Simon Lee


Erin Shirreff

Online Viewing Room
Online,  12 May - 19 June 2021
Hong Kong

Paulina Olowska: 30 Minutes Before Midnight

Hong Kong,  19 May - 19 June 2021

Keiji Uematsu

Online Exhibition
Online,  14 June - 27 July 2021

Claudio Parmiggiani

London,  16 June - 6 August 2021
Image: In the Castle Of My Skin

In the Castle Of My Skin

Sonia Boyce
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, UK
11 June - 10 October 2021

This summer MIMA celebrate one of Britain’s foremost artists, Sonia Boyce, through a sensory exhibition made through play and improvisation. A large sculpture by Boyce, based on the shape of Fool’s Gold, threads through the exhibition, interacting with artworks by 12 contemporary artists and selected pieces from MIMA’s Middlesbrough Collection.

Image: Simon Lee and Andrew Renton on the work of Werner Büttner

Simon Lee and Andrew Renton on the work of Werner Büttner

Werner Büttner
Tuesday 8 June, 4pm BST / 11am EDT

Please join us for an exclusive conversation between Simon Lee and Andrew Renton on the work of Werner Büttner and view a selection of paintings by the artist on Tuesday 8th June at 4pm BST / 11am EDT on

Image: Announcing representation of Mika Tajima

Announcing representation of Mika Tajima

Mika Tajima

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to announce its representation of New York-based conceptual artist Mika Tajima further to her recent exhibition in the London gallery.

Image: La Verità by Michelangelo Pistoletto. From the Mirror to the Third Paradise .

La Verità by Michelangelo Pistoletto. From the Mirror to the Third Paradise .

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Museo Comunale d'Arte Moderna, Switzerland
30 May - 26 September 2021

The anthological exhibition at the Municipal Museum of Modern Art presents over 40 works, including paintings, mirror paintings , installations and rare archive images, from 1958 to 2021 . This is the artist 's most comprehensive solo exhibition ever made in Switzerland , with the significant title La Verità by Michelangelo Pistoletto. From the Mirror to the Third Paradise .

Image: Announcing representation of Sonia Boyce

Announcing representation of Sonia Boyce

Sonia Boyce

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to announce its representation of British Afro-Caribbean artist Sonia Boyce OBE RA. Boyce has been commissioned by the British Council to represent Britain with a major new exhibition at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2022. Simon Lee Gallery’s inaugural exhibition with the artist will take place in London in Autumn 2022. Boyce is also represented by Apalazzogallery, Brescia, Italy.

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London Gallery Weekend

Simon Lee Gallery, London
4 - 6 June 2021

Simon Lee Gallery is delighted to be participating in the inaugural edition of London Gallery Weekend, a collaboration between galleries across the city, held over the weekend of 4 - 6 June 2021. Alongside Werner Büttner’s ongoing exhibition No Scene from My Studio, the gallery presents Oh Adelaide, 2010, a video work by Sonia Boyce and sound artist Ain Bailey, which incorporates found film footage of the late jazz singer and entertainer, Adelaide Hall.

The gallery will be open for London Gallery Weekend as follows:
Friday: 9:30am - 8pm | Saturday: 10am - 6pm | Sunday: 11am - 5pm

Image: Moriyama – Tomatsu: Tokyo

Moriyama – Tomatsu: Tokyo

Daido Moriyama
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
19 May - 24 October 2021

The MEP is pleased to present a major exhibition bringing together two great masters of post-war Japanese photography.

The Moriyama - Tomatsu: Tokyo exhibition was conceived by artists Daido Moriyama and Shomei Tomatsu - before the latter's death in 2012 - as a way to celebrate their city around a first artistic collaboration.

Image: France-Lise McGurn: Aloud

France-Lise McGurn: Aloud

France-Lise McGurn
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Scotland
11 June 2021 - 1 June 2022

France-Lise McGurn’s newly commissioned installation draws on her personal experiences of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum; the hours she spent there as a child and then later as an adult, inhabiting but also observing. In particular, Albert Moore’s well-loved painting, Reading Aloud (1884), has provided a point of departure for McGurn: especially the very specific positioning and postures of the models, its textures and ambiguous lack of urgency or context.

Image: Heimo Zobernig

Heimo Zobernig

Heimo Zobernig
mumok - Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria
19 June - 17 October 2021

Painting, along with sculpture, film, performance, and design, is a central component of the intermedia art of Heimo Zobernig. Since the beginning of his artistic practice in the early 1980s, the artist has built up a comprehensive painterly oeuvre, always based on his attempt to explore color like a “scientist.” Thus, in Zobernig’s work, painting has become a machine for the creation of insight. Characteristics of the artist’s method in this context are strategies of simplification, standardization, and systematization using predefined rules and the artistic appropriation of industrial norms and widespread samples (such as TV test patterns).



