Michael Stevenson is a New Zealand artist born in 1964 – since 2000 he has been living and working in Berlin.

In 2002 he was awarded the New Zealand residency programme at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin and in 2006 he was the Capp St. resident artist at the Wattis Institute CCA in San Francisco.

In 2003 he was selected to make the solo representation for New Zealand at the Venice Biennal.

In 2005 he was awarded a work grant by the Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur, Berlin.

Since 2011 he has undertaken a full-time teaching professorship at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Nürnberg.



»Signs & Wonders« Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (solo) 21.11.15-21.02.16

»Project 35: The Last Act« Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow 10.08.15-31.01.16

Michael Lett, Auckland 29.07.22-30.08.15

»Take Me To The River« Dojima River Biennale, Dojima River Forum, Osaka, curator Tom Trevor 25.07.15-30.08.15

»Viewing Room: Michael Stevenson« SculptureCenter, New York (solo) 16.07.15-03.08.15


»A Needle Walks into a Haystack« Old Blind School, 8th Liverpool Biennial, curators: Mai Abu ElDahab and Anthony Huberman 05.07.14-26.10.14

»Berlin Biennale 8« Museum Dahlem, Berlin, curator Juan Gaitán 29.05.14-03.08.14

»A Chronicle of Interventions« Tate Modern, London 01.05.14-13.07.14 curators: Shoair Mavlian and Inti Guerrero


»Proof of the Devil« Michael Lett Gallery, Auckland 23.09.13-28.10.13

»Living in the Ruins of the 20th Century« UTS Gallery, Sydney curator Adam Jasper 16.04.13-18.05.13


»The Black Whale« Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, curator Pedro de Llamo 05.10.12-31.03.13

»A Life of Crudity, Vulgarity, and Blindness« Portikus, Frankfurt am Main (solo) 29.09.12-02.12.12

»Nueva Matemàtica« Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Chudad de México (solo) 26.08.12-18.11.12


»Michael Stevenson« Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney (survey) 04.03.11-18.06.11

»Dystopia« CAPC Musee d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux curators Alexis Vaillant & Mark von Schlegell 14.05.11-28.08.11

»Un'Espressione Geografica« Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (with cornelia schmidt-bleek) 19.06.11-27.11.11

»6a Curitiba Biennial« Curitiba, Brazil 18.09.11– 20.11.11

»The Global Contemporary, Kunstwelten nach 1989« ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe 01.10.2011–05.02.2012


»The Mirage of History« Kaleidoscope Project Space, Milan 16.12.10-17.12.10

»Never The Same River (Possible Futures, Probable Pasts)« Camden Arts Centre, London, curator Simon Starling 16.12.10-20.02.11

»Les rendez-vous du Forum Session 4 : Fun Palace« Centre Pompidou, Paris 21.10.10-31.10.10

»Breaking Windows« Feinkost, Berlin 22.10.10-07.11.10

»A Cidade Interpretada« Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporánea (CGAC)/Concellería de Cultura/ Xacobeo 2010, Santiago de Compostela, curator Pablo Fernandez Fanego 01.10.10-28.11.10

»6. Berlin Biennale« Berlin, curator Kathrin Rhomberg 11.06.10-08.08.10

»Morality VI« Witte de With, Rotterdam, curators Juan A. Gaitan & Nicolas Schaffhausen 13.05.10-29.08.10

»Last Ride in a Hot Air Balloon« 4th Auckland Triennial, Auckland, curator Natasha Conland 20.03.10-20.06.10

»There is no Alternative« Romanian Cultural Institute, Stockholm, Sweden 10.03.10-16.05.10

»Introduccion a la Teoria de la Probabilidad« Etablissement d'en face, Brussels 20.02.10-06.03.10

»Ou la Vie Saisie par l'Art« CAPC Musee d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux 06.02.10-21.11.10

»A Question of How Things Behave« Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp (solo) 20.01.10-20.03.10


»Introduccion a la Teoria de la Probabilidad« Meyer – Riegger, Karlsruhe (solo) 21.11.09-23.01.10

»The Malady of Writing« MACBA, Barcelona, curator Chus Martinez 09.10.09-09.02.10

