IDA EKBLAD


IDA EKBLAD

Ida Ekblad’s (b. 1980) artistic practice incorporates painting, sculpture, performance, filmmaking as well as poetry. Her works transmit a distinct vibrancy and spontaneity, created through the energetic movement of her compositions, the bold application of colour and the attentive use of found materials. Ekblad's expressive paintings often depict winding and twisted lines, some indicate human-like figures, others resemble landscapes. The forms and gestures found in her work derive from a wide variety of inspirations and art historical references, such as CoBrA, Situationism and Abstract Expressionism but also pop cultural aesthetics like graffiti or cartoon that indicate Ekblad’s genre-crossing approach.

‘At the heart of this work is an energy, one that is palpably manifest in her finished images and objects. It is explicit in the manual strength required to construct one of her sculptures or to scramble up a scrapheap, yet also implicit in the movement, form and scale of her painting. Ekblad’s work is formed of contradiction; that of the social and the solitary, the physical and the contemplative. In Ekblad’s work, these similarities and differences are held in a delicate balance.’

S. McCrory, ‘Ida Ekblad’, in Ida Ekblad: Poem Percussion, exh. cat., Bergen: Bergen Kunsthalle, 2010, p. 27

Image: EVANESCERE - ESVANIR - ESVANISS, 2022, oil on linen, in artist’s frame, 183.2 x 143.2 x 5.5 cm.; 72 1/8 x 56 3/8 x 2 1/8 in. Photo: def image

Solo Exhibitions


Group Exhibitions


Selected Institutional Exhibitions


Biography


VITA

1980

Born in Oslo, Norway


2001

Central St. Martins College of Art, department of Fine Art, London


2007

Graduated at The National Academy of Art, Oslo


2008

Mountain School of Arts, Los Angeles


2009

Nominee for Statoil Art Award, Oslo


2020

Nominee for Kunstkritikerprisen, Oslo


Lives and works in Oslo, Norway

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Aïshti Foundation, Beirut

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo

British Museum, London

Buffalo AKG Art Museum

Centre Pompidou, Paris

Christen Sveaas Art Foundation, Oslo

Collection Center for Curational Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson

Contemporary Art Society, London

De La Cruz Collection, Miami

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson

KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes, Bergen

Kistefos Museum, Jevnaker

Kunsthaus Zürich

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebæk

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich

Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City

National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo

Preus Museum, Horten

Rubell Family Collection, Miami

Saastamoinen Foundation, Helsinki

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2024

ACTIVATED SLUDGE
Peder Lund, Oslo

STRANGE FREEDOMS
Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris


2023

STRANGE FREEDOMS SHALL BE SOUGHT
KODE Art Museum, Bergen


2022

FLYABLE, RIDEABLE
Karma International, Zurich

WE WERE PATIENT
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Gold Bug Drift Sculpture (Tepito and Ecatepec), Amor, 2019
Galerie Max Hetzler, Window Gallery, Berlin


2021

GIRL FIRES UP STOVE
Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (catalogue)


2020

SLICE OF THE INACCESSIBLE
Peder Lund, Oslo

A DEEP MEDICINE
Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris


2019

FRA ÅRE TIL OVN
Kunsthalle Zürich

BLOOD OPTICS
Museo Tamayo, Mexico City

The Accountants, 2019
Galerie Max Hetzler, Window Gallery, Berlin


2018

Leda Bourgogne | Ida Ekblad
Kunstverein Braunschweig

I’m four years old
Freedman Fitzpatrick hosted by XYZ Collective, Tokyo


2017

Proper Stuff
Herald St, London

Step Motherfucker, 2017
Galerie Max Hetzler, Window Gallery, Berlin

Step Motherfucker
Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris

Diary of a Madam
Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg


2015

Madam is fucking Madame, Sir
Karma International, Los Angeles

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

Galerie Max Hetzler, Window Gallery, Berlin

RELOAD
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin


2014

Greene Naftali, New York

A day of toil among its ruins
Herald St., London (catalogue)

