Ian Hamilton Finlay

Biography

1925

Born in Nassau, Bahamas

1950


Moved to Edinburgh

1985

Short listed for the Turner Prize, Tate Gallery, London

1987


Awarded Honorary Doctorate by the University of Aberdeen



1993


Awarded Honorary Doctorate from the Herio-Watt University, Glasgow



1999


Awarded honorary professorship from the University of Dundee



2003


Awarded CBE in New Year's Honors


Awarded Scottish Horticultural Medal by the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society
Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Award

2006

Died on March 27th in Lanark, Scotland

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016

"Ian Hamilton Finlay: Neoclassicism and Revolution", Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, England

Ian Hamilton Finlay, "Et in Arcadia ego", Kewenig, Berlin

"Ian Hamilton Finlay", Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries, UK

"Poet and Publisher", Weserburg, Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen

2015


"Three Sailboats
", Kunsthalle Göppingen


"Ian Hamilton Finlay | 1789 1794
", Victoria Miro Gallery, London


"Ian Hamilton Finlay. Evening
", Galerie Stampa, Basel

2014


"Terra Mare", Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut 


"Ian Hamilton Finlay: Arcadian Revolutionary and Avant-Gardener", DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, USA

2013


"Ian Hamilton Finlay: Ring of Waves", David Nolan Galley, New York


"Artist Rooms: Ian Hamilton Finlay", Nature Over Again After Poussin 1979-1980, The Park Gallery, Falkirk


"Ian Hamilton Finlay: Printed Works", Hiram Butler Gallery, USA

"Ian Hamilton Finlay", Tate Britain, London



"Ian Hamilton Finlay: Poet, Artist, Revolutionary", Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

2012


"Ian Hamilton Finlay - Twilight Remembers", Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh



"Ian Hamilton Finlay", Duveen galleries of Tate Britain, London

2011


"Definitions", Victoria Miro Gallery, London

"Ian Hamilton Finlay - Mean Terms", 
Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia

2009


"Camouflage", David Nolan Gallery, New York



2008


"(Neo)Classicism – A Noble Arrow", Nolan Judin Berlin
Druckgrafik, Kusthalle Bremen



2007


"The Sonnet is a Sewing-Machine for the Monostich", Victoria Miro Gallery, London


2006

"Ian Hamilton Finlay", Galerie Stampa, Basel

"Ian Hamilton Finlay - The Graphic Work", Kewenig Galerie, Cologne

2005

"Revolution. Virtue. Eloquence. Transparency. ", Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney

"Sentences", Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

"L'idylle de Cerises", Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

"Of Conceits and Collaborators", National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

"The Philosophers Garden", Scottish National Portrait Gallery,

Edinburgh

2004

"Souvenirs", Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg

"Ian Hamilton Finlay Prints, 1963-2004", Pine Weber Gallery, New York

"Vessels", Arts Club of Chicago

"Art of the Garden", Tate Britain, London

"Works on Paper 1968-2000", UBS Gallery, New York

2003

"Idylls and Interventions", Victoria Miró Gallery, London

"Souvenirs", Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK

"Maritime Works", Nolan/ Eckman Gallery, London

2002

"Maritime Works", Tate St. Ives, UK

"Ian Hamilton Finlay", Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

2001

"Souvenirs – Postcards by Ian Hamilton Finlay", The Scottish National Gallery of Art, Edinburgh

"Ian Hamilton Finlay", Galerie Stampa, Basel

2000

"Garden Works", Nolan/ Eckman Gallery, New York

"Nature over again after Poussin", McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario

1999

Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1997 - 1998

"Modern Antiquities", Landesmuseum, Mainz; Stadsgalerij, Heerlen

1997

Galerie Stadtpark, Krems

Galerie Stampa, ART 28’97, Basel

"Das Schreckliche hinter dem Schönen - Prints/Grafiken 1963-1997", Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund

"Wild Hawthorn Press", Academie Beelende Kunsten, Maastricht

1995

"Works - Pure and Political", Deichtorhallen, Hamburg

"Stones & Leaves", The Houghton Library, Harvard University, Boston

1993

"Wildwichsende Blumen", Lenbachhaus, Munich

"CAYC", Buenos Aires

1992

"Instruments of Revolution and other works", The Mall, ICA, London

Städt. Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich

1991 - 1992

Philadelphia Museum of Art/Johnson Special Exhibition

1991

Lillehammer Art Museum, Lillehammer

"Gulfs And Wars", Kunstverein Friedrichshafen, Friedrichshafen

Kunstverein Frankfurt, Frankfurt a.M.

