Born in 1955 - United Kingdom
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.
Mode(l)s of Thought - Working Models 1979 - 2014 Gibberd Gallery, Harlow, UK
Langlands & Bell - Films and Animations 1978 - 2008 Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh
A Muse Um Alan Cristea Gallery, London
Whitechapel Laboratory Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Superactive i2i Somerset House, London
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
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
The House of Osama bin Laden IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
9.11.03 Henry Urbach Architecture, New York
The House of Osama bin Laden Imperial War Museum, London
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
Langlands & Bell + The Artists House New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury, UK
Volume Volume!, Rome
Architecture as Metaphor Central House of the Artist, Moscow
Opening / Capture Yale Centre For British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
TN Probe, Tokyo, Japan
Frozen Sky CCA Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu, Japan
Galleria Marabini, Bologna, Italy
Koldo Mitxelena, San Sebastian, Spain
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
La Criée, Halle d'Art Contemporain, Rennes, France
Galerie Roger Pailhas, Marseille, France
Galerie Roger Pailhas, Paris, France
Château de Chambord, FRAC Région Centre, France
Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow
Galleria Valentina Moncada, Rome, Italy
Interim Art, London
Galerie Luis Campaña, Frankfurt, Germany
Surrounding Time Fondation pour I'Architecture, Brussels, Belgium
Galerie Luis Campaña, Frankfurt, Germany
White November Air Gallery, London
Traces of Living Interim Art, London
The Ruined Book Bookworks, London
Red Ashes University of Reading, UK
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