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Langlands & Bell

Born in 1955 - United Kingdom

BIOGRAPHY

Ben Langlands (London, 1955) and Nikki Bell (1959) live and work in London. They trained at the Fine arts school of Middelsex Polytechnic College in London between 1977 and 1980, and they have been working together since 1978.

Since early 80's, Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell have been developing an artistic approach which questions architecture and its foundations, mainly through plan and design. They try to highlight the similarities in the geometric figures which are used for building plans, though for a definite usage, from bank to prison, from Chateau de Chambord to the Grande Arche at La Défénse.

In Langlands & Bell's work, the plan eventually achieves flexibility in its form and sense, and is then transformed into a pattern, ornament, furniture, painting or even a logo for that matter. Their research is based on the relationship between architecture and furniture, between a building and its representation, between a rational drawing of a plan and its transformation into a precious relief.

Several major exhibitions have been dedicated to them, especially at the Imperial War Museum in London in 2003, Whitechapel Art Gallery in the same city in 2006 or even the MOMA in New York in 2006. In 2004, they won the BAFTA awards for Interactive Arts Installation and were nominated for the Turner award the same year.

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EXHIBITIONS

2014

Mode(l)s of Thought - Working Models 1979 - 2014 Gibberd Gallery, Harlow, UK


2008

Langlands & Bell - Films and Animations 1978 - 2008 Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh

A Muse Um Alan Cristea Gallery, London

2007

Whitechapel Laboratory Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

Superactive i2i Somerset House, London

2005

Zardad's Dog Tate Britain, London

domain Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK

Plunged in a Stream Site Archéologique du Coudenberg, Ancien Palais de Bruxelles / Archeologische Site van de Coudenberg, Voormalig Paleis van Brussel

The House of Osama bin Laden La Teoretica, San Jose, Costa Rica

2004

word wide web.af Alan Cristea Gallery, London

Re Awakening - Langlands & Bell at Mount Stuart Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Langlands & Bell Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne

2003/4

The House of Osama bin Laden IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

2003

9.11.03 Henry Urbach Architecture, New York

The House of Osama bin Laden Imperial War Museum, London

2002

Langlands & Bell at Petworth - Turner Studio Residency Exhibtion Petworth House, Petworth, W. Sussex, UK

Strange Partners / Langlands & Bell Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, W. Sussex, UK

Language of Places Alan Cristea Gallery, London

2001

Langlands & Bell + The Artists House New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury, UK

2000

Volume Volume!, Rome

Architecture as Metaphor Central House of the Artist, Moscow

1999

Opening / Capture Yale Centre For British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

1998

TN Probe, Tokyo, Japan

1997

Frozen Sky CCA Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu, Japan

Galleria Marabini, Bologna, Italy

Koldo Mitxelena, San Sebastian, Spain

1996

Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa and Santa Maria dello Spasimo, Palermo

Kunsthalle der Stadt Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

Enclosure & Identity Galerie Roger Pailhas, Kunst Messe Basel

Serpentine Gallery, London

Abbaye aux Dames, FRAC Basse Normandie, Caen, France

1994

La Criée, Halle d'Art Contemporain, Rennes, France

1993

Galerie Roger Pailhas, Marseille, France

Galerie Roger Pailhas, Paris, France

Château de Chambord, FRAC Région Centre, France

1992

Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow

1991

Galleria Valentina Moncada, Rome, Italy

Interim Art, London

1990

Galerie Luis Campaña, Frankfurt, Germany

Surrounding Time Fondation pour I'Architecture, Brussels, Belgium

1989

Galerie Luis Campaña, Frankfurt, Germany

1987-88

White November Air Gallery, London

1986

Traces of Living Interim Art, London

1984

The Ruined Book Bookworks, London

1978

Red Ashes University of Reading, UK


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