Selected works by Ian Kiaer

Ian Kiaer
Russian Project


Multimedia Installation

Portrait of Irina;35 x 40 cm/ Green Sun; 30 x 36 cm/ Modular City; 20 x 10 x 5 cm/ Studio; 20 x 20 x 20 cm/ Proun; 240 cm

Ian Kaier’s installations conject illusionary atmospheres with spartan theatricality. Often researching specific subjects relating to art, architecture, philosophy, and social theory as departure points, Kaier’s work transcends literal reading to create suggestions of invented narratives. In Russian Project, Kaier’s arrangement of paintings and objects is both traditional gallery exhibition and plausible stage set. The portable cupboard and colourful canvases trigger images of domestic space, and act as individual formal elements referencing Supremacist compositions. Though his work, Kaier explores social interaction with the constructed environment, alluding to both utopian ideals and their failure.

Ian Kiaer
Insadong proposal / National Fishing Competition


Polystyrene, plastic, watercolour on linen

Cubes; 21.5 x 25.5 x 25.5 cm/ Painting; 150 x 213.5 cm
Ian Kiaer
Endless house project: Faro / Barrett-Browning


Cardboard, plastic, wood, polyester and eggshells

Painting; 81 x 61 cm/ Model1; 72 x 25 x 18 cm/ Model 2; 5 x 5 x 125 cm/ Model 3; 11 x 10 x 11.5 cm

Ian Kiaer's Biography

Born in 1971, London, UK
Lives and works in London, UK


Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK

Centre International de l’art et du Paysage, Vassivière, France
Marcelle Alix, Paris, France

Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK
Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
FIAC, Marcelle Alix, Paris, France

Il Baciamano, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, Italy

Endnote, Pink, Kunstverein Munich, Munich, Germany
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY

COMMA 15, Bloomberg SPACE, London, UK
What Where, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Italy
Alison Jacques Gallery Project Space, London, UK
Three Proposals, SE8, London, UK

Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK
Bruegel project, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY

Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan

The Grey Cloth, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
Art Statements, Alison Jacques Gallery, Art Basel

Galleria Massimo de Carlo, Milan
Alison Jacques Gallery, London

Art Now (young artist project space), Tate Britain, London
Art Statements, Art Basel Miami Beach
Endless Theatre Project, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
Ian Kiaer & Jeff Ono, aspreyjacques, London
Interstice/Double Impact, W139, Amsterdam

aspreyjacques, London


Thinge, Dan Gunn, Berlin (curated by João Penalva)
L’Image Papillon, MUDAM, Luxembourg

Champs d’Experience, Centre International de l’art et du Paysage, Vassivière, France
Les Ateliers de Rennes Biennial, Rennes, France
Alltagsobjekt Plastiktute / The Ubiquitous Plastic Bag, Gewerbemuseum, Switzerland
Contemporary Collection: The Space Between, Tate Britain, London, UK
Setting the Scene, Tate Modern, London, UK
Utopia Gesamtkunstwerk, Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria
Au loin, une île, Fondation D'Entreprise Ricard, Paris, France
It’s Moving from I to It, The Contemporary Art Gallery, Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania

Antic measures, Galeria Gregor Podnar, Berlin, Germany
Au loin, une île, FRAC Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France Essential Art, Collezione Maramotti, Emilia, Italy, travelling to Frankfurter
Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany
British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
All of this and Nothing: 6th Hammer Invitational, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Nothing Personal, Marcelle Alix, Paris, France
Painting Expanded, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY

The Responsive Subject, Mu.Zee, Ostend, Belgium
British Art Show 7, Hayward Gallery London, UK. Touring to Nottingham
Contemporary, Nottingham, Tramway Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland and Plymouth
Arts Centre, Plymouth, UK
The Mystics, Civic Room, London, UK
Everynight, I go to Sleep, Stuart Shave/ Modern Art, London, UK
Super Farmer’s Market, Handel Street Projects, London, UK

10th Biennale de Lyon (curated by Hou Hanru), Lyon, France
Concrete Island (Room 30), BP British Art Displays 1500-2009, Tate Britain, London, UK
Drawing 2009 Biennial Fundraiser, The Drawing Room, London, UK
Material Intelligence, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK. Touring to Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield, UK
Cabinets No. 1, SE8, London, UK
La Importancia del Pez Cebra, Pilar Parra & Romero, Madrid, Spain

