Navid Nuur

(b. 1976, Teheran) lives and works in The Hague, The Netherlands.


Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (HKU), Utrecht

Pietzwart Institute, Rotterdam

MA Plymouth University, England.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

When Doubt turns into Destiny, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, NL

Flight/Light/Fight, Galerie Jahn and Jahn, Lisbon, PT
The Tentext Theory, Parliament Gallery, Paris, FR

Step By Step, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, DE

When meanings get marbled, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, DE
Apart from the secret that it holds, Galerie Max Hetzler, London, UK

I am because of You, Kunstmuseum Den Haag, The Hague, NL
Hocus Focus, Marta Herford Museum for Art, Architecture, Design, Herford, DE
What is lost in time will be found by time, Jahn und Jahn, Munich, DE

The After Glow III, NDSM-WERF, Amsterdam, NL
When doubt turns into destiny, Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris, FR
Fight Light Fight, Gallery Sofie Van de Velde, Antwerp, BE


Navid Nuur: FUNNELFLUX, Be-Part, Platform voor Actuele Kunst, Waregem, BE
Sandman's Sand, Martin van Zomeren Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
A&N&D, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, DE

Context is the New Content, Galerie Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam, NL

Marbled Meanings, Villa Toronto (with Plan B), CA
Mining Memory, Galeria Plan B and Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, DE
About a Work #3, Galleria Zero, Milan, IT

RENDERENDER, Dundee Contemporary Arts, UK
THE MAIN REMAIN, Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris, FR
Color Me Closely, Trafó Gallery, Budapest, HU

Lube Love, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, NL
TA-DA, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR
PHANTOM FUEL, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London, UK
Treasured Tensions, Club Electroputere, Craiova, RO
UNIFIED NOT UNIFORMED, Martin van Zomeren Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

SMOKEBOMBSMOKE, OUI Center of Contemporary Art, Grenoble, FR
the Blank - Bergamo Contemporary Art, Bergamo, IT
HOCUS FOCUS, Matadero Madrid Contemporary Art Center, Madrid, ES

IT'S NO CRIME TO TICKLE TIME, Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam, NL
POST PARALLELISM, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen, CH

Glow (Re-)discovering Eindhoven, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, NL
PHANTOM FUEL, Galeria Plan B, Cluj, RO
THE VALUE OF VOID, De Hallen Museum, Haarlem, NL

THE VALUE OF VOID, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, DE
THE VALUE OF VOID, (S.M.A.K) Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, BE
THE VALUE OF VOID, De Hallen Museum, Haarlem, NL
(No) Norms Forgotten, 10m2 project space, Sarajevo, BA
Aass Wwee bbeccoommee Oonnee, Klerkx, Milan, IT
Within Your Worlds, Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam, NL
In Your World, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, DE

Where It's At, Fries Museum/ Bureau Leeuwarden, NL
Lost Licks, 1646, The Hague, NL

THE RISE OF RE, Project Space Stroom, The Hague, NL

Galerie De5er, Rotterdam, NL

Selected Group Exhibitions

Kiss my Soul. Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht, NL
Am Seegarten, Kirchmöser, Brandeburg, DE
Gifted Eye - International contemporary drawings donated by Tanya Rumpff, Teylers Museum, Haarlem, NL
Three Pallet Trucks and a Piece of Paper, The Edition Block 1966 - 2022, Nürnberg, DE
50 seconds, Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, JP

Into the LIGHT, Museum Krona, Uden, NL
50 seconds, soda, Kyoto, JP
Lush2 - A Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition, Lighthouse ArtCenter Galerry, Tequesta, USA
Mondrian Moves, Kunstmuseum Den Haag, The Hague, NL
Terra incognita – Questions for the Earth, Lantz’sche Park,Düsseldorf, DE
ThisPlay, Arter, Istanbul, TR
Beating Around the Bush #7: False Flat, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, NL

Les Flammes. L'Âge de la céramique / The Flames. The Age of Ceramics, Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris, FR
VIDEO+RADIO+LIVE, Casa Artelor, Timișoara, RO
Trailblazers. 150th Anniversary of the Royal Award for Modern Painting, Royal Palace Amsterdam, NL
Stations, Lustwarande, Tilburg, NL

