Tris Vonna-Michell

Tris Vonna-Michell was born in 1982, in Southend-on-Sea (UK). He currently lives and works in Stockholm (Sweden).

Tris Vonna-Michell attended the Glasgow School of Art (UK) and the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, and was a resident artist at Iapsis Residency in Stockholm (2008), Focal Point Gallery in Essex (2009) and at the Yale University Art Gallery (2011-12). He was a finalist for the Turner Prize in 2014 and received the Ars Viva as well as the Bâloise Art prizes, both in 2008.

Vonna-Michell’s work has been presented in solo and group shows at some of the most internationally renowned institutions, such as: MUSAC – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Léon (Spain); the Wiener Secession (Austria); MUDAM (Luxembourg); Moderna Museet (Stockholm); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (USA); WIELS, Centre d’art contemporain (Belgium) or at Jeu de Paume (Paris), amongst others.

His work is represented in some of the most important public collections, among which that of Tate Modern, the Hamburger Kunsthalle or the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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Tris Vonna-Michell was born in 1982, in Southend-on-Sea (UK). He currently lives and works in Stockholm (Sweden).


2005-2007 Städel Schule, Frankfurt-am-Main, DE.
2002-2005 Glasgow School of Arts, Glasgow, UK.
2001-2002 Falmouth College of Arts, Falmouth, UK.



Turner Prize (shortlisted)

Hugo Boss Prize (shortlisted)

Baloise Art Prize
Art 39
, Basel (with T293, Naples)
Ars Viva Prize



Walking Sonic Texts – Sound Poetry and Movement in Space (with a contribution by Marc Matter), Jan Mot, Brussels, BE.
Material Longevities
, Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon, PT.

Ponctuations and Perforations, La Verrière, Fondation Hermès, Brussels, BE.
Tall Tales and Short Stories, Cubitt, London, UK.
Seizure, Milliken Gallery, Stockholm, SE.
Puzzlers, Kunstverein Braunschweig Cuboid, Braunschweig, DE.
Tris Vonna-Michell, Witte de With, Rotterdam, NL.

Register, T293, Rome, IT.

Wasteful Illuminations: Distracted Listening, Jan Mot, Brussels, BE.
Capitol Complex, Appleton Square, Lisbon, PT.
Tris Vonna-Michell, Overduin & Co., Los Angeles, USA.
Tris Vonna-Michell, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver, CA.

Turner Prize 2014, Tate Britain, London, UK.
Postscript III (Berlin), Metro Pictures, New York, USA.
Capitol Complex, TPW, Toronto, CA.
Tris Vonna-Michell, VOX Centre de l’image contemporaine, Montreal, CA.

Postscript II (Berlin), Jan Mot, Brussels, BE.
Pebble Dash, T293, Rome, IT.
Capitol Complex, Jan Mot, Mexico City, MEX.

Ulterior Vistas, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (in collaboration with Inheritance Projects), UK.

Tris Vonna-Michell, Metro Pictures, New York, USA.

Wasteful Illuminations, T293, Naples, IT.
Not a Solitary Sign or Inscription to Even Suggest an Ending, Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles, USA.
Tris Vonna-Michell, Capitain Petzel, Berlin, DE.
No more racing in circles – just pacing within lines of a rectangle, Focal Point Gallery, Southend- on-Sea, UK.

Capstans, Halle fur Kunst, Lüneburg, DE.
Finding Chopin: Endnotes, Jeu de Paume, Paris, FR.
Tris Vonna-Michell, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, SE.
Auto-Tracking: Ongoing Configurations, Jan Mot, Brussels, BE.
Tris Vonna-Michell, X Initiative, New York, USA.
Auto-Tracking-Auto-Tracking, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, CH.
Studio A: Monumental Detours / Insignificant Fixtures, GAMeC, Bergamo, IT.

Tris Vonna-Michell, Cabinet Gallery, London, UK
Auto-Tracking, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, CH.
The Trades of Others, T293, Naples, IT.

Tall Tales and Short Stories, Cubitt, London, UK.
Seizure, Milliken Gallery, Stockholm, SE.
Puzzlers, Kunstverein Braunschweig Cuboid, Braunschweig, DE.
Tris Vonna-Michell, Witte de With, Rotterdam, NL.

