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Doug Aitken is widely known for his innovative, genre-bending installations. Utilizing a wide array of artistic approaches, he explores every medium, from film and installations to sculpture and architectural interventions. His artwork has been featured in numerous exhibitions around the world, in such institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Vienna Secession, the Serpentine Gallery, and the Centre Georges Pompidou. He earned the International Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1999 for the installation electric earth. Aitken's awards include the 2012 Nam June Paik Art Center Prize, the 2013 Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award and the 2019 ArtCenter College of Design Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2021-22, The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia featured a retrospective of Aitken’s work. 


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2022     "Doug Aitken: Flags And Debris, Choreography In The Desolate City", The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
2021     "Doug Aitken: New Era", Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, Australia
2020     “Doug Aitken: I Only Have Eyes for You”, Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
             “Doug Aitken: migration (empire)”, online exhibition series, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
2019      New Horizon: Art and the Landscape, The Trustees of Reservations’ Public Art Initiative, Various Locations 
              Doug Aitken, Mirage Gstaad, Elevation 1049: Frequencies, Gstaad, Switzerland 
2018      Copenhagen Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark
2017     "Doug Aitken: Electric Earth", Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
             "Mirage", Desert X, Palm Springs, CA
2016     "Doug Aitken, Underwater Pavilions", Parley for the Oceans and MoCA, Los Angeles, Pacific Ocean near Catalina Island, CA
             "Doug Aitken: Electric Earth", The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
2015      Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
2013     "Station to Station", multiple locations across the U.S., New York To San Francisco
             “electric earth”, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin-si Gyeonggi-do, Korea
             “MIRROR”, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
2012     "SONG 1", Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
2011     “Black Mirror”, DESTE Foundation Project Space, Salughterhouse and open-air barge, Hydra Island, Greece
2010     "Doug Aitken: migration (empire)", Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
2009     “Frontier", Museum of Contemporary Art Roma / Enel Contemporanea, Tiber Island, Rome, Italy
2007     “sleepwalkers”, The Museum of Modern Art New York and Creative Time, New York, NY
2005     “ULTRAWORLD", Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France 
2004     "Hard Light", MoMA PS1, New York, NY
2003      Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
2001     "new ocean", Serpentine Gallery, London, UK; traveled to: Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Japan (2002); 
              Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2002); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo per l’Arte, Turin, Italy (2003)
2000     "glass horizon", Vienna Secession, Vienna, Austria
1999     “Concentrations 33: Doug Aitken, Diamond Sea”, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
             “dAPERTutto”, 48th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
1997     "1997 Whitney Biennial", Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY




2019     Lifetime Achievement Award, ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, CA

2017     Frontier Art Prize, World Frontiers Forum

2016      Americans for the Arts National Arts Award: Outstanding Contributions to the Arts

2013      Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award: Visual Arts

2012      Nam June Paik Art Center Prize

2009      Aurora Award, Aurora Picture Show, Houston, TX

2007      German Film Critics Association Award, KunstFilmBiennale, Cologne, Germany

2000      Aldrich Award, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT

1999      International Prize - Golden Lion, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy



21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

GAM - The Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Arts, Turin, Italy

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Museum of Modern Art, NY

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY



Doug Aitken Workshop

Doug Aitken Workshop Vimeo

Altered Earth | Arles, city of moving images
Black Mirror

MIRROR | Seattle Art Museum

Sleepwalkers | MoMA


Station to Station

Station to Station Feature Film