kendell geers in 'hacer noche (crossing night)' at cultural centre of san pablo, oaxaca de juárez, mexico

4 November 2018
The Mexican city of Oaxaca de Juárez presents 'Hacer Noche (Crossing Night)', features works exploring the theme of death by 30 artists from southern Africa. An initiative of Idris Naim - a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting art - the project includes residencies, talks and workshops linking artistic practices in Mexico and southern Africa.

kendell geers in 'bric-à-brac – the jumble of growth’ at the national gallery, rome, italy

17 July 2018
Playing on the French expression 'bric-à-brac', this project focuses on the chaotic and conflictual growth of countries from emerging economies. In particular, the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and now also South Africa).

kendell geers in 'road to justice' at maxxi, rome, italy

22 June 2018

Addressing the wounds and the violence present in African society, 'Road to Justice' features nine artists who tackle the search for possible solutions. Amongst them, South African artist Kendell Geers is a powerful contribution to the exhibition.

kendell geers in ‘how to say it the way it is!’ at rua red gallery, dublin, ireland

7 October 2017
‘How to say it the way it is!' provides an alternative narrative to the current political status quo - one of defiance, resistance and disorder - from some of the most influential socially and politically engaged contemporary artists.

kendell geers in ‘oh good days!’ at biennale 9, ottignies-louvain-la-neve, belgium

6 October 2017
International and Belgian artists share their unique visions of the contemporary world for the ironically titled ‘Oh good days!', Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve's ninth contemporary art biennial.

kendell geers in ’superdemocracy’ at bozar in brussels, belgium

1 October 2017
Kendell Geers has work included in 'Superdemocracy', an exhibition set up over three spaces to establish a dialogue with the Belgian Senate. Alongside BOZAR in Brussels, works go display at BPS22 in Charleroi and HKA in Antwerp to provide a cultural dimension to the Senate's current issues.

kendell geers, yinka shonibare MBE and kehinde wiley in the launch of zeitz mocaa, cape town, south africa

15 September 2017
Kendell Geers' 'Hanging Piece' (1993) goes on display for the launch of Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, the first major contemporary art museum in Africa. The inaugural exhibition also includes Yinka Shonibare MBE's film 'Addio del Passato' (2011), alongside work by Kehinde Wiley.

kendell geers in first edition of 'time for outrage!', great eastern street gallery, london, UK

18 July 2017
Kendell Geers is in the first edition of Time for Outrage!, a global poster campaign that gives acclaimed artists and members of the public a platform to voice their outrage. The posters will go on display on the prominent billboards of the Great Eastern Street Gallery Wall in London. The poster campaign will take place in various cities around the world, including London, Berlin, Athens, Moscow, Istanbul, Mexico City and New York city. The campaign will culminate on 11th December 2018, international Human Rights Day.

kendell geers in 'emst in the world', documenta 14, fridericianum, kassel, germany

8 April 2017
The exhibition at the Fridericianum marks the first time the collection of Greece's National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) is presented in Germany. Found within documenta's title 'Learning from Athens', the two organisations agreed for EMST to become the main venue of documenta in Athens and the Museum to exhibit part of its collection to Fridericianum in Kassel.

kendell geers in 'capital africa: towards the cape of good hope' at lille 3000, lille, france

6 April 2017
Thirty contemporary African artists explore the African continent in 'Capital Africa: Towards the Cape of Good Hope' at Lille3000. The exhibition includes a new neon work by Kendell Geers titled 'Hope Is A Four Letter Word'.

kendell geers in 'person of the crowd: the contemporary art of flÂnerie’ at the barnes foundation, philadelphia, USA

25 February 2017

This exhibition will include Kendell Geers' 'Portrait of the Artist as a Touring Mandela'. The installation is a documentation of a performance piece where, dressed as Nelson Mandela, he engaged passersby on the streets of Johannesburg.

The exhibition runs from 25 February until 22 May 2017.

Kendall Geers at The Barnes Foundation

kendell geers in ‘why not ask again’ at power station of art, shanghai, china

11 November 2016
Kendell Geers is in the 11th Shanghai Biennale which this year is titled ‘Why Not Ask Again' and takes place at the Power Station of Art, the first state-run museum dedicated to contemporary art in mainland China.

First launched in 1996, the biennale has always taken Shanghai as its primary focus, gathering the most talented international curators and artists to explore the connection between urban life, contemporary...

kendell geers in ‘dÉpenses’ at labanque, bÉthune, france

8 October 2016
Curated by Léa Bismuth, 'Dépenses' is the first of three exhibitions to explore the work and thinking of the French intellectual George Bataille. In this exhibition eleven artists question the concept of "Expense" and respond in particular to a text titled ‘The Accursed Share' which was published in 1949 by Georges Bataille.

