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Tino Sehgal

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Renowned as one of the most important artists of his generation, Tino Sehgal's critical acclaim derives from his radical artistic practice that takes the form of "constructed situations": live encounters between visitors and those enacting the work.

Tino Sehgal was born in 1976 in London, England. He currently lives and works in Berlin. 

Renowned as one of the most important artists of his generation, Tino Sehgal's critical acclaim derives from his radical artistic practice that takes the form of "constructed situations": live encounters between visitors and those enacting the work. Their ephemeral beauty rests in the fleeting specificity of the encounter, where players often engage the visitors with their active participation in constructing the piece. Sehgal’s abandoning of material production in favor of lived experience is nevertheless achieved with a sensitivity to classical considerations of form, composition and space, grounded not only in the history of dance but also western traditions of sculpture and painting. 

In 2018 he co-curated week-long series of live works entitled ‘A Prelude to the Shed’ which took place within a purpose built architectural setting by Kunlé Adeyemi. The program included Sehgal’s own work alongside a broad range of artists including William Forsythe and Azealia Banks, which heralded the opening of The Shed’s permanent home. His work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions, recently at the Odawara Art Foundation, Japan (2019); Officine Grandi Riparazioni, Turin (2018); V-A-C Foundation, Moscow, Russia (2017); Fondation Beyeler, Switzerland (2017); Jemaa el-Fna, Marrakesh; Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2016); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2015); Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2015); Pinacoteca, Sao Paulo and CCBB, Rio de Janeiro (2014); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013); Tate Modern, London (2012); and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010) and Kunsthaus Bregenz (2006), among others.

Renowned as one of the most important artists of his generation, Tino Sehgal's critical acclaim derives from his radical artistic practice that takes the form of "constructed situations": live encounters between visitors and those enacting the work.

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