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Installation of "Part File Score," Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, 2014

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Installation of "The Missing String," K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, 2013-2014 

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Installation of "Study for Strings," at Soundings, MoMA, NY, 2013

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Installation of "Study for Strings" at Documenta 13, Kassel Hauptbahnhof, 2012

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Installation of "Study for Strings" at Documenta 13, Kassel Hauptbahnhof, 2012

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Installation of "You Are Not Alone," at Haus des Rundfunks, Berlin, 2011. Photo Nick Ash

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Installation of "If I with you would go" at Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, 2011

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Installation of "You are not alone," at the Radcliffe Observatory, Modern Art Oxford, UK, 2010

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Installation of "The Silver Swan," at Tokenhouse Yard, as part of Susan Philipsz: Surround Me, a project with Artangel, London, 2010.  Photo Julian Abrams

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Installation of "Oh My Love," at Mark Lane, as part of Susan Philipsz: Surround Me, a project with Artangel, London, 2010. Photo Rebecca Garland

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Installation of "Flow My Tears," at the London Bridge, as part of Susan Philipsz: Surround Me, a project with Artangel, London, 2010.  Photo: Rebecca Garland.

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Installation of "When Day Closes," at Helsinki Central Railway Station, Helsinki, 2010. Photo Taavetti Alin

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Installation of "By My Side," on Governor's Island as part of Plot 09: This World and Nearer Ones, organized by Creative Time, 2009

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Installation of "Pathetic Fallacy," at the Folkestone Triennale, Folkestone, UK, 2008. Photo Martin Wills

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Installation of "One and the Same" at the 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 2008

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Installation of "The Lost Reflection," under the Torminbrücke at Lake Aa as part of Skulptur Projekte Münster, Muenster, Germany, 2007

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Installation of "Long Gone," as part of Unknown Pleasures, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, 2008

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Installation of "Follow Me," at the Berlin Biennial, 2006

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Installation of "Stay With Me," at the Turin Triennale, church of Santa Crux, Rivoli, Italy, 2005

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Installation of "Stay With Me," at the Malmo Konsthall, Sweden, 2005

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Installation of "Sunset Song," at The Echo Show, Tramway, Glasgow, 2003   

 

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Installation of "Sunset Song," at Artpace, San Antonio, TX, 2003

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Installation of "The Internationale," 1999, as part of the Sydney Biennial, 2008

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Installation of "Company," at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2001

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Installation of "Susan, Barbara, Joan and Sarah: A Song Apart" at the Melbourne Biennial, 1999

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Installation of "Filter," at the Laganside Bus Centre, Belfast, 1998

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Installation of "Part File Score," Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, 2014

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Installation of "The Missing String," K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, 2013-2014 

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Installation of "Study for Strings," at Soundings, MoMA, NY, 2013

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Installation of "Study for Strings" at Documenta 13, Kassel Hauptbahnhof, 2012

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Installation of "Study for Strings" at Documenta 13, Kassel Hauptbahnhof, 2012

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Installation of "You Are Not Alone," at Haus des Rundfunks, Berlin, 2011. Photo Nick Ash

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Installation of "If I with you would go" at Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, 2011

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Installation of "You are not alone," at the Radcliffe Observatory, Modern Art Oxford, UK, 2010

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Installation of "The Silver Swan," at Tokenhouse Yard, as part of Susan Philipsz: Surround Me, a project with Artangel, London, 2010.  Photo Julian Abrams

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Installation of "Oh My Love," at Mark Lane, as part of Susan Philipsz: Surround Me, a project with Artangel, London, 2010. Photo Rebecca Garland

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Installation of "Flow My Tears," at the London Bridge, as part of Susan Philipsz: Surround Me, a project with Artangel, London, 2010.  Photo: Rebecca Garland.

