Ghada Amer



Born in Cairo, Egypt


BFA in Painting, Villa Arson E.P.I.A.R., Nice, France


School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA


MFA in Painting, Villa Arson E.P.I.A.R., Nice, France


Institut des Hautes Études en Arts Plastiques, Paris, France


Received the UNESCO prize, Venice Biennial, Italy


Artist in Residency at Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA

Honoured by African Art Award of The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C., USA


Artist in Residency at Cerámica Suro, Guadalajara, Mexico

Lives and works in New York City

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Selected Solo Exhibitions


"Ceramics, Knots, Thoughts, Scraps", Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, USA

"Dark Continent", Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré, Tours, France

"Ghada Amer", Cheim & Read, New York City, New York, USA

"Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh / Love Is a Difficult Blue", Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa


"Déesse Terre", Jane Hartsooka Gallery, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, USA


"Ghada Amer", KEWENIG, Berlin


"Ghada Amer: Earth. Love. Fire", Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai


"Ghada Amer: Rainbow Girls", Cheim & Read, New York, USA


"Ghada Amer: Référence à Elle", Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea


"The Other I", Tina Kim Gallery, New York, NY, USA

"Ghada Amer", Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, Canada


"100 Words of Love", Cheim & Read, New York, USA

"No Romance", Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa


"Color Misbehavior", Cheim & Read, New York, USA


"Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh: Roses Off Limits", Pace Prints, New York, NY, USA


"Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh: Collaborative Drawings", Tina Kim Fine Arts, New York, NY, USA

"Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh: A New Collaboration on Paper", Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore

"Love Has No End", Elisabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY, USA


"Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh", Collaborative Drawings, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea

"Another Spring", Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea

"Le Salon Courbé", Francesca Minini Gallery, Milan, Italy

"Ghada Amer", Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, MACRO, Rome, Italy


"Breathe Into Me", Gagosian Gallery, New York (Chelsea), NY, USA


"Ghada Amer", Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA, USA

"Ghada Amer", Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain


"Ghada Amer", Forefront 45, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN, USA

"Ghada Amer", Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy


"Ghada Amer", Gagosian Gallery, London, England

"Ghada Amer", De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands


"Encyclopedia of Pleasure", Deitch Projects, New York, NY, USA

"Reading Between the Threads", Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway,

Traveled to: Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany and Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden


"Ghada Amer Drawings", Anadil Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel

"Intimate Confessions", Deitch Projects, New York, NY, USA. Traveled: to Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel and Kunst-werke, Berlin, Germany

"Ghada Amer", Centre Culturel Contemporain (C.C.C.), Tours, France


"Ghada Amer", Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain


"Ghada Amer", Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, NY, USA


"Ghada Amer", Espace Karim Francis, Cairo, Egypt


"Ghada Amer", Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, NY, USA


"Ghada Amer", Centre Jules Verne, Brétigny-sur-Orge, France


"Ghada Amer", Galerie Météo, Paris, France


"Ghada Amer", Hôpital Ephémère, Paris, France

Selected Group Exhibitions


"An Instant before the World", Rabat Biennale, Rabat, Morocco


"All Things Being Equal", Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), Cape Town, South Africa

"Le Grand monnayage: 8e biennale internationale d’art contemporain de Melle", curated by Frédéric Legros and Chloé Hipeau-Diskos, Biennale de Melle, Melle, France

"Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century", Frist Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

"Une Nouvelle humanité", curated by Simon Njami, 13th Biennale of Dakar, Dak’art, Dakar, Senegal

"Breaking the Mold: Investigating Gender at the Speed Art Museum", Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

"Long, Winding Journeys: Contemporary Art and the Islamic Tradition", organized by guest curator Elizabeth Rooklidge, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York, USA


"Do We Dream Under the Same Sky", curated by Thomas Vu and Rirkrit Tiravanija, Leroy Neiman Gallery, New York City, New York, USA

"Eternal Light: Something Old, Something New", curated by Nadine A. Ghaffar, Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt

"D’un monde à l’autre", Abbaye d’Annecy Le Vieux, Annecy, France

"In Rebellion: Female Narratives in the Arab World", curated by Juan Vicente Aliaga, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM), Valencia, Spain "Ceramics Now: Ghada Amer, Judy Hoffman, Alice Mackler, Ellen Robinson", Greenwich House Pottery, New York City, New York, USA

"Uptown", organized by Deborah Cullen, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York City, New York, USA

"Ways of Seeing", curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, ARTER – Space for Art, Istanbul, Turkey

"I Go, You Go, Good to Go", Unclebrother, Hancock, New York, USA

"Being Her(e): Meditations on African Femininities", curated by Refilwe Nkomo and Thato Mogotsi and mentored by Paula Nascimento and Violet Nantume, Kauru Contemporary African Art Project, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, South Africa

"Converging Voices: Gender and Identity", curated by Karen T. Albert, Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University Museum, Hempstead, New York, USA

"Entangled: Threads & Making", curated by Karen Wright, Turner Contemporary, London, England

"Third Space / Shifting Conversations about Contemporary Art", Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama, USA

"Lucy’s Iris: Contemporary African Artists", curated by Orlando Britto Jinorio, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM) and Casa África, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain


"Looking at the World Around You. Contemporary Works from Qatar Museums", Santander Art Gallery

"Making Art Dance - Artists Donate Work To Benefit The Armitage Gone! Dance New Works Fund", Mana Contemporary, Jersey City

“In Context: Africans in America”, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

"The Female Gaze, Part Two: Women Look at Men", Cheim & Read, New York City, New York, USA

"New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50", curated by Liza Essers, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, SOuth Africa


"Winter in America: A Mulitmedia Group Exhibition", The School, Jack Shainman Gallery, Kinderhook, New York, USA

"Art_Textiles", Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, Manchester, England

"A l’ombre d’eros – l’amour, la mort, la vie!", Monastère Royal de Brou, Bourg-en-Bresse, France

"Speaking Back", curated by Natasha Becker, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

"You Love Me You Love Me Not", Galeria Municipal do Porto, Porto, Portugal

"Words Words Words", Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA

"Le fil rouge", Espace Louis Vuitton, Munich in collaboration with Espace Louis Vuitton Paris and Tokio

"Ghada Amer, Trisha Baga, Robin Cameron, Joanne Greenbaum, Pam Lins, Alice Makler, David Salle", Artist-in-Residency, The Jane Hartsook Gallery, Greenwich House Pottery, New York

"The Worlds Turned Upside Down. Contemporary art and folk cultures", MONS 2015 European Capital of Culture, Brussels


"Draw: Mapping Madness", curated by Thomas Vu and Yuan Zuo, Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing, China

"Mauvais Genre", Addict Galerie, Paris, France

"Killer Heels", Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY, USA

"Songs of Loss and Songs of Love", Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, South Korea

"The Divine Comedy", The Mmk Frankfurt Museum, Germany

"Slow learner", Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

"Seeing through light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection", Minaret Al Saadiyat Culture Centre, Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

"Cruce de colecciones", CAAM - Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain


"Earth Matters", National Museum for African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA

"Sculptrices", Villa Datris, Fondation pour la Sculpture Contemporaine, L’Isle-sur-Sorgue, France

"Art & Textiles: Fabric as Material and Concept in Modern Art from Klimt to the Present", Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany; travelled to Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

"African Artists", curated by Simon Njami, MMK1, Museum Für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany; traveled to Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, USA; and National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA

"New Intersections – Make it New", 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece


"Prism – Drawing from 1990-2011", The National Museum of Art,Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway

"Le Corps Découvert", Institut du monde arabe, Paris, France

"The Mediterranean Approach", SESC Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil

"Tea For Nefertiti", Arab Museum of Doha, Qatar, UAE. Travelled to Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

"Elles: SAM – Singular Works by Seminal Women Artists", SAM - Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA


"The Women in Our Life: A Fifteen Year Anniversary Exhibition", Cheim & Read, New York, USA

"The Unbearable Lightness of Being", Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France


"Residua", Maraya Art Center , Sharjah, UAE

"Told, Untold, Retold", The Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar, UAE


"Against exclusion", 3rd Moscow Biennial, Garage Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia

"Elles @ centrepompidou", Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris France

"The female gaze. Women look at women", Cheim & Read, New York, USA

"Abstraction by Gallery Artists", Cheim & Read, New York, USA


"Prospects 1", Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


"Global Feminisms", Brooklyn Museum, New York. Traveled to Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, USA