Read/ing, Quetzal Art Center, Vidigueira, PT
CoBrA. The colour of freedom, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, NL
From the Collection - Poetic Faith, S.M.A.K Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, BE
Fragile Frontiers, YARAT Centre, Baku, AZ
Nine Iranian Artists in London: The Spark is You, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London, UK
The Spark is You: Parasol unit in Venice, Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello, Venice, IT
₡ U R R € ₦ ₡ ¥, NOME, Berlin, DE
Freedom - The Fifty Key Dutch Artworks Since 1968, Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle, NL
Looking at the world through rose colored glasses, Gallery Sofie Van de Velde, Antwerp

Painting the Night, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, FR
Entrelacs (duo show with Victor Man), Centre d'édition contemporaine, Geneva, CH
True Luxury... Art acquisitions 2012-2018, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL
CHARIVARI, Church of Our Lady of Pamele, Oudenaarde, BE
Various Others – featuring guests Galerie Max Hetzler (Berlin/Paris/London) & Lateral ArtSpace (Cluj), Jahn und Jahn, Munich, DE
On longing and consolidation. Art festival Watou 2018, Watouplein, Watou, BE
PLAY Kortrijk - City circuit for contemporary art, Various venues, Kortrijk, BE
Uns gehört die Stadt! Kids, Kunst und Krawall in Aachen, Centre Charlemagne - Neues Stadtmuseum, Aachen, DE
Møenlight Sonata – A homage to the starry sky of Møn, Kunsthal 44 Møen, Møn, DK
Eruption from the Surface, Marta Herford, Herford, DE

Het Zalig Nietsdoen (The Sweetness of Doing Nothing), Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen, NH
Matière Grise, Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris, FR
Three Positions. Six Directions. Chapter I: The Brutalist Ideal, König Galerie, Berlin, DE
Where do we go from here?, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, NL
37 - 1270 °C. Eugenia Pop and Navid Nuur: Ceramics, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, DE
Radicale Sociale Animale Talen, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, NL
Het Zalig Nietsdoen (The Divineness of doing Nothing), Kranenburgh Museum, Bergen, NL

Cher(e)s Ami(e)s: Hommage aux Donateurs des Collections Contemporaines, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR
Hacking Habitat. Art of Control, Utrecht, NL
Illegibility. The contexts of script, Art Stations Foundation, Poznan, PL
La mia ceramica, Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris, FR
Back in 5 Minutes, Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam, NL
BERLIN SHOW #4: Inventory, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, DE

Lekker Licht, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL
Addition: Schenking Pieter en Marieke Sanders, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL
Mountains With a Broken Edge, Bienal de la Habana 2015, Havana, CU
When I Give, I Give Myself, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, NL
Eppur si muove, (MUDAM) MUSÉE D'ART MODERNE GRAND-DUC JEAN, Luxembourg, LU
Let Us Meet Inside You, Trendbeheer, De Garage Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL
The Dutch Connection - A4 Multiple (5), (S.M.A.K) Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, BE
Too early, too late. Middle East and Modernity, Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna, IT
Playing Future, Kunsthalle Kiel, Kiel, DE
Obsession, Maison Particuliėre, Brussels, BE
Fa Fa Fa, Martin van Zomeren Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
Signs & Symbols, Jessica Bradley, Toronto, CA

Allegory of the Cave Painting, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, BE
Picture This, SALTS, Birsfelden, CH
Beating around the bush Episode #1, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, NL
RE: Painted, (S.M.A.K) Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, BE
Branched. Trees in Contemporary Art, Altana Kulturstiftung, Bad Homburg, DE
Animal Mineral Vegetable, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, US
Alchemy, NEST, The Hague, NL
Halftone: Through the Grid, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, DE