A gentle looking little alien of sorts
Herald St., London


2013

National Museum of Norway - Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo

Revolution
Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern

The Root cellar
De Vleeshal, Middelburg, Netherlands

Days Disguise
Karma International, Zurich


2011

Low tide bring da ruckus
West London Projects, London

Gatekeeper Butterfly
Greene Naftali, New York


2010

Poem Percussion
Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen

Digging. Treasure.
Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm

A clothespin left behind on a line
Herald Street, London

Entschlafen zum Hafen Glück und Leid Vergangenheit
Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin


2009

Project Room, Wiels, Brussels

Frame
Gaudel De Stampa, Frieze Art Fair, London

That Leaf / That Mushroom / That Palm Tree
Karma International, Zurich (with Tobias Madison)

Salty Sap Green Black
The Journal Gallery, New York

Art since the summer of 69, New York

What leaf? What mushroom?
New Jerseyy, Basel

A Woman under the influence
Galleri Annen Etage, Oslo

In exile from the mineral kingdom
Galleria Alessandro de March, Milan

Febermalerier
Gaudel de Stampa, Paris


2008

Silver ruins
Fotogalleriet, Oslo
 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024

Ida Ekblad, Shuang Li, Vivian Suter
Karma International, Zurich

Instinctive Gestures
Galerie Max Hetzler, London

On Paper
Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris

ReCollect! Part Two
Kunsthaus Zürich


2023

Houses of Tove Jansson
8 Impasse de Mont-Louis, Paris

Baroque
Galerie Champ Lacombe, Biarritz

All Crescendo, No Reward
Zabludowicz Collection, London

ReCollect!
Kunsthaus Zürich

Before Tomorrow – Astrup Fearnley Museet 30 Years
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo

das gelbe Licht 6 Uhr nachmittags
Remembering, envisioning, sensing landscape,
curated by Christian Malycha
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

La morsure des termites

Palais de Tokyo, Paris

ARTZUID 2023, Amsterdam

Surface Works
Galerie Max Hetzler, London

Course of Works
Hangar Y, Meudon


2022

Frieze Sculpture, London

Christen Sveaas Art Foundation. The Travel Bureau, selected by Paulina Olowska
Whitechapel Gallery, London

New Acquisitions
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebæk


2021

Nous irons tous au paradis
Frac Normandie Caen

Reconstruction
Karma International, Zurich

Three Works: Ida Ekblad / Jessi Reaves / Diane Simpson
Herald St, London

PRIMA-VERA
Baxter-Hodiak House, Los Angeles


2020

Via dell’Inferno
Herald St at Galleria Spazia, Bologna

Geneva Biennale
Geneva

Karma International, Zurich

(Nothing but) Flowers
Karma, New York

Karma International, Zurich

Galerie Max Hetzler, London

A Collection in the Making. Art – Architecture – Design
The National Museum – Architecture, Oslo

BED AND CLOCK, MOON AND BEACH: Edvard Munch
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin


2019

FIAC Hors les Murs, Tuileries Garden, Paris

Concoction of Confusion
Golsa, Oslo

Private Passion
Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo


2018

Use Your Illusion
Herald St, London

L' Esprit souterrain / Underground Spirit
Domaine Pomméry, Reims

C.R. McBerny
Zwinglisalon, Berlin

NGORONGORO II
artist weekend, Berlin

Faithless Pictures
National Museum, Oslo

The Weather Outside
Freedman Fitzpatrick, Paris

FIAC Hors les Murs
Jardin des Tuileries, Paris


2017

Transitions: Translantic Treatments
Rod Bianco, Oslo

Adult Swim
Pilar Corrias Gallery, London

Steps to Aeration
Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Close Up: The Rocca Foundation Dresden / Berlin
Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden

University of Disaster
57th Venice Biennale, National Pavilion Bosnia & Herzegovina, Palazzo Malipiero, Venice

