Darren Almond (British, b.1971) is an installation artist, sculptor, photographer, and filmmaker born in Wigan, England, in 1971. In 1993, he graduated with a BFA from the Winchester School of Art. In 1995, he had his first solo exhibition, titled KN120, at the Great Western Studios in London. This piece showed a ceiling fan that was installed under London's Westway, which he had wired to his studio. He was awarded the Art & Innovation Prize by the Institute of Contemporary Art in London in 1996.

In 1998, Almond began to take photographs for a series called Fullmoons, in which he used only the light of the full moon, but the resulting photographs appeared to have been taken in the full light of day. The exposure time on these photographs was at least 15 minutes, and they were always taken in remote locations, including his Fullmoon@The North Seapiece, which was of the Huangshan Mountains in China, and his Moons of the Iapetus Ocean, focused on capturing a body of water that existed hundreds of millions of years ago by photographing remote areas of England and Scotland.

Almond’s other work often relats to the passage of time. In 2000, he transformed a shipping container into a digital clock and filmed it traveling across the ocean. He called this piece Meantime. Almond was a finalist for the Turner Prize in 2005. In 2006, he filmed a movie titled In the Between, which followed the route of the highest train in the world between Tibet and China.

He has had solo exhibitions at the Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin, Germany, in 1999, the Herzliya Museum of Art in Herzliya, Israel, in 2003, and the SCAI at The Bathhouse in Tokyo, Japan, in 2008. He has had over 50 solo exhibitions and many more group exhibitions during his career so far. Some of his notable group exhibitions include the Berlin Biennale in 2001, the Moscow Biennale in 2007, and the Tate Triennial in Britain in 2009.

Almond currently lives and works in London.

Timeline

1971
Born in Wigan, UK
1993
BFA Winchester School of Art, Winchester, UK
1996
Awarded the Art & Innovation Prize, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK
Lives and works in London, UK

