Ida Ekblad

Born in 1980, lives and works in Oslo, Norway



Mountain School of Arts, Los Angeles
MA The National Academy of Art, Oslo
BA The National Academy of Art, Oslo
Central St. Martins College of Art, department of Fine Art, London




Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, MX (forthcoming)


Herald St | Museum St, London, UK
Step Motherfucker, Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris, FR
Diary of a Madam, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg, DE

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle
Reload, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin
Karma International, Zurich

Greene Naftali, NYC
A day of toil among its ruins, Herald St, London
A gentle looking little alien of sorts, Herald St – Golden Sq, London

National Museum of Norway – Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo
Revolution: Ida Ekblad, Kunstmuseum Luzern
The Root cellar, curated by Lorenzo Benedetti, De Vleeshal, Middelburg, Netherlands
Days Disguise, Karma International, Zurich

Greene Naftali, New York
Low tide bring da ruckusWest London Projects, curated by Christiane Schneider, London

Poem Percussion, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway
Digging. Treasure., Bonniers Kunsthall, Stockholm
A clothespin left behind on a line, Herald Street, London
Entschlafen zum Hafen Gld Leid Vergangenheit, Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin

Project Room, Wiel, Brussels
A Woman Under The Influence, Frieze Art Fair, Frame, London, Gaudel de Stampa
That Leaf / That Mushroom / That Palm Tree, Karma International, Zurich (with Tobias Madison)
Salty Sap Green Black, The Journal Gallery, New York
Art since the summer of 69, New York
What leaf? What mushroom?, New Jerseyy, Basel
A Woman under the influence, Galleri Annen Etage, Oslo
In exile from the mineral kingdom, Galleria Alessandro de March, Milano
Febermalerier, Gaudel de Stampa, Paris

Silver ruins, Fotogalleriet, Oslo




University of Disaster, Venice Biennale, National Pavilion Bosnia & Herzegovina, Palazzo Malipiero, Venice, IT Absent Bodies, OSL Contemporary, Oslo, NO
Adult Swim, Pilar Corrias, London, UK
Steps to Aeration, curated by Sarah McCrory, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, DE
Trip of the Tongue, curated by Piper Marshall, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong, HK


What’s my name?, Michael Majerus Estate, Berlin, DE
Going Public: The Napoleone Collection, Graves Gallery, Sheffield, UK
Above the ART ic circle, Kaviar Factory, Henningsvær, NO PAPER IN PRACTICE, Moran Bondaroff, Los Angeles, US For Pete’s Sake, Carl Kostyal, Stockholm, SE

Call and Response, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York
NN-A NN-A NN-A, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo
Sprayed, works from 1929 to 2015, Gagosian, London
Poor Art – Rich Legacy. Arte Povera and parallel practices 1968–2015, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo

Unshelling and Shelling again, Kunsthall Stavanger, Scavenger
Des pas dans l’escalier, FRAC – Basse – Normandie, Caen
Entrouvert, Gaudel de Stampa, Paris
Group Spirit, Peres Projects, Berlin, DE
Shattered Preface, OSL Contemporary, Oslo
read the room/you’ve got to, SALTS, Birsfelden, CH
Life, The Journal Gallery at Venus Over Manhattan, NYC
El Rey De Icod, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Santa Cruz, Tenerife
This is our Art This is our Music, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Home Again, Home Again II, The Journal Gallery, NYC

IM&EX PLICIT, Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Ghent
Revolution: John Chamberlain, Ida Ekblad, Christina Streuli, curated by Fanni Fetzer, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland
Champs Elysées, Nouvelles Vagues, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Alt du kan bære, VI, VII, Oslo
Pioneer Voices, curated by Festspillene i Nord-Norge, Galleri Nord-Norge, Harstad, Norway
An Artist Collecting Art, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen

Friends, Countrymen, Gaudel de Stampa, Paris
To Be with Art Is All We Ask, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo
Steel Life, Michael Benevento, Los Angeles
Standard Operating Procedures, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles
Manufacture, Centre Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland
Crime is on both sides, Galeria Stereo, Poznan, Poland
SørlandetsKkunstmuseum, Norge Manufacture, Centre Pasqu’art, Biel, CH

ILLUMInazioni, 54th Venice Biennale, curated by Bice Curiger
Manufacture, curated by Zoë Gray & Sandra Patron, Parc Saint-Léger – Centre d’art contemporain, Pougues-les-Eaux, France
Four Rooms, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Host City, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany
5th Prague Biennale, curated by Nicola Trezzi
The Garden of Forking Paths – An Outdoor Sculpture Project on the Blum Family Estate in Samstagern, curated by Heike Munder, Migros Museum für gegenwartskunst, Zürich
Hysteria, Laughter, and a Sense of Seriousness, curated by Mareike Dittmer and Raphael Gygax, Karma International, Zurich
You don’t love me anymore, curated by Katja Schroeder, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany

At Home, Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin
“Pastiche… When a tree falls in the forest’, Sølyst Artist Residence Center: Jyderup, Dänemark
Les sculptures meurent aussi, curated by Lorenzo Benedetti, La Kunsthalle, Mulhouse, France
Fade Into You, Herald Street, London
Berlin Box, curated by Friederike Nymphius, CCA Andratx, Spain
Fortescue Avenue, London
Ekblad, Karstiess, Nymphius Projekte, curated by Friederieke Nymphius, Berlin