Hot Mess
Karma International, Los Angeles

Absent Bodies
OSL Contemporary, Oslo

PAINTING |OR| NOT
KAVIAR FACTORY, Henningsvær

Karma International, Zurich

Trip of the Tongue
Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong


2016

Le jour du vin et des roses
FRAC Normandie, Les Bains-Douches, Alençon

la mia ceramica
Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris

WHAT'S MY NAME
Michel Majerus Estate, Berlin

Going Public: The Napoleone Collection
Graves Gallery, Sheffield

An Increasingly Desperate Man
Alter Space, San Francisco

above the ART ic circle
KAVIAR FACTORY, Henningsvær

PAPER IN PRACTICE
Moran Bondaroff, Los Angeles

For Pete’s Sake
Carl Kostyal, Stockholm


2015

The World is Made of Stories
Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo

Karma International, Zurich

NO MAN'S LAND - Women artists from the Rubell Family Collection
Rubell Family Collection, Miami

Conditional Present
Mier Gallery, Los Angeles

Mortel Suite et Fin - Collection Frac Basse-Normandie
Frac Basse-Normandie, Caen

Works on Paper
Greene Naftali Gallery, New York

Raw and Delirious
Kunsthalle Bern

Sprayed
Gagosian Gallery, London

Poor Art - Rich Legacy. Arte Povera and parallel practices 1968-2015
National Museum of Norway - Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo

Call and Response
Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York

NN-A NN-A NN-A
Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, travelled to:
Museum Stavanger, 2016


2014

Unshelling and Shelling again
Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger

PLUGGS
Karma International, Zurich

REFRACTION. THE IMAGE OF SENSE
Blain Southern, London

read the room/you’ve got to
SALTS, Birsfelden

Des Pas Dans L´escalier
FRAC - Basse-Normandie, Caen

Spirit
Peres Projects, Berlin

Shattered Preface
OSL Contemporary, Oslo

Life
The Journal Gallery at Venus Over Manhattan, New York

Entrouvert
Gaudel de Stampa, Paris

El Rey De Icod
Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Santa Cruz, Tenerife

This is our Art This is our Music
David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen

Home Again, Home Again II
The Journal Gallery, New York


2013

IM & EX PLICIT

Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Ghent

Revolution: John Chamberlain, Ida Ekblad, Christina Streuli
Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne

Champs Elysées, Nouvelles Vagues

Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Alt du kan bære, VI, VII, Oslo

Pioneer Voices
Galleri Nord-Norge, Harstad

An Artist Collecting Art
Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen


2012

Friends, Countrymen

Gaudel de Stampa, Paris

To Be with Art Is All We Ask
Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo

Steel Life
Michael Benevento, Los Angeles

Standard Operating Procedures
Blum and Poe, Los Angeles

Modern Talking

Muzeul de Arta Cluj-Napoca, Cluj

Manufacture
Centre Pasquart, Biel

Crime is on both sides
Galeria Stereo, Poznan

Collectors´ Choice: Selected Pieces for Sale
Galerie Asbaek, Copenhagen


2011

ILLUMInazioni

54th Venice Biennale, Venice

Manufacture
Parc Saint-Léger – Centre d’art contemporain, Pougues-les-Eaux

Four Rooms
Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

Host City
Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg

Gesamtkunstwerk: New Art From Germany
Saatchi Gallery, London

5th Prague Biennale, Prague

The Garden of Forking Paths 
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich

Hysteria, Laughter, and a Sense of Seriousness
Karma International, Zurich

You don’t love me anymore

Westfälischer Kunstverein, Munster

Figurer og fortellinger
Astrup Faernley Museum, Oslo


2010

At Home
Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin

Pastiche… When a tree falls in the forest

Sølyst Artist Residence Center, Jyderup

Les sculptures meurent aussi
La Kunsthalle, Mulhouse

Fade Into You
Herald Street, London

Anonymous Materials
Binz, Zurich

The Pursuer
Greene Naftali, New York

Berlin Box
CCA Andratx, Mallorca

Fortescue Avenue, London

Ekblad, Karstiess
Nymphius Projekte, Berlin


2009

The Gold Bug Drift
Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo

Europäisch-Amerikanische Freundschaft: Ida Ekblad, David Hominal, Alistair Frost
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York