Exhibitions

2014
Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, Denmark (solo)
2014
Galeria Alfonso Artiaco, Naples, Italy (solo)
2014
To Leave A Light Impression White Cube, London, UK (solo)
2014
Cool Place. Sammlung Scharpff Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
2014
Halftone: Through the Grid Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin | Paris, Germany / France
2014
Man in the Mirror Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium
2014
Playtime Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany
2014
Vertigo SIM Galeria, Curitiba, Brazil
2014
1 + 1 = 1 : When Collections Collide Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada
2013
Landmark: The Fields of Photography Somerset House, London
2013
Artist File 2013: The NACT Annual Show of Contemporary Art, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
2013
Art Tower Mito, Mito, Japan (solo)
2013
Darren Almond. Atmos Sala Alcalà, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2013
Hemispheres and Continents Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2012
Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland (solo)
2012
Fullmoon and Night + Fog Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, Chaumont-sur-Loire, France (solo)
2012
The Great South, 1st Montevideo Biennial, Montevideo, Uruguay
2012
The Undercurrent of Boredom, Städtische Kunsthalle München, Munich, Germany
2012
Natur. Zeitgenössische Kunst aus der Sammlung der Altana Kulturstiftung, Karl Ernst Osthaus Museum, Hagen, Germany
2012
Darren Almond, Katharina Fritsch, Martin Honert, Gary Hume, Paul Sietsema, Rebecca Warren, Terry Winters, Matthew Marks Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2012
All Things Pass, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2012
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
2012
Site Festival, Stroud, UK (solo)
2012
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
2011
Château Gallery, Domaine Régional de Chaumont-sur-Loire, France (solo)
2011
Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany (solo)
2011
L'Abbaye de la Chaise Dieu, Chaise Dieu, France (solo)
2011
Frac Haute-Normandie, Rouen, France (solo)
2011
FRAC Auvergne, Clermont Ferrand, France (solo)
2011
Hangar a Bananes, Nantes, France
2011
L'Etoffe du Temps L'Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Bordeaux, France
2011
National Museum of Art of Monte Carlo, Monaco
2011
Centre Culturel Valery-Larbaud, Vichy, France
2011
Helmhaus, Zurich, Switzerland
2011
6th Biennale da Curitiba, Brazil
2011
Miami Art Museum, USA
2010
Sometimes Still, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2010
Darren Almond, PKM Trinity Gallery, Seoul, Korea (solo)
2010
Max Hetzler Gallery, Effiel, Germany (solo)
2010
Climax Redux, BAC Geneva, Switzerland (group)
2009
Edition Copenhagen - Retrospective 1959 - 2009, Den frie udstilling, Copenhagen, Denmark (group)
2009
Darren Almond, sommercontemporaryart, Tel Aviv, Israel (solo)
2009
Darren Almond, Galerie Xippas, Athens, Greece (solo)
2009
Just with your eyes I will see, FRAC, Auvergne, France (group)
2009
One Place’s Time, Centro de Arte y Naturaleza, Huesca, Spain
Sometimestill, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Accrochage, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
Altermodern: Tate Triennial 2009, Tate Britain, London, UK
2008
Unspeakable: The Artist as Witness to the Holocaust, Imperial War Museum London, UK
Crossing the Arctic and the Alps from 1860 until Today, Albertina, Vienna, Austria
Implant, The Horticultural Society of New York Exhibition for UBS Art Gallery, New York, NY
Du Jardin au Cosmos, Espace de l'Art Concret, Mouans-Sartoux, France
YouPrison: Reflections on the Limitation of Freedom and Space, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
Climax, LOOP '08 video art festival, Barcelona, Spain
Night: A Time Between, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK
War and Art – Terror and Simulacrum of Beauty II, Galerie Aube, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Kyoto, Japan
Substitute, Galleri K, Oslo, Norway (solo)
Darren Almond, SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo, Japan
Art is for the Spirit: Works from the UBS Art Collection, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC
God & Goods: Spirituality and Mass Confusion, Villa Manin, Codroipo, Italy
Collection as Aleph, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria
Darren Almond: Moons of the Iapetus Ocean, White Cube, London (solo)
Darren Almond: Fire Under Snow, Parasol Unit – Foundation for Contemporary Art, London, UK (solo)
2008
Ego Documents: The Autobiographical in Contemporary Art, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland (group)
2008
Moving Horizons: The UBS Art Collection 1960s to the present day, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China (group)
2008
a.b.c. (art berlin contemporary), Alter Postbahnhof, Berlin, Germany (group)
2008
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., US (group)
2008
Darren Almond, David Patton Gallery, Los Angeles, US (solo)
2008
Darren Almond: In The Between, Eye of Gyre, Omotesando, Japan (solo)
2007
Acceleration, CAN/Karting, Neuchâtel, Switzerland (group)
2007
Ensemble, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, US (group)
2007
Titled/Untitled: The Rubell and Devonshire Family Collections, Lismore Castle, Ireland (group)
2007
L’oeil écran ou la nouvelle image, Casino Luxembourg ¬Forum d’Art Contemporain, Luxembourg (group)
2007
Light, Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, UK (group)
2007
Shoot the Family, Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus College of Art & Design, Ohio , USA
2007
Full House – Faces of a Collection, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
2007
Going Staying: Movement, Body, Place in Contemporary Art Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
2007
2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Former Lenin Museum, Moscow, Russia
2007
Closed Circuit: Video and New Media, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
2007
Darren Almond, Galleria Alfonso Artiaco, Naples, Italy (solo)
