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Ryan Gander

Ryan Gander was born in 1976 in Chester, he lives and works in London and Suffolk.

Blurring the boundaries between reality and fiction, Ryan Gander assembles seemingly disparate objects, actions and texts to develop his own narrative systems. Characterized by conceptual rigor, visual simplicity and allusive text, Ryan Gander’s works probe the processes of emergence and the mechanisms of perception entailed by the work of art. Installations, photographs, performances, publications and press inserts are his means of following up a train of thought concerning art’s discursive potential and its transmission systems. His practice, which makes extensive use of language and work with other artists, aims at “making the invisible visible” and providing the “possibility and preconditions for things to happen”.

A show about nothing

Group show with works by Cally Spooner, Roman Ondak and Ryan Gander
By Art Matters, Hangzhou, China
December 10, 2021 - May 8, 2022


Group show with works by Cally Spooner and Ryan Gander
Palazzo della Ragione, Bergamo
November 12, 2021 - January 9, 2022

FIAC 2021

Art Fair
Grand Palais Éphémère, Paris
October 20 - 24, 2021

Pierre Bal-Blanc: I GOT UP

Group exhibition
gb agency, Paris
October 19 - November 13, 2021

Art Basel, 2021

Art Fair
Messe Basel, Basel
September 21 - 26, 2021

Ryan Gander: Wrong Time Paradigm

Solo exhibition
gb agency, Paris
Sep 4 - Oct 9, 2021

My Kid Could’ve Done That

Group show with works by Ryan Gander
The Holburne Museum, Bath
July 17 - October 10, 2021

Ryan Gander: The Rates of Change

Solo show
SPACE K / Kolon Museum, Seoul
June 24 - September 17, 2021

Inaugural show, Collection Pinault, Bourse de Commerce

Group show with works by Ryan Gander
Collection Pinault - Bourse de Commerce, Paris
Until December 31, 2021

Children Power - An exhibition about childhood

Group show with works by Ryan Gander
Frac Île-de-France, Romainville
May 18 - September 19, 2021

Circulate! A conspiracy

Group show with works by Ryan Gander
Helmhaus Zurich
April 23 - June 20, 2021

Ryan Gander: All our stories are incomplete / Colours of the imagination

Exhibition by and curated by Ryan Gander
The Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
April 17 - June 20, 2021

Here to Stay, new arrivals to the collection

Group show including the works of Roman Ondak, Ryan Gander and Pratchaya Phinthong
Museion, Bolzano
March 26 - August 8, 2021

FIAC Online Viewing Rooms

Online Viewing Rooms
March 2 - 7
Public days: March 4 - 7

Ryan Gander: Natural and Conventional Signs

Solo show
Solid House, hosted by Princeton University, Online viewing only
February 5 - 26, 2021

Overshoot Day

Podcast by Ryan Gander
Paul Mellon Center of Yale University

Listen to Your Eyes

Group show with works by Ryan Gander
Voorlinden Museum, Wassenaar
Throughout 2021

Prelude: Melancholy of the Future

Group show with works by Ryan Gander
Museum Dhont-Dhaenens, Deurle
Until November 29, 2020

Alles im Wunderland with Ryan Gander

Group show
Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden
Until February 7, 2021

It is very difficult to be an island of perfection in a sea of misery, but please do not doubt our sincerity with Ryan Gander

Group show
W169, Amsterdam
Until November 1, 2020

Taipei Dangdai 2020

Group exhibition
Nangang Exhibition Center, Taipei
January 16 - 19, 2020

Fiac 2019

Art Fair
Grand Palais, Paris
October 17 - 20, 2019

Art Basel 2019

Art Fair
Art Basel
12-16 June 2019

Ryan Gander, One Twelfth

Public sculpture commission
Merrivale Model Village, Great Yarmouth
May 10 - December 2019

Art Basel Hong Kong 2019

Group exhibition
Art Basel Hong Kong
March 29-31, 2019

one artist / two films / one week

Film projections
gb agency
From February 2 to February 26, 2019

Ryan Gander, Old Languages in very Modern Styles

A solo show by Ryan Gander
gb agency, Paris
From October 13 to November 24, 2018

Time-lines, Independent Régence, Bruxelles

Group exhibition
Independent Régence, Brussels
From October 27 to December 17, 2016

Art Basel in Hong Kong 2016

Art Fair
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).
March 22 - 26, 2016

Independent New York 2016

Art Fair
March 3-6, 2016
Spring Studios, NY

Ryan Gander, To stand amongst the elements and to interpret what one knows

Solo show
Museum Dhondts-Dhaenens, Deurle
31 Jan - 27 March, 2016

Fiac 2015

Art Fair
Grand Palais, Paris
22-25 October 2015

Ryan Gander, Make every show like it’s your last

Solo exhibition
September 11 to November 1, 2015
Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver

Ryan Gander, Read only

Solo show
ACCA, Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Victoria
4 June - 2 AUGUST 2015

FIAC 2014

Art Fair
Grand Palais, Paris
23 - 26 October 2014.

