1940 - 2021
Lives in Berlin (DE), born in US.
Jimmie Durham was born in 1940 in (or, as he himself says, ‘under’) the state of Arkansas in the US, into a Cherokee family. After working different jobs he studied art at the École des Beaux-Arts in Geneva in the early 1970s before joining the American Indian Movement during the confrontation with US federal forces at Wounded Knee in 1973. Durham became Director of the International Indian Treaty Council and its representative to the UN throughout the 1970s. He is one of very few leading contemporary artists to have such hands-on experience of political work. In New York in the early 1980s he returned to art, and in the years around 1990 he lived in Cuernavaca, Mexico. In 1994 he moved back to Europe. Now he lives in Berlin and Naples. Durham has gained a considerable international following since he participated in Documenta 9 in 1992. His prominent presence in Documenta 13 in 2012 only proved this. Durham’s work has been crucial, not just to the emergence of a truly global and multi-polar art world but also to strengthening the bond between visual art and thinking that may determine the future of the whole endeavour of art. His sculptures, installations, drawings and videos are very political operations involving both object, image and text. They analyse, critique and tell stories. But they do not ask questions. In American indigenous tradition that is to be avoided whenever possible.
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Anna Daneri, Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Roberto Pinto, Stefano Boeri, Jimmie Durham, Mario Fortunato, Cesare Pietroiusti, Jimmie Durham, 2004. Book, 20,9 cm x 14,6 cm, 158 p.
The Dangers of Petrificat...
Jimmie Durham, The Dangers of Petrification I, 1998-2007. Installation, stone, paper, knife, ceramics, variable dimensions.
Public Monument for the B...
Jimmie Durham, Public Monument for the Birthday of Rome, 1995. Installation, mixed media, 250 x 450 x 250 cm.
Jimmie Durham: Between th...
Jimmie Durham, Jimmie Durham: Between the Furniture and the Building (Between a Rock and a Hard Place), 1998. Text.
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Jimmie Durham - Stoneheart
30 October 2000 - 17 November 2000.
For more information read the press text in the media bellow.
13 June 1992 - 20 September 1992.
The 9th edition of Documenta was curated by Jan Hoet and had no general theme or title. Read an article about the exhibition.
Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Read a New York Times' article about the 1993 edition of the biennial here.
EXTRA MUROS: Visite Borne...
03 May 2014 - 25 May 2014.
Under the umbrella term Visite, the M HKA – in collaboration with LOCUS, the hub for libraries, cultural and community centres and local cult
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Jimmie Durham 1994 - 2012
Jimmie Durham moved to Europe in 1994 and has lived ever since in Brussels, Lisbon, Marseille, Rome and Berlin, where he is presently based (
The Center of The World
"[The project] began quite slowly, in Mexico, where I did live close to the centre of the world, which was an actual tree. When you go to tha
humor & tragedie [humour ...
How do artists play with humour, tragedy and irony, and how do they express this? You will see that humour, in particular, is used to poke cr
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public