Jonathan Monk

Jonathan Monk was born in 1969 in Leicester, UK. After graduating from the Glasgow Art School in 1991, he very quickly became an iconic artist on the international art scene. Often based on the principle of appropriation, his work resorts to well-known episodes of art history and borrows from famous artists, images, replicas of everyday objects that he combines in a humorous way to debunk artistic creation. Interrogating linguistic and semantic systems, he mingles homage and humor, as well as personal context and art history. Thus he creates conjunctions between the art world, its little stories and everyday life, lavishly using derision and humor. He lives and works in Berlin.


Glasgow School of Art, Scotland      

Leicester Polytecnhic, Leicester, United Kingdom

Sélection expositions personnelles

Many Hands make Light Work, Until Then, Paris, France
Anything by the Smiths, Centre d’art Neuchâtel (CAN), Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Jonathan Monk, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

I <3 1984, Lisson Gallery, London
I The Reader, Taro Nasu, Tokyo, Japan
Jonathan Monk, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
More Than Four Hundred Million Ways, Meyer Rieffer Karlsruhe, Germany

COLOURS SHAPES WORDS (pink, blue, square, circle), CAC Malaga, Spain
Less Is More Than One Hundred Indian Bicycles (with words from Rikrit Tiravanija and a Silver Shadow), Kunstraum Dornbirn
Egg, Centre d’édition contemporaine, Geneva
In Between Exhibitions (continuous project), Yvon Lambert, Paris

Who ate all the pies?, Meyer Riegger, Berlin
They came out of nowhere he said, pointing to nowhere (with Ryan Gander), Taro Nasu Gallery, Tokyo

Life and Death, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Pre-Birth Communication, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv
Dear painter, paint for me one last time, BFAS Blondeau Fine Art Service, Geneva, Switzerland
Name Used to Fill Space, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels
It’s a circus, Yvon Lambert, Paris
Again, A Time Machine, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
Your Name Here, Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York

Jonathan Monk zu Gast bei BQ, Berlin
Double Act Repeated, (with Douglas Gordan), Lisson Gallery, London
I C U, zwap, Sammlung Haubrok zu Gast bei Wilhelm Schurmann, Berlin
…so different, so appealing?, Meyer Riegger, Kalsruhe Jonathan Monk, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv
The Billboard Book Project, Three Star Books, Paris

The Inflated Deflated, Casey Kaplan, New York,
Leon D’Oro, (with Douglas Gordon) curated by Mirta D’Argenzio, Fondazione Morra Greco, Napoli
Jonathan Monk: Rew-Shay Hood Project, Artpace, San Antonio, Texas
Broken Glass in the Swimming Pool, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal

Time Between Spaces, Palais de Tokyo and Musée d’art Moderne, Paris,
Something No Less Important Than Nothing / Nothing No Less Important Than
Something, The Tramway, Glasgow
Corroborative Paintings, (with David Shrigley), Galeria Estrany De La Mota, Barcelona
Apples and Pears and other Fruits of the Forest, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris

Some kind of game between this and that, Casey Kaplan, New York
Jonathan Monk: Apples and Pears and other Fruits of the Forest, Yvon Lambert, Paris
Jonathan Monk and Peter Roehr, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin
The Puzzle, twodo project 2007, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen
No Title, Y8, Hamburg
Rosso, Base, Florence

yesterday today tomorrow etc., Kunstverein Hannover, touring to Haus am Waldsee Berlin
Jonathan Monk, Secondhand, Lisson Gallery, London
Gallery Hours, Musee d’art contemporain du Val-de-Mame MAC/Val, Vitry-sur-Seine Back and Forth, (with Michael Snow), Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto

Untitled and Unfinished (Afghanistan), The British School at Rome, Rome
Jonathan Monk: Family of Man, Centre d’art contemporain, Kerguehennec, Bignan
Jonathan Monk & Robert Barry, Yvon Lambert show at Galerie Widmer, Zurich
Jonathan Monk: Continuous Project Altered Daily, ICA London, London
Some…Time…Waiting, Independent internet project curated by Adam Carr
To Infinity and Beyond, Public Art Project at Art 36 Basel, Basel
Two Correlated Rotations, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Nantes
Florida Calls, The Moore Space, Miami
Ocean Wave, - but didn’t Bas Jan Ader drink Heineken?, Kunstlerhaus Bremen, Germany

Time/Explained/Lengthened/Suspended, Spruth Magers Projekte, Munich
The Unrealized Realized, Gio Marconi Gallery, Milan
John Baldessari – Jonathan Monk, Gallerie Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen Spazio Symphonia, Milan, Italy

Jonathan Monk, Free Lane, Casey Kaplan, New York
Jonathan Monk, How The World Works, Lieu d’Art Contemporain, Hameau du Lac
Today is just a copy of yesterday, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv
Yes/No/Maybe, Centro de Arte, Anzures
Spectacular I, Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf
Looking through a hole large enough for me to see you, but not large enough for you to see me, La Salle de Bain, Lyon
Time and or Space, The Swiss Institute, New York
Jonathan Monk: Squares Circles Squares exhibited alongside Kazimir Malevitj: Suprematism, The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas YES/NO/MAYBE, Programa Arts Center, Mexico City

Small Works, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen (with Douglas Gordon)
Our Trip Out West, (with Pierre Bismuth), Contemporary Arts Centre, Vilnius
Repertoire & other works by Jonathan Monk, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris
The 366th Sunset, am Parlamentsplatz, Frankfurt
How the world works, LAC, Sigean

Our trip out west, CAC, Vilnius
If you stare at a printed page for long enough it starts to move, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris
Gyrostasis (with Dave Allen), Workwebart, Koln
You’ll get a bang out of this, (with Douglas Gordon), Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen

Jonathan Monk: Tea Party at 136 and Other Works, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris
Something between Something and Something Else, Galleria Sonia Rosso, Pordenone

...and do you think Rusty James (Matt Dillon) really drove his brother’s motorbike to the ocean at the end of Rumble Fish, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Fransisco
Meine Onkel, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe
...and do you think Phileas Fogg (David Niven) really went around the world in eighty days in the film around the world in eighty days’, Casey Kaplan, New York

In search of Gregory Peck, Lisson Gallery, London
Some time spent looking through a window, Francesca Pia, Bern
Jonathan Monk: Tea Party at 136 and Other Works, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris Untitled, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen

Casey Caplan, New York
Anything by the Smiths, Centre D’art Contemporain Neuchatel

The time between the 12th and 13th of January 1996, c/o Atle Gerhardsen, Oslo, Norway.
Salon Ryman, FRAC Des Pays de la Loire, Nantes
Crash Bang Wallop, City Racing, London 0659178635

A Brush with Death, Tramway, Glasgow
Lust for Life, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen

Almost Enough, (video show) CCA, Glasgow
Old Peculiar’, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen
My Record Collection, Bentinck St., Glasgo

The Agony, The Ecstasy  (and some other stuff), Galleri Index, Stockholm, Sweden

On The Cheap, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

Sélection expositions de groupe

More Konzeption Conception Now, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
Facts, Phantoms and Time Machines, Winzavod Art Centre, Moscow, Russia
Je me souviens du génocide arménien… Galerie Sobering, Paris
Of the few things we do, the only one we really do is to imagine what we will do. Meyer Riegger Berlin,
As the Earth Spins Beneath The Stars - Leal Rios Foundation, Lisbon
Cannibalism? On Appropriation In Art - Zacheta - National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
South By Southeast, Osage, Hong Kong
Group Show 2014, Bocconi Art Gallery, BAG, Milan

Summer Show: Pinault Collection, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
Postscript: Writing after Conceptual Art’, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, Michigan, USA
No Such Thing as History: Four Collections and One Artist, Espace Louis Vuitton Munich
The Circle Walked Casually, Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany

Whole, In Part: Artists Publications from the MACBA Collections, MACBA, Barcelona
The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
France       Â, Jonathan Monk & David Shrigley, Yvon Lambert, Paris Meyer Riegger at Independent New York, New York

Ryan Gander & Jonathan Monk: “They came out of nowhere” he said, pointing to nowhere,
Taru Nasu, Tokyo, Japan
Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art, MCA Denver, CO, USA; touring to The Power Plant
Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada (2013); The Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum,
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA (2013)
When Attitudes Become Form Become Attitudes, CCA Wattis, San Francisco, CA, USA
Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO, USA
Ministry of Truth, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing
Re-Encounters: Objects and Phenomena, 601 Artspace, New York

Books on books, SI Swiss Institute, New York City
Je suis seul, avec vous, MAC’s Grand Hornu, Musee des Arts Contemporains, Hornu
Compass – Drawings from the Museum of Modern Art New York, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin Power to the People: Contemporary Conceptualism and the Object in Art, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

Where do we go from here? Selections from La Coleccion Jumex, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Second Main, MAM/ARC, Paris
In Print, E-Flux, New York
SATURDAY, Sunday Art Fair, Berlin
Nevermore: Souvenir, souvenir, que me veux-tu? (MAC/VAL)
Art Barter, HBC Berlin
DOUBLE BIND / Arrêtez d’essayer de me comprendre !, Villa Arson, Nice, France

Compass in Hand: Selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary
Drawings Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY 
Biennale di Venezia, The Nordic and Danish Pavillions
Groupshow – Autocenter, Berlin
Contemporary Drawings Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Looking Back, Mireille Mosler Ltd., New York
Superdome, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Words Fail Me, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit
Glasgow International 2008, Glasgow
Equivalence: Acts of Translation in Contemporary Art’, MFAH Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
TINA B. – The Prague Contemporary Art Festival 08, TINA B. – The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Prague
Le dernier qui parle, FRAC - Champagne-Ardenne, Reims

Some Time Waiting, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris
Learn to Read, Tate Modern,  London,
Six Actions for New York City – Jonathan Monk – Five Ballerinas in Manhattan
Story Tellers, Prague Biennale 3, Prague
Arte Povera Now and Then: Perspectives for a New Guerrilla Art, Esso Gallery and Books, New York
Shoot the Family, organized by iCI, Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery, MASSArt, Boston neons, tubes & leds, MITTERRAND+CRAMER/FINE ART/GENEVE, Geneva
Forged Realities, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing
ZEIT:ZEIT, Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin

Infinity, Etc, Mercer Union, A Centre for Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada,
The Show will be Open When the Show will be Closed’, Store Gallery, London and Kadist Art Foundation, Paris
Eye on Europe: Prints, Books & Multiples/1960 to Now, MOMA New York   
New Photography 2006: Jonathan Monk, Barbara Probst, Jules Spinatsch, MOMA, NY
Five Billion Years, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Drapeaux Gris, CAPC - Musée d’art Contemporain, Bordeaux
One Second One Year Palais de Tokyo
The Peace Tower in Day for Night, The 2006 Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of
American Art, New York
A propos de Mona Lisa, FRAC- Languedoc-Roussilon, Montpellier
Grey Flags, Sculpture Centre, Long Island, New York
Tokyo Blossoms - The Deutsche Bank Collection meets Zaha Hadid, Hara Museum of
Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Tate Triennial 2006: New British Art, Tate Britain, London
Yes Bruce Nauman, Zwirner & Wirth, New Yorkn
5’000’000’000 d’années Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Une Seconde - Une Année, Palais de Tokyo, Parispostela