Day Return, Centre forClosed Circuit: Video and New Media, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland (solo)
Night and Fog, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Darren Almond: In the Between, Musée d'art contemporain, Montreal, Canada (solo)
Darren Almond, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Darren Almond, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
Summer Show, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Her(his)tory, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, Greece
Numerica, Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, ItalyMovement, Body, Place in Contemporary Art, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
2006
Day Return, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (solo)
Take Me Home, DA2, Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca, Spain (solo)
Work, Rest and Play, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, UK
Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Kenny Schachter Rove, London, UK
Full House – Geschichte einer Sammlung (Faces of a Collection), Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
Darren Almond and Janice Kerbel: The Impossible Landscape, Horticultural Society of New York, New York, NY
Carbonic Anhydride, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
Geisterbahn (1999), Kino Arsenal, Berlin, Germany
Shoot the Family, Cranbrook Art Museum, Michigan; Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
Caspar David Friedrich, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
The Black Show, David Patton, Los Angeles, CA
2006
Daren Almond/Albert Oehlen: Time 2 Kill, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
2006
37th Art Basel: Unlimited, Basel, Switzerland
2005
En Attente, Casino Luxembourg Forum d’Art Contemporain, Luxembourg
2005
Sequences, Q Arts Gallery, Derby, UK
2005
Bidibidobidiboo, La Collezione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, Piazza del Municipio, Guarene d'Alba, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
2005
Darren Almond, Alfonso Artiaco, Naples, Italy (solo)
Only Sound needs Echo and Dreads its Lack, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France (solo)
Darren Almond, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Isolation, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
Turner Prize 2005, Tate Britain, London, UK
20: Twenty: A Timeline of Cornerhouse Exhibitions 1985–2005, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK
World Without End, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, Australia
Land Marks, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France
Darren Almond / Albert Oehlen: Time 2 Kill, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
Getting Emotional, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Works on Paper, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist's Eye, Hayward Gallery, London, UK; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL
2004
Live Sentence, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria (solo)
If I Had You, Galerie MaxEclipse: Towards the Edge of the Visible, White Cube, London, UK
Hetzler, St. Johannes Evangelist Church, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Witness, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
Die Neue Kunsthalle III: materiell – immateriell, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
Open Secrets: Something Old, Something New, Redefining the Boundaries of the Art Collection, Imperial War Museum, London, UK
2004
Sequences, Peterborough Digital Art, Peterborough, UK
2004
Geisterbahn (1999), 33rd Festival d’Automne, Passage du Désir – BETC, Paris, France
2004
ein-leuchten, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria
2004
Eclipse: Towards the Edge of the Visible, White Cube, London
2004
Biennial of Pontevedra, Pazo da Cultura, Facultade de Belas Artes / Escola de Restauración, Instituto Valie-Incián, Pontevedra, Italy
2004
“After Images: Kunst als Soziales Gedächnis, Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany
2004
Busan Biennale 2004, Busan Metropolitan City Hall and Art Museum, Busan, Korea
2004
Open Secrets: Something Old, Something New, Redefining the Boundaries of the Art Collection, Imperial War Museum, London
2004
Other Times: British Contemporary Art, City Art Gallery, Prague, Czech
2003
The Spirit of White, Fondation Beyeler, Basel
2003
3rd Skulptur Biennale Münsterland, Stadtmuseum, Beckum, Germany
2003
If I Had You, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Palazzo della Ragiona, Milan, Italy (solo)
In the Freud Museum, Freud Museum, London, UK
The Guest, Schwebebahn, Hertzliya Museum, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Breathing the Water, Galerie Hauser & Wirth & Presenhuber, Zürich, Switzerland
Hot Summer in the City, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
Darren Almond, Galleri K, Oslo, Norway (solo)
11 Miles.....from Safety, White Cube, London, UK (solo)
Nightvision, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel (solo)
Darren Almond, Herzliya Museum of Art, Herzliya, Israel (solo)
A, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Heißkalt: Aktuelle Malerei aus der Sammlung Scharpff, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany; Kunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Video Time, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Imagination: Perception in Art, Kunsthaus Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
Outlook: International Art Exhibition Technopolis, Benaki Museum, Factory, Athens, Greece
Game Over, Grimm / Rosenfeld, Munich, Germany
Edén, La Colección Jumex, Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City, Mexico
Witness, The Curve, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK
Sculpture: Darren Almond, Peter Fischli, David Weiss, Katharina Fritsch, Robert Gober, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Ugo Rondinone, Tony Smith, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY
In Light: Video Projections by Eight Contemporary Artists, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
2003
Dreams and Conflicts: The Dictatorship of the Viewer, 50th Biennale di Venezia, Venice
