View of Jeff Wall 1978 - 2004 exhibition at Tate Modern
View of exhibition Jeff Wall 1978 - 2004 at Tate Modern

Jeff Wall was born in 1946 in Vancouver, Canada, where he currently lives and works. He studied art history at the University of British Colombia in Vancouver (1964–70) and undertook postgraduate studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London (1970–3).

Wall’s early work addressed Conceptual art via photography. In 1969–70, he produced a small brochure, Landscape Manual, containing black-and-white photographs of Vancouver taken from the window of a car. In 1976 he began colour photography, and soon mounted large colour transparencies in lightboxes. In 1991 Wall started using digital montage techniques, and he began producing large black-and-white photographs in 1995.

Selected solo exhibitions


Schaulager, Basel, Switzerland


Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, Norway
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, New York


UCLA Hammer Museum, Lobby Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Jeff Wall: Landscapes, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich, England
MUMOK (Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation), Vienna, Austria


Camera Elinga: Pieter Janssens meets Jeff Wall, Staedel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany


Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, New York
Jeff Wall: Figures & Places, Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt, Germany


Mies van der Rohe Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
Jeff Wall: Oeuvres 1990–1998, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal, Quebec


Here and Now II: Jeff Wall, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, England
Jeff Wall: Photographs of Modern Life, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland


The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California; Hirshhorn
Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Art Tower Mito, Mito, Japan


Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
Jeff Wall: Landscapes, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany


Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
Jeu de Paume, Paris, France


Museo Nacional Centro de Arte, Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst Galerie, Berlin, Germany
De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Stüdtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany


Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Jouy-en-Josas, France
The Childrens’ Pavilion (a collaborative project with Dan Graham), Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium


Jeff Wall 1990, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Young Workers, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland


Jeff Wall: Transparencies, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England; Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland


The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois


Installation of Faking Death (1977), The Destroyed Room (1978), Young Workers (1978), Picture for Women (1979), The Art Gallery of Greater Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia


Nova Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

Selected group exhibitions


Faces in the Crowd, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London


BERLIN-MOSKAU, MOSKAU-BERLIN 1950-2000, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
Saved! 100 Years of the National Art Collections Fund, Hayward Gallery, London, England


Partners, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany


Encounters: New Art from Old, The National Gallery, London, England
Around 1984: A Look at Art in the Eighties, P.S.1/Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Long Island City, New York


The Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York


documenta 10, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany


Face à l’Histoire 1933–1996: L’artiste moderne face á l’événement historique, Musée National d’Art Moderne-Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Hall of Mirrors: Art & Film Since 1945, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois


Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
Passions Privées: Collections particulières d’art moderne et contemporain en France, ARC/Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France


Post-Human, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
Renegotiations: Class, Modernity, Photography, Norwich Gallery, Norfolk Institute of Art & Design, Norfolk, England


Passages de l’image, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Fundació Caixa de Pensions, Barcelona, Spain; Wexner Center for the Visual Arts, Columbus, Ohio; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California


Les Magiciens de la Terre, Musée National d’Art Moderne-Centre Georges Pompidou /La Grand Halle de la Villette, Paris, France
Theatergarden Bestiarium, P.S. 1/Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Long Island City, New York; Casino des Exposicións del Teatro Lope de Vega, Seville, Spain; Entrepôt-Galerie du Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France


Utopia Post Utopia, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts


L’Epoque, la mode, la morale, la passion: Aspects de l’art d’aujourd’hui, 1977–1987, Musée National d’Art Moderne-Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; documenta 8, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany


Prospect 86, Frankfurter Kunstverein and Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany


documenta 7, Museum Fridericanium, Kassel, Germany