“Pricked: Extreme Embroidery”, Museum of Arts and Design, New York


"Without Boundary", Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA

"Zones of Contact", Biennial of Sydney, Sydney, Australia


"Centre of Gravity", Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey

"Here Comes the Sun", Magasin 3, Stockholm Konsthall, Sweden

"Always a Little Further", 51st International Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy


"Africa Remix", Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany. Traveled to Hayward Gallery, London, England; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan and Moderna Museet Stockholm, Sweden

"Hommage à Georges Pompidou: Parcours dans les Collections du Musée d’Art Moderne", Centre Pompidou, Paris, France


"Harem Fantasies and the New Scheherazades", Centro de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

"Looking Both Ways: Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora", Museum of African Art, Long Island City, NY, USA. Traveled to: Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, USA; Cranbrook Academy of Art, Detroit, MI, USA; City Art Center, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK; Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA, USA

"Il Racconto del Filo: Ricamo e cucito nell’arte contemporanea", Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Roverto, Roverto, Italy


"9 Modern Painters. An on-the-page installation by Ghada Amer", Modern Painters


"The Short Century", Museum Village Stuck, Munich, Germany, Traveled to Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois, USA and PS1 Long Island City, New York, NY


"Greater New York: New Art in New York Now", P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY, USA

Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA

"Man and Space", Gwangju Biennial 2000, Gwangju, Korea

"Partage d’Exotismes", 5th Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon, France


"APERTO Over All", 48th International Art Exhibition, Biennale di Venezia, Italy

"Looking for a Place", Third International Site Santa Fe Biennial, Santa Fe, NM, USA


"Echolot", Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany

"L’Envers du Décor", Dimensions Décoratives dans l’Art du XXème Siècle, Musée d’Art Moderne Lille Métropole, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France


"Vraiment Féminisme et Art" , Le Magasin Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble, France

"Alternating Currents", 2nd Johannesburg Biennial, Johannesburg, South Africa


"The Sense of Order", Moderne Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia


"Orient/ation", The Vision of Art in a Paradoxical World, 4th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey


"I Love Paris", Hôpital Ephémère, Paris, France

SPECIAL Projects


Turner Contemporary, Kent, Great Britain


"Hunger", National Museum for African Art, Smithsonian Gardens, Washington DC, USA


Ornellia Wine Labels, (collaboration with Reza Farkhondeh), Whitney Museum, New York, NY, USA


"An indigestible Dessert", Francesca Minini, (collaboration with Reza Farkhondeh) Milan, Italy


"Il Etait une Fois dans un Pays Lointain", Festival des Cultures Francophones 2006: 'Faites vos Jeux!' Rennes, France

"Fear Dress", Whitney Art Party, (collaboration with Francisco Costa and Calvin Klein) New York, NY, USA


"Reign of Terror", Davis Museum, Wellesley College, MA, USA

"Yin Yang Garden", 51st Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy


"S’il Pleuvait des Larmes", Certosa di Padula, Padula, Italy


"Ciudad Multiple: Six Chinese Proverbs", Arpa Foundation, Panama City, Panama

"Love Grave", Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN, USA


"Peace Garden/Art Project", Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Beach Botanical Garden, FL, USA


"Hoy el 70% de los Pobres en el Mundo Son Mujeres (Today 70% of the Poor in the World Are Women)", La Rambla del Raval, Barcelona, Spain


"Women’s Qualities in Leaving the Island", Busan International Contemporary Art Festival 2000, Busan Museum of Art, Korea


"Love Park" in the “Third International Biennial Exhibition: Looking for a Place”, SITE Santa Fe, NM, USA


"Cactus Painting in Mar de Fondo", Teatro Romano de Sagunto, Valencia, Spain


"L'Espace à Effeuiller la Marguerite in Aamitiés et Autres Catastrophes", La Carte du Tendre, Le Crestet Centre d’Art, Vaison-la Romaine, France

Selected Collections

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL

Brooklyn Museum, New York

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI

Fond National d’Art Contemporain (FNAC) Paris, France

Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC), Auvergne, France

Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC), Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France

Guggenheim Museum, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Hood Art Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

LaM Museum, Lille Métropole Musée d’Art Moderne, d’Art Contemporain et d’Art Brut

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar

Museum Kunstpalast, Duesseldorf, Germany

Neuberger Berman Art Collection, New York, NY

Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany

Samsung Museum, Seoul, South Korea

Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY

Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

Vehbi Koç Foundation Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul, Turkey

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