Born in 1968.

Lives and works in Berlin.


1991–1994 BA Goldsmiths College, London


2009 Nam June Paik Art Centre Prize, South Korea
2007 Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst, Germany

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2019 Ceal Floyer, Kunsthal 44 Møen, Askeby
Ceal Floyer: Things, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor
2018 Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (2018–2019)
2016 Ceal Floyer, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
On Occasion, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau
2015 Ceal Floyer, Kunstmuseum Bonn
2014 Ceal Floyer, Museion, Bolzano
2013 Ceal Floyer, Kabinett für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven
2011 Things, Project Arts Centre, Dublin
Works on Paper, CCA, Tel Aviv
Ceal Floyer, DHC/ART, Montreal
2010 Auto Focus, Museum of Modern Art, Miami
2009 Ceal Floyer, KW Institute For Contemporary Art, Berlin
Gakona, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2019 Aichi Triennale 2019: Taming Y/Our Passion
2018 KNOCK KNOCK. Humour in Contemporary Art, South London Gallery, London
Anders, Kunstmuseum Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven
Rehearsal, Tai Kwun Contemproary, Hong Kong
Rehearsal, Old Bailey Galleries, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong
Møenlight Sonata – A homage to the starry sky of Møn, Konsthal 44 Møen, Askeby
General Rehearsal. A Show in Three Acts from the Collections of V-A-C, MMOMA, and Kadist, MMOMA Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow
2017 The Transported Man, Broad Art Museum, Lansing, MI
moving is in every direction, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
WAITING. Between Power and Possibility, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
Poor Art | Arte Povera: Italian Influences, British Responses, Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London
Mentally Yellow (High Noon), Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn and Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich
2016 Behind the Curtain. Concealment and Revelation since the Renaissance. From Titian to Christo, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
Manifesta 11, Zurich
L’image volée, Fondazione Prada, Milan
Unsettling Green, MARTa Herford
2015 More Konzeption Conception Now, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
2014 The Event Sculpture, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
The Part In the Story Where a Part Becomes a Part of Something Else, Witte de With, Rotterdam
Unendlicher Spass / Infinite Jest, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
2012 Explosion! Painting as Action, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Invisible: Art about the Unseen, 1957–2012, Hayward Gallery, London
Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel
2009 53rd Venice Biennale

Ceal Floyer’s work often uses everyday but generally overlooked objects or images to introduce defamiliarizing and somewhat startling moments into the spectator’s experience of a space. Slight alterations to found objects that are usually familiar from everyday experiences (a hairbrush, the sign for an emergency exit, or the projection of an image of a nail, for instance) create often surprising interventions that heighten the awareness of our surroundings.