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Installation of "When Day Closes," at Helsinki Central Railway Station, Helsinki, 2010. Photo Taavetti Alin

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Installation of "By My Side," on Governor's Island as part of Plot 09: This World and Nearer Ones, organized by Creative Time, 2009

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Installation of "Pathetic Fallacy," at the Folkestone Triennale, Folkestone, UK, 2008. Photo Martin Wills

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Installation of "One and the Same" at the 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 2008

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Installation of "The Lost Reflection," under the Torminbrücke at Lake Aa as part of Skulptur Projekte Münster, Muenster, Germany, 2007

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Installation of "Long Gone," as part of Unknown Pleasures, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, 2008

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Installation of "Follow Me," at the Berlin Biennial, 2006

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Installation of "Stay With Me," at the Turin Triennale, church of Santa Crux, Rivoli, Italy, 2005

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Installation of "Stay With Me," at the Malmo Konsthall, Sweden, 2005

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Installation of "Sunset Song," at The Echo Show, Tramway, Glasgow, 2003   

 

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Installation of "Sunset Song," at Artpace, San Antonio, TX, 2003

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Installation of "The Internationale," 1999, as part of the Sydney Biennial, 2008

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Installation of "Company," at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2001

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Installation of "Susan, Barbara, Joan and Sarah: A Song Apart" at the Melbourne Biennial, 1999

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Installation of "Filter," at the Laganside Bus Centre, Belfast, 1998

Biography

Over the past two decades, Susan Philipsz has explored the psychological and sculptural potential of sound. Using recordings, predominantly of her own voice, the artist creates immersive environments of architecture and song that heighten the visitor’s engagement with their surroundings while inspiring thoughtful introspection. The music Philipsz selects – which has ranged from sixteenth century ballads and Irish folk tunes to David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust – responds specifically to the space in which the work is installed. While each piece is unique, the storylines and references are often recognizable, exploring familiar themes of loss, longing, hope, and return. These universal narratives trigger personal reactions while also temporarily bridging the gaps between the individual and the collective, as well as interior and exterior spaces.


Born in 1965 in Glasgow, Philipsz currently lives and works in Berlin. She received a BFA in Sculpture from Duncan of Jordanstone College in Dundee, Scotland in 1993, and an MFA from the University of Ulster in Belfast in 1994. In 2000, she completed a fellowship at MoMA PS1 in New York. Recipient of the 2010 Turner Prize, the artist was also shortlisted for Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award that same year.

 

Since the mid-1990s, Philipsz’s sound installations have been exhibited at many prestigious institutions and public venues around the world. In 2012, she debuted a major work at dOCUMENTA 13 entitled Study for Strings, which was later featured at the Museum of Modern Art as part of the group exhibition, Soundings: A Contemporary Score (2013). In the spring of 2014, Philipsz opened a permanent installation on Governors Island in New York titled Day is Done.  Philipsz has also presented solo exhibitions at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin (2014), the

Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh (2013), K21 Standehaus Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Dusseldorf, Germany (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (2011), Aspen Art Museum in Colorado (2010-11), Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State in Columbus, OH (2009-10), Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany (2009), Institute of Contemporary Art in London (2008), among others. She also conceived installations for the 2007 Skulptur Projekte in Muenster, Germany and for the Carnegie Museum of Art’s 55th Carnegie International in 2008.


The artist’s major commissions include Lowlands, her Turner Prize-winning work for Glasgow International in 2010, SURROUND ME: A Song Cycle for the City of London, a public project organized by Artangel in London (2010-11), and Day is Done, a permanent installation organized by the Trust for Governors Island that will open on Governors Island in New York in the spring of 2014.


Philipsz’s work can be found in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, The Tate in London, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Baltimore Museum of Art, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, Carnegie Museum of Art, Castello di Rivoli in Italy, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. 

Exhibitions
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Work From the 1990s
12 June - 1 August 2014
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Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
1 February - 4 March 2014
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K21, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
9 November 2013 - 6 April 2014
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Governor's Island, New York
Permanent Installation
Publications