The exhibition will feature Kendell Geers' 'Kaput Mortuum'.

The exhibition runs from 8 October 2016 until 26 Febru...

kendell geers in ‘football: at the limit of offside’ at musÉe d’aquitaine in, bordeaux, france

9 June 2016
Kendell Geers' installation ‘Dirty Balls', 2002-2006, is included in this group exhibition which marks the occasion of the Euro 2016 football tournament. Musée d'Aquitaine presents ‘Football: at the limit of offside' to explore the impact of the world's most popular sport. Now a global phenomenon, this exhibition will focus on the economic, social and cultural relevance of football. The exhibition will...

kendell geers in ‘punk. its traces in contemporary art’ at macba, barcelona, spain

13 May 2016
'PUNK. Its Traces in Contemporary Art' features over sixty artists and includes a grouping of indian ink on paper paintings by Kendell Geers. The exhibition traces a journey through the influence of punk in contemporary art and echoes the importance of its presence as an attitude and as a referent for many creators. It includes installations, documentary excerpts, multiples, photographs, videos and paintings, togethe...

kendell geers in ‘the possessed’ at friche la belle de mai in marseille, france

5 May 2016
'The Possessed' brings together more than sixty contemporary works borrowed from private collections in southern France. Dating from the 1960s to the present, the exhibition reveals the aesthetic similarities between the collections and highlights some of the singular conversations that each has with the artists. This unique exhibition, featuring work from Kendell Geers, offers visitors a special approach to the act of c...

kendell geers and thomas hirschhorn in ‘a history. contemporary art from the centre pompidou’ at haus der kunst, munich, germany

25 March 2016
'A History: Contemporary Art from the Centre Pompidou' provides an overview of contemporary art since the 1980s with 160 works by more than 100 artists, including Kendell Geers and Thomas Hirschhorn.

This presentation of the Centre Pompidou contemporary collections at Haus der Kunst focuses on the altered geography and social landscape of the 1980s, notably the former E...

touring group show ‘the importance of being’ with kendell geers opens at macba, buenos aires

4 July 2015
'The Importance of Being: A Panorama on Belgian Contemporary Art' tours to Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The exhibition which opened earlier in the year at Museo Nacional de Bells Artes in La Habana, Cuba has been curated by Sara Alonso Gómez to focus on 40 contemporary Belgian artists. Rather than focusing on strictly geographical features or criteria, the exhibition raises questi...

kendell geers and yinka shonibare MBE in ‘you love me, you love me not’ at almeida garrett municipal library, porto

3 May 2015
'You Love Me, You Love Me Not' at the Galeria Municipal Almeida Garrett in Portugal is devoted to works from the collection of the renowned Congolese-born art collector Sindika Dokolo. Comprising more than 100 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and videos by 50 artists from Africa and the diaspora, the exhibition attests to Dokolo's role as a promoter of contemporary art in Africa and...

kendell geers and yinka shonibare MBE in group exhibition at scad, georgia

16 October 2014
SCAD Museum of Art presents the US premiere of ‘The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists.' Curated by the internationally acclaimed Simon Njami, this monumental exhibition explores the thematic sequences of Dante Alighieri's epic poem through works by more than 40 contemporary artists from 19 African countries as well as the African diaspora.

For centuries, Dante's literary work...

kendell geers at house of st barnabas, london

6 October 2014
The House of St Barnabas in the heart of Soho, London announce a new selection of contemporary art works to go on show at the grade I listed house this Autumn. Launching with a special private event on Monday 6 October (invitation only), The Collective will bring together works by world-class contemporary artists, including Kendell Geers' rust on paper drawings titled 'Age of Iron' that are to go on display in the Silk Room.

The works are available for s...

marina abramovic versus kendell geers at central saint martins

12 September 2014
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present a conversation event with Marina Abramovic and Kendell Geers at Central Saint Martins, London. This conversation will be streamed live This conversation will be streamed live on both This Is Tomorrow magazine and on IMMATERIAL.

