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.




Fourth Plinth Commission for Trafalgar Square, London



The Royal Academy of Arts Charles Wollaston Award

Solo exhibitions


The Sleep of Reason
 Arter Space for Art, Istanbul

Marc Quinn - CAC Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Málaga, Málaga



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



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



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

Marc Quinn, Patricia Low Contemporary, Geneva



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



Selfs, Beyeler Foundation

Materialize Dematerialize, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Salzburg

Carbon Cycles, Galerie Daniel Blau Munich

'Iris', Mary Boone gallery, NY



Marc Quinn, Evolution, White Cube, London

Alison Lapper Plinth, Forum, Rome



DHC/ART Fondation pour l’art contemporain, Montréal

Marc Quinn, Parco and Museo di Scolacium, Catanzaro

Sphinx, Mary Boone Gallery, New York



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



Marc Quinn, Galeria Guereta, Madrid

Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London

Chemical Life Support, White Cube, London

Meat Sculptures, Mary Boone Gallery, New York



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



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



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



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

Italian Landscape, Habitat, London


Still Life, White Cube2, London

Marc Quinn, Groninger Museum, Groningen

Marc Quinn, Fondazione Prada, Milan



Marc Quinn, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover

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



Incarnate, Gagosian Gallery, New York

Marc Quinn, South London Gallery, London



Infra-slim Spaces, Invisible Museum, SCCA, Kiev



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

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



Marc Quinn, Jay Jopling/Art Hotel, Amsterdam



Marc Quinn, Galerie Jean Bernier, Athens



Out of Time, Jay Jopling/Grob Gallery, London



Bread Sculpture, Galerie Marquardt, Paris

Bread Sculpture, Middendorf Gallery, Washington



Bronze Sculpture, Jay Jopling/Otis Gallery, London

Group exhibitions


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



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



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



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



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

Weaving Words and Images, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice



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



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



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



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



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


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



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,


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



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



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,


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



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,


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

Institute, Leeds



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



Life is too Much, Galerie des Archives, Paris

Time Machine, British Museum, London



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



Sydney Biennial, Sydney

London Portfolio, Karsten Schubert, London

Strange Developments, Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London

British Art, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York



Modern Masters, Grob Gallery, London



Group Show, Grob Gallery, London

Hands, Grob Gallery, London