Image into Sculpture, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR (curated by Christine Macel and Navid Nuur)
Behind Images, Garage Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL
Traces – sporen van werkelijkheid, Stedelijk Museum, s-Hertogenbosch, NL
Agora, 4th Athens Biennale, Athens, GR
On The Road to...Tarascon, Adrian Ghenie and Navid Nuur, Plan B, Berlin, DE
Flex-Sil Reloaded, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen, CH
Mind is Outer Space, Casey Kaplan, New York, NY
It Wasn't There Yesterday, Galeria Raster, Warsaw, PL
Time, Trade and Travel, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, NL
Small Gestures, MU / Strijp S, Eindhoven, NL

Castle in the Air. Séance of Imagination, Zamek Cultural Centre, Poznan, PL (curated by Adam Budak)
Time, Trade and Travel, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, NL
A Battle for Narrative, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, NL (curated by Stijn Huijts and Zsa-Zsa Eyck)
Utopraxia, TAF/ the Art Foundation, Athens (curated by Evagelia Ledaki), GR
Sint-Jan, Sint-Baafskathedraal, Ghent, BE (curated by Jan Hoet and Hans Marten)
On Geometry and Speculation, official parallel project during the Marrakech Biennale, ESAV, Marrakech, MA (curated by Hicham Khalidi)
Un paisaje holandés / A Dutch Landscape, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, ES
Rollercoaster. The image in the 21st Century, MOTI, Breda, NL
Ashes and Gold, Marta Herford Museum, Herford, DE

ILLUMInations, 54. Biennale di Venezia, Arsenale, Venice, IT
Recently unpacked. How art ages, Marta Herford Museum, Herford, DE
Too late, too little, (and how) to fail gracefully, Kunstfort Asperen, Langedijk, NL
IMAGE TO BE PROJECTED UNTIL IT VANISHES, Museion - Museum of modern and contemporary
art, Bolzano, IT (curated by Mihnea Mircan)
Radical Autonomy, Netwerk / centrum voor hedendaagse kunst, Aalst, BE
Inside Installations | Collectietentoonstelling, (S.M.A.K) Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, BE

Taking Place, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL (curated by Ann Goldstein)
Invisible Shadows – Images of Uncertainty, Marta Herford Museum, Herford, DE
Benefit Exhibition, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen, CH
Starter, Arter, Istanbul, TR (curated by Rene Block)
History of Art, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK
Performative Attitudes, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, CH
Up to You, Stroom, The Hague, NL
BERLIN SHOW #2, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, DE

The Knight's Tour, De Hallen Museum, Haarlem, NL
Sculptural - Collection, S.M.A.K (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst), Ghent, BE
Broken English, Selier + Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Zurich, CH

Modern Museum of Arnhem, NL
BERLIN SHOW #1, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, DE
OPEN SKY. Räume jenseits ihrer Praxis, Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz, AT
Group show, schil/ders, DCR, The Hague, NL
Geoair, residency in Georgia, Tbilisi, GE

Billy town, Rijswijk, NL
INSIDEOUT, Moira Gallery, Utrecht, NL
Voorstel voor, DCR Project Space, The Hague, NL
Drawing the line somewhere, Ned. Cacaofabriek, Helmond, NL
Lumiere, Galerie Blaak 10, Rotterdam, NL

Villa Nuts, The Hague, NL
For a(n) relation(s), ADA Gallery, Virginia, US
Countersale, Utrecht, NL

Rebound, HKU Gallery Utrecht, Utrecht, NL
Jack of Hearts, Stroom, The Hague, NL

The Art of Management, Ecole Supérieure de Commerce, Paris, FR
Billboart, European Billboard Exposition, Bratislava, Warsaw, PL

Selected public and private collections

Kunsthaus Zürich; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; The S.M.A.K Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent; FNAC Paris; Deutsche Bank Collection, Frankfurt am Main; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin; Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris; Vehbi Koç Foundation, Istanbul; Aishti Foundation, Beirut; Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London; Aaron and Barbara Levine Art Collection, Washington; The Sander Collection, Darmstadt.


Exhibition Catalogues, Artist Books, Monographs
  • 2020
    TA-DA! Künstler*in werden im Nullkommanichts. Herford: Marta Herford Museum, 2020.