The event coincides with Kendell Geers' current exhibition 'Crossing the Line' at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and Marina Abramovic's upcoming show at Lisson ...

marina abramovic versus kendell geers

12 September 2014
Marina Abramovic Versus Kendell Geers broadcast live from Central Saint Martins 12 September 2014.

kendell geers in 'slow future' at centrum sztuki wspolczesnej, poland

27 June 2014
Kendell Geers is included in the group exhibition 'Slow Future' at Centrum Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej, Warsaw, Poland. Curated by Jota Castro, the theme of the exhibition is of degrowth; a social movement advocating that we should abandon the current model of compulsory economic growth and search for ways to improve the quality of life within the limits of capacity of natural environment. The promoters of degrowth, also known as de...

kendell geers in 'michelangelo and the 20th century’ at galleria civica di modena

20 June 2014
The Fonazione Casa Buonarroti of Florence and the Galleria Civica di Modena celebrate the 450th anniversary of the death of Michelangelo with the exhibition ‘Michelangelo e il Novecento' (Michelangelo and the 20th Century), an event dedicated to the fortunes of the figure and the works of the artist over the course of the last century, which will open its doors to the public in Florence on 18 June, and in Modena on 20 ...

kendell geers to give a series of lectures in the USA

18 February 2014
Kendell Geers will be in the USA to give a series of lectures in February 2014. The schedule is outlined below:

Tuesday 18 February: Lecture organized by the PennMFA program and Fine Arts Department & ICA. Philadelphia.
Thursday 20 February: Lecture organized by SAIC , Chicago.
Friday 21 February: Student interaction and interview as part of the 'Art and Artists"-series, SAIC, Chicago.
Saturday 22 February: Discussion with Kendell Geers & Rhoda Ro...

kendell geers in group show ‘the drawing room’ at magasin 3, stockholm

15 February 2014
Three drawings by gallery artist Kendell Geers included in an exhibition of works on paper titled The Drawing Room. It will feature artworks taken exclusively from the Magasin 3 collection and is curated by David Neuman.

Magasin 3 present some seventy drawings from its unique collection. Works on paper are often uncensored and seldom reworked-capturing the spontaneous and direct expression of the artist. The exhibition will...

kendell geers in group exhibition curated by kara walker at ica philadelphia

12 February 2014
Gallery artist Kendell Geers is included in Ruffneck Constructivists, a group exhibition curated by artist Kara Walker which brings together eleven international artists in order to define a contemporary manifesto of urban architecture and change. On view in ICA's First Floor Space from February 12 through August 17, 2014, the exhibition features sculpture, photography, and video. As Walker states, "Ruffneck Constructivis...

kendell geers in insert2014 cultural program in new delhi

31 January 2014
The Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation and HUB Foundation for Contemporary Art and Culture in New Delhi announce the launch of an exhibition and symposium to take place in early 2014 called INSERT2014. Designed to be a month-long exploration of Delhi as a landscape for creativity and transformation, INSERT2014 will examine the social, cultural and geopolitical role of the artist within the setting of an ever-changing city landscape and will featur...

kendell geers in group exhibition at la maison rouge, paris

20 June 2013
In June 2011, La maison rouge in Paris launched a series of exhibitions focusing on the art scenes of cities perceived to be "peripheral" on the map of the art world. The first city was Winnipeg. Now the exhibition series continues with the focus this time on Johannesburg, South Africa.

The idea is to depict a particular city through the works and perspective of the artists associated with it. After the mid career overview at Haus der Kunst i...

kendell geers in two-person exhibition at neon, greece

3 June 2013
NEON presents the exhibition Heart of Darkness, curated by Dimitris Paleocrassas at Peiraios 260, Building A. A dialogue between South African artist Kendell Geers and Maro Michalakakos of Greek origin.

Kendell Geers' installation Akropolis Now (2004) is constructed of barbed razor wire of the sort used in prisons or concentration camps and is inspired from various sources. The work's title is a direct reference to Francis Ford Coppola Apocalypse N...

kendell geers 1988-2012 at haus der kunst, munich, germany

1 February 2013
Haus der Kunst is pleased to announce the first comprehensive overview of Kendell Geers's work. Curated by Clive Kellner, the exhibition, which fills more than 900 square meters of space, examines the artistic practice of Kendell Geers, which spans a variety of media and genres including installation, sculpture, drawing, video, performance, and photography. Kendell Geers 1988-2012 traces the shift and the development of the artist's concept...

kendell geers in ‘sex, money, power' at the maison particuliÈre, brussels

17 January 2013
Gallery artist Kendell Geers has been invited by the Maison Particulière in Brussells to take part in a group exhibition entitled ‘Sex, Money, Power.' The exhibition encourages the participation of the selected artists to share the perspectives they offer as collectors, artists, and literary agents, in an attempt to broach, beyond the present moment, the universality and timelessness of representations of sex, money, and p...