2002
Video Acts – Single Channel Video Works from the Collections of Pamela and Richard Kramlich and the New Art Trust, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY
Happy Outsiders from London and Scotland, Pro Arte Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia; Katowice City Gallery, Poland; Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
Video Zone – The First International Video-Art Biennial in Israel, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everyone, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Contextualize, Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
The Rowan Collection: Contemporary British & Irish Art, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
At Speed, with Sarah Morris, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin. Germany
2002
Melodrama, Artim, Centre Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz; travelled to Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Vigo, Vigo; and Centro José Guerrero / Palacio de los Condes de Gabia, Granada, Spain
2002
In the Freud Museum, Freud Museum, London, UK
2002
A, National Theatre, Fourth Wall, South Bank, commissioned by Public Art Development Trust, London, UK (solo)
2001
Darren Almond, De Appel Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
2001
Casino 2001, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst and Bijlokenmuseum, Ghent, Belgium
2001
Berlin Biennale, Berlin
2001
Night as Day, Tate Britain, London, UK (solo)
Coming Up For Air, Matthew Marks GDarren Almond, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany (solo)
allery, New York, NY (solo)
Coming Up For Air, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Darren Almond, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland (solo)
Darren Almond, Galerie Max Hetzler, E-Werk, Abspannwerk Buchhändlerhof, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, 100 Drawings and Photographs, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY
Open Plan P3 – The Marathon, Alphadelta Gallery, Artio Gallery, Athens, Greece
Presentness is Grace – Experiencing the Suspended Moment, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol; Spacex Gallery, Exeter, UK
Nature in Photography, Galerie Nachst St. Stephan, Vienna, Austria
Tracking, Kent and Vicki Logan Gallery, California Collage of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California, CA
Unreal Time Video, Fine Art Center, Korean Culture & Arts Foundation, Seoul, Korea
Deliberate Living, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, NY
2000
Transport Medium, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Geisterbahn, The Traction, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Traction, UK (solo)
British Short Film Festival, UCI Cinema, Leicester Square, London, UK
Geographies (Darren Almond, Graham Gussin, Anri Sala), Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France
Apocalypse: Beauty and Horror in Contemporary Art, Royal Academy of the Arts, London, UK
Darren Almond, Mark Hosking, Kerstin Engholm Galerie, Vienna, Austria
Out There, White Cube2, London, UK
Making Time: Considering Time as a Material in Contemporary Video and Film, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, FL
Diary, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK
2000
Inverse Perspectives, Edsvik, Sollentuna, Sweden
1999
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Darren Almond, The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (solo)
Sleeping Waters, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France
Chronos and Kairos, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
Seeing Time, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
So Far Away, So Close, Encore...Bruxelles, Espace Méridien, Brussels, Belgium
Concrete Ashtray, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY
Common People, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaundengo, Turin, Italy
1998
View Four, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY
Hidden Desires And Images, Art Dynamics, Tayayo Lida, Tokyo, Japan
Art Crash, Århus Kunstmuseum, Århus, Denmark
1998
UK Maximum Diversity, Galerie Krinzinger, Benger Fabrik Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria
1998
Ray Rapp, Tz’Art & Co., New York
1997
A Print Portfolio from London, (Ridinghouse/Booth Clibborn Editions), Atle Gerhardsen, Oslo, Norway
1997
Delta, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
1997
Hospital, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin
1997
Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection, Royal Academy of Arts, London; and Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
1997
Darren Almond, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK (solo)
Darren Almond, Jay Jopling / White Cube, London, UK (solo)
Ray Rapp, Tz’Art & Co., New York, NY
1996
Art & Innovation Prize, (winner), Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK
Something Else, Exmouth Market, London, UK
A Small Shifting Sphere of Serious Culture, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
1995
KN120, Great Western Studios, London, UK (solo)
1993
Winchester Gallery, Winchester, UK
1992
Southampton Quays, Southampton, UK
1991
Darren Almond, Crawford Art College, Cork, UK (solo)

Public Collections

MoMA, New York, USA
Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, Canada
Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany
CNAP
Foundation Beyeler, Switzerland
The UBS Art Collection, Miami, USA
Kramlich Collection, San Francisco, USA
La Coleccion Jumex, Estado de Mexico, Mexico
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
FRAC Auvergne, France
Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, France
Daimler Chrysler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
DZ BANK Kunstsammlung, Frankfurt, Germany
Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul, Turkey
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
T-B A21 Collection, Vienna, Austria
Government Art Collection, London, UK
Herzliya Museum of Art Sinclair House, Bad Homburg, Germany
Imperial War Museum, London, UK
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA
Tate Gallery, London, UK