Oliver Beer

Oliver Beer

Oliver Beer (b.1985, lives and works in London and Paris) studied musical composition at the Academy of Contemporary Music before reading Fine Art at the Ruskin, University of Oxford and film theory at the Sorbonne, Paris.  He makes sculptures, installations, videos, and immersive live performances that reveal the hidden properties of objects, bodies, and architectural sites. Drawing on his musical training, his social and familial relationships often become the blueprint for multi-disciplinary works that engage with intimate and universal concerns, such as the transmission of musical memories and the personal and cultural meanings invested in the things we possess. For his Resonance Project (2007–), vocal performances stimulate the natural harmonics of built structures, generating a disarmingly visceral relationship between the audience and interior space. By slicing and reassembling common objects to construct new meanings and forms, Beer’s sculptural practice dissects the material world and the traces we leave on it. 

Beers work has been the subject of many solo and group exhibitions, notably at Met Breuer, Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA PS1, New York; Centre Pompidou, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Palais de Tokyo and Chateau of Versailles, Paris; the Musée dArt Contemporain, Lyon; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; WIELS, Brussels and the Sydney and Istanbul biennales. Beer has also held residencies at the Palais de Tokyo, the Watermill Centre, Sydney Opera House and the Fondation Hermès. 



Daiwa Art Prize 2015, Daiwa Art Foundation

Watermill Center artist in residence



Villa Arson artist in residence



Palais de Tokyo artist in residence



Arts Council award and commission



Added to the Zabludowicz 176 Collection

Saatchi Gallery News Sensations



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


Solo exhibitions


Oma, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, UK


A Thousand Faces, in collaboration with the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Jahili Fort/ Qasr al Hosn, Abu Dhabi
Syncopation: Contemporary encounters with the Modern Masters, Pola Museum of Art, Japan
Vessel Orchestra, Metropolitan Museum of Art - Met Breuer, New York, USA
Impossible Composition, University of New South Wales Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Recomposition (Baloo Stripped Bare), Galerie des Arts Visuels, Quebec City, Canada
Household Gods, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Impossible Composition, Anna Schwartz gallery, Melbourne, Austrialia

Reanimation (Snow White), Video Presentation, George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY, USA

Reanimation (Alice Falling), Video Presentation, Ruya Foundation, Baghdad, Iraq


Oliver Beer, Performance & sculpture, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, UK

Oliver Beer, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England


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



Diabolus in Musica, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France

Rabbit Hole, MAC Lyon, Lyon, France

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



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



Klang, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France



Pay and Display, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK



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

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



Die Budgie History, Dolphin Gallery, Oxford, UK



The Resonance Project, Abbazia di Farfa, Rome, Italy



Oliver Beer, La Viande Gallery, London, UK

Group exhibitions

Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA2), Riga, Latvia
Rendez-vous, Voorlinden Museum, Wassenaar, Netherlands



...Et l'obscur, L'Abbaye du Thoronet (in collaboration with Le Palais de Tokyo, Paris), Le Thoronet, France

Hypertimes, FuturDome, Milan, Italy    

Oliver Beer, Rassegna di video arte del XXI secolo al MACRO, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Italy (Video)


21st Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Wonderland, ACMI, Melbourne, Australia

Abstract/ion, Galerie Klüser, München, Germany

The Myriad Forms of Visual Art: 196 Works with 19 Themes, National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan

À bâtons rompus, les Abattoirs, France


Voyage d’hiver, Château de Versailles, Versailles, France



ImprisonedJailbreakImprisonedJailbreak, AOYAMA/MEGURO, Tokyo, Japan

Nuit Blanche 2016, Paris, France

Polyphonies, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France



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



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



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



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


Saatchi Gallery at the Big Chill, Herefordshire, UK

Mindful, Old Vic Tunnels, London, UK

Bonhams Macmillan De’Longhi Art Auction, London, UK


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


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


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

Chelsea College of Art, London, UK


Beardsmore Gallery, (with Oliver Barratt) London, UK

Balaton Film Festival, Balatonfured, Hungary

Vivarosi Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

Public and private collections


MONA - Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania



CNAP - Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris

Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

FRAC, Île-de-France, Paris

FRAC, Midi-Pyrénées, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse

MAC - Musée d'Art Contemporain, Lyon



National Museum of Art, Osaka



Nouveau Musée National de Monaco



Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar


United Arab Emirates

The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi


United Kingdom

IKON Gallery, Bimingham

Zabludowicz 176 Collection, London 



Kramlich Collection, San Francisco