    TA-DA! Deviens un artiste contemporain. Paris: Centre Pompidou, 2019.

    Gallais, Jean-Marie (ed.). Painting the Night. Metz: Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2018.

    Lauwaert, Maaike; van Westrenen, Francien (eds.). Facing Value: Radical Perspectives from the Arts. Amsterdam: Valiz, 2017.

    Gevers, Ine; van der Tuin, Iris; Kockelkoren, Petran; Kerckhoffs, Denis; Wiersum, Friso (eds.). Hacking Habitat. Art of Control. Rotterdam: Nai010 Publishers, 2016.
    Thirion-Berg, Eline (ed.). La mia ceramica. Berlin, Paris: Holzwarth Publications, Galerie Max Hetzler, 2016.

    Nuur, Navid. Mining Memory. Berlin: Galeria Plan B, Cluj, Berlin, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Paris, 2015. [artist book]
    Delgado, Medina; Gretel, Lazo, Direlia (eds.). Mountains with a Broken Edge. PUBLICA. Bristol: Intellect Ltd., 2015.
    Mircan, Mihnea; van Gerven Oei, Vincent W.J. (eds.). Allegory of the Cave Painting. Milan: Mousse Publishing, 2015.
    Corcy, Marie-Sophie; Crapon, Vincent; Arnaud, Dejeammes; Falguières, Patricia; Farcy, Marie Noëlle; Gallois, Christophe; Lunghi, Enrico; Minighetti, Clément; Winkin,Yves (eds.). Eppur si muove. Luxembourg: MUDAM Luxembourg, 2015.
    Scotini, Marco; Redissi, Hamandl (eds.). Too Early, Too Late. Middle East and Modernity. Milan: Mousse Publishing, 2015.
    Schwartz, Johannes; Bierens, Cornel; Barnas, Maria (eds.). Object Under / Object Below: Sanders Collection: Pieter & Marieke Sanders. Köln: Walther König, 2015.

    Bounakoff, Pierre-Nicholas (ed.). Halftone. Berlin, Paris: Galerie Max Hetzler, 2014.

    Ardalan, Ziba (ed.). Navid Nuur: Phantom Fuel. London: Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, Cornerhouse Publications, 2013. [artist book]
    Nuur, Navid. Je Suis UN Artiste. Paris: Centre Pompidou, 2013. [children workbook]
    Nuur, Navid. SMACKED AND SMOKED. Grenoble: UOI Projectspace, 2013. [artist book]
    Nuur, Navid. WHEN TEXT BECOMES MY EX. Maastricht: Bonnefantenmuseum, 2013. [artist book]
    Marinos, Christopher (ed.). Agora 4th Athens Biennale Guidebook. Athens: Athens Biennale, 2013.

    Carl, Mikkel. This Title is an Artwork of Mine – a group exhibition in a book. Berlin: Revolver Publishing, 2012.
    Kröger, Michael; Anne Schloen; Dietmar, Rübel; Roland, Nachtigäller; Alexander, Grönert; Peter, Bamm (eds.). Ashes and Gold. A World’s Journey. Cologne: Wienand, 2012.
    Hontoria, Javier. A Dutch Landscape. Amsterdam: Roma Publications 2012. [catalogue]

    Nuur, Navid. At this museum I damaged Navid Nuur's art. I failed as a visitor. Paris: onestarpress, 2011. [artist book]
    Nuur, Navid. BORED AT THE MUSEUM. Milan, Sankt Gallen: Mousse Publishing, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, 2011. [artist book]
    Curiger, Bice (ed.). ILLUMInations: 54th Biennale di Venezia. Venice: Marsilio, 2011.

    Nuur, Navid. The Afterglow. Eindhoven: Van Abbe Museum, 2010. [artist book]
    Karshkens, Xander; Linnenkohl, Andrea; Verhoeven, Thibaut (eds.). Navid Nuur: THE VALUE OF VOID. Eindhoven: Onomatopee, 2010. [artist book]
    Fast, Friederike; Kröger, Michael; Nachtigäller, Roland; Niemeyer, Thomas; Phanhans-Bühler, Ursula (eds.). Invisible Shadows – Images of Uncertainty. Herford: Marta Herford Museum, 2010.
    Vakfi, Vehbi Koç. Starter: Works from the Vehbi Koç Foundation Contemporary Art Collection. Istanbul: Arter Galeri, 2010.
    Herford, Marta. Unsichtbare Schatten. Bilder der Verunsicherung. Germany: VG Bild-Kunst, 2010.