kendell geers curates exhibition as part of 'newtopia' in mechelen, belgium

1 September 2012
Newtopia, curated by Katerina Gregos, builds on the long relationship between art and human rights and aims to explore the numerous aspects associated with the issue.
Newtopia will take place in various cultural institutions and the urban context of the historic Flemish city of Mechelen - a city whose roots go back to the humanistic tradition of Erasmus and Thomas Moore thus providing an apt context for the exhibition.


kendell geers in solo exhibition at chateau blandy les tours

30 June 2012

Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to announce that gallery artist Kendell Geers is holding a solo exhibition at the Chateau Blandy-les-Tours, France, entitled The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.  This exhibition echoes the title of the collected poems by William Blake. In addition, Geers explores the physical power and historical past of the Chateau, and how the experience of place and time has influenced his work.  

Kendell states "The long ...

kendell geers in 'mexico: expected / unexpected' at katzen arts centre, washington d.c.

9 June 2012
This exhibition of selected works from the Isabel and Agustín Coppel Collection attempts to explore Mexican contemporary art from a point of view that simultaneously underlines the intense dialogue with its canonical history and the international landscape to which it also belongs. No artist is isolated from the global dynamics that fuel the contemporary art of our time. The Isabel and Agustín Coppel Collection incl...

kendell geers at the biennale 'manifesta 9' in belgium

2 June 2012

Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to announce that gallery artist Kendell Geers will be taking part in the biennale, Manifesta 9, held in Genk, Limburg, Belgium.   Manifesta 9 will present an international selection of contemporary artists and the exhibition will consist of an impressive collection of historical works, displaying the rich mining heritage in a surprising and innovative way to both local and international audiences.

Curator Cuauhté...

kendell geers in 'the rainbow nation. contemporary sculpture from south africa' at museum beelden aan zee, the hague

30 May 2012
During the summer months, work by Kendell Geers and around thirty other South African artists will be on view in The Hague at Museum Beelden aan Zee, on the Lange Voorhout, in the Kloosterkerk, at the ANWB main office and in Raadhuis de Paauw in Wassenaar. 'The Rainbow Nation. Contemporary sculpture from South Africa' displays the colourfulness and variety of forms of contemporary art in...

kendell geers and thomas hirschhorn at dublin contemporary 2011

6 September 2011
Kendell Geers and Thomas Hirschhorn are exhibiting at Dublin Contemporary 2011 from September 6th until October 31st 2011. One of the most ambitious exhibitions ever staged in Ireland, Dublin Contemporary transforms the city into a vibrant gallery, showcasing the work of more than 114 Irish and international artists. Hirschhorn is exhibiting his large scale installation ‘The Green Coffin' and Geers is showing 'PrayPlayPreyPay' which h...

kendell geers at art 42 basel art unlimited

15 June 2011
Launched in 2000, Art Unlimited is Art Basel's pioneering exhibition platform for projects that transcend the classical art-show stand - including video projections, large-scale installations, massive sculptures and live performances. Selected by the Art Basel Committee, it has been curated since its inception by Geneva curator Simon Lamunière.

Kendell Geers' Hanging Piece (1993) alludes to acts of violence carried out by young people who suspended rocks fro...

kendell geers presents 'no government no cry' at ciap, belgium

23 April 2011
The point of departure for the exhibition ‘No government No cry' at CIAP in Hasselt from 23 April until 26 June 2011, is a manifesto written by artist Kendell Geers. Through poignant statements, he explores the often ignored link between political and natural revolutions, mourns the loss of our talent for revolution and the underlying causes, and gives us clues on how to re-member our inner alpha-bêtes to live a more true life.

The notion ...

kendell geers at the 29th sÃo paulo biennial

25 September 2010
Kendell Geers is participating in the 29th São Paulo Biennial, held in Brazil from 25 September - 12 December. Included is a new work 'Monument to the F Word'.

kendell geers, 'lady/ god/ gift' at sala verónicas in murcia, spain

8 July 2010
For the fourth phase of Cannibal Domino, the South-African artist Kendell Geers is creating an in situ production-action at Sala Verónicas in Murcia . In one single gesture, it will address and invoke the elements, remnants and spirits of the three preceding projects by Jimmie Durham, Cristina Lucas and The Bruce High Quality Foundation, while at once activating the double colonial representation of the "other": the good native who contributes to the process of acculturation by absorbing the prevailing culture, and the cannibal as an embodiment of the savage pagan to blame for all social and historical ills.