Gerard Byrne

Gerard Byrne, In Our Time, 2017, video, no specific duration

Gerard Byrne
A Young Woman Contemplating a Skull
Selenium toned Silver Gelatin photographic print
89 X 78.5 cm

Gerard  Byrne 
Kodak’s Wratten Filter System (1912-2012) 2014
c-print, framed
50.8 x 50.8 cm / 20 x 20 in

Gerard Byrne
A man and a woman make love
Television production
Variable loop of approximately 19 minutes

A man and a woman make love was originally commissioned by dOCUMENTA (13). A thing is a hole in a thing it is not was co-commissioned by Glasgow International Festival, The Renaissance Society and Lismore Castle Arts. Organised in collaboration with Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm.

Gerard Byrne
Case Study: Loch Ness (Some possibilities and problems), Pink Wave Hunter

Gerard Byrne
A Thing is a. Hole in a Thing it is Not 
multiscreen video

Gerard Byrne
A country road. A tree. Evening: Cruagh, on the road between Kilakee and Tibradden, Dublin Mountians.
C-print, mntd
87.9 x 100 cm / 34.6 x 39.4 in

Gerard Byrne
Images or shadows of divine things
Selenium-toned silver gelatin prints
24 x 30 cm (unframed)

Gerard Byrne
1984 and beyond
Three-channel video monitor, vinyl wall text and silver gelatin photographs.
Duration: approx. 60 min., dimensions variable.

Commissioned in 2005 by If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution

Gerard Byrne
Hommes à femmes (Michel Debrane) 
(Men to Women [Michel Debrane])
DVD still

Gerard Byrne
New Sexual Lifestyles
Three-channel video shown on monitors, nonlinear duration: seven photographs
Dimensions variable

Why it’s time for Imperial, again
Single-channel video installation
Video duration: 21 min

Gerard Byrne
'images or shadows of devine things', from Song of the Open Road
Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
April 1 to June 18, 2017
Presented in partnership with Capture Photography Festival. Photograph: SITE photography
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Gerard Byrne 
A late evening in the future
Kunstmuseum St.Gallen
6 June - 13 September 2015
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Gerard Byrne
A late evening in the future
Frac Carquefou
July 5 - September 21, 2014 
Gerard Byrne
A state of neutral pleasure.
Whitechapel Gallery
17 January – 8 March 2013
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Gerard Byrne
The Art of Memory
Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm
04 Sep — 24 Nov 2013

Gerard Byrne
A man and a woman make love
Television production
Variable loop of approximately 19 minutes

A man and a woman make love was originally commissioned by dOCUMENTA (13). A thing is a hole in a thing it is not was co-commissioned by Glasgow International Festival, The Renaissance Society and Lismore Castle Arts. Organised in collaboration with Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm.

Gerard Byrne
The Renaissance Society, Chicago
January 09 – February 27, 2011

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Gerard Byrne
Case Study: Loch Ness Case Study: Loch Ness(Some possibilities and problems), 2001 (Some possibilities and problems), 2001 (Some possibilities and problems), 2001-2011
MK Gallery
14 January - 3 April 2011

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Gerard Byrne
Irish Museum of Modern Art
27 July - 31 October 2011

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  • MUMA's latest video, Gerard Byrne: Jielemeguvvie guvvie sjisjnjeli (Film inside an Image)

  • Artist Gerard Byrne in conversation with Aidan Dunne, Journalist and Visual Arts Critic, The Irish Times. Filmed at the National Gallery of Ireland on 20 March 2014. Part of a special Anniversary Series organised by the NGI which featured a number of leading contemporary Irish artists discussing their work with a guest chair.


  • Part of Art Exhibited series on Pi TV we went to Whitechapel gallery to look at the Gerard Byrne: A state of neutral pleasure. We also interviewed assistant curator Emily Butler about the exhibition.

  • Artist Gerard Byrne talks about his exhibition 'Case Study: Loch Ness (Some possibilities and problems), 2001-2011' at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, from 14 January - 3 April 2011.

  • The Renaissance Society, Lismore Castle Arts, C. Waterford, Ireland, and the 2010 Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, in collaboration with Van Abbemuseum, co-commissioned Irish artist Gerard Byrne (b. 1969) to create this new multi-channel film installation titled A thing is a hole in a thing it is not. As this title--a quotation of Carl Andre's famous dictum--suggests, Byrne's attention here will be on the historical reception of Minimalism as a movement, a history that is resonant within the context of The Society's early engagement with that movement's artists.