Galerie Stadtpark, Krems

Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

"Pastorales", Overbeck-Gesellschaft, Lübeck

Tate Gallery, Liverpool

1990

Galerie Schedle & Arpagaus, Zurich

Kunsthalle Basel, Basel

ACTA-Galleria, Milan

Christine Burgin Gallery, New York

"New Works", Galerie Jule Kewenig, Frechen-Bachem

Victoria Miró Gallery, London

"The Ocean and the Revolution", Galerie Burnett Miller, Los Angeles

"A War Time Garden", Galerie Graeme Murray, Edinburgh

Galerie Stampa, Basel

"Ian Hamilton Finlay and the Wild Hawthorn Press 1958-1990", Frith Street Gallery, London

"Holzwege", Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen

"Uncover... Discover", New Art For Glasgow, TSWA , Glasgow

1989

Galerie Wernicke, Stuttgart

Städtische Galerie am Markt, Schwäbisch-Hall

Kellie Lodging Gallery, Pittenween, Scotland

"Paperworks", Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna

"1789-1794", Kunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg

"Works", Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle

1988

Musée d'Art Contemporain, Dunkerque

"An Exhibition on Two Themes", Galerie Jule Kewenig, Frechen-Bachem

Victoria Miró Gallery, London

Royal Institute of British Architects, London

"Proposals", Museum of Contemporary Art, Dunkirk

1987

Musée d`Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France

"Midway", Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

"Pastorales", Galerie Claire Burrus, Paris

Fondation Cartier pour l'art Contemporain, Jouy-en-Josas

Victoria Miró Gallery, London

The Stuart Collection University of California, San Diego, USA

1986

Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen

"Installationen", Schweizer Garten, Vienna

Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

"Marat Assassiné & other works", Victoria Miró Gallery, London

1985

Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool

L'APAC, Nevers

Eric Fabre Gallery, Paris

1984

"Talimans and Signifiers", Graeme Murray Gallery, Edinburgh

"Liberty, Terror and Virtue", City Art Gallery, Southampton

1981

"Unnatural Pebbles", Graeme Murray Gallery, Edinburgh

1980

"Nature over again after Poussin", Collins Exhibition Hall, University of Strathclyde

Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterloo

Graeme Murray Gallery, Edinburgh

1979

"Installation", British Embassy, Bonn

1977

Graeme Murray Gallery, Edinburgh

Kettles Yard Gallery, Cambridge

Serpentine Gallery, London

1976

Coracle Press, London

"Homage to Watteau", Graeme Murray Gallery, Edinburgh

Southampton CityArt Gallery

1975

Max Planck Institut, Stuttgart

1974

National Maritime Museum, London

1972

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

1971

Winchester College of Art

1970

Ceolfrith Bookshop, Sunderland

1969

Pittencrief House, Dunfermline, Edinburgh

Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh

1968

Axiom Gallery, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016

"The Present Order", Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst (GfZK), Leipzig

"Beyond Lawn and Order", Gallery joségarcía, mx, Mexico City


"Frequent Long Walks
", Hannah Barry Gallery, London


"Concerning Concrete Poetry
", Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe

30th Anniversary Exhibition, Inverleith House, Edinburgh

2014

Folkestone Triennial, Kent

2013-2014

"The Dark Would", Summerhall, Edinburgh

2013

"Once upon a time and a very good time it was...", Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

"Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966-79", Southhampton City Art Gallery, Southhampton

2012

"Common Ground", City Park Hall, New York

"The Imminence of Poetic 30th São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo

2011


"Printed in Norfolk: Coracle Publications 1989-2012", The Gallery at Norwich University, Norwich, England


"The Artists’ Postcard Show", Spike Island, Bristol, England 


"Néon, Who’s afraid of red, yellow and blue?", La Maison Rouge, Paris


"Grow Together: Concrete Poetry in Brazil and Scotland", Highland Institute for Contemporary Art, Dalcrombie, Inverness-shire, Scotland


"Faster and Slower Lines", Reykjavík Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland


"Art + Architecture 11", Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney, Australia



"Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language", MoMA, New York

2010


"one blue moment", Galerie Schütte, Essen, Germany


"The Ground Around: idylls, earthworks & thunderbolts", Vilma Gold, London, U.K.


"Umso mehr…", Kunsthalle Göppingen, Germany


"Bense und die Künste", Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe



2009


"Art With Paper", Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney
PROJECTS 2, Stampa, Basel


"British Council Collection: The Third Dimension", Whitechapel Art Gallery, London


"Poor. Old. Tired. Horse.", Institute of Contemporary Arts London


"Nous tournons en rond dans la nuit", Musée Départemental d'Art Contemporain de Rochechouart, France



"Upside Down/Inside Out", Kettle's Yard, Cambridge

2008


"xviii Biennale Internazionale di Scultura", Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara, Italy


"Here We Dance", Tate Modern, London


"Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art", Barbican, London


"Sol LeWitt x2", Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas


"Arbeiten auf Papier — von Arakawa bis Zimmer — Smlg. Kulak", Otto Galerie, Munich


"Conversations", Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, United Kingdom

2007 


"Ian Hamilton Finlay & Cerith Wyn Evans", Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

2007

"You Silently: Image - Object - Text", University Gallery, University of Essex, Colchester

2006 - 1907

"A Mostra Invisible/ The Invisible Show", MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Vigo, Spain

2006

"Tate Triennal 2006", Tate Britain, London

Certain Trees: The Constructed Book, Poem and Object 1964-2006, Centre des Livres D'Artistes, Saint-Yrieix-La-Perche, France 


Word Power: Concrete Poetry and it's Influences, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen & the Changing Room, Stirling


How to Change the World: 60 Years of British Art, Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London

2005

"Edition", Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

"Down the Garden Path: The Artist's Garden After Modernism", Queens Museum of Art, New York

"Looking at Words", Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

"Big Bang", Centre Pompidou – Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris

2004

"Wer bietet mehr? – 15 Jahre Deichtorhallen Hamburg", Deichtorhallen, Hamburg

"Art of the Garden", Tate Britain, London

"The 1960s", Dean Gallery, Edinburgh

"Bang", Colgate University, Colgate University, Hamilton, USA

2003

"Zona People 1974-1985 Non Profit Art Space - Firenze", MAMCO Musée d'art moderne et Contemporain, Geneva

2002

"Blast to Freeze", Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

"A Library for a Justified Sinner", Dean Gallery, Edinburgh

2001

"Sous les Ponts, Le Long De La Riviere, Casino Luxembourg, Forum d'art contemporain, Luxemburg

2000

"Et in Arcadia Ego", haags centrum for beeldende kunst, Den Hague

"Ian Hamilton Finlay/Richard Tuttle", Stampa Galerie, Basel

"Tomorrow For Ever", Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg

Skulpturenpark Ismaning

"Encounters", National Gallery, London

1999

"wordvolume - Künstler machen Worte - Bilder, Objekte und anderes", Galerie Schüppenhauer, Cologne

"Das druckgraphische Werk", Galerie Six Friedrich Lisa Ungar, Munich

"Heads will roll", Victoria Miró Gallery, London

Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montreal, Canada

La Biennalle de Montreal, Centre International d'Art, Montreal

1998

"L’oeuvre au sens large", Centre d’Art Contemporain, Rennes

"Les Capteurs de Rêves", 1st Biennale de Montreal

1997

"Wortwechsel. Sechs zeitgenössische Positionen zu Kunst und Schrift", Künstlerwerkstatt, Munich

"Paperview", TZ’Art & Co., New York

1994

"Translokation", Haus der Architekten, Graz

"East of Eden", Museum Schloß Mosigkau, Dessau

"Das Jahrhundert des Multiple", Deichtorhallen, Hamburg

1993

"Konfrontation", Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna

"Die Sprache der Kunst", Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna

Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt a.M.

"Skulptur statt Denkmal", Galerie Fricke, Dusseldorf

Galerie Sfeir-Semler in der Galerie Jürgen Becker, Hamburg

1992

Force Sight,Schloß Presteneck, Stein am Kocher

"Three British Book Artists", San Diego

Gallery of the University of California, Mandeville

"Lux Europe", Luc Europe Trust, Edinburgh

"Verzamrelde Werken", Centrum Beeldende, Groningen

1991

Metropolis, Berlin

Werkstatt Kollerschlag, Linz

Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, Skulpturenweg Nordhorn

Neun Entwürfe für die Landspitze Nordhorn, Nordhorn

"Rhetorical Image", The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

"Night Lines", Centraalmuseum, Utrecht

1990

Glasgow's Great British Art Exhibition, Glasgow

"Von der Natur in der Kunst", Vienna

"Aspetti e Pratiche dell'Arte Europea", Rivara

Galerie Sfeir-Semmler, Kiel

"Oberhalb der Baumgrenze", Schloß Gut Kranerhof, near Breitenberg

"Poesis", Graeme Murray Gallery, Edinburgh

1989 - 1990

"Scottish Art since 1900", Edinburgh/London

1989

"Pyramiden", Galerie Jule Kewenig, Frechen-Bachem

"British Sculpture 1960-88", Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp

Prospekt `89, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt a.M.

