Doug Aitken

Doug Aitken


Doug Aitken was born in 1968 in Redondo Beach. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Over the last 24 years, Aitken has developed an unparalleled practice that explores the perception of images, narratives, in an ongoing investigation of the 21st century experience. Spatial and temporal dislocation is mixed with a dream like quality. His work often takes the form of immersive video installations; single channel video often projected onto architecture, but is also characterized by text sculptures, architectural and sound works, and photography.
Aitken’s works explore the gulf between the broad saturation and availability of images and the vulnerability of individuals, in a period of massive industrial and environmental changes. In contrast, there is a sensitivity and coolness to the environment in which the works are displayed.

Notable museum collaborations include, “Sleepwalkers,” commissioned by the Museumof Modern Art, New York which displayed 7 video screens across the building’s full city block, and the projection of ‘Song 1,’ onto the Hirshhorn Museum’s iconic facade. Similiar outdoor video projections were organized by the Deste Foundation in Athens, and Enel Contemporanea in Rome.

Important solo presentations have been organized by: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2017); Museum of Modern Art, Fort Worth (2017); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2015); Nam June Paik Art Center, South Korea (2013); Seattle Art Museum (2013); Hirshhorn Museum (2012); Tate Liverpool (2012); LUMA Foundation, Arles, France (2012); Deste Foundation, Hydra, Greece (2011); Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati (2010); Museo d’Art Contemporanea Roma, Rome (2009); Inhotihm, Brazil (2009); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2007); Aspen Art Museum (2006); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2005); Tokyo Opera City Gallery (2005);The Fabric Museum and Workshop, Philadelphia (2002); Serpentine Gallery, London (2001).

Aitken is the inaugural recipient of the Frontier Art Prize, a new contemporary art award that supports an artist of international stature pursuing bold projects that challenge the boundaries of knowledge and experience to reimagine the future of humanity. He was the recipient of the Golden Lion in the 1999 Venice Biennale.

Solo exhibitions
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
USA, Doug Aitken: Flags and Debris, Regen Projects, Los Angeles
AUS, Doug Aitken: New Era, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney
J, I Am In You, 21st Century Museum Of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
I, Green Lens, commissioned by Anthony Vaccarello in partnership with Saint Laurent, Isola Della Certosa, Venice
I, Doug Aitken: Microcosmos, Victoria Miro, Venice
J, Doug Aitken: New Ocean: Thaw, Espace Louis Vuitton, Tokyo
USA, Doug Aitken: migration (empire), online exhibition series, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
FIN, Doug Aitken: I Only Have Eyes for You, Kiasma, Helsinki
USA, New Horizon, Trustees properties, State of Massachusetts
CH, Doug Aitken, Mirage Gstaad, Elevation 1049: Frequencies, Gstaad
USA, Doug Aitken, Don’t Forget to Breathe, 6775 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles
PRC, Doug Aitken, Faurschou Foundation, Beijing
USA, Sonic Mountain (Sonoma), The Donum Estate, Sonoma
USA, NEW ERA, Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, University of California, Davis
UK, Return to the Real, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
USA, Mirage Detroit, State Savings Bank, Detroit
HK, Doug Aitken, Massimo De Carlo, Hong Kong
CH, Doug Aitken, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich
DK, Doug Aitken, Copenhagen Contemporary, Copenhagen
USA, New Era, 303 Gallery, New York
USA, Doug Aitken: Electric Earth, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth
USA, Mirage, Desert X, Palm Springs
USA, migration (empire), Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis
USA, Doug Aitken, Underwater Pavilions, Parley for the Oceans and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
USA, Doug Aitken: Electric Earth, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
N, Doug Aitken: twilight, Peder Lund, Oslo
UK, Doug Aitken, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
D, Doug Aitken: migration (empire), Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
CH, Doug Aitken, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich
USA, Still Life, Regen Projects, Los Angeles
USA, MIRROR, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
USA, 100 YRS, 303 Gallery, New York
Group exhibitions
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
I, Reaching for the Stars, Da Maurizio Cattelan a Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Curated by Arturo Galansino, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze
PRC, The First Beijing Biennial 展览名称: 第一届北京艺术双年展, National Base for International Cultural Trade, Beijing
UK, Unnatural History, Herbert Art Gallery And Museum, Conventry
J, Collection Exhibition, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
USA, Selection: Gallery Artists, Regen Projects, Los Angeles
PRC, Jinan International Biennial, Shandong Art Museum, Jinan
CH, All in One, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich
USA, New Exhibitions, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami
USA, Fact and Fiction in Contemporary Photography, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha
USA, Alien Landscape, 303 Gallery, New York
USA, Monument Valley, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines
USA, 303 Gallery: 35 Years, 303 Gallery, New York
USA, Meet Me In The Bathroom: The Art Show Curated by Lizzy Goodman and Hala Matar, The Hole, New York
UK, TRANSFORMER: The Rebirth of Wonder, 180 The Strand, London
USA, Creatures: When Species Meet, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati
DK, Tomorrow is the Question, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus
P, Expanded: Fiction and Fabrication in Post-Digital Architectural Photography, Museum Of Art, Architecture And Technology (MAAT), Lisbon
USA, The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030-2100, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
D, Big Orchestra, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
USA, AS YOU LIKE IT, Praz Delavallade, Los Angeles
D, The World on Paper, Deutsche Bank, PalaisPopulaire, Berlin
DK, Far From Home, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus
I, Foresta Urbana, Polo Museale Regionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Palermo, Palermo
D, How To See [What Isn’t There], A Group Show of Works from the Burger Collection Hong Kong, Langen Foundation, Neuss
USA, Single-Channel Catalyst III, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro
P, The Pull of a Well Placed Comma, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas, Elvas
HR, Oceans. Imagining a Tidalectic Worldview, Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik
B, Biennale of Painting, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle
IS, Oh, So Quiet! Music as we look at it, Art and Cinema, Verkmidjan Center for Contemporary Art, Hjalteyri, Eyjafjardarsysla
USA, San Diego: The Architecture of Four Ecologies, La Jolla Historical Society, La Jolla
D, Mix it –Pop music & video art, Marta Herford Museum for Art, Architecture, Design, Herford
CH, Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel


Author, Publication Title, Date
Moritz, Julia, L'Officiel Art International, September/October/November

Public collections

Mora Art foundation, Melbourne
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
Sammlung Goetz, Munchen
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo per l'Arte, Torino
Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Torino
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
La Colección Jumex, Ciudad de Mexico
Astrup Fearnley Meseet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo
South Korea
Amorepacific Museum of Art, Seoul
Fundacio "la Caixa", Barcelona
Centre pour l'Image Contemporaine, Genève
United States of America
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Museum of Modern Art, New York
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia
The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham
U.C. Berkeley Art Museum/Matrix, Berkeley
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York


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