Curated by: Vincente Todolì, Clara Kim, Fiontán Moran
Steve McQueen (London, 1969; lives and works between London and Amsterdam) is one of the most important contemporary artists, film-makers and screenwriters of today. Over the past twenty five years McQueen has decisively influenced the way in which the film medium is used and exhibited. He has been the author not only of some of the most relevant works related to the moving image, created for exhibition spaces, but also of four feature films for cinema, Hunger (2008), Shame (2010), 12 anni slave (12 Years a Slave ) (2013) and Widows (2018). McQueen with his film and video installations turns a radical look at defined moments and places, capturing contemporary issues and themes in a touching and provocative way.
The solo show at Pirelli HangarBicocca, in collaboration with the Tate Modern in London, will offer the public a rare opportunity to get to know and learn more about Steve McQueen's work.
Numerous institutions of international importance have presented his works, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2017); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016); Schaulager, Basel (2013); Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2012); National Portrait Gallery, London (2010); Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2008); The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2007); Prada Foundation, Milan (2005); ARC, Museum of Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris (2003); Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona (2002); Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich (1999); Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (1998); Portikus, Frankfurt, MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York (1997). McQueen participated in documenta 12 (2007), 11 (2002) and 10 (1997) in Kassel, and at the Venice Biennale (2015, 2013, 2007 and 2003) and represented Great Britain in Venice in 2009. He received numerous awards, including Johannes Vermeer Prize (2016), Harvard University, WEB Du Bois Medal (2014), CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) (2011), OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) (2002) and the Turner Prize, Tate Gallery, London ( 1999). McQueen was honored for Hunger with the Caméra d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival (2008) and with the Oscar for best film for 12 years a slave (12 Years a Slave) in 2014.