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Gerard Byrne

By 11th February 2022May 24th, 2022Individuals, Artists

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Born 1969 (Dublin)
Website http://www.gerardbyrne.com/

Gerard Byrne works primarily in video, photography and performance art. His multi-media installations reenact historic events using professional actors and theatrical techniques, using twentieth-century literature and mass media as source material. Referencing a range of literary and theatrical sources, his work considers how images are constructed and communicated.

In 2007 he represented Ireland in the Venice Biennale. Other major presentations of his work at international biennials include the biennales of Gwangju and Sydney in 2008, Lyon in 2007, the Tate Triennial in 2006, and the Istanbul Biennale in 2003.

He has exhibited extensively, including a significant solo show at IMMA in 2011 entitled Through the Eyes.  Other solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at the ICA Boston and the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (both 2008), Dusseldorf Kunstverein, the Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver (2007), the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2003) and at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2002). In 2006 he was a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn award.1

Bio & Career

Working primarily with lens-based media, Gerard Byrne explores the paradoxical relationship between time and image. Looking at both highbrow and popular media, from the art press to men’s magazines, museum displays to commercial radio stations, Byrne meticulously documents and reconstructs the cultural ephemera of the last century. With deadpan humour, his works draw attention to the ways in which text, sound and image produce and transmit meaning, and how shifting contexts render this meaning impermanent. In particular his works have looked at the legacy of Modernism, evolving attitudes towards sexuality, and the move from collective sources of entertainment to the more fragmented media culture of the 21st Century. Never succumbing to nostalgia, Byrne’s analysis of the recent past and its mythologies tells us just as much about the present – how, far from being inevitable, the moment we live in is just one of a number of possible outcomes, and how alternative futures can live on through cultural artefacts.2

Publications

Appears in

  • 2019 Gerard Byrne, Beasts, Seccession, Vienna, Revolver Publishing
  • 2016 Jielemeguvvie guvvie sjisjnjeli: Film inside an image, Mead Gallery, Warwick / MONASH, Melbourne; edited by Fiona Venables
  • 2013 A State of Neutral Pleasure, Whitechapel Gallery, London
  • 2012 Gestalt Forms of Loch Ness, MK Gallery, UK
  • 2011 Gerard Byrne: Images or Shadows, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
  • 2011 Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven, Columbus College of Art & Design, Cleveland
  • 2010 Tuxedo Junction, 1960: Gerard Byrne, Lismore Castle Arts, Ireland
  • 2010 Creamier: Contemporary Art in Culture: 10 Curators, 100 Contemporary Artists, 10 Sources, Phaidon, London,UK
  • 2010 4th Auckland Triennial of Contemporary Art, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand
  • 2009 The New Monumentality, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK
  • 2009 Be Nice Share Everything Have Fun, Kunstverein Munich, Germany
  • 2009 Sense and Sentiment, Augarten Contemporary, Vienna, Austria Little Theatre of Gestures, Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland & Malmö Kunsthal, Sweden
  • 2008 Related Works, Statens Museum for Kunst, Denmark
  • 2008 50 Moons of Saturn, Torino Triennale, Turin, Italy
  • 2008 Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, South Korea Revolutions – Forms that Turn, Sydney Biennial, Sydney, Australia
  • 2008 Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art, The Green Room, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, USA
  • 2007 The Studio, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2007 The Present Tense Through the Ages – On the recent work Gerard Byrne, Lisson Gallery, London; Green on Red Gallery, Dublin; Ireland at Venice; Kunstverein für die Rheinland und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland; The Model Arts, Dublin, Ireland; Niland Gallery, Dublin, Ireland; Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC; Koenig Books
  • 2006 Momentum 2006, Momentum, Moss, Norway
  • 2006 A Short History of Performance, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
  • 2006 Stages of Life, Lenbachhaus Munchen, Cologne, Germany
  • 2005 Emily Pethick, ‘1984 and Beyond’ in If I can’t dance…, Episode 1, Rotterdam, The Netherlands More Than This, 3rd Goteborg International Biennal for Contemporary Art, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 2004 This much is certain, Royal College of Art Curatorial Programme, London, UK
  • 2004 A country road, a tree, evening, BAK, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 2003 Poetic Justice, The 8th Istanbul Biennial, ed. Dan Cameron, Istanbul, Turkey The American Effect, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  • 2002 Op-Ed, Limerick City Gallery & The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
  • 2002 Manifesta 4, Frankfurt, Germany How things turn out, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
  • 2000 Transporter, AARA Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1999 Utopias, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
  • 1999 Performance festival, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark
  • 1999 EV+A 99, Gandon Editions, Limerick, Ireland
  • 1995 Collisions, Arteleku, San Sebastían/Donostia, Spain
  • 1992 Lux Europa, Isabelle Vasier, Edinburgh, UK
  • 1991 Windfall, Glasgow, UK

