Lives in Berlin (DE), born in US.
Jimmie Durham was born in 1940 in (or, as he himself says, ‘under’) the state of Arkansas in the US, into a Cherokee family. After working different jobs he studied art at the École des Beaux-Arts in Geneva in the early 1970s before joining the American Indian Movement during the confrontation with US federal forces at Wounded Knee in 1973. Durham became Director of the International Indian Treaty Council and its representative to the UN throughout the 1970s. He is one of very few leading contemporary artists to have such hands-on experience of political work. In New York in the early 1980s he returned to art, and in the years around 1990 he lived in Cuernavaca, Mexico. In 1994 he moved back to Europe. Now he lives in Berlin and Naples. Durham has gained a considerable international following since he participated in Documenta 9 in 1992. His prominent presence in Documenta 13 in 2012 only proved this. Durham’s work has been crucial, not just to the emergence of a truly global and multi-polar art world but also to strengthening the bond between visual art and thinking that may determine the future of the whole endeavour of art. His sculptures, installations, drawings and videos are very political operations involving both object, image and text. They analyse, critique and tell stories. But they do not ask questions. In American indigenous tradition that is to be avoided whenever possible.
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The Man Who Had a Beautif...
Julian Villaseñor, Jimmie Durham, Maria Thereza Alves, The Man Who Had a Beautiful House, 1994. Video, dvd, 00:07:27.
Black Shale on European W...
Jimmie Durham, Black Shale on European Wood, 2004. Sculpture, 90 x 93 x 51 cm.
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25 May 2007 - 28 July 2007.
This exhibition was part of a partnership project that involves the Atelier Calder at Saché and the Château d’Oiron. The works on view in the
18 November 1995.
The exhibition Resurrection was made in collaboration with Stella Lohaus in Antwerp. Jimmie Durham exhibited the installation with the same n
The Encyclopedic Palace
01 June 2013 - 24 November 2013.
The Exhibition Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), curated by Massimilliano Gioni, will be laid out in the Central Pavilion (
28 April 2017 - 05 April 2020.
For the first time, the M HKA will be able to present a permanent collection exhibition with iconic masterpieces from Flemish and internation
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Jimmie Durham 1980 - 1993
In the period between 1973 and 1979 Jimmie Durham was full-time involved with the American Indian Movement and did not make art. He was the d
Stone as stone
Most of nature is stone; stone is everywhere. However, presenting stones as art is something else. “Well, you have to help stones”, says Jimm
Collectie Vlaamse Gemeens...
The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art