Donna Huanca
Ballroom Marfa, Texas, United States
26 June 2021 – 2 January 2022

Donna Huanca presents a series of new work commissioned by Ballroom Marfa in her exhibition ESPEJO QUEMADA. Huanca creates experiential installations that incorporate paintings, sculptures, video, scent and sound. The profound experiences and memories of Huanca’s first visit to Marfa in 2005 inspired the work in the exhibition. The artworks draw on visual, cultural, and mythological cues informed by feminism, decolonialism and the artist’s personal and familial histories, while simultaneously engaging with the biodiversity, geology, and dark skies of Far West Texas. The sky was particularly striking for Huanca–animated with cosmic and extraterrestrial forces while also revealing the natural rhythms of the sun and moon.

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Stop Painting

Merlin Carpenter, Michelangelo Pistoletto & Jim Shaw
Fondazione Prada, Venice, Italy
22 May – 21 November 2021

“Stop Painting” is an exhibition conceived by artist Peter Fischli on view at the historic palazzo of Ca’ Corner della Regina, Fondazione Prada’s Venetian venue, from 22 May to 21 November 2021. The press preview will take place on Wednesday 19 May.

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Tree Teacher Tree

Rachel Howard
51°47'38.2"N 2°12'41.5"W
14 May – 17 September 2021

Tree Teacher Tree resides along a public footpath in a secluded hollow, a stream runs close by, the works nestle on the dell floor or amongst the trees, such as Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press’s Rear View Mirror 2020, a reference to what kind of review nature might give mankind. Banner has also placed a flagstone with its own ISBN, it is an official publication in and of itself. Flagstones are usually associated with the city to keep the earth and roots below and things smooth, even and mudless on top, here the woodland floor can grow and envelope the hand engraved stone. Is it a tomb or a tome, or a story about concrete or footsteps or roots or routes taken?

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Drawing Biennial 2021

Rachel Howard, Donna Huddleston, France-Lise McGurn, João Penalva
Drawing Room, London, UK
21 May – 5 July 2021

Featuring new and recent works on paper by leading international artists, the Biennial showcases every imaginable technique and represents artists from a range of generations, backgrounds, and heritages.

Image: Center the female gaze with Paulina Olowska

Center the female gaze with Paulina Olowska

Paulina Olowska
Monday, 10 May, 11 am EST

In their SCAD MOA exhibition Mainly for Women, artists Paulina Olowska, Karolina Jabłońska, and Natalia Załuska offer a dynamic range of female perspectives, creating an alchemical exchange of artistic approaches that reflects a complex and multifaceted vision of femininity. The collective presentation takes on an almost mythic, séance-like quality, with many of the featured works drawing from imagery related to pagan mythologies.

Image: Announcing representation of the Georg Karl Pfahler Estate

Announcing representation of the Georg Karl Pfahler Estate

Georg Karl Pfahler

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to announce its representation of the Georg Karl Pfahler Estate. The gallery will present its first exhibition of Pfahler’s work in London in Spring 2022. Simon Lee Gallery, London and Hong Kong will be representing Pfahler alongside Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, Galerie Friese, Berlin and QG Gallery, Brussels.

Image: Neon installation at the entrance of Istituto Svizzero

Neon installation at the entrance of Istituto Svizzero

Mai-Thu Perret
Istituto Svizzero, Milan, Italy
5 May 2021 – 31 July 2022

Istituto Svizzero presents a new semi-permanent work at the entrance of Villa Maraini. The work consists of a newly commissioned neon installation by Swiss artist Mai-Thu Perret (b. 1976, Geneva). The piece lights the building and is visible for passersby on Via Ludovisi.

Untitled (2021) consists of nine hands, made of yellow glowing neon tubes. It almost seems as if they want to climb the brick wall in the entrance area of Villa Maraini, or perhaps climb out. Franz Kafka’s aphorism “A cage went in search of a bird”, noted in 1917, is important for Mai-Thu Perret in the development of the neon work. Thus, the question of the balance between cage and bird, the contradiction between freedom and protective loss of freedom. Mai-Thu Perret’s artistic practice is based on profound research and draws on references from cultural history, literary texts, feminist narratives, avant-garde aesthetics, and craft traditions. The neon work Untitled follows on from research on the hand, on hands, which Mai-Thu Perret has been pursuing for some time now. 