Photography books by

  • Year, Title, City: Publisher (Listed chronologically)
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Photography books with contribution by

  • Year, Author(s), Title, City: Publisher (Listed chronologically)
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions

  • Year, Title, Curator, Venue, City, Country (Listed chronologically)
  • 2021 Beasts, Kerlin Gallery, Online (Solo)
  • 2020 Centraal Museum Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 2019 In Our Time, Serlachius Museum Gosta, Finland
  • 2019 Useless, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin,
  • 2019 A Visibility Matrix, Void, Derry, Northern Ireland
  • 2019 Upon all the living and the dead, Secession, Vienna
  • 2018 Jielemeguvvie guvvie sjisjnjeli – A film inside an image & some related works., Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels
  • 2018 A Visibility Matrix, with Sven Anderson, Le Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse, France
  • 2018 A Visibility Matrix, with Sven Anderson, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2018 In Our Time, Nordenhake, Stockholm
  • 2018 In Our Time, Glassel School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
  • 2017 In Our Time, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2017 In Our Time, Lisson Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2017 Jielemeguvvie guvvie sjisjnjeli – Film Inside an Image, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
  • 2016 A Late Evening in the Future, ACCA, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2016 1/125 of a Second, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, UK
  • 2015 Bright Sign, steirischer herbst, GrazMuseum, Austria
  • 2015 A Late Evening in the Future, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • 2014 Gerard Byrne, Lisson Gallery, Milan, Italy
  • 2014 A Late Evening in the Future, FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Nantes, France
  • 2013 Figures, Kargl Box, Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria
  • 2013 Gerard Byrne, Black Box, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, USA
  • 2013 Gerard Byrne, Cycle 1, Praxes, Berlin, Germany
  • 2013 A state of neutral pleasure, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2013 Monogamy (two-person survey with Sarah Pierce), Hessel Museum, Bard College, NY
  • 2013 Present Continuous Past, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
  • 2013 A state of neutral pleasure, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK
  • 2012 Gerard Byrne, Protocinema, New York, NY, USA
  • 2012 Gerard Byrne: Images or Shadows, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2011 Loch Ness, non-site, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2011 Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2011 Centre d’edition contemporaine, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2011 Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK
  • 2011 Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL, USA
  • 2010 Gerard Byrne, Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland
  • 2010 The Common Guild, Glasgow, UK
  • 2009 Gerard Byrne, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
  • 2009 Gerard Byrne, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2008 Momentum 12: Gerard Byrne, ICA Boston, MA, USA
  • 2008 Forms of Abstraction, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2008 Related Works, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2007 1984 and Beyond: Gerard Byrne, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 2007 Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 2007 The Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo, Ireland
  • 2007 Think with the Senses – Feel with the Mind Art in the Present Tense, Irish Pavilion, 52nd Venice Biennale, Italy
  • 2007 Gerard Byrne, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany Lisson Gallery, London, UK
  • 2006 Nominally an installation, a performance, or an event, Wieder und Wider, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria
  • 2005 Beaumont Public Project Space, Luxembourg Void Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland
  • 2004 Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2004 In Repertory, Project, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2004 Artissima, Turin, Italy
  • 2004 A country road. A tree. Evening., basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 2004 Homme à Femmes, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2003 Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2003 Gerard Byrne, Nicola Fornello, Prato, Italy
  • 2002 Herald or Press, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2002 Limerick City Gallery, Limerick, Ireland
  • 2002 Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2001 A crime dramatically re-constructed, again, Meeting House Square, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2000 Theater, Galeri T-19, Vienna, Austria
  • 1999 Theater-Bunker-Archive-Reception area, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  • 1996 Temple Bar Music Centre, Dublin, Ireland
  • 1994 City Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland
  • 1993 Galeria Monumental, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1992 Musée du Pilori, Niort, France