Faire un effort, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, BE.
Down the Rabbit-Hole, Milliken Gallery, Stockholm, SE.




Videonale.17 – Refracted Realities, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, DE.

Back to the Future! Im Karussell der Diakonservierung, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg

Morphogenesis, Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon, PT.
Performance lecture, Lothringer13, Munich, DE.
Artist’s Books, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, DE.
Rosebuds, D21 Kunstraum Leipzig, DE.
From The Serralves Collection, Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal

Outwardly a Rectangular Plain Building, Inside Is Composed of Large Black and White Squares, MUMOK, Vienna (screening/talk), CH.
Par tibi, Roma, nihil, Palatino archeological area, Rome, IT.
VI x VI Positionen zur Zukunft der Fotografie, Landesgalerie Linz, Linz, DE.
… und eine Welt noch, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg, DE.
Poésie Balistique, La Verrière – Hermès Foundation, Brussels, BE.
This Is Your Replacement, Sies + Höhe, Dusseldorf, DE.
New-Self-Portrait-Paradox, MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38, New York, USA.

No Song to Sing, And Platform, Barcelona, ES.
In Process, (screening/talk), FIAC, Paris, FR.
A story within a story, 8th Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA), DE.
The day will come when photography revises, Triennial of Photography, Kunstverein in Hamburg, DE.
Digital Voices, Oxford University Library and Language Centre, Oxford, UK.

Society Acts – The Moderna Exhibition 2014, Moderna Museet, Malmö, SE.
Against the grain, Centre de la photographie, Genève, CH.
T293-in-residence, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK.
Un Nouveau Festival, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR.
Return Journey, MOSTYN, Wales, UK.

The Story Behind, Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona, SP.
Lecture-Performance: New Artistic Formats, Places, Practices and Behaviours, MUSAC – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, SP.
Unrest of Form. Imagining the Political Subject, Secession, Vienna, CH.
I knOw yoU, IMMA – Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, IR.
The Butterfly Image, Mudam Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Due Jean, Luxembourg, LX.
Only here, Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn, DE.

Reactivation, 9th Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai, CN.
CARA DOMANI opere dalla Collezione Ernesto Esposito, MAMbo, Bologna, IT.
Storytelling as Craft, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, USA.
Ephemeropterae~ (performance), TBA21 Augarten, Vienna, CH.
Swans, Amputees (performance), Fondation Cartier, Paris, FR.
Searching for the fountain, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, SE.
Soundworks, ICA, London, UK.
Setting the Scene, Tate Modern, London, UK.
OEI/Letterism+ (performance), Moderna Museet, Stockholm, SE.
Descriptive Acts, San Francisco MOMA, San Francisco, USA.
enfolds: books I & II, Mount Analogue, Stockholm, SE.
Never odd or even (performance), Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, DK.

Balustrade: endless tapes, Milliken Gallery, Stockholm, SE.
Fotofestival 4, Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Heidelberg, DE.
Folk Variations, Radar, Loughborough (performance), UK.
The Other Tradition, Wiels, Brussels, BE.
La Casa Encendida, Madrid (performance), SP.
Subtext Part II, Un Projects, Melbourne, AU.
British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet, touring; Nottingham Contemporary, Hayward Gallery, London, Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Art, and Plymouth Arts Centre, UK.

New Frankfurt Internationals, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, DE.
FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Troyes, FR.
Fun Palace, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR.
Manifesta 8, Murcia, SP.
Exhibition, Exhibition, Catello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli, IT.
Performance, Museo Marino Marini, Florence (performance), IT.
Balustrade, Julia Stoschek Foundation, Dusseldorf (performance), DE.
Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, Guggenheim Museum, New York (performance), USA.
NineteenEightyFour, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, USA.
ACT VII: Of Facts and Fables, Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, NL.
Leipzig Calendar Works, Project Kaufhaus Joske, Leipzig (performance), DE.
A Performance Cycle, Nomas Foundation, Rome (performance), IT.