Miami Calling…, The Moore Space, Miami, USA,
The Party, Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York
Post Notes, ICA, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, United Kingdom, Midway
Contemporary Art, Minneapolis
En Route: Via Another Route, An Exhibition On Board the Trans-Siberian Train, Moscow to Beijing
BMW, The 3rd Baltic Triennale, CAC, Vilnius
A Brief History of Invisible Art, CCA Wattis, Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco General Ideas - Rethinking Conceptual Art 1987–2005, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA
Burlesques Contemporains, Jeu de Paume, Paris
Logical Conclusion: 40 years of rule-base art, PaceWildenstein, New York
Goodbye Fourteenth Street, Casey Kaplan, New York

Small: The Object in Film Video and Slide Installation, Whitney Museum of American Art,
New York
Artists’ Favourites, ICA, London
Pour les oiseaux, FRAC-Pays de la Loire, Carquefou
Play List, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Goodbye to 14th Street, Casey Kaplan, New York
Terminal Five, Projects fo JFK Airport, New York
Ouroboros the Music of the Spheres, CCA- Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow

XVIIIe Ateliers Internationaux du Frac des Pays de la Loire, FRAC- Pays de la Loire, Dust Memories, Swiss Institute, New York
Animations, Kunst-Werke Berlin e.V. - KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Feu de Bois, FRAC des pays de la Loire, Nantese
Utopia Station, (curated by Molly Nesbit, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Rirkrit Tiravanija),
50th International Exhibition of Art, Venice Bienniale, Venice
The Distance Between Me and You, Lisson Gallery, London
Une collection de « Chefs-d’œuvre » - Emprunts, pastiches, copies, citations et interprétations, FRAC - Limousin, Limoges

Greyscale/CMYK, Tramway 2, Glasgow
To Whom It May Concern, CCAC Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco
Superstudio, Yvon Lambert, Paris
Animations, kw-institute for contemporary art, Berlin, Germany
Dust Memories, Swiss Institute-Contemporary Art, New York, US
It’s all an illusion, Migrosmuseum, , Zurich 
Né un 3 septembre, FRAC- Bourgogne, Dijon
Wordsindeeds, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Oregon
Photographier, Collection Lambert, Avignon

G3 NY, Casey Kaplan, New York
City Racing 1988 - 1998: a partial account, Institute of Contemporary Art, London
The Second Berlin Biennale, Berlin
Ingenting, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Sweden
Le Collége, Fonds Régional d’art Contemporain, Champagne-Ardenne
Animations - MoMA PS1, New York City
L’anonyme, Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France

Au-dela du Spectacle, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Film/Video Works - Lisson Gallery at 9 Keane Street, Lisson Gallery, London
Urban Hymns, Luckman Gallery, Los Angeles
Sailing into San Francisco Three Sailors & One Tatoo, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco I love Paris, Arnolfini, Bristol
Sailing into San Francisco - Three Sailors & One Tattoo, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco
‘The sky is the limit’, Taipei Biennale, Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Chac Mool Contemporary Fine Art, in collaboration with Lisson Gallery, West Hollywood,
Le fou dedouble- L’idiotie comme strategie contemporaine, Moscow Nijni, Novgorod,
Samara, Ekaterinbourg, Russia; Chateau d’Oiron, France
‘Landscape Memories’, Rosamund Felsen, Los Angeles, LA
FRAC, Nantes, France, project with Hou Hanru, Paris

Collections publiques

Augarten Contemporary (vormals Atelier Augarten), Vienna

Statens museum for kunst, Copenhagen

Collection Lambert, Avignon
FRAC - Pays de la Loire, Carquefou
FRAC - Bourgogne, Dijon,
FRAC - Limousin, Limoges
FRAC - Languedoc-Roussilon, Montpellier
Kadist Art Foundation, Paris
FRAC - Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-lès-Rouen

Daimler Contemporary, Berlin
Sammlung Haubrock, Berlin

Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples

Cal Cego - Colleccion de Arte Contemporaneo, Barcelona
CGAC - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela

Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Tate Britain, London, United Kingdom

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY, 

Fellowship / prix

Les Prix du Quartier Des Bains



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