Group exhibitions

  • Year, Title, Curator, Venue, City, Country (Listed chronologically)
  • 2020 Busan Biennale, South Korea
  • 2019 Prosody, Super Dakota, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2019 Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2018 An American City, The Front International Cleveland Triennial, Ohio, USA
  • 2017 Polygraphs, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, UK
  • 2017 A Synchronology: The Contemporary and Other Times, The Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, UK
  • 2017 Out of Body, Out of Time, Out of Place, Skulptur Projekte
  • 2017, Münster Derain, Balthus, Giamcometti: Une amitié artistique, Musée d’Art modern de la Ville de Paris, France
  • 2017 This Is Not Architecture, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda
  • 2017 Ireland Song of the Open Road, CAG Vancouver, Canada
  • 2016 We are the Center for Curatorial Studies, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale- on-Hudson, NY , USA
  • 2016 Life Inside an Image, Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), Melbourne
  • 2015 darker and darker grows the landscape (the possibility of an island), La Commun, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2015 The Persistence of Objects, Lismore Castle, Lismore, Ireland
  • 2015 The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies, Carpenter Center, Boston, MA, USA
  • 2014 Salon Distingué, Museum Langmatt, Baden, Switzerland Ruin Lust, Tate Britain, London, UK
  • 2014 Beckett Festival, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland Curiosity, De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2013 Trapping Lions in the Scottish Highlands, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO, USA
  • 2013 Black Box, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, ML, USA
  • 2013 Curated by… Why Painting Now?, Emmanuel Layr Gallery, Vienna, Austria Salon der Angst, Kunsthalle Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • 2013 Praxis Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany Modern Families: Relatives and Relationships in Art, Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland
  • 2013 El mañana ya estuvo aquí, MARCO, Monterrey, Mexico The Art of Memory, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2013 Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK
  • 2012 Stage Presence, Theatricality in Art and Media, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, USA
  • 2012 El Mañana Ya Estuvo Aquí, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany
  • 2011 ILLUMinazioni, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
  • 2011 Performa 11, New York, NY, USA Retrospective Future, VOX Centre de l’image contemporaine, Montréal, QC, Canada
  • 2011 You have been there, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France
  • 2011 Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven, Bureau for Open Culture, Columbus, OH and Bennington College, Bennington, VT, USA
  • 2010 Brave New World, MUDAM, Luxembourg Last Ride in a Hot Air Balloon, The 4th Auckland Triennial, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2010 Another Point of View, La Galerie, Noisy-le-Sec, France
  • 2010 The Science of Imagination, Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2010 Times Arrow, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2010 Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, Glasgow, UK
  • 2009 Little Theatre of Gestures, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden; Kunstmuseum Basel
  • 2009 The New Monumentality, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK
  • 2009 Sense and Sentiment, Augarten Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
  • 2009 Slow Movement, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland
  • 2009 Ludlow 38, Goethe-Institut New York, NY, USA
  • 2009 In the Making, ICA Boston, MA, USA T.
  • 2009 Quelques possibilités de textes, Centre d’édition contemporaine, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2008 Revolutions – Forms that Turn, 16th Sydney Biennale, Sydney, Australia
  • 2008 Venice at Farmleigh, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2008 Not quite how I remember it, The Power Plant, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 2008 Venice at Golden Thread, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Ireland
  • 2008 On the Road/Position Papers/Insertions, 7th Gwangju Bienniale, Gwangju, South Korea
  • 2008 History Acts, Göteborgs konsthall, Vasastan, Sweden
  • 2008 The Same River Twice, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
  • 2008 50 Moons of Saturn, Torino Triennale, Turin, Italy
  • 2008 Nature, space and time, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands
  • 2008 Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art, The Green Room, New York
  • 2008 Peripheral vision and collective body, MUSEION, Bolzano, Italy
  • 2007 Warhol’s Lesson, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2007 Like Leaves, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY, USA
  • 2007 Perspektive 07, Lenbachhaus Kunstbau, Munich, Germany
  • 2007 Anachronisms, Bonniers Konsthalll, Stockholm, Sweden The ‘V’ effect, Nikolaj, Copenhagen
  • 2007 Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark The Art Pursuit, Fundación Luis Seoane, Coruna, Spain
  • 2007 00s – The History of a Decade That Has Not Yet Been Named, 9th Lyon Biennial, Lyon Contour Biennial, Mechelen, Belgium
  • 2007 On Peter Watkins, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna, Austria