Favored Nations: Momentum
5th Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art, Moss

Bad Moon Rising
Galerie sans titre, Brussels

Problem Solving: Express Yourself

Uplands Gallery, Melbourne

Younger Than Jesus

New Museum, New York

Prose pour des Esseintes
Karma International, Zurich

That Leaf, That Mushroom
Karma International, Zurich

GRAVE ACCENT
Gaudel De Stampa, Paris;
Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin

Dark Fair
Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne

O´Radical Modern Way of Life

Annen Etage, Oslo

Ab-strac-tion-al

MUSEUM 52, NEW YORK

All The Girls Standing In The Line For The Bathroom
Artnews Projects, Berlin

Statoil Art Award Nomination Exhibition
Gallery for Contemporary Art, Oslo


2008

Benefit Auction
Swiss Institute, New York

Dark Continents

Museum of Contemporary Art - MOCA, Miami;
MOCA at Goldman Warehouse, Miami

Art Since the Summer of 69
195 Chrystie Street, New York

Dark Fair
Swiss Institute, New York

MSA
Mountain School of Arts, Los Angeles

Good News for People who love Bad News
SI Swiss Institute, New York

Background
Preus Museum, Horten

Medium Cool
Art in General, New York

LIGHTS ON

Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo

NADA
Karma International, Miami


2007

The Corny Show
Karma International, Zurich

Tower

W 139, Amsterdam

MA degree show
The National Academy of Art, Stenersen Museum, Oslo

Varutstillingen 2007
Fotogalleriet, Oslo

Paris was yesterday
la Vitrine, Paris

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

The Green Gallery, Milwaukee

Von Zamlla Mina Mannar & Ida

Galleri De Praktijk, Amsterdam


2006

The Copy and Paste Show
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

Giving People What They Want
Glassbox, Paris

Everything I do (I do it for you)
Projekt 0047, Berlin

Fultjacks Blot
Raid Projects, Los Angeles

The Early Show
White Columns, New York

Bak Fronten - The Young Artists Society
Unge Kunstneres Samfund, Oslo

C U (on The Other Side)
Bastard, Oslo, NO; Ear Label, London
 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Monographs

Herald St (Ed.): Ida Ekblad. A Day of Toil Among Its Ruins, London, 2014

De Vleeshal und MER. Paper Kunsthalle (Eds.): The Root Cellar, Ghent, 2014

Bergen Kunsthall (Ed.): Ida Ekblad. Poem Percussion, Bergen, 2010


Others

National Museum Oslo (Ed.): Faithless Pictures, Oslo, 2018

MOCA (Ed.): Dark Continents, Los Angeles, 2008

James Deutsher (Ed.): Evergreen 001, Melbourne, 2008

Susanne Saether & Jonas Ekeberg (Ed.): Background, Horten, 2008
 

Videos


Publications


Ida Ekblad: Melted Snow

Kunsthalle Zürich / Lenz 2022
 

Out of stock

Ida Ekblad: WE WERE PATIENT

Exhibition Poster
2022

€ 20.00 € 16.00

la mia ceramica

Lynda Benglis, Ida Ekblad, Lucio Fontana, Günther Förg, Liz Larner, Fausto Melotti, Navid Nuur, Pablo Picasso, Sterling Ruby, David Salle, Josh Smith, Rosemarie Trockel, Rebecca Warren, Edmund de Waal
Galerie Max Hetzler / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2016
With an introduction by Edmund de Waal

€ 35.00 € 28.00

Selected Press


Berliner Zeitung March 2022

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Kunstkritikk June 2021

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Das Magazin July 2019

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Artforum June 2019

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Emulsion Magazine February 2019

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Frieze April 2017

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Fraeulein Magazine June 2015

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BLAU May 2015

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Frieze April 2015

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Kaleidoscope Winter 2015

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Artforum May 2013

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Flash Art July – August – September 2013

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Frieze November 2013

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The Guardian December 2011

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The Nation November 2011

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Mousse Magazine 2010

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Artforum December 2009

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