Lecture Performance, Cologne Kunstverein, Cologne (performance), DE.
Accecare l’ascolto / Aveugler l’ecoute / Blinding the ears, Artissima, Turin (performance), IT.
5×5 Castello 09, Espai d’art contemporani de Castello EACC, Valencia, SP.
This World & Nearer Ones, Creative Time, New York (performance), USA.
Ars viva 08/09. Inszenierung / Mise en scene, Atelier Augarten Contemporary, Vienna, CH.
Spatial Works, Färgfabriken, Stockholm, SE.
Critical applause 3: Tris Vonna-Michell, CCA, Glasgow (performance), UK.
Finding Chopin, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, DE.
The Generational: Younger than Jesus, New Museum, New York, USA.
Just in the dark/Solo al buio, Mercati di Traiano, Rome, IT.
The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum, Saint Louis, USA.
Ars viva 08/09. Inszenierung / Mise en scene, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, DE.
The Space of Words, Mudam Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, LU.
I Repeat Myself When Under Stress, MOCAD Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, USA.
Iaspis Open House, Iaspis, Stockholm, SE.
Altermodern: Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London, UK.
A spoken word exhibition, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art Gateshead, Gateshead, UK.

Speak and Spell, performance at Vienna Art Week, Vienna (performance), CH.
Storyteller – Organizing Time and Space, 0047, Oslo, NO.
Lieber Kunstler, erzahle mir!, Kunstverein Hildesheim, Hildesheim, DE.
Stone-Paper-Scissors, Hebbel am Ufer (HAU), Berlin (performance), DE.
Kunst Im Heim, Capitain Petzel, Berlin, DE.
Ars viva 08/09. Inszenierung / Mise en scene, Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg, DE.
Bending the Word / MATRIX 226, BAM/PFA – UC Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, USA.
Time Crevasse, Yokohama Triennial 2008, Yokohama, JP.
ICA: 60 Past, Present and Future, performance at ICA, London, UK.
Fia Backstrom: That social space between speaking and meaning, White Columns, New York (performance), USA.
The Store, Tulips & Roses, Vilnius, LT.
Experiment Marathon Reykjavik, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, IS.
Oral Culture, performance at Jan Mot, Brussels (performance), BE.
Tate Triennial 2009 Prologue 1, Tate Britain, London (performance), UK.
Self-Storage, CCA – California College of the Arts, Metro Self Storage, San Francisco, USA.
Of this Tale, I cannot Guarantee A Single Word, Royal College of Art, London, UK.
5th Berlin Biennial, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE.

Monumental Detours / Insignificant Fixtures, performance at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (performance), DE.
Performa 07, The second Visual Art Performance Biennial, New York (performance), USA.
Playground, Stuk Performance Festival, Leuven, BE.
The Year of the Human Sciences, performance at Hebbel am Ufer (HAU), Berlin (performance), DE.
Experiment Marathon, Serpentine Gallery, London (performance), UK.
Floating Territories, Evens Foundation, Transbiennial Project, Istanbul and Athens (performance)
The Present Order, Museum de Hallen, Haarlem, NL.
The Moment You Realise You Are Lost, Johann Konig, Berlin, DE.
Köln Show2, European Kunsthalle, Cologne, DE.



audio poems: distracted listening, sound and photographic installation (commissioned by Statens Konstråd).

Tiles & Tides, reception desk commission for Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea (commissioned by Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea), UK.



The Artist and The Gravedigger: after D.O. Hill, commission for Observers’ Walks sound work series (commissioned by Collective Gallery, Edinburgh), UK

Capitol Complex commission for the exhibition To the moon via the beach, Amphitheatre of Arles, Provence (commissioned by LUMA Foundation), FR.



Darling Foundry, Montreal, CA.

Mejan Residency, Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, SE.

Inheritance projects Gibside and Baltic, Newcastle, UK.
Valand research center residency, Göteborg. DE.

Happy & Bob Doran Artist in Residence, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, USA.

Focal Point Gallery Residency
, Southend-on-Sea, UK.

Iaspis Residency, Stockholm, SE.


