Martin Boyce

Hfbk Hamburg and Cal-Arts collaboration

Martin Boyce is Professor of Sculpture at Hfbk Hamburg. He won the 2011 Turner Prize for his installation Do Words Have Voices, displayed at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. The installation is a recreation of a park in autumn. He represented Scotland at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009, and participated in the Skulptur Projekte Münster in 2007.

He is a Scottish sculptor inspired by early 20th century modernism. He has reworked and reformulated iconic design objects, developing his own pictorial language based on a reading of the formal and conceptual histories of design, architecture and urban planning. His recurring use of unlikely contemporary elements in relation to these, among them sections of rusted fences or suspended metal chains, freed from their function as demarcation or restraint, create oddly affecting sculptures.

His work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate, London; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; British Council, London; Gallery of Modern Art, GoMA, Glasgow; Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; Massachusetts Institute of Technology List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; LACMA, Los Angeles; Henry Moore Institute, Leeds; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, among other institutions worldwide.