The Gold Bug Drift, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo (selected for Statoil Art Award 2009)
Europäisch-Amerikanische Freundschaft , Ida Ekblad, David Hominal, Alistair Frost, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York
Momentum, 5th Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art, FAVORED NATIONS,curated by Lina Džuverović and Stina Högkvist
Bad Moon Rising, curated by Jan Van Woensel, Galerie sans titre, Brussels
Problem Solving: Express Yourself, Uplands Gallery, Melbourne
Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York, curated by Lauren Cornell, Massimiliano Gioni and Laura Hoptman
Prose pour des Esseintes, Karma International, Zurich
GRAVE ACCENT, Gaudel De Stampa, Paris c/o Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin
Dark Fair, Kölnischer Kunstverein, presented by Milwaukee International
Ab-strac-tion-al, MUSEUM 52, NEW YORK


Dear Cockettes: An exhibition for and about the legendary acid queens, The Cockettes, UKS, Oslo (with Anders Nordby)
The Corny Show, Karma International, Zurich, (w Anders Nordby)
Milwaukee International, Milwaukee (w Anders Nordby)
There Are Two Paths, Torpedo, Oslo, (w Hanne Mugaas)
Giving People What they Want, Glassbox, Paris (w Hanne Mugaas)
With Us Against Reality, Or Against Us! Willy Wonka Inc. Oslo (w Anders Nordby)


Ida Ekblad. exh. cat. Oslo: Distanz Verlag

Munder, Heike, ed. The Garden of Forking Paths: An Anthology About Contemporary Follies. Zürich: JRP/Ringier
Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting. United Kingdom: Phaidon Press

Ekblad, Ida. Poem Percussion. exh. cat. Norway: Bergen Kunsthall

Jenssen, Jens R., et al. Statoil Art Award 2009., Ida Ekblad, Marius Engh, Anawana Haloba, Lars Laumann, exh. cat. Oslo: Gallery of Contemporary Art
Lights On: Norwegian Contemporary Art. Milan: Skira
Younger Than Jesus: The Generation Book, exh. cat. New York: New Museum; Goettingen: Steidl


Background: White Paper #17 (2005-2006), 2008 As The Year of Cultural Diversity. Horten: Preus Museum
Katrib, Ruba, ed. Dark Continents. exh. cat. Miami: MOCA

Ekblad, Ida. Corny Show. exh. cat. Zürich: Karma International
Ekblad, Ida. When The Sky Fell (From the archives of The Yellow Tomb). exh. cat. Norway: Stenersen Museum

Ekblad, Ida and Anders Nordby, eds. With us Against Reality, Or Against Us!, exh. cat. Oslo: Willy Wonka Inc. 



Farago, Jason. « Ida Ekblad. » Artforum. 5 August: Web
Schlaegel, Andreas. « Ida Ekblad: National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo. » Flash Art. July-September: 125
Sherlock, Amy. “Ida Ekblad: Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo.” Frieze October: 270
Turner, Zeke. “Is Oslo the Next Art Capital?” The Wall Street Journal 28 June: Web

Arrhenius, Sara. « Life After the Miracle: Art in the Nordic Countries. » Flash Art. March- April: 62-66

« Ida Ekblad. » Time Out New York, September 22-28: 52
« Top 100 Artists. » Flash Art. November-December: 51
Anderson, Nicole. « Ida Ekblad Ungated. » A, No. 57: 258-259
Bishop, Claire. « Safety in Numbers. » Artforum, September 2011: 276-281
Busta, Carly. “Occupations.” Texte Zur Kunst December: 185-189
Cumming, Laura. »Gesamtkunstwerk: New Art From Germany. » The Guardian 26 November: Web
Galuzzi, Stefano. “People: Ida Eckblad.” L’uomo Vogue, May/June
Goddard, Donald. “Ida Ekblad.” New York Art World 18 October: Web
Katrib, Ruba. “Openings: Ida Ekblad.” Artforum November: 262-263
McGarry, Kevin. “Frieze Frame: Ida Ekblad’s Ruckus.” The New York Times Style Magazine. 19 October: Web
Nathan, Emily. “Ida Ekblad: Arcane Abstractions.” Artnet 23 September: Web. Schwabsky, Barry. “Restless in Oslo.” The Nation 5 December
Sherwin, Skye. “Artist of the week 170: Ida Ekblad.” The Guardian. 29 December: Web
Smith, Roberta. « Ida Ekblad. » The New York Times 7 October: C26

Abrethsen, Pernille. « Ida Ekblad. » Artforum, Web
Fiduccia, Joanna. « ‘Les Sculptures meurent aussi’ Kunsthalle Mulhouse. » Artforum, May: 266-267
Gartenfeld, Alex. « Nils Bech and Ida Ekblad. » Interview, May 26
Vecchio, Gigiotto Del, « Pure Energy, Deep Poetry. » Mousse Magazine Issue 22: 152- 155

Ekblad, Ida. « Oak Leaf, Sick Joke. » The Journal, Entry 27: 102-117. Introduction and interview by Anders Norby
Katrib, Ruba. « Ida Ekblad. » Landings, April 2009
Lewis, David, « Ida Ekblad. » Frieze Magazine, May 29
Mugaas, Hanne, « Ida Ekblad. » Flash Art 269, November-December
Yun, Michelle. « Ida Ekblad: The Journal Gallery. » Artforum, December

« Poetry Tomb (Chase layers of time). » Aftenposten 11 January
Deutsher, James, ed. Evergreen001 Melbourne: Australian Center for Contemporary Art
Gregory, Alice. « Ida Ekblad at The Journal and Gavin Brown. » Idiom 7 October: Web



The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Norway
The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art Collection, Norway
Preus Museum, Norway
Statoil Hydro Collection, Norway
Nordea Collection, Norway
Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway



3 Year Norwegian State working grantArt Council Norway, Production Support
Forbundet Frie Fotografer, Production Support

Art Council Norway, Production Support
Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond
BKH Graduation Prize