Capitol Complex / Ulterior Vistas, (book and 10-inch vynil), published by Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, UK, and Mount Analogue, Stockholm, 2013.
Tris Vonna-Michell, published by JRP | Ringier, together with with Fondazione Galleria Civica—Centro di Ricerca sulla Contemporaneità di Trento, GAMeC—Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg e.V., and Kunsthalle Zürich, 2011.
Finding Chopin: Endnotes (book), published by Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2011.
Monumental Detours / Insignificant Fixtures (12 inch vinyl), published by GAMeC Bergamo and Kunsthalle Zürich, 2009.
Tall tales and short stories (7 inch vinyl), published by Witte de With, Rotterdam, 2007.



Norment, Kate, ed. The Hugo Boss Price: 20 Years. Guggenheim Museum Publications, New York: 130-1.

Boucher, Brian. “‘A Close Distance’: Tris Vonna-Michell (July 16).
Bonin, Vincent. “The noise of reception.” Exhibition essay for Capitol Complex, Gallery TPW, Toronto.
(online only)
Higashino, Yuki. Overflowing History. Montreal: Vox Center for Contemporary Art, 2014. Print.
Shindler, Kelly, ed. The Front Room: Artists’ Projects at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis 2008-2013. Contemporary Art Museum St Louis: 102-103.

Ruf, Beatrix. “Tall Tales and Short Stories,” The Hugo Boss Prize 2012, Guggenheim Museum, New York: 74-76.

Kerr, Merrily. Tris Vonna-Michell. Time Out New York (October 13-19): 47.
Lehrer-Graiwer, Sarah. Reviews: British Art Show 7, Hayward Gallery. Artforum (May): 296-7.

Stadler, Andreas. NineteenEightyFour. Austrian Cultural Forum, New York: 28-29.
Scott, Kitty. Creamier: Contemporary Art in Culture: 10 Curators, 100 Contemporary Artists, London: Phaidon Press: 252-3
Knight, Christopher. Art Review: Tris Vonna-Michell at Overduin and Kite. Los Angeles Times (April 16)
Demircan, Saim. Circle of Life: Tris Vonna-Michell tells stories by the sea. Tank (April): 24
Court, David. Tris Vonna-Michell. Art Papers (January/February): 65

Obrist, Hans-Ulrich. An Awesome Vortex. Kaleidoskope (September/October) 22 – 25
Smith, Roberta. Unspooling Time Loops. New York Times (August 6)
Wilson, Michael. Ferry Tale. Artforum (July)
Steiker, Valerie. And … Nine Other Great Cultural Things To Do This Summer. Vogue (June 26)
Laster, Paul. Plot 09: Presents a Public Art Extravaganza on NYC’s Governors Island.
Flavorpill (June 30)
Steinhauer, Jillian. Plot 09: Exploring the World of Governor Island. (June 26)
Smith, Roberta. Island as Inspiration and Canvas. New York Times (June 26)
Ashman, Angela. Fantasy Island. Village Voice (June 27)
Halle, Howard. This World and Nearer Ones Map. Time Out New York (June 25/July 1)
Hoptman, Laura. Younger Jesus, The Generational book. Göttingen: Steidl Publishers/ New Museum: 154-5, 448
Cornell, Lauren, Massimiliano Gioni, and Laura Hoptman. Younger than Jesus: Artist Directory. London: Phaidon Press: 403
Maderna, Angela. Tris Vonna-Michell. Flash Art (August/September): 117
Bourriaud, Nicolas. Tris Vonna-Michell. Tate Triennial. Altermodern: 212–5
Arte Vonna tra Zurigo e New York. D di Repubblica (July 25)
Paderni, Marinella. Tris Vonna-Michell. Frieze (July)
Bria, Ginevra. Meris Angioletti/ Tris Vonna-Michell. Exibart (July)
Gartenfeld, Alex. Storytelling: A Conversation with Tris Vonna-Michell, Art in America Magazine (May 18)
Schmitz, Edgar. Tate Triennial 2009. Artforum (May): 228-9
The Space of Words. Kaleidoscope (March/April): 92
Younger Than Jesus. Kaleidoscope(March/April): 121
Più Giovani di Gesù. Flash Art (April/May): 39
Tris Vonna-Michell, Lieber kunstler, Erzahle mir! Nurnberg: Verlag fuir moderne Kunst Nurnberg: 38–9
Verwoert, Jan. Life Work. Frieze London (March): 120-6
Higgie, Jennifer. 3rd Yokohama Triennial. Frieze London (January/February): 140-1
Herbert, Martin. Tris Vonna-Michell. Artforum (January): 196-7
Tris Vonna-Michell. Flash Art International (January/February): 92–3