No Information Available (curated by Francesco Bonami), Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Reinvented: Study & Play, Galerie Jan Wentrup, Berlin, Germany
Livre Circulacao: Arquitectors Europeus em Transito, Fundação Serralves, Portugal
Social Diagrams. Planning Reconsidered, Kunstlerhaus, Stuttgart, Germany
Ephemera, (w/ Gabriel Kuri, Jonathan Monk & Simon Starling) Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Peripheral vision and collective body, Museion - Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bolzano, Italy
Too Early For Vacation (curated by Hou Hanru), Limerick, Ireland
Ian Kiaer and Sara MacKillop, International Project Space, Birmingham, UK
Project for a New American Century, The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, MA
Nineteenthirtysix, Pullman Court, London, UK
Die Kugeln! Die Kreise! Die Räder! (The Spheres! The Circles! The Wheels!),
(curated by Christiane Rekade) Altefabrik / Kunst(zeug)haus, Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland

Not Only Possible, But Also Necessary: Optimism in the Age of Global War: 10th
International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
Winter Palace, De Ateliers, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Poor Thing, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Plankjes, tak, atelier als supermedium # 14, atelier als supermedium, The Hague, Netherlands
Disco Coppertone, Locus, Athens, Greece
European Triennial of small-size sculpture, curated by David Thorp, Murska Sobota, Slovenia
Various Small Fires, Royal College of Art, London, UK
Nature and Society, The Ethnographical Museum, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK

Lambretto, Art Project, Milan, Italy
Behind The Cliché, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Impossible Landscape, University Gallery, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Satellites, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY Of Mice and Men, 4th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, KW Institute of
Contemporary Art and further venues along August Straße in Mitte, Berlin, Germany
Highlights of the VAC Collection, Instituto Valencia d’Art Modern, Madrid, Spain

Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist’s Eye, Hayward Gallery, London
Contained, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
The Way We Work Now, Camden Arts Centre, London
Ordering the Ordinary, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London
(In) Tension, Hoet Bekaert Gallery, Ghent
Clarke & McDevitt Present: Matt Calderwood, Björn Dahlem, Sophie von Hellermann, Ian Kiaer, Cornelius Quabeck, The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin
The Hardest Thing to Draw is a Kiss, The Gallery at Wimbledon School of Art, London
New Monastery, St. Paul’s Church Gallery, London
Fiction in Contemporary Art, Hatton Gallery, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist's Eye, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Material as Metaphor, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Empty Garden II, Watari-um Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
This is not a home this is a house, L’Observatoire, Brussels
Wilder Than the Sky, 117 Commercial Street, London
XS, FA Projects, London
Wild-Eyed Boy from Freecloud, Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea, Bologna

Invite #8, Klosterfelde Gallery, Berlin
Harmony, at Happiness: A Survival Guide for Art & Life, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Atto Primo, Galleria Massimo de Carlo, Milan
Dreams and Conflicts: The Viewer's Dictatorship, Biennale di Venezia
Into the Grey, Cover Up, London
Ponce, The Ship, London
The Straight or Crooked Way, Royal College of Art, London
Infallible, The Gallery at APT, London

Building Structures, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York
Artists Imagine Architecture, ICA, Boston
Pictures, GreeneNaftali Inc., New York
The Bold and the Beautiful, The Pavilions, London, RMIT Project Space, Melbourne

An Empty Spot to Stay, Watou Poetry Summer 2001, Watou, Belgium

UBS Painting Prize, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Exit Art, New York
The Armchair Project, CINCH, London
Assembly, Jubilee Street, London
British Art Part I Installations, Diehl Vorderwuelbecke, Berlin
Everyday--Images--Every Day, Rogaland Kunstnersenter, Norway
Manifesta 3, Ljubljana, Slovania
Lemon Tree Hill, asprey jacques, London
Royal College of Art, London, MA Degree Show
Timothy Taylor, London (with Athanasios Argianas and Nick Laessing)

Brain Storm, Goldsmiths College, London
Leached Medium, Studio 9, London
New Contemporaries 99, Sir John Moore's, Liverpool; Beaconsfield, London
Housing and Homelessness, Candid, London

Memory, Riverside Studios, London