation


Watermill Center artist in residence


 


2013


Villa Arson artist in residence


 


2011


Palais de Tokyo artist in residence


 


2010


Arts Council award and commission


 


2009


Added to the Zabludowicz 176 Collection


Saatchi Gallery News Sensations


 


2007


Oxford University Scholarship


  


2006 - 2009


Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford, UK


BFA HONS, 1st Class


 


2004 - 2007


Academy of Contemporary Music, UK



BA HONS, 1st Class


 


Lives and works in Kent and Paris. 


Solo exhibitions

2017


Oliver Beer, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England




2015


Life, Death and Tennis, Aoyama Meguro, Daiwa Art Prize 2015 exhibition, Tokyo, Japan


Deconstructing Sound, Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan


Artist in Residence, Watermill Center, New York, NY, USA


Call to Sound, a performance to coincide with the Istanbul Biennale, with Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Kilic Ali Pasa Hamam, Istanbul, Turkey


 


2014


Diabolus in Musica, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France


Rabbit Hole, MAC Lyon, Lyon, France


Prospectif Cinéma: Oliver Beer, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France


 


2013


Composition For Hearing An Architectural Space, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France


Oliver Beer, Villa Arson, Nice, France


Outside-In, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (permanent installation), UK


Out of Shot, Silencio, Paris, France


 


2012


Klang, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France


 


2011


Pay and Display, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK


 


2010


Deep and Meaningful, MurmurART, 20 Hoxton Square, London, UK


Training, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (Tower Room), UK


 


2009


Die Budgie History, Dolphin Gallery, Oxford, UK


 


2008


The Resonance Project, Abbazia di Farfa, Rome, Italy


 


2007


Oliver Beer, La Viande Gallery, London, UK


Group exhibitions

2016


ImprisonedJailbreakImprisonedJailbreak, AOYAMA/MEGURO, Tokyo, Japan


Nuit Blanche 2016, Paris, France


Polyphonies, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France


 


2015


Where the day begins, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut, Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France


Sounds Like Music, D+T Project Gallery, Brussels, Belgium


Daiwa Art Prize exhibition, Daiwa Foundation, London, UK


BBB Centre d´art contemporain, Toulouse, France


 


2014


Composition For a New Museum, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France


Orkest!, The Netwerk/Center for Contemporary Art, Aalst, Belgium


Condensation (Hermès), Corée du Sud


Condentation (Hermès), Le Forum, Japon


Saint Jerome, Meessen de Clerq, Brussels, Belgium


Sunday Sessions, MoMA PS1, New York, NY, USA


 


2013


In the context of the 12th Biennale de Lyon (Palais de Tokyo), Lyon, France


Nouvelles Vagues, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France


Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK (​Permanent installation of a sculpture)


The Resonance Project Performance, Wiels Centre for Contemporary Art / Art Brussels, Brussels, Belgium


Screening of Mum’s Continuous Note, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK 


​Screening of The Resonance Project: Deep and Meaningful 8pm, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France


KLANG, Palais de Tokyo, (Tokyo Art Club), Paris, France


 


2012


Saatchi Gallery, “100 Curators” Biennale de Belleville, Paris, France


Whitstable Biennale, Kent, UK


Nuit Blanche 2012, Paris, France 


Two solo performances at the reopening of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France


Galerie de Roussan, Paris, France


Hebbel Theatre, Berlin, Germany


Ménagerie de Verre, Paris, France


FRAC Corse, avec le Pavillon du Palais de Tokyo, Corte, France



2011


Saatchi Gallery at the Big Chill, Herefordshire, UK


Mindful, Old Vic Tunnels, London, UK


Bonhams Macmillan De’Longhi Art Auction, London, UK



2010


Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, UK


Macmillan Auction, Christie’s, London, UK


Anticipation, Selfridges, London, UK


Ruskin Shorts, Oxford Playhouse, Oxford, UK


Concrete and Glass, 20 Hoxton Square, London, UK


Salon Contemporary, ‘Best of the UK, Class of 2009


Reflections, DNA Gallery, Berlin, Germany


Photo50 / London Art Fair, Islington, UK



2009


Saatchi Gallery ‘4 New Sensations’, A Foundation, Shoreditch, London, UK


Channel 4 ‘3-Minute Wonders’, UK Broadcast


Resonance FM, London UK / Online


Ruskin Degree Show, Osney, Oxford, UK


Ruskin Shorts, Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford, UK


The Fringe, Old Master’s Studio, Oxford, UK


           
2008


Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France


ICA, Performance with Goodbooks, London, UK


20 Eventi, Rome, Italy


Modern Art Oxford, UK


Beaconsfield Gallery, performance with Matmos, London, UK


Vivarosi Gallery, Budapest, Hungary


        
2007
Chelsea College of Art, London, UK



2006


Beardsmore Gallery, (with Oliver Barratt) London, UK


Balaton Film Festival, Balatonfured, Hungary


Vivarosi Gallery, Budapest, Hungary


Bibliography

2015


So Far So Long, Centro Cultural Contemporáneo Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca, Spain


 


2014


Oliver Beer, Coedition MAC Lyon / Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac


Oliver Beer: topologies singulières, 02 magazine, text by Ingrid Luquet-Gad


 


2013


Oliver Beer, cahier de résidence. Fondation Hermès, text by Clément Dirier, Editions Actes Sud


Voyage en territoires partagés, dir. Charlotte Moth, including a text by Oliver Beer, Editions Cercle d'Art


Expérienz, Art Même No. 58


The Resonance Project, Dante No. 4


 


2012


Arts Magazine April issue Oliver Beer: Echologiste by Francois Quintin


Palais Magazine No. 16, Composition for tuning an architectural space insert. Editions Palais de Tokyo


Public and private collections

France


Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris-la Défense


Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris


FRAC, Île-de-France, Paris


FRAC, Midi-Pyrénées, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse


Musée d'Art Contemporain, Lyon


 


Monaco


Nouveau Musée National de Monaco


 


United Kingdom


IKON Gallery, Bimingham


Zabludowicz 176 Collection, London


 


Australia


Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)