Inside at Palais de Tokyo with Ryan Gander

Group Exhibition
Palais de Tokyo, Paris
19/10/2014 to 10/01/2015

Ryan Gander: Retinal Accounts

A solo exhibition by Ryan Gander
gb agency
From September 11 to October 11, 2014

New Ways of Doing nothing at Kunsthalle Wien with Robert Breer, Ryan Gander and Jirí Kovanda

Group exhibition
Kunsthalle Wien.
27 June - 12 October 2014.

Art 45 Basel

Art Fair
Art Basel
June 19 - 22, 2014.

CHOICES, Collectors Weekend 2014

Gallery Itinerary
23 - 25 May 2014

Frieze, New York, 2014

Frieze Art Fair
New York
May 9-12 2014

PER/FORM, How to do things with[out] words with Ryan Gander and Roman Ondak

Performance and video exhibition
Centro de Arte dos de Mayo, Madrid
March 23-September 22, 2014

Ryan Gander at Maison Vacquerie, Victor Hugo Museum

Group exhibition
Maison Vacquerie, Victor Hugo Museum
22 March - 18 May 2014

Ryan Gander at Taro Nasu Gallery, Tokyo

Solo exhibition
Taro Nasu Gallery, Tokyo
March 15 - April 19, 2014.

Ryan Gander at CEAAC, Strasbourg

Group show
Centre Européen d’Actions Artistiques Contemporaines in Strasbourg
March 13 - May 25, 2014

Ryan Gander, The artists have the keys

Solo exhibition
2 Willow Road in London
March 1 - November 2, 2014

Ryan Gander, Mark Geffriaud, Jiri kovanda, Yann Sérandour - La Panacée, Montpellier

Group exhibition
La Panacée, Montpellier
February 7 - September 14, 2014

Ryan Gander, Make every show like it's your last

Solo exhibition
Frac Ile de France / Le Plateau, Paris
September 19 to November 17, 2013

Inventing a Future

Inventing a Future, group exhibition
gb agency
January 26 - March 13, 2013

Ryan Gander, AMPER5AND at Palais de Tokyo

Solo exhibition
Palais de Tokyo, Paris
September 28, 2012 - January 7, 2013

Documenta 13

Kassel, Germany
9 June - 16 September 2012

A common feeling

Group exhibition
gb agency
from April 21 to May 26 2012

Ryan Gander: An exercise in cultural semaphore

Solo exhibition
gb agency
February 25 - April 14, 2012

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Group exhibition
gb agency
27 March to 30 April 2010

Nord, Nord-Ouest

Group show
gb agency
From June 25 to July 25, 2009

Ryan Gander: It’s a right Heath Robinson affair

Solo shows by Ryan Gander
gb agency and Kadist Art Foundation
From March 14 to April 18, 2009

