Siobhán Hapaska


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Siobhán Hapaska
born 1963, Belfast
lives and works in London and Rotterdam
Hapaska’s oeuvre stretches over a period of more than twenty-five years and is marked by originality and complexity. She appears to be working in a broken landscape, retracing past events using faint memories, nurturing unthinkable works as palimpsests. This ‘post-Beuysian’ territory requires re-tuning of our senses to recognize patterns evolved from her personal and cultural developments whilst she uses juxtapositions of the artificial and the natural, of sound and silence, and evocations of life and death. A clear example of this is her installation at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (2014-15) a portrait of a state of uprootnedness, with suspended and quivering olive trees evoking sensations of disturbance and excitement.’

A selection of Hapaska’s solo exhibitions includes Kunst Museum, St Gallen, Switzerland (2020); Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2020); John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, UK (2019); Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2016); Andéhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm (2016); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2014–2015); Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm (2013); HIDDE VAN SEGGELEN (2013), Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York (2010) and Camden Arts Centre, London (2007).

Group exhibitions includes Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2019, 2018) White Cube Bermondsey, London (2017); Bloomberg SPACE, London (2016); 56th Venice Biennale, Italy (2015); Royal Academy, London (2010); the British Art Show 6 (2005–2006); 49th Venice Biennale, Italy (2001); Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm and Documenta X, Kassel (1997).

Hapaska’s work is included in several collections, including Museum Boijmans Van Beunigen, Rotterdam; TATE, London; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC.
In November 2023, Hapaska will have a solo presentation at The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.




Goldsmiths’ College, London


Middlesex Polytechnic, London

Solo Exhibitions


Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (forthcoming)


Kunstmuseum St Gallen, Switzerland


Siobhán Hapaska, John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, UK


Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm, Sweden


Sensory Spaces, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

La Conservera Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Murcia, Spain

Hidde van Seggelen Gallery, London, UK


Siobhan Hapaska & Stephen McKenna, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm, Sweden


a great miracle needs to happen there, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland


The Curve Gallery, The Barbican Art Centre, London, UK

The Nose that Lost its Dog, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, USA

Downfall, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland


The Nose that Lost its Dog, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow, U


Camden Art Centre, London


Playa de Los Intranquilos, PEER, London, UK


Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, USA


Irish Pavilion, 49th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

May Day, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland


Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan


Ago, Entwistle Gallery, London, UK

Oriel, The Arts Council of Wales’ Gallery, Cardiff, UK


Saint Christopher’s Legless, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions


Trickster Figures: Sculpture and the Body, curated by Jes Fernie, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK


David and Yuko Juda Art Foundation Grant, Annelly Juda Fine Art, London, UK


Where I end, and You Begin, HIDDE VAN SEGGELEN, Hamburg, Germany

Ghosts from the Recent Past, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland


Podesta Collection, American University Museum of Art, Washington, USA

Shadowplay, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin


Dorothy Cross, Aleana Egan, Siobhán Hapaska, Isabel Nolan, Kathy Prendergast, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Traces, Lismore Castle, Ireland / Kasteel Wijlre, The Netherlands

Ngorongoro II, Lehderstrasse 34, Berlin, Germany


Dreamers Awake, White Cube Bermondsey, London, UK

Disobedient Bodies: J.W.Anderson at the Hepworth Wakefield, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, UK

Monsters, Maison des Arts Georges & Claude Pompidou, Cajarc, France


2116: Forecast of the Next Century, Eli & Edythe Broad Museum, Michigan State University, Michigan, USA

The Mobility of Facts, Bloomberg SPACE, London, UK


Vita Vitale, Azerbaijan Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Italy

Face Value, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, London, UK

La La La Human Steps, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


New Art New Nature, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland

New City Art Prize: Beatrice Gibson, Siobhan Hapaska, Jimmy Merris, and Roger Palmer, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK

Astralis, Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris, France


Site Festival, Goods Shed, Stroud Gloucestershire, UK


Porta Nigra, Hidde van Seggelen Gallery, London, UK

Into the Light: The Arts Council – 60 Years Supporting the Arts, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland; Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, Dublin, Ireland

Caught in the Crossfire: Artistic responses to conflict, peace and reconciliation, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, UK


Someone Else’s Life, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

British Sculpture: A View Through the 20th Century, Royal Academy of Arts, London

The Wonders of the Invisible World. Part I, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK

Drawing 2011 – Biennial Fundraiser, The Drawing Room, London, UