Marc Quinn

Marc Quinn

Marc Quinn was born in 1964 in London, where he lives and works. He belongs to the Young British Artists group, which became famous in 1997 through the legendary Sensation exhibition of works from Charles Saatchi's collection. Quinn's pioneering sculpture was Self, a frozen sculpture of his head, made with 4.5 litres of his own blood, extracted over five months. In 2005 his statue of Alison Lapper, a woman born with no arms and severely shortened legs, attracted much attention. The 15-ton marble statue, exhibited from 2005 until 2007 on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, was extremely controversial.

With his materials and techniques, Quinn – who studied history of art at Robinson College, Cambridge, in the early 1980s – challenges the boundaries between art and science. Besides using ice, glass, metal, marble and lead, he has experimented with flowers and plants frozen in silicon in order to conserve the beauty of their full bloom. Many of Quinn's works are in the vanitas tradition, showing clear, concrete references to classic works of art history.

 

Awards

2004


Fourth Plinth Commission for Trafalgar Square, London


 


2001


The Royal Academy of Arts Charles Wollaston Award


Solo exhibitions

2014


The Sleep of Reason
 -
 Arter Space for Art, Istanbul


Marc Quinn - CAC Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Málaga, Málaga


 


2013


Marc Quinn - Portraits of Landscapes - Greenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, CA


Held by Desire
- White Cube, Hong Kong


Marc Quinn
- Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice


Chelsea Flower Show -
Royal Horticultural Society; London


All the Time in the World
- 
Mary Boone Gallery



Planet - The Gardens by the Bay, Singapore



 


2012


The Big Wheel Keeps on Turning, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow


The Littoral Zone, Institut Océanographique, Monaco


Brave New World, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg


Marc Quinn : All of Nature Flows Through Us, Kunsten – Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Denmark


 


2011


Marc Quinn : All of Nature Flows Through Us, Kistefos-Museet, Oslo, Norway


Marc Quinn, Patricia Low Contemporary, Geneva


 


2010


33°53′13″N 35°30′47″E, The Platinum Tower, Beirut


Allanah, Buck, Catman, Chelsea, Michael, Pamela & Thomas, The White Cube, London


Project B Milan, Patricia Low Gallery, Gstaad, Switzerland


Planet (Microcosmos), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg


The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas


 


2009


Selfs, Beyeler Foundation


Materialize Dematerialize, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Salzburg


Carbon Cycles, Galerie Daniel Blau Munich


'Iris', Mary Boone gallery, NY


 


2008


Marc Quinn, Evolution, White Cube, London


Alison Lapper Plinth, Forum, Rome


 


2007


DHC/ART Fondation pour l’art contemporain, Montréal


Marc Quinn, Parco and Museo di Scolacium, Catanzaro


Sphinx, Mary Boone Gallery, New York


 


2006


Paintings, Emanuele Bonomi, Milan


MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome


Recent Sculptures, Groningen Museum, The Netherlands


Galerie Hopkins-Custot, Paris


Chemical Life Support, Millesgarden, Stockholm


 


2005


Marc Quinn, Galeria Guereta, Madrid


Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London


Chemical Life Support, White Cube, London


Meat Sculptures, Mary Boone Gallery, New York


 


2004


The Incredible World of Desire, IBM Building, New York


Marc Quinn, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield School, Somerset


The Overwhelming World of Desire (Paphiopedilum Winston Churchill Hybrid), Tate


Britain, London


Flesh, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin


The Complete Marbles, Mary Boone Gallery, New York


 


2003


The Overwhelming World of Desire (Phragmipedium Sedenii), Peggy Guggenheim


Collection, Venice


Mirror, A Delta Axis Initiative, Power House, Memphis


The Overwhelming World of Desire (Paphiopedilum Winston Churchill Hybrid),


Goodwood Sculpture Park, West Sussex


 


2002


Behind the Mask: Portraits, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle


1+1=3 (Rainbow Sculpture), Cammell Laird Ship Yard, Liverpool


Italian Landscapes from Garden 2000, Terrace Gallery Harewood, Leeds


Marc Quinn, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool


 


2001


A Genomic Portrait. John Sulston by Marc Quinn, National Portrait Gallery, London


Italian Landscape, Habitat, London


2000


Still Life, White Cube2, London


Marc Quinn, Groninger Museum, Groningen


Marc Quinn, Fondazione Prada, Milan


 


1999


Marc Quinn, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover


Marc Quinn. Drawings, Sala Amárica-Amarica Aretoa, Vitoria


 


1998


Incarnate, Gagosian Gallery, New York


Marc Quinn, South London Gallery, London


 


1997


Infra-slim Spaces, Invisible Museum, SCCA, Kiev


 


1995


The Blind Leading the Blind, Jay Jopling/White Cube, London


Emotional Detox: The Seven Deadly Sins. Art Now, Tate Gallery, London


 


1994


Marc Quinn, Jay Jopling/Art Hotel, Amsterdam


 


1993


Marc Quinn, Galerie Jean Bernier, Athens


 


1991


Out of Time, Jay Jopling/Grob Gallery, London


 


