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Mike Nelson came to prominence in the late 1990s, creating psychological environments by sifting through the debris of modern life. His installations are expansive dominions for assemblages of cultural detritus, often referencing specific works of literature and countercultural or failed political movements. Working with figures and materials on the fringes of society, Nelson asks his viewers to spend time inhabiting worlds that, while foreign on the surface, reveal intrinsic truths and modes of thought that affect even the most basic cultural activities. His work has been widely shown and collected by, amongst others, the Tate London and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Nelson lives and works in London.


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2023     Extinction Beckons, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, United Kingdom

2019     Tate Britain Commission, Tate Britain, London, United Kingdom 

2018     250th Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom

2017     The Everywhere Studio, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL

2016      Amnesiac Shrine or The misplacement…, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

              Cloak, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Monaco

2015      13th Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France

2014      Studio apparatus for Kunsthalle Münster, Kunsthalle Münster, Germany   

               Amnesiac Hide, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada

2013      CAG, Vancouver, Canada

2012      Malmo Konsthall, Malmo, Sweden

2011      54th Venice Biennale, British Pavilion, Venice

2009      Kristus och Judas: a structural conceit (a performance in three parts), Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenaghen, Denmark

              Altermodern, Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London, UK





Arts Council Collection, London, UK 

Hayward Gallery, London, UK

British Council Collection, London, UK

Rennie Collection, Vancouver, Canada

Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK

Tate Collection, London, UK

MAMCO, Geneva, Switzerland

V-A-C Collection, Moscow, Russia

RISD Museum, Providence, RI