Petites compositions entre amis - Sequence 1

Group exhibition
gb agency
28 May to 23 July 2005

Artist’s Publications / Monographs

Stabs at Academia with Painters Tools, Morel Books, London
The Annotated Reader, Dent-de-Leone, London
The Annotated Reader, Self-published, London (available on USB)
Being Picasso, Remai Modern, Saskatoon
Soft Modernism, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul
Ryan Gander – These wings aren’t for flying, The National Museum of Art, Osaka
Ryan Gander: Night in the Museum, Hayward Gallery Publishing, London
Fieldwork, The Complete Reader, Bedford Press, London
Fieldwork An Incomplete Reader, Plazzy Banter, London
Culturfield, Koenig Books
The boy who always looked up, Lisson Gallery (with the support of the National Trust and University of Huddersfield)
Artists’ Cocktails, Dent-de-Leone
Parallel Cards, Manchester Art Gallery
The Viewing Room: Volume 14. These are the things I don’t understand, Daiwa Press Co. Ltd
Ampersand, Dent-de-Leone
Le dit du dé, Villa Arson, (with Åbäke)
Ryan Gander: Catalogue Raisonnable Vol. 1, JRP Ringier/ Westreich/Wagner Publications; part of the artists’ books series Christopher Keller Editions / JRP Ringier, Published on the occasion of the exhibition “Ryan Gander, Zurich Art Prize Winner 2009” at Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich. The publication is part of the series of artists’ projects edited by Christoph Keller
The Viewing Room, Volume, 5, Daiwa Press Co. Ltd (with Taro Nasu)
Heralded as the new black, various authors, Ikon Gallery
Appendix Appendix - A Proposal for a TV Series, JRP Ringier (with Stuart Bailey and Christoph Keller)
Intellectual Colours, Silvana Editoriale and Dena Foundation of Contemporary (with Will Holder), ABN AMRO Award
Parallel Cards, (with Mia Frostner, Robert Sollis, Paul Tisdell, Rasmus Spanggaard Troelsen)
Loose Associations and other lectures, One Star Press, Paris (with EUROPA)
New New Alphabet, poster, (with Rasmus Spanggaard Troelsen)
Pure Associations, ABN AMRO Art Collection (with Bart van der Heide and Matthais Hartmann)
From The Alpinist Fort Vijfhuizen / Artimo
It’s Like the Spoilt Brat of the Dictionary...,STORE (with Alice Fisher)
The boy that always looked up, Cornerhouse (with Sara De Bondt)
Appendix, Artimo (with Stuart Bailey)
In a language, (with Sara De Bondt)

Ryan Gander
Fieldwork, The Complete Reader, 2016

28.5 x 21.7 cm, 464 pages, extensive colour ills
Softcover with dust jacket
Bedford Press, Oct 2016
ISBN 978-1-907414-51-0

Ryan Gander
Culturefield, 2014

Authors Aileen Burns, Johan Lundh, Rebecca May Marston
Publisher Koenig Books
ISBN 9783863355708
Pages 560
Illustrations 600 colour illustrations
Dimensions 365mm x 255mm
Weight 3692g
Publication Date 8 Sep 2014

Ryan Gander
AMPER5AND, Notes on a collection, 2012


Published by Dent-De-Leone
Pages: 224
First Edition: 3000 copies
Weight: 356.00g
Width: 14.85cm
Height: 21.00cm
Language: English
Cover: Softcover
ISBN number: 978-1-907908-08-8

Ryan Gander
Le Dit du Dé, 2012


Les presses du réel – Collection Villa Arson (Nice)
Edited by Åbäke and Ryan Gander.
Texts by Åbäke, Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux, François Piron, Arnaud Maguet, Éric Mangion, Émilie Renard.
Graphic design by Åbäke and Ryan Gander.
French edition
23 x 30 cm (hardcover)
128 pages (color & b/w ill.)
ISBN: 978-2-84066-554-0
EAN: 9782840665540

Ryan Gander
Ryan Gander: Catalogue Raisonnable Vol. 1, 2010

Exhaustive monograph

Edited by: Abäke, Ryan Gander, Dorothea Strauss
Author(s): Chris Evans, Douglas Fogle, Ryan Gander, Midori Matsui, François Piron, Dorothea Strauss, Richard Wentworth
July 2010
ISBN: 978-3-03764-146-0
Hardcover, 252 x 304 mm
368 pages
Images 640 color / 280 b/w
CHF 90 / EUR 60 / £ 45 / US 90

Ryan Gander
Daiwa Press Viewing Room 05 - Ryan Gander, 2008

Ryan Gander and Taro Nasu
Edition 1000

Ryan Gander
Heralded as the new black, 2008

Edition 1000
ISBN 9781904864370
Texts by Nigel Prince, Rebecca May Marston and Brian Sholis.
Foreward by Jonathan Watkins and Margot Heller.

Ryan Gander
Appendix Appendix A Proposal for a TV Series, 2007

Ryan Gander and Stuart Bailey

Edition 2000
ISBN 9783905770193

Ryan Gander
Intellectual Colours, 2007

Edition 1000
ISBN 97888-3660875-1

Ryan Gander
Pure Associations, 2006

Edition 1000
ISBN 9789080267770

Ryan Gander
The boy who always looked up, 2005

Edition 500
ISBN 0948797444

Ryan Gander
Appendix, 2003

Edition 1000
ISBN 978-9075380607

Ryan Gander
In a language you don’t understand, 2002

Ryan Gander and Sara de Bondt

Edition 700
ISBN 0954205812

Exhibition detail, Ryan Gander: The 500 Million Year Collaboration, Kunsthalle Bern, 2019. Detail of 2000 year collaboration (The Prophet), 2018, An animatronic mouse peers out from a hole in the gallery wall whilst imparting philosophical knowledge.

Exhibition view, Ryan Gander: The 500 Million Year Collaboration, Kunsthalle Bern, 2019

Exhibition view, Ryan Gander: The 500 Million Year Collaboration, Kunsthalle Bern, 2019

Exhibition view, Ryan Gander: Old Languages in Very Modern Styles, gb agency, Paris, 2018.

Exhibition view, Ryan Gander: Old Languages in Very Modern Styles, gb agency, Paris, 2018.

Exhibition view, Ryan Gander: Retinal Accounts, gb agency, Paris, 2014

Exhibition view, Ryan Gander: Retinal Accounts, gb agency, Paris, 2014

Exhibition view, Ryan Gander: The 500 Million Year Collaboration, Kunsthalle Bern, 2019


Chronos Kairos, 14.58, 2021
Dead Slow, 2021
Everything is counted, 2021
Fractured Natural Sign (Some stood silently mesmerised by the moon, whilst others were incensed to make signs), 2021
Hard Composition - Only Yesterday, 2021
Hard Composition - Snow One, 2021
In the very beginning, before words, there were..., 2021
Intervals between looking and seeing, 2021
Logic murders magic (Sixty-second sheet), 2021
This conventional sign (We quickly penned out slogans, our attention stuck in the moment, the possible futures cloudy), 2021
This natural sign (There was a sense we were being watched, but our attention remained distracted by the moon), 2021
This natural sign (We felt them watching us, as we watched the moon), 2021
A machine to send you somewhere else, 2020
By physical or cognitive means (Broken Window Theory 01 August), 2020
Memetic absence, or The squatters (Caesar meet Wentworth's Man and the Animal #2 (1991), 2020
On slow Obliteration, or Art-inclined parents, 2019
2000 year collaboration (The Prophet), 2018
Equivalent Economies and Equivalent Means, 2018
I’m never coming back to Paris again, 2018
Let the world take a turn (Wall encounter), 2018
And the sound of them falling was four-dimensional, Compositional Study Ten, 2016
La Joute (My neotonic ovoid contribution to Modernism), 2016
Our time is limited (Proposal for the grave of Abbe Faria), 2016
I is... (XIII), 2015
Please be eager / please be patient / please collaborate - Olive presenting me a birthday present of a small brown cardboard box decorated with tape and drawings, containing an emergency art kit consisting of various small pens, pencils, tapes, stickers, 2015
The cold was as three-dimensional as the studio (Blobby sculpture from mould for bronze cast), 2015
Turquoise Leatherette Box - (Alchemy box # 51), 2015
Two-Way Associative Sequel # 18, (Thematic or no thematic a pattern shall emerge), 2015
A lamp made by the artist for his wife (Fiftieth attempt), 2014
And You Will be Changed (Centre Pompidou, Paris), 2014
Impossible concentration - (Alchemy Box #40), 2014
Make everything like it’s your last - Akasha, 2014
Two hundred and sixty eight degrees below every kind of zero, 2014
Viewing with culturally preoccupied eyes (17:31), 2014
Your cognitive Dissonance, 2014
Your nostalgia, 2014
A lamp made by the artist for his wife (Seventeenth attempt), 2013
A lamp made by the artist for his wife (Sixteenth attempt), 2013
The Investment - A ghost of Brunel for Crossrail, 2013
Pushed into a corner by the logic of my own making - Palais de Tokyo ruin, 2012
Self Portrait XI, 2012
The things you make they mock you, the things you make they mimic you (It’s a hang!), 2012
On the subject of horizontals and verticals a ‘Bird-walk’ is added (The remnants of Theo and Piet’s fall from 1924 through Frank’s living room window at Taliesin, during a struggle brought on by an argument over the dynamic aspect of the diagonal line again), 2010
Only really applicable to those that can visualise it upside down, back to front and inside out, 2009
Basquiat or I can’t dance to it, one day but not now, one day I will but that will be it, but you won’t know and that will be it, 2008
Felix provides a stage #7-(Eleven sketches for ‘A sheet of paper on which I was about to draw, as it slipped from my table and fell to the floor’), 2008
Man on a bridge - (A study of David Lange), 2008
If I could see but a day of it (multiverse), 2007
The amazing adventures of... (The lover’s teaglass revisited), 2007