1990


Bread Sculpture, Galerie Marquardt, Paris


Bread Sculpture, Middendorf Gallery, Washington


 


1988


Bronze Sculpture, Jay Jopling/Otis Gallery, London


Group exhibitions

2015


A Secret Affair - FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY


Guess What? Hardcore Contemporary Art’s Truly a World Treasure - Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima


 


2014


Post Pop: East Meets West - The Saatchi Gallery, London


Pop Sculpture - Pop Culture - Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY


50 Jahre Durchblick. Leben Mit Der Kunst (Group Show) - Galerie Thomas, München


Anniversary - 3 Years Scheublein+Bak - Scheublein + BAK, Zürich


Bad Thoughts - Collection Martijn and Jeannette Sanders - Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam


Taguchi Art Collection - Matsumoto City Museum of Art, Matsumoto City


The Shock Of The New' - Mead Carney Fine Art, London


Additionen der Gegenwart - Zeitgenössische Kunst aus der Sammlung Frank Hense - Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum


Organic - Group Show - Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris


Imprints - Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, NY


Flux - Art Plural Gallery, Singapur


 


2013


DISASTER, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris-Pantin


Beyond Limits 2013, Sotheby's at Chatsworth - Chatsworth House, Derbyshire



Louis Vuitton ‘Timeless Muses’ Exhibition - Tokyo Station Hotel, Tokyo


 


2012


FIAC – Jardin des Tuileries, Paris



Alison Lapper Pregnant - The Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony - London


RE : DEFINE, The Future Tense, Dallas


Ausgewählte Werke aus unserem Programm, Galerie Thomas Modern, Munich


Printed Matter, Eleven, London


Darren Almond and Marc Quinn, Patricia Low Contemporary, Switzerland


Penelopes Labour - Weaving Words and Images
- Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice


 


2011


Beyond Limits, Sotheby’s at Chatsworth, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire


Weaving Words and Images, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice


 


2010


Ein Hauch von Eden, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefeld


Cream, Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art / Finnish National Gallery


'Crucible - at Gloucester Cathedral, UK


Realismus: Das Abenteuer der Wirklichkeit (Realism: The Adventure of Reality), Kunsthalle Hypo-Kulturstiftung Munchen


 


2009


Arario’s Finest, Arario Gallery, Cheonan


Innovations in the Third Dimension: Sculpture of our Time, Bruce Museum,


Greenwich, CT


Fuentes. Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris and Salzburg


 


2008


Love, National Gallery, London


Out of Shape: Stylistic Distortions of the Human Form in Art, The Frances Lehman


Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY


Genesis – Die Kunst der Schopfung, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern


Statuephilia: Contemporary Sculptors at the British Museum, British Museum, London


Nothing but Sculpture, XIII International Sculpture Biennale, Carrara, Tuscany


Open XI. International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, Venice Lido and San


Servolo, Venice


Sphinxx, Stuart Shave / Modern Art, London


 


2007


Garden of Eden, Kunsthalle Emden, Emden


Skin, The National Museum of Art, Osaka


Six Feet Under, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden


The Naked Portrait, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh


Diagnosis (Art): Contemporary Art Reflecting Medicine, Museum im Kulturspeicher


Würzburg, Würzburg


Timer.01: Intimacy, Triennale di Milano, Milan


Genesis. Life at the end of the Information Age, Centraal Museum, Utrecht


Aftershock: Contemporary British Art 1990-2006, Capital Museum, Beijing


35th Anniverssary of the Essl Collection, Essl Museum of Contemporary Art, Vienna


FRAMED: The Art of the Portrait, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario


 


2006


Aftershock: Contemporary British Art 1990-2006, Guangdong Museum of Art,


Guangzhou


Six Feet Under: Autopsy of Our Relation to the Dead, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern


Diagnosis [Art]: Contemporary Art Reflecting Medicine, Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Ahlen


Light, Winchester Cathedral, Winchester


Eretica, Museum Sant’Anna, Palermo


Egomania, Museum of Contemporary Art, Modena


 


2005


Imagine A World, Bargehouse, London


Wunderkammer. The Artificial Kingdom, The Collection, Lincoln


Art Out of Place, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich


Ripe for Picking Fruits and Flowers, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York


'Bock mit Inhalt' - Summer Exhibition, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam


Summer Exhibition 2005, Royal Academy, London


London Calling. Y[oung] B[ritish] A[rtists] Criss-Crossed, Galleri Kaare Berntsen,


Oslo


Blumenstück Künstlers Glück, Museum Morsbroich Leverkusen, Leverkusen


The Body. Art & Science, National Museum, Stockholm


Contemporary Photography and the Garden – Deceits & Fantasies, The Middlebury


College Museum of Art, Middlebury / The Parrish Art Museum, New York


 


2004


Slimvolume 2004, Redux, London


The Flower As Image: From Monet to Jeff Koons, Louisiana Museum, Humlebæk


Gwangju Biennale 13th Tallinn Print Triennial, Korea


Lille Expo, Lille


Garden of Eden, Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki


The Garden of Delights, Galería Guereta, Madrid


Flowers Observed. Flowers Transformed, The Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh


Art of the Garden, Tate Britain, London / Ulster Museum, Belfast / Manchester Art


Gallery, Manchester


Secrets of the ‘90s, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Arnhem


Flowers, Mary Boone Gallery, New York


Ideale e Realtà, Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna


 


2003


Fourth Plinth Proposal, National Gallery, London


FRESH: Contemporary British Artists in Print, Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh


Statements 7, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice


Decembristerne, Gallery Faurschou, Copenhagen


Independence, South London Gallery, London


Genomic Issues, Graduate Centre Art Gallery, New York


Bull’s Eye; Works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection, Arken Museum of Modern Art,


Arken


UnNaturally, Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida, Tampa /


Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City / Fisher Gallery, University of Southern


California, Los Angeles / Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts,


Napa / Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables


 


2002


Face Off, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge


The Nude In Twentieth Century Art, Kunsthalle in Emden, Emden


Rapture: Art’s Seduction by Fashion Since 1970, Barbican Gallery, London


Thinking Big: Concepts for 21st Century British Sculpture, Peggy Guggenheim


Collection, Venice


The Rowan Collection. Contemporary British & Irish Art, Irish Museum on Modern


Art, Dublin


Life is Beautiful, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle


In the Freud Museum, Freud Museum, London


Iconoclash. Image Wars in Science, Religion and Art, Center for Art and Media,


Karlsruhe


Second Skin. Historical Life Casting and Contemporary Sculpture, Henry Moore


Institute, Leeds


 


2001


Sacred and Profane, Mappin Gallery, Sheffield


Printers Inc., The Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon


Summer Exhibition 2001, Royal Academy of Arts, London


Ohne Zögern: Die Sammlung Olbricht Teil 2. Without Hesitation, Gesellschartf für


Aktuelle Kunst & Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen


Metamorphosis and Cloning, Musée d'art Contemporaine de Montréal, Quebec


/Arts, The Lux, London


London Nomad, Cairo Biennale, Cairo


Mind the Gap, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm


Give & Take, Victoria and Albert Museum, London


Heads and Hands, Decatur House Museum, Washington


 


2000


Wellcome Wing, The Science Museum, London


Spectacular Bodies: The Art and Science of the Human Body from Leonardo to Now,


Hayward Gallery, London


Conversation, Milton Keynes Art Gallery, Milton Keynes


Out There, White Cube2, London


Psycho, Anne Faggionato, London


 


1999


Skin, Deste Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens


Something Warm and Fuzzy, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines


Into the Light. Photographic Printing Out of the Darkroom, The Royal Photographic


Society, Bath


Officina Europa, Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna


Now It’s My Turn to Scream. Works by Contemporary British Artists from the Logan


Collection, Haines Gallery, San Francisco


Presence, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool


Spaced Out: Late 1990s Works from Vicki and Kent Logan Collection, The CCA


Institute, California


As Above, So Below : The Body’s Equal Parts, Fabric Workshop, Philidelphia


Physical Evidence, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge


 


1998


Family, Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh


Group exhibition, Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen


Hope (Sufferance), Sun and Doves Gallery, London


The Colony Room 50th Anniversary Art Exhibition, A22 Projects, London


A Portrait of Our Times: An Introduction to the Logan Collection, San Francisco


Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco


UK Maximum Diversity, Galerie Krinzinger, Benger Fabrik Bregenz, Bregenz


Sam Taylor-Wood, Tracey Emin, Gillian Wearing, Marc Quinn, Galerija Dante Marino


Cettina, Umag


Inner Self, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York


 


1997


The Quick and the Dead : Artists and Anatomy, Royal College of Art, London / Mead


Gallery, University of Warwick, Warwick / City Art Gallery, Leeds


Sensation, Royal Academy of Arts, London / Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin / Brooklyn


Museum of Art, New York


The Body, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney


Follow Me, Kunstverein Kehdingen, Freiburg


A Ilha do Tesouro, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon


 


1996


Thinking Print. Books to Billboards 1980-95, Museum of Modern Art, New York


Hybrid, De Appel, Amsterdam


Feed and Greed, MAK, Vienna


Works on Paper, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin


Happy End, Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf


 


1995


Time Machine, Musee Egizio, Turin


Faith, Hope, Charity, Kunsthalle, Vienna


Contemporary British Art in Print, Scottish Museum of Modern Art, Edinburgh


Ripple Across the Water, Minato Prefecture and Shibuya Prefecture, Tokyo


 


1994


Life is too Much, Galerie des Archives, Paris


Time Machine, British Museum, London


 


1993


Prospect ‘93, Frankfurt


Sonsbeek ‘93, Arnhem


Art Cologne, (Saatchi Collection), Cologne


Real, Vienna Secession, Vienna


Restaurant, Marc Jancou, Paris


Young British Artists II, Saatchi Collection, London


 


1992


Sydney Biennial, Sydney


London Portfolio, Karsten Schubert, London


Strange Developments, Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London


British Art, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York


 


1991


Modern Masters, Grob Gallery, London


 


1990


Group Show, Grob Gallery, London


Hands, Grob Gallery, London