Hassan Khan


Born in 1975, London, U.K.
Lives and works in Cairo and Berlin.

Hassan Khan is an artist, musician and writer. His work engages with familiar, shared conditions and undisclosed personal references to arrive at forms that suggest imagined communities, raise fundamental questions, channel conditions simmering under the surface, seduce and alienate, engage with expectations, pose mysteries as well as help to re-articulate our experiences with shifting structures of power.  To this end he makes use of the widest range of media such as video, photography, performance and installation. The artist considers the medium to not to be a sort of field that has to be mastered but rather a source of possibilities, potential as well as learning.

Hassan Khan's notable solo exhibitions include the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2022); Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2019); Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai (2019); Palacio de Cristal / Museum Reina Sofia, Madrid (2019-2020); Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2019); Beirut Art Center (2016); MMK, Frankfurt (2015); Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival, Cairo (2014); SALT, Istanbul (2012); CCA, Kitakyushu (2011); Kunst Halle St Gallen (2009).

In 2022, a survey exhibition will be hosted by the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

He also participated to the Sharjah Biennal 12 (2015); Liverpool Biennial (2014); dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel (2012); Paris Triennale (2012); the Triennal New Museum, New York (2011); Manifesta 8, Murcia (2010); 3rd Yokohama Triennale (2008); 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008).

In 2017, his work was exhibited at the 57th Venice Biennale at the Giardino delle Vergini (Arsenal) and was awarded the Silver Lion for a promising young artist in the International Exhibition Viva Arte Viva, for his installation Composition for a Public Park.

Hassan Khan was also featured in several international group shows: Koes Museum of Art in Public Space, Danemark (2022) ; Centre Pompidou Metz, Metz (2021) ; Mudam, Luxembourg (2020); SF MoMA, San Francisco (2019); MAXXI, Rome (2019); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); Villa Medici, Rome (2017); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2016); MUDAC, Lausanne (2015); Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2014); Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2012); Mathaf, Doha (2011); Philadelphia Museum of Art (2010); Witte de With, Rotterdam (2003), among others.

His works have joined the collections of the Gugghenheim Museum Abu-Dhabi; mudac, Musée de design et d'arts appliqués contemporains, Lausanne; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Fondation Pinault, Venice; Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Mathaf, Doha; Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz; Museum of PhiladelphIa; Fondation LVMH, Paris; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino; MUDAM - Musée d'art moderne grand-duc Jean, Luxembourg; FRAC PACA, Marseille; MAXXI, Rome.

Selected works

Our exhibitions

Solo Group

Hassan Khan

Sentences for a New Order

April 18th — May 18th, 2019

Group exhibition

Bande à part

June 22nd — July 27th, 2013

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External exhibitions

Hassan Khan

Hassan Khan — HOST

December 7th, 2019 — February 9th, 2020
Kestnergesellschaft - Hannovre — Germany

Hassan Khan

Hassan Khan, The Keys to the Kingdom

October 17th, 2019 — March 1st, 2020
Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía - Madrid — Spain

Hassan Khan

Hassan Khan

September 20th — December 29th, 2012
SALT - Istanbul — Turkey

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