b. 1979, Stockholm, Sweden; lives and works in Berlin, Germany and New York City, U.S.
Klara Liden studied at the School of Architecture, Royal School of Technology, from 2000 to 2004. Later, she continued her education at the University College of Arts Crafts and Design, Konstfack, from 2004 to 2007, both institutions located in Stockholm. Liden's practice defies easy categorization, spanning diverse mediums such as video, performance, sculpture, structural intervention and installation. Yet it is unmistakably informed by her educational background and research into the built environment. Her art frequently incorporates materials sourced from the urban landscape, which she transforms with an inventive and sometimes playful approach, a process she refers to as 'unbuilding’. Her work delves into architecture and its surroundings, examining social constructs related to material functionality, with a central focus on the body's relationship with these elements. Liden's art is characterized by a continuous exploration of the physical and psychological boundaries of the spaces we inhabit, be they public or private. She locates the viewer somewhere between urban critique and infrastructural speculation which calls for consideration of one’s own lived experience of the city.
Recent solo exhibitions include BABARUE, OCTO Productions, Marseille (2022); Turn Me On, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2020); Berlin Fall, Galerie Neu, Berlin (2019); Auf jeden Fall, Secession, Vienna (2019); Grounding, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York (2018); LAVORO (with Karl Holmqvist), INDIPENDENZA, Rome (2017); The Great Indoors, Reena Gaga, Los Angeles (2017); Werk (with Karl Holmqvist), Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig (2016); Battement battu, WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (2015); Klara Lidén, Galerie Neu, Berlin (2015); POST, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2014); The Myth of Progress, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2013); Bodies of Society, New Museum, New York (2012); Pretty Vacant, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York (2012); Rumpfflächen und Plündererbanden, Kunstverein Bonn (2010); Projects 89, MoMA, New York (2009); The Teenage Room, Nordic Pavillion, Biennale of Venice (2009); and Klara Liden, The Hayward Gallery, London. Recent group exhibitions include UNBOUND: PERFORMANCE AS RUPTURE, Julia Stoschek Foundation, Berlin (2023); Nationalgalerie. Eine Sammlung für das 21. Jahrhundert, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2023); WORLD CLASSROOM: Contemporary Art through School Subjects, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2023); Found Cities, Lost Objects: Women in the City, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham (2022); Stop Painting, Fondazione Prada, Venice (2021); MOVE, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2018); 15th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (2017); EUROVISIONS: Contemporary art from the Goldberg collection, National Art School Gallery, Sydney (2017); Room, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2017); Adventures of the Black Square- Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015); Manifesta 10, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (2014); Expanding the Field of Painting, ICA Collection, Boston (2013); Heart to Hand, Swiss Institute, New York (2012); ÜBER WUT / ON RAGE, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2010); and MUSIC IS A BETTER NOISE, P.S.1, MOMA, Long Island (2006).
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