Kunstverein München, Bühnen-Stücke, Munich

"Freiheit-Gleichheit-Brüderlichkeit", Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg

Galerie Stampa, Basel

"2000 Jahre - Die Gegenwart der Vergangenheit", Bonner

Kunstverein, Bonn

Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna

Composition Trouvé, Guillaume Bijl

Ian Hamilton Finlay, The Desmoulin Connection

1988

"Pyramiden", ICC, Berlin

Tate Gallery Liverpool, Starlit Waters, British Sculpture 1968-88, Liverpool

"Art in the Garden", Garden Festival, Glasgow

"Skulpturen Republik", Exhibition of the Vienna-Festival, Vienna

Triennale Mailand, Les Musées de la Ville de Strasbourg

"Saturne en Europe", Mailand

Michael Klein Gallery, New York

Britannica, 30 Ans de Sculpture, Le Havre

1987

"Skulptur Projekt", Münster

"Dokumenta 8", Kassel

"The Unpainted Landscape", Edinburgh

"Aphrodite of the Terror", Edinburgh International Exhibition, Edinburgh

1986

Cistercian Abbey, l'Epau

Parc de Sculpture de Kerguehennec, Bignan-Locminé

"Säulen", Galerie Jule Kewenig, Frechen-Bachem

1985

"Promenades", Parc Lullin, Geneve

"Little Sparta et Kriegsschatz",Espace Rameau Chapelle Sainte Marie, Paris

1984

Merian Park, Basel

1983

Hayward Gallery, London

1977

"Silver Jubilee Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture", Battersea Park, London

INSTALLATIONS

2004

St. Mary Axe, City of London

Fleur de l'Air, a private garden in Provence

2001

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, The Dean Gallery, Edinburgh

2000

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne

Schoenthal Monestry, Switzerland

Patumbah Park, Switzerland

Hamilton, Scotland

1999

Bundesarbeitsgericht, Erfurt

Private garden, Zurich, Lauffen, Basel

Bundesgartenschau, Magdeburg

Park am Goetheturm, Frankfurt a.M.

Barcelona, Spain

Montreal, Canada

Bundesgerichtshof, Karlsruhe

Isla de esculturas, Ponte Vedra, Galicia

Shell Research, Thorton Research Centre, UK

1998

Serpentine Gallery, London

The Ark, London

Den Haag, Netherlands

1997

Hunter Square, Edinburgh

Kunsthalle, Hamburg

1996

Botanic Garden, University of Durham, UK

1995

Schloßpark, Landesgartenschau, Grevenbroich

Kunsthalle, Hamburg

The Gyle, Shopping Center, Edinburgh

1994

Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis

Schröder Münchmeyer Hengst & Co. Bank, Frankfurt a.M.

1993

Beelden op de Berg, Belmonte Arboretum, Wageningen, Netherlands

1992

Shenstone's Leasowes, Dudley

Floriadepark, Zoetermeer, Netherlands

1991

Stockwood Park Nuseries in the Borough of Luton

Library of Baden, Karlsruhe

Overbeck-Gesellschaft, Lübeck

1990

Private bibliotheque of the architect Oswald M. Ungers, Cologne

12th & K Office Tower, Sacramento

Scotland Railway Bridge, Glasgow

1989

Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston

Forest of Dean, UK

1988

Musée de l'Art Moderne, Strasbourg

1987

Skulptur Projekt, Münster

Campus of University of California, San Diego

Furka Pass, Switzerland

West Princess Street Gardens, Edinburgh

1986

Domaine de Kerguenhennec, Bretagne

Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

1985

Schweizer Garten, Vienna

1984

Fattoria Celle, Giuliano Gori, Celle

1980 - 1982

Kröller Müller Museum, Sculpture Garden, Otterlo

1979

British Embassy, Bonn

1978

Schottland Bell‘s Garden, Perth

1976

University, Liège

1975

Garden of the Max Planck Institute, Stuttgart

Schottish National Gallery, Royal Botanical Garden, Edinburgh

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