»New World Records« Sutton Gallery, Melbourne 09.07.09-08.08.09

»Heaven« 2nd Athens Biennale, Faliro Olympic Complex, Athens 15.06.09-04.10.09

»Introduccion a la Teoria de la Probabilidad« Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney (solo) 27.06.09-25.07.09

»Snow Melts in the Upper Clutha« Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington (solo) 06.06.09-04.07.09

»Dreaming the Mainstream« Vilma Gold, London 30.05.09-28.06.09

»A Despot in Flora’s Garden« Simon Preston Gallery, New York, curator Jasper Sharp 23.05.09-31.07.09

»Sea Oak« International Project Space, Birmingham 02.05.10-30.05.10


»Dis-ease« Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney15.11.08-20.12.08

»(in the still of the night)« Gambia Castle, Auckland, 07.11.08-29.11.08

»History Acts« Göteborgs Konsthall, Göteborg, 25.10.08-11.01.09

»Lender of Last Resort« Vilma Gold stand, Frieze Art Fair, Regents Park, London, 16.10.08 – 19.10.08

»The Sweet Burnt Smell of History« Panama Art Biennial 8, Panama City, curator Magali Arriola, 10.09.08 – 21.10.08

»Not Quite How I Remember It« The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada, curator Helena Reckitt, 07.06.08 – 01.09.08

»Master Humphrey's Clock « Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht, the Netherlands, (a project by de Appel curatorial programme),12.05.08 – 08.06.08

»Earth Matters: Work from the contemporary collections of the Auckland Art Gallery« curator Natasha Conland, 01.05.08 – 28.09.08

»Lender of Last Resort« (presented in The Place to Be) Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands, curator Marcus Lütkemeyer, 03.04.08–01.06.08

»Persepolis 2530« Arnolfini, Bristol (solo), 02.02.08–30.03.08


»Wiedereröffnung des Museum Abteiberg«, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, curator Susanne Titz, 05.11.07-

»The Irresistible Force«, Tate Modern, London, curators Ben Borthwick & Kerryn Greenberg, 20.09.07-25.11.07

»Answers to Some Questions about Bananas« Vilma Gold, London (solo), 13.07.07–12.08.07

»Persepolis 2530« (presented at Art Unlimited) Art Basel 38, 13.06.07–17.06.07

»Reboot – The Jim Barr & Mary Barr Collection« Christchurch Art Gallery, 17.03.07-01.07.07

»Design by Accident« Croy Nielsen, Berlin, 20.01.07-17.02.07


»APT 5« Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 02.12.06-27.05.07

»c/o the Central Bank of Guatemala« CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (solo), 28.11.06–24.02.07

»Abgebrannt« Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, 27.08.06-15.10.06


»Monuments for the USA« White Columns, New York, curator Ralph Rugoff, 15.12.05-28.01.06

»Ian Fairweather – artist of the 21st century« Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore, 02.12.05-21.01.06

»Art of the Eighties and Seventies« Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach (solo), 11.09.05–29.01.06

»The Gift: the form and reason for exchange in archaic societies« (twodo project) NAK, Aachen (solo), 28.08.05–02.10.05

»Small World, Big Town – Contemporary Art from Te Papa« Wellington City Gallery, Wellington, 10.07.05-30.10.05

»Saltuna – the baltic sea experience« Rooseum, Malmö, 21.05.05-17.07.05

»Die Aufteilung« (an event) NAK, Aachen (solo), 21.05.05

»The Smiles are not Smiles« Vilma Gold, London (solo), 30.04.05–29.05.05

»Monuments for the USA« CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, curator Ralph Rugoff, 07.04.05-14.05.05


»Rakit« Herbert Read Gallery, KIAD, Canterbury (solo), 26.11.04-23.12.04

»Kurzdavordanach« Photograpische Sammlung, Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, 21.10.04-09.01.05

»Black Friday - exercises in hermetics« Galerie Kamm, Berlin, curator Christoph Keller, 10.07.04-11.09.04

»Argonauts of the Timor Sea« Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney (solo), 11.05.04–05.06.04

»Keim« (with Cornelia Schmidt-Bleek) Galerie Kamm, Berlin, 07.02.04-27.03.04

»Berlin North« Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, 31.01.04-12.04.04


»Korrekturen« Galerie Kamm, Berlin, 18.10.03-29.11.03

»The Invisible Hand« (an event at) Portikus im Leinwaldhaus, Frankfurt am Main, 10.10.03

»Nine Lives – The Chartwell Collection« Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, 13.09.03-23.11.03

»This is the Trekka« (New Zealand pavillion) 50th Biennial of Venice (solo), 12.06.03–02.11.03

»To our German Friend« Vilma Gold, London (solo), 14.03.03-13.04.03


»Walters Prize« Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, 08.06.02-25.08.02

»An evening with Jörg Immendorff« (an event) Hyatt Hotel, Auckland (solo), 04.06.02

»Can Dialectics Break Bricks?« (presented at) Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, curator Richard Grayson, 15.05.02-14.07.02

»Prophets of Boom« Städtische Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, 13.04.02-16.07.02


»Retake/Wiederaufnahme« NAK, Aachen, curator Susanne Titz & Kathleen Rahn, 14.10.01-02.12.01

»Audit« Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg, curator Boris Kremer, 29.09.01-02.12.01

»Superman in Bed« Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, 25.03.01-24.06.01


»Call Me Immendorff« Kapinos Gallery, Berlin (solo), 02.12.00-03.02.01

»Circles °3 Los Angeles : silverlake crossings« ZKM, Karlsruhe, curator Christoph Keller, 25.11.00-08.01.01

»Genealogy« (with steven brower) Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, 06.05.00-16.07.00

»Drive: power>progress>desire« Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, curator Gregory Burke, 12.02.00-30.04.00

»Slave Pianos: Non-Objective Brass†« (with danius kesminas), National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

»Slave Pianos: Internationale Biennale 2000, Songs of Life†« (with danius kesminas) RMIT Gallery, Court House Hotel, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia

»Slave Pianos: Non-Objective Labour, Towards a Dialectical Theory of Corruption†« (with danius kesminas) 4th Sergey Kuryokhin Festival, Leningrad Palace of Youth, St.Petersburg, Russia

»Slave Pianos: Piano Slaves†« (with danius kesminas), China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles

»Slave Pianos: The Compromised Economy of Desire and Fear†« (with danius kesminas), The Public Office Carpark (solo) Melbourne

»Daily Practice« (with danius kesminas), The Centre for Contemporary Photography (solo) Melbourne

»Daily Practice« (with danius kesminas), Artspace (solo) Auckland

»Rent« (with danius kesminas) Overgaden, Copenhagen, Denmark and ACCA, Melbourne


»Wonderlands« Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth

»What Your Children Should Know About Conceptualism« (with danius kesminas) Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, curator Susanne Titz 26.09.99-15.11.99 and Brandenburgischer Kunstverein Potsdam

»Manufacturing Meaning« The University of Wellington Art Collection in Context, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington

»Toi, Toi, Toi: Three Generations of Artists from New Zealand« (with danius kesminas) Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, curator René Block 23.01.99-05.04.99 and Auckland Art Gallery

»Slave Pianos: An Evening with Slave Pianos†« (with danius kesminas), Lovers, Melbourne (solo)

»Slave Pianos: The Music of the City†« (with danius kesminas), Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney (solo)

»Slave Pianos:!! Emancipate the Dissonance!! †« (with danius kesminas), Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York (solo)

† Slave Pianos is a collective formed by Michael Stevenson and Danius Kesminas and includes the musical composers Neil Kelly and Rohan Drape.