  • Gerard Byrne Talks about his exhibition 'Images or shadows of divine things' at The Common Guild, Glasgow, June 2010.

b. 1969, Dublin, Ireland.
Gerard Byrne makes video, photography and performance art. His multi-media installations reenact historic events using professional actors and theatrical techniques, using twentieth-century literature and mass media as source material. Byrne’s dramatic renenactments have included a conversation led by André Breton published in La Révolution surréaliste in 1929 (A Man and a Woman Make Love), a 1964 radio conversation on Minimalism (A thing is a hole in a thing it is not, 2010) and a 1980 Chrysler ad featuring Frank Sinatra (Why It’s Time For Imperial, Again, 2002). In New Sexual Lifestyles (2003) and 1984 and beyond (2005-07), the transcripts of Playboy interviews from the ‘60s and ‘70s become scripts that are restaged with period costumes and settings. The critical importance of context is highlighted by these dramatisations, drawing our attention to shifts in societal attitudes.
Byrne’s work is also steeped in theatrical tradition. In one photographic series, he uses stage lighting to illuminate solitary trees on Irish roadsides, adhering to the sparse stage directions of Samuel Beckett’s 1953 Modernist play Waiting for Godot: “A country road. A tree. Evening.” Avoiding the typical ‘black box’ set-up of video art, Byrne’s approach to installation has also been likened to theatre, preferring complex arrangements of screens with videos of different durations. This layered, fragmented approach – never quite repeating the same ‘loop’ – is more akin to the ephemerality of performance than the linear narrative of film.
Gerard Byrne was born in 1969 in Dublin, Ireland, where he lives and works. In 2017, a new video piece by Byrne will be included in the major recurring exhibition Skulptur Projekte Münster (10 June – 1 October 2017). Current solo exhibitions include Jielemeguvvie guvvie sjisjnjeli – Film Inside an Image, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (8 April – 3 September 2017). Past solo exhibitions include A Late Evening in the Future, ACCA, Melbourne; Mead Galery, Warwick Arts Centre, UK (2016); GrazMuseum, Austria (2015); Kunstmuseum St Gallen, Switzerland (2015); Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland; The Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013); Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon (2012); IMMA, Dublin (2011); Milton Keynes Gallery (2011); The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2011); Lismore Castle Arts, Ireland (2010); The Common Guild, Glasgow (2010); ICA Boston (2008); Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (2008); Dusseldorf Kunstverein (2007); Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (2007); MUMOK, Vienna (2006); BAK, Utrecht (2004); Frankfurter Kunstverein (2003). In 2007 Byrne represented Ireland at the 52nd Venice Biennale. He has also participated in dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, 2012; Performa, New York (2011); the 54th Venice Biennale (2011); Auckland Biennial (2010); Gwangju Biennial (2008); Sydney Biennial (2008); Lyon Biennial (2007); Tate Triennial (2006); and the Istanbul Biennale (2003).
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Gerard Byrne in Skulptur Projekte Münster

10 June – 1 October 2017

Gerard Byrne will unveil a new video piece In Our Time [In unserer Zeit] at the prestigious exhibition Skulptur Projekte Münster.

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Gerard Byrne, Film Inside an Image

Moderna Museet, Stockholm

8 April – 3 September 2017

Solo exhibition curated by Magnus af Petersens.

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Gerard Byrne in Song of the Open Road

CAG Vancouver

1 April – 18 June 2017

Artists: Vikky Alexander, Robert Arndt, Gerard Byrne, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn, Kelly Jazvac, Kelly Lycan, Niamh O’Malley, Dawit L. Petros, Greg Staats, Lisa Tan.

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We are the Center for Curatorial Studies

CCS Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

15 October – 16 December 2016

Curated by Paul O’Neill. Exhibiting artists: Can Altay, Martin Beck, David Blamey, Gerard Byrne, Nina Canell, Jasmina Cibic, Céline Condorelli, Sara Cwynar, Marjolijn Dijkman, Mary Heilmann, James Hoff, Vlatka Horvat, Matt Keegan, Chris Kraus, Gareth Long, Ronan McCrea, William McKeown, Ulrike Müller, Museum of American Art Berlin, Brian O’Doherty, Harold Offeh, Eduardo Padilha, Sarah Pierce, Falke Pisano, Elizabeth Price, Richard Venlet, Anton Vidokle, Lawrence Weiner, Grace Weir, Arseny Zhilyaev, and others.

