Mark Wallinger

Born 1959 in Chigwell, Essex, UK

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Born 1959 in Chigwell, Essex, UK

Lives and works in London, UK

Mark Wallinger is one of the UK’s leading contemporary artists. Having previously been nominated for the Turner Prize in 1995 and won in 2007 with his installation ‘State Britain’. His work ‘Ecce Homo’ (1999–2000) was the first piece to occupy the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square. He represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2001.  ‘Labyrinth’ (2013), a major and permanent commission for Art on the Underground, was created to celebrate 150 years of the London Underground. In 2018, the permanent work ‘Writ in Water’ was realized for the National Trust to celebrate Magna Carta at Runnymede, and ‘The World Turned Upside Down’ was unveiled in 2019 for the London School of Economics. 

A surprising, inventive and profound artist, whose astonishingly multi-faceted work encompasses painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, film and video, performance and work for the public realm. Stylistic disparity conceals a conceptual coherence, as Wallinger poses big questions about identity, and about the social, cultural and political power structures that guide us, and because of which we are as we are. 

Wallinger has held solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, London, England (1995); Portikus, Hamburg, DE (1999); Museum for Gegenwartskunst, Basel, CH (1999); Palais Des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, BE (1999); Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK (2000); Vienna Secession, Vienna, AT (2000); Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2001); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, DE (2004); Hangar Bicocca, Milan, IT (2005); Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, MX (2006); Tate Britain, UK (2007); Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, DE (2007); Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, CH (2008); Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, NO (2010); Museum de Pont, Tilburg, NL (2011); BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2012); Serlachius Museum, Mänttä, FI (2016); The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (2017); Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland (2017); Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, IT (2018); Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, UK (2018); Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, Savannah, US (2019) and Museum Langmatt, Baden, CH (2022), among others. His work is included in the collections of many leading international museums, such as Tate, London, UK; MoMA, New York, US; and Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR. 

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