    Cornell, Lauren; Gioni, Massimiliano; Hoptman, Laura (eds.). Younger than Jesus: Artist Directory. New York: Phaidon, 2009.

    Nuur, Navid. EXTEXTS. Berlin, Amsterdam: Galeria Plan B, Galerie Martin van Zomeren, 2008. [artist book]

    Nuur, Navid. ETIOLATION 1. Rotterdam: Veenman Publishers, 2007. [artist book]
    Nuur, Navid. SLIDING THE SLOW SPLIT. Eindhoven: Onomatopee, 2007. [artist book]
    Nuur, Navid; Schoutsen, Renate; van Kreji, Marijin (eds.). Where I End And You Begin. Eindhoven: Onomatopee, 2007. [artist book]

    Nuur, Navid. Afterouge. Berlin: Revolver Publising, 2006. [artist book]


Articles and reviews
  • 2017
    Van der Booderg, Dominic. ”Navid Nuur: Sandman’s Sand,” ArtReview, Summer Issue, 2017.
    Kherbeck, William. ”Navid Nuur 'A&N&D',” Spike Art Quaterly, No. 51, Spring 2017, p. 186-187.

    Gopnik, Blake. ”Navid Nuur Shows that Art is Hard-Wired,” Artnet.com, January, 2015.

    Pigeat, Anael. ”Navid Nuur,” Artpress 416, October, 2014.
    Herbert, Martin. ”Previewed,” ArtReview, May, 2014, p. 25, 26, 27.

    Herbert, Martin. “Navid Nuur at Dundee Contemporary Arts,” ArtRewiew, May, 2014, p. 25-27.
    Khazam, Rahma. “L’image dans la sculpture,” ArtForum, Rewiew of the Centre Pompidou exhibition, July, 2013.
    Haye van der Werf, Huib. “Navid Nuur,” Artforum, November, 2013.

    Byrd, Cathy. “Navid Nuur at Matadero Madrid,” Art in America, May, 2012.

    Khazam, Rahma. “500 WORDS,” Artforum, February, 2011.
    Macel, Christine. “Best of 2011,” Artforum, December, 2011, p. 198.
    Boucher, Brian. “Ciprian Mureșan,” Art in America, no.10, November, 2011, p. 168.
    Vrancken, Judith. “Navid Nuur,” frieze, Winter, 2011, p. 128.

    Bem, Merel. ”Hij geeft je zin om mee te doenï,” Volkskrant, March, 2010.
    Smolik, Noemi. “Navid Nuur,” Artforum, April 2010, p. 210.
    van Saaze, Vivian. “Een nieuw onderzoeksterrein,” Origine04, 2010, p. 28.
    Westcott, James. “Flink of an Eye,” Modern Painters, winter edition, 2010, p. 30.
    Braat, Manon. “Het juiste werk, de juiste tijd, de juiste plaatsï,” Kunsbeeld, nr. 2, 2010, p. 22.
    de Coninck, Frits. “Ontroerende alledaagsheid,” Financial Dagblad, May, 2010, p. 28.
    de Vries, Marina. “Bergkristal van piepschuimï,” Volkskrant, March, 2010.
    Eichler, Dominic. “Navid Nuur,” frieze, June-August, 2010, p. 158-159.

    Braat, Manon. “Navid Nuur,” Flash Art, March – April, 2009, p. 89.
    den Hartog Jager, Hans. “Krachtige beelden gunnen publiek geen rust,” NRC, 1 October, 2009, p.11.

    Leij, Machteld. “BIJ NACHT EN ONTIJ NAAST JE BED,” Kunstbeeld, nr. 11, 2008, p. 22.