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Gerard Byrne, A late evening in the future

ACCA, Melbourne

8 October – 27 November 2016

Museum solo exhibition.

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Gerard Byrne in Life inside an Image

Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA)

1 October – 10 December 2016

A newly commissioned video piece by Gerard Byrne, Jielemeguvvie guvvie sjisjneli (Film inside an Image), forms the centrepiece of this exhibition at MUMA.

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Gerard Byrne, Bright Sign

steirischer herbst, GrazMuseum, Graz, Austria

27 September 2015 – 11 January 2016

Solo exhibition

Gerard Byrne's exhibition Bright Sign will take place at the GrazMuseum in Graz as part of the Steirischer Herbst festival. Curated by Tessa Giblin.

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Gerard Byrne, The Persistence of Objects

Lismore Castle Arts, Ireland

20 June – 31 August 2015

Group exhibition

Marking its tenth year of visual arts exhibitions, Lismore Castle Arts is delighted to present its most ambitious project to date, The Persistence of Objects. Curated by The Common Guild this exhibition will be staged in existing gallery spaces, as well as a number of other locations around Lismore.

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Gerard Byrne, A Late Evening in the Future

Kunstmuseum St Gallen, Switzerland

6 June – 13 September 2015

Solo exhibition

A comprehensive exhibition, A Late Evening in the Future points to the various temporal levels that meet in Byrne’s large-scale works at Kunstmuseum St Gallen.

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Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks: New Sexual Lifestyles, by Gerard Byrne

23 July 2016

The Irish Times

"The artist’s re-creation of a 1970s Playboy panel discussion about sex raises questions about popular culture and mass media then and now"—Gavin Murphy

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A Q&A With Gerard Byrne, artist filmmaker

15 February 2016

Irish artist Gerard Byrne is known for film installations that deal with the presentation, manipulation and perception of narratives. For his show at Warwick Arts Centre he's premiering a new work filmed with one unbroken panning shot in Stockholm’s Biologiska Museet. He talks to Anneka French about location, light and methods of display.

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Interview with Gerard Byrne

February 2016

The White Review

I FIRST ENCOUNTERED GERARD BYRNE’S EERILY DISLOCATED FILMS AT TATE BRITAIN, where 1984 AND BEYOND (2005–7) was shown on loop for the best part of a year. In the piece, Byrne employs actors as mouthpieces for a panel discussion about the future, first printed in PLAYBOY in 1963. Danish actors in woollen vests and bow ties drift around a modernist villa in the Netherlands, ventriloquising the conversation as printed in the magazine. The atmosphere is uneasy, as if time and authorship have slipped their moorings... – Izabella Scott

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April 2013

Whitechapel Gallery & Lisson Gallery, London, UK

Byrne’s linguistic system is one in which every noun is a modifier. -Martin Herbert

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Gerard Byrne: A state of neutral pleasure – review

Sunday 20 January 2013 06.00 GMT

The Guardian

Gerard Byrne is an Irish artist in his early 40s whose name has been on people's lips of late.  -Laura Cumming 

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Gerard Byrne at MK Gallery

25 January 2011

Aesthetica Magazine

Gerard Byrne grew up in Dublin in the 1970s. It was a time and place where socio-political realities were filtered through the hazy gauze of influence installed by the Roman Catholic doctrine. The chasm between historical facts and fictions, and their distance in time and space from the present, informs Byrne’s artistic repertoire. -Nicola Mann

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Gerard Byrne’s “Present Continuous Past”

February 18, 2013

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To adequately reflect on the present moment requires a certain distance, some way of pulling out of the perpetual now of contemporary time and into another. This phenomenon can be evidenced in the compression of time that occurs when attempting to recall the near past; years turn into events and decades into fashions. -Gil Leung

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Lismore Castle

OCT. 07, 2010

Art in America

Byrne’s installa­tion operates in a deconstructive mode, prompting the reflection that the meanings and effects of Minimalist objects were never produced and sustained by direct perceptual encounter alone.    -Ed Krcma

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