Image: Announcing representation of Argentinian artist Valentina Liernur

Announcing representation of Argentinian artist Valentina Liernur

Valentina Liernur

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to announce its representation of Argentinian artist Valentina Liernur.

Liernur’s practice is rooted in an ongoing exploration of the ways in which material can be rendered in the pursuit of painting. Often working in groups of work defined by a single medium, Liernur considers the physical qualities and mark-making capacity of oil paint on canvas in the same way she engages with less conventional materials such as denim and gabardine in other series. Shifting between abstraction and figuration, and often encouraging tensions and slippages to emerge between these modes of painting, Liernur seeks to manipulate and enhance the materiality of her chosen medium, embedding each work with a distinct, visceral quality.

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The Musical Brain

Mai-Thu Perret
The High Line, New York, NY
April 2021 – March 2022

The Musical Brain is a group exhibition that reflects on the power music has to bring us together. The exhibition is named after a short story by the Argentine contemporary writer César Aira, and explores the ways that artists use music as a tool to inhabit and understand the world.

Image: Talk astrology and aesthetics with international practitioners on SCAD's 'Guests and Gusto'

Talk astrology and aesthetics with international practitioners on SCAD's 'Guests and Gusto'

Paulina Olowska
Register to tune in
Thursday, 29 April, 11 am EST

Join traditional astrologer Miloš Mušicki, occult scholar Micki Pellerano, interdisciplinary artist Delia Gonzalez, and SCAD Museum of Art curator DJ Hellerman for a conversation spanning astrology and aesthetics, on the occasion of the Paulina Olowska exhibition Mainly For Women

Image: Eric N. Mack is awarded the 2021-2022 Rome Prize

Eric N. Mack is awarded the 2021-2022 Rome Prize

Erin N. Mack

Congratulations to Eric N. Mack on being awarded the 2021-2022 Rome Prize! 

This year, the gift of “time and space to think and work” was awarded to thirty-five American and five Italian artists and scholars.  Award recipients will be headed to the Eternal City this  September to begin their fellowship. 

Image: You’ll find your peace with me

You’ll find your peace with me

João Penalva
Mudam Luxembourg & Online
10.6.21 and 11.6.21, 15h to 18h

Provisional artist list: João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, Sven Johne, Mark Lewis,
Melvin Moti, João Penalva, Philippe Parreno, Raphaël Zarka

Curated by Lauren Wetmore, Curatorial Reasearch Fellow

Screenings: 10.6.21 and 11.6.21, 15h to 18h
Online: 12.6.21 to 19.9.21

Image: Ways of Touching the Invisible - Intuition

Ways of Touching the Invisible - Intuition

Keiji Uematsu
Ashiya City Museum of Art and History, Japan
On view through 9 May 2021

Uematsu’s multidisciplinary practice strives to illuminate the invisible relationships between objects and the spaces they inhabit. For more than five decades the artist has carried out the terms of a rigorous manifesto that spotlights the de-familiarization of space and draws his viewers’ attention to the interplay of such natural forces as gravity, tension and material attraction through media including photography, drawing and sculptural installation.

Image: Carnivalesca – What Painting Might Be

Carnivalesca – What Painting Might Be

Donna Huanca
Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
6 March – 2 May 2021

Huanca’s two-dimensional painting practice is fundamentally linked to the performative elements of her oeuvre. Photographs of her performers’ decorated bodies are blown up and transposed to canvas, where they are re-worked with paint. Gesture is enlarged and amplified; the soundlessness of her performances reverberates across her abstract compositions. Featuring new work by Donna Huanca, the group exhibition Carnivalesca at the Kunstverein in Hamburg explores the meaning of carnival and how it has shaped contemporary painting.

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Emma Kunz Cosmos - A Visionary in Dialogue with Contemporary Art

Mai-Thu Perret
Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland
2 March – 24 May 2021

Living a secluded life far removed from the art scene, Emma Kunz (1892 – 1963) exemplified an expanded concept of art, rejecting the idea of art versus non-art and instead opened it up to a wide range of aspects - research, medicine, natural history and the supernatural, the magical, the visionary. Kunz based her drawings on questions that she drew on graph paper with the use of a pendulum. The exhibition includes around sixty of these drawings, many of which are being shown for the first time. 14 contemporary artists were invited to respond to drawings by Kunz. The work of Mai-Thu Perret plays a key role here, as she takes a drawing represented in the collection as an occasion for formal reduction, abstraction and transformation into the medium of light.