»Ground Control« Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York, 18.06.98-31.07.98

»The Gift of Critical Insight« Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York (solo), 28.03.98-02.05.98

»Jesus Changed My Life in Eketahuna: late ‘87« Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington, 28.03.98-17.04.98

»Pre-Millennial« (with Ronnie van Hout); Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi, Wellington, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, McDougall Art Annex, Christchurch, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland

»Entropy at Home« Neue Gallerie, Aachen, Germany


»Seppelt Contemporary Art Award« Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

»Selections Fall '97« The Drawing Centre, New York

»Lawyers, Guns and Money« Experimental Arts Foundation, Adelaide, curators Richard Grayson and Linda Marie Walker, 19.06.97-05.02.97

»Power, Corruption and Lies« Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

»Multiplication: the multiple object in art« Monash University Gallery, Melbourne

(Trollies) City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi, Wellington (solo)

»Let Those Who Ride Decide« The Physics Room, Christchurch (solo)

»Drawings« Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, 11.01.97-05.02.97


»Mike Stevenson« Darren Knight Gallery, Melbourne (solo), 04.06.96-29.06.96

»Trevor Smith's Garage« (with Billy Apple) Canberra

»How NASA Mooned the Avant Garde« Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney (solo)

»The Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art« Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

»Reservoir« Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie

»Seven New Zealand Artists« Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria

»Recent Acquisitions« National Gallery of Australia, Canberra


»First Warning« Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington (solo)

»Artists' Protests« Westspace, Melbourne, curators Richard Holt and James Seward, 18.10.95-04.11.95

»Mike Stevenson« Darren Knight Gallery, Melbourne (solo), 04.10.95-28.10.95

»Video A.R.T. « Teststrip, Auckland, New Zealand (solo), 06.12.95-16.12.95

»Hangover« Waikato Art and History Museum, Hamilton, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch

»A Very Peculiar Practice« City Gallery, Wellington

Chartwell Collection, Waikato Art and History Museum, Hamilton


»Some Later-Day Art« Darren Knight Gallery, Melbourne (solo), 25.10.94-26.11.94

»Decline of Western Civilization Pt. 3« Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington (solo), 31.05.94-25.06.94

»The Easy Rider« Gregory Flint Gallery, Auckland (solo), 27.05.94-16.06.94


»Distance Looks Our Way« City Gallery Wellington, 04.12.93-06.02.94

»Badlands« Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Swan Hill, (solo), 09.11.93-10.12.93

»Distance Looks Our Way« Auckland Art Gallery, 15.10.93-21.11.93

»Badlands« Darren Knight Gallery, Melbourne (solo), 05.10.93-30.10.93

»Badlands« Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North (solo), 04.07.93-22.08.93

»Distance Looks Our Way« Centre Civic Casa Elizalde, Barcelona 08.06.93-18.07.93

»New Paintings« Gregory Flint Gallery, Auckland, 08.06.93-29.06.93

»Distance Looks Our Way« Centro Cultural de Caja Espana, Zamora, 16.04.93-11.05.93

»Distance Looks Our Way« Centro Cultural de Conde Duque, Madrid, 04.02.93-11.05.93

»Badlands« Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (solo)


Gregory Flint Gallery, Auckland (solo)

»Distance Looks Our Way« Stelling Gallery, Leiden, Netherlands, 29.08.92-11.10.92

»Distance Looks Our Way« Pubellon de las Arles, Expo, Seville, 25.06.92-16.07.92


»Distance Looks Our Way« Sarjeant Gallery, Waganui, 06.12.91-29.12.91

»The Farewell and Welcome Home Club« Gregory Flint Gallery, Auckland (solo), 03.09.91-21-09.91

»The Farewell and Welcome Home Club« Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North (solo), 06.07.91-11.08.91


»On Angels Wings« Gregory Flint Gallery, Auckland (solo), 01.10.90-20.10.90

»Rotary Greetings from Bulls« Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney (solo), 28.07.90-22.08.90

»Situation and Style« Jonathan Jensen Gallery, Christchurch (curator William McAloon), 23.05.90-09.06.90


»The Cross« Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland (curator John Reynolds)

»After McCahon« Auckland Art Gallery (curator Tina Barton)

»One Small Town« Southern Cross Gallery, Wellington (solo), 03.04.89-22.04.89

»Constructed Intimacies« Auckland Art Gallery, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui, National Gallery, Wellington, Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch.


»Paintings« Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North (solo), 02.10.88-20.11.88

»Paintings« Southern Cross Gallery, Wellington (solo), 23.02.88-05.03.88