  • 2007 The Art of Failure, Kunsthaus Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2007 Alabama, Office Baroque Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2007 Power, Foxy Production, New York, NY, USA
  • 2007 Leeum, Samsung Museum, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2006 Try Again, Fail Again, Fail Better, Momentum 2006, Moss, Norway
  • 2006 Bühne des Lebens – Rhetorik des Gefühls, Lenbachhaus Kunstbau, Munich, Germany
  • 2006 A Short History of Performance IV, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK
  • 2006 Altermodern, 3rd Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London, UK
  • 2006 The Studio, Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Ireland Don Quijote, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2006 Performance appropriated, Museum Ludwig, Vienna, Austria
  • 2006 Wieder und Wider: Performance Appropriated, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria
  • 2006 Samuel Beckett: A Passion for Painting, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2006 VOLTAshow02, Basel, Switzerland Failure, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny, Ireland
  • 2005 EindhovenIstanbul, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • 2005 More Than This! Negotiating Realities, 3rd Göteborg Biennial, Göteborg Kunsthall, Sweden
  • 2005 Information / Transformation, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2005 If I can’t dance…, Utrecht, Den Bosch, Leiden, The Netherlands
  • 2005 Icestorm, Kunstverein München, Munich, Germany
  • 2005 I really should…, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
  • 2005 Individual Fields, Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore Caste, Waterford,
  • 2005 UK Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny, Ireland
  • 2005 Glasgow International, Glasgow, UK
  • 2005 Stitching Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2005 New Territories, Arco, Madrid, Spain
  • 2004 Dedicated to a Proposition, Extra City, Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2004 Fiction, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK
  • 2004 Whitstable Biennial, Whitstable, UK
  • 2004 This much is certain, Royal College of Art, London,UK
  • 2004 EV+A, Limerick, Ireland
  • 2004 New Party, Breeder Projects, Athens, Greece
  • 2004 Tir na N-Og, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2004 Tonight, Studio Voltaire, London, UK
  • 2003 Institution@, Kiasma, Finnish Museum of Modern Art, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2003 Poetic Justice, 8th Istanbul Biennal, Istanbul, Turley
  • 2003 STOP & GO, FRAC Pas-de-Calais, France
  • 2003 Permaculture, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2003 The American Effect, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA
  • 2002 1 Site, 2 Places, Galerie der Stadt, Sindelfingen, Germany
  • 2002 September Horse, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
  • 2002 Greyscale / CMYK, Tramway, Glasgow, UK
  • 2002 Manifesta 4, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2002 How things turn out, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2002 Stepping out, Pittsburgh Center for Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • 2002 The Captain’s Road by TV Project, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2001 Vacationland, Arthouse, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2001 New Settlements, Nikolaj Center for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2000 At a remove, Woodstock Center for Photography, New York, NY, USA
  • 2000 Light as object, Gale Gates Performance space, New York, NY, USA
  • 2000 Strange but True, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK Art London 2000 & 2001,UK
  • 2000 Transporter, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1999 The conclusion of a paradox, Icebox, New York, NY, USA
  • 1999 RaumGrenzen, Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna, Austria
  • 1999 Utopias, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  • 1999 Performance Festival Odense, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark
  • 1999 EV+A, Limerick, Ireland Art 99,
  • 1999 Green on Red Gallery, London, UK
  • 1999 Contemporary works on paper, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  • 1999 Gerard Byrne and Mark Orange, Catalyst Arts, Belfast,
  • 1999 Ireland Spaceship Earth, Art in General, New York, NY, USA 1998
  • 1998 Multiples, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  • 1998 A street walk named desire, Kunsthalle Luzern, Switzerland
  • 1998 Good Life Project, Benno Loning’s Place, Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • 1998 Wish you luck, PS.1 Art Center, New York, NY, USA
  • 1997 Kiosk, Downtown Arts Festival, New York, NY, USA
  • 1997 Performance Festival Odense, Kunsthallen Brandts, Kladefabrik, Denmark
  • 1997 J.S. ’97, Silverstein Gallery, New York, NY, USA
  • 1997 Absence, Salon 75, Brooklyn, New York, NY, USA
  • 1996 P.S.1 Open Studios, New York, NY, USA
  • 1995 Collisions, Arteleku, San Sebastián, Spain
  • 1995 Pictor Verlag, Bremen, Germany
  • 1994 Victor Treacy Awards, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland Arts Europe, La Defence, Paris, France
  • 1993 Transmission Gallery / Catalyst Arts Exchange, Belfast, Ireland
  • 1992 Lux Europa, Edinburgh, UK EV+A, Limerick, Ireland
  • 1991 Windfall, Glasgow, UK

External links & References

  1. “Gerard Byrne” IMMA https://imma.ie/artists/gerard-byrne/ 
  2. “Gerard Byrne” Kerlin Gallery https://www.kerlingallery.com/artists/gerard-byrne#tab:thumbnails;tab-1:slideshow;tab-2:slideshow