Hammonds, Kit, and Mark Nash. Of This Tale, I Cannot Guarantee a Single Word. London: Royal College of Art, 2008. Print.
Vierter Viennaartweek. Observer (September 26)
Viennaartweek: Vom Barok bis zur Gegenwart. Observer (September 9)
Grosse kunstlerische Bandbreite bei der viennaartweek. APA Austria Presse Agentur (September)
Lorch, Catrin. Two Houses. Ars Viva 08/09, catalogue, ed. Berlin: Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft
Smith, Roberta. Frieze Art Fair Feels a Big Chill. New York Times (October 18)
Gronlund, Melissa. Tris Vonna-Michell. Nought to Sixty (August)
Hunt, Andrew. Fragmented Narratives. Untitled (Spring)
Cervasio, Stella. La Galleria T293 Trionfa a Basilea. La Repubblica Naples (June 5)
Amadasi, Giovanna. T293 vince il Premio Baloise. ArtEconomy 24, Il Sole 24 Ore (June 7)
Lubbke-Tidow, Maren. Berlin Biennale, When Things Cast No shadow. Kunst Bulletin (June)
Boecker, Susanne. When things cast no shadow. Kunstforum Berlin (May/July): 178-229
Bourriaud, Nicolas. Checkpoint Charlie. Beaux Arts Magazine (May)
Herbert, Martin. 5th Berlin Biennial. Frieze London (May)
5th Berlin Biennial. Art Monthly London (May)
Mack, Gerhard. Die Gegenwart Leidet an Ihrer Geschichte. Neue Zurcher Zeitung (April 28)
Chang, H. The Interplay of History and Memory at Berlin’s Contemporary Art Biennial. Wall Street Journal (April 25)
Busing, Nicole. Klaas H., Berlin von Aussen Betrachtet. Suedkurier Konstanz (April 22)
Riva, Caterina. Interview with Tris Vonna-Michell. Mousse Magazine (March 8): 46-7
Herzog, Samuel. Bonjour Tristesse. Neue Zurcher Zeitung (April 9)
Buhr, Elke. Auf der Schulter der Moderne. Frankfurter Rundschau (April 5)
Preuss, Sebastian. Der Zaun Meiner Nachbarn. Berliner Zeitung am Sonntag (April 4)
Volzke, Daniel. Warte Bis es Dunkel Wird. Monopol Berlin (April)
Mavellia, C. Vogue Arte. Vogue Milan (April)
Das Treffen der Generationen. Art Berlin (April): 18-29
Berlino viva e mutante. D di Repubblica (March 29): 70
Wahjudi, Claudia, and Schatten Kein. Nirgends. Zitty Berlin (March 27)
Riva, Caterina. Tris Vonna-Michell. Mousse Magazine Milan (March)
Volzke, Daniel. Warte, bis es Dunkel Wird. Monopol Berlin (April): 38-9
Carr‚ Adam. Tris Vonna-Michell. Spike Vienna/Berlin (Winter): 38–45
Tedesco, Irene. Tris Vonna-Michell. (March 28)
Caragliano, Renata. Il Corpo Parlante di Tris racconta Storie nel Suo Dialetto. La Repubblica Naples (March 5)
Guida, Melania. Performance per Dieci. Corriere del Mezzogiorno Naples (March 5)
Trezzi, Nicola. Tris Vonna-Michell. Flash Art (January)

Lorch, Catrin. Tris Vonna-Michell. Artforum New York (October): 389
Thorne, Sam. Tris Vonna-Michell. Frieze London (October): 252
Nielsen, Henrikke. Tris Vonna-Michell. Vonhundert Berlin (July)
Jones, Ronald. Tris Vonna-Michell. Artforum New York (December): 324


Centre National Des Arts Plastiques, Paris, FR.
Tate Modern, London, UK.
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, DE.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, EUA.
FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, FR.

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