Oliver Beer (British, born 1985) creates sculptures, installations, videos, and immersive live performances that reveal the hidden properties of objects, bodies, and architectural sites. His social and familial relationships often become the blueprint for multidisciplinary works that engage with intimate and universal concerns, such as the transmission of musical memories and the personal and cultural meanings invested in the objects we possess. For his Resonance Project (2007‒), vocal performances stimulate the natural harmonics of built structures, creating a disarmingly visceral relationship between the audience and interior space. Beer’s sculptural practice dissects the material world and the traces we leave on it by slicing and reassembling common objects to create new meanings and forms.

The artist’s 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, Opéra Garnier, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Palais de Tokyo and Chateau of Versailles, Paris; the Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; WIELS, Brussels and the Sydney, Istanbul and Venice biennales. Beer will be included in the British Art Show 9 and has also held residencies at the Palais de Tokyo, the Watermill Centre, Sydney Opera House and the Fondation Hermès. He studied musical composition at the Academy of Contemporary Music, London; visual art at the University of Oxford; and theory of cinema at the Sorbonne, Paris.

 

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 

2022

THADDAEUS ROPAC SEOUL, Oliver Beer: Resonance Paintings - Two Notes

PARASOL UNIT, Venice Biennial, Venice, Uncombed, Unforeseen, Unconstrained

HAYWARD GALLERY TOURING, Manchester, Wolverhampton, Plymouth, Aberdeen, Cardiff, British Art Show 9

2021

OPÉRA GARNIER, Paris, Composition for Mouths (Songs My Mother Taught Me)

VENET FOUNDATION, France, Murs du Son (Infinite Variations on a Theme)

THE CLUB, Tokyo, Japan, Ghost Notes (Part I)

 

2020

GALERIE THADDAEUS ROPAC, London, Oma

RIGA INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART (RIBOCA2), Riga, Latvia

VOORLINDEN MUSEUM, Wassenaar, Netherlands, Rendez-vous

2019

JAHILI FORT, QASR AL HOSN, Abu Dhabi, A Thousand Faces, in collaboration with the Louvre Abu Dhabi

PALAIS DE LA DÉCOUVERTE, FIAC 2019, Stray Voices

POLA MUSEUM OF ART, Japan, Syncopation: Contemporary encounters with the Modern Masters

MET BREUER, New York, Oliver Beer: Vessel Orchestra

BIENNIAL OF QUEBEC CITY, Galerie des Arts Visuels

GALERIE THADDAEUS ROPAC, Paris Marais, Household Gods

UNIVERSITY NEW SOUTH WALES GALLERIES, Sydney Australia, Impossible Composition

2018

ANNA SCHWARTZ GALLERY, Melbourne, Australia, Impossible Composition curated by Anaïs Lellouche.

BIENNALE OF SYDNEY, Sydney Opera House & Art Gallery of New South Wales

 

2017

 

PALACE OF VERSAILLES, France, Voyage d'hiver

THADDAEUS ROPAC GALLERY, London, New Performance and Sculpture

IKON GALLERY, Birmingham, Oliver Beer

MAC VAL, France, Sans réserve

SOCLE DU MONDE BIENNALE 2017, Denmark, Good Fences Make Good Neighbours: Højskolevej 11

 

2016

 

POMPIDOU CENTRE, Paris, Polyphonies

NUIT BLANCHE, Paris, Live Stream

VG PRIZE EXHIBITION, London

AOYAMA/MEGURO, Tokyo, Japan, Imprisoned, Jailbreak, Imprisoned, Jailbreak

FRAENKEL LAB, San Francisco, Reanimation (Snow White)

 

2015

 

AOYAMA MEGURO, Daiwa Art Prize 2015, Tokyo, Life, Death and Tennis

ASAKUSA HOUSE, Daiwa Art Prize 2015, Tokyo, Deconstructing Sound

WATERMILL CENTER, New York, Making Tristan, Watermill Center artist in residence

KILIC ALI PASA HAMAM, Istanbul, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac / Istanbul Biennale, Call to Sound

DAIWA ART PRIZE Daiwa Foundation Art Prize Exhibition 2015, London

 

2014

 

GALERIE THADDAEUS ROPAC, Diabolus in Musica

MUSEE D'ART CONTEMPORAIN MAC Lyon, Rabbit Hole

CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU, Paris, Oliver Beer – Prospectif Cinéma

MOMA PS1 / Curated by Palais de Tokyo, New York, The Resonance Project

LE FORUM, HERMES, Tokyo, Condensation

MEESSEN DE CLERCQ, Brussels, Saint Jérôme

VILLA ARSON, Nice, Oliver Beer / Shingo Yoshida

 

2013

 

GALERIE THADDAEUS ROPAC PANTIN, Composition for Hearing an Architectural Space

BIENNALE DE LYON / PALAIS DE TOKYO, Lyon, The Present is Unfinished

PALAIS DE TOKYO, Paris, Nouvelles Vagues

IKON GALLERY, Birmingham, Outside-In, Permanent installation

WIELS CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART / EXPERIENZ

THALIE ART PROJECT - ART BRUSSELS, The Resonance Project

POMPIDOU CENTRE, Paris, The Resonance Project: Deep and Meaningful

PALAIS DE TOKYO, Paris, KLANG

 

2012

 

SAATCHI GALLERY, 100 Curators

PALAIS DE TOKYO, Paris, KLANG

2012 BIENNALE DE BELLEVILLE, Paris

2012 WHITSTABLE BIENNALE, Kent

NUIT BLANCHE 2012, Paris

PALAIS DE TOKYO, Paris, (Entre)Ouverture

GALERIE DE ROUSSAN, Paris, La Part de l’Ombre

MENAGERIE DE VERRE, Paris

FRAC CORSICA, Corsica

 

2011

 

IKON GALLERY, Birmingham, Autumn Almanac 2011

SAATCHI GALLERY, The Big Chill 2011

OLD VIC TUNNELS, London, Mindful

 

2010

 

IKON GALLERY, Birmingham

SIR JOHN SOANE’S MUSEUM, London

SELFRIDGES, London, Anticipation

MURMURART, London

RUSKIN SHORTS, Oxford

20 HOXTON SQUARE, London, Concrete and Glass

DNA GALLERY, Berlin, Reflections

LONDON ART FAIR, Photo50

 

2009

 

SAATCHI GALLERY, A Foundation, London New Sensations

RESONANCE FM, London UK / Online

RUSKIN SCHOOL OF DRAWING AND FINE ART, University of Oxford, Degree Show

UK RUSKIN SHORTS, Oxford, Phoenix Picturehouse

 

2008

 

POMPIDOU CENTRE, Paris, The Resonance Project (unofficial)

20 EVENTI, Rome

MODERN ART OXFORD, Oxford, Box Ladder

BEACONSFIELD GALLERY, London, Performance with Matmos

VIVAROSI GALLERY, Budapest

 

 

PRIZES / RESIDENCIES

 

2021 Mondes Nouveaux - National Culture Prize (awarded by the president of France)

2017 Artist in residence Sydney Opera House

2015 Daiwa Foundation Art Prize (Winner)

2015 Watermill Center, NY, artist in residence

2013 Villa Arson artist in residence

2012 Fondation Hermès artist in residence

2011 Palais de Tokyo artist in residence

2010 Arts Council award and commission

2009 Saatchi Gallery News Sensations (winner)

2007 Oxford University Scholarship

 

 

PUBLICATIONS (select)



2017 Oliver Beer - Composition for London, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, text by Ben Eastham, Martin Germann, Robert Wilson

2017 Oliver Beer, Ikon Gallery, text by Mami Kataoka, Jonathan Watkins

2014 Oliver Beer, MAC Lyon and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, text by Isabelle Bertolotti, Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel, Matthieu Lelièvre, Thierry Raspail, Jonathan Watkins

2013 Oliver Beer, cahier de résidence. Fondation Hermès, text by Clément Dirier, Editions Actes Sud

2013 Voyage en territoires partagés, dir. Charlotte Moth, including a text by Oliver Beer, Editions Cercle d'Art

 

 

COLLECTIONS

 

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Musée national d’arts moderne du Centre Pompidou, Paris
, France

MONA – Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan

Arts Council Collection, UK

Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, Netherlands

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
, France

Kramlich Collection, San Francisco, CA, USA

Kadist Collection Paris and San Francisco, France and USA

Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP), Paris, France,

Musée d'art contemporain - MAC, Lyon, France

Collection du MAC Val, France

Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Monaco

GOSH Arts - Arts programme at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Child, London
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

FRAC Bretagne, Rennes, France

Le Plateau, Frac Île-de-France, Paris, France


Les Abattoirs, Musée – FRAC Occitanie Toulouse, Toulouse, France


 

TEACHING

 

Royal College of Art, London 

Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Architectural Association School of Architecture