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Kris Martin

Belgian, b. 1972

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Kris Martin

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Belgian, b. 1972

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Biography

By altering found objects, re-creating canonical works of art and literature, and staging conceptual interventions, Kris Martin challenges notions of time and history. As he claims, his riddling works are “invitation[s] for the viewer to reflect.” 100 Years (2004), for example, is a seemingly innocuous golden sphere, allegedly set to explode in 2104. By slating this work for self-destruction, Martin highlights its temporality, questioning our drive to defeat time and transience through preservation. Other conceptual works include an intervention he staged at the 2007 Frieze Art Fair in London, in which a woman’s voice came over the PA system, urging all attendees to take a moment of silence for personal reflection.

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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 10 more
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Collected by a major institution
S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
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Included in a major biennial
Istanbul Biennial, and 1 more
Biography

By altering found objects, re-creating canonical works of art and literature, and staging conceptual interventions, Kris Martin challenges notions of time and history. As he claims, his riddling works are “invitation[s] for the viewer to reflect.” 100 Years (2004), for example, is a seemingly innocuous golden sphere, allegedly set to explode in 2104. By slating this work for self-destruction, Martin highlights its temporality, questioning our drive to defeat time and transience through preservation. Other conceptual works include an intervention he staged at the 2007 Frieze Art Fair in London, in which a woman’s voice came over the PA system, urging all attendees to take a moment of silence for personal reflection.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 10 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Istanbul Biennial, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Kris Martin
My Frieze Week NY Highlights
May 9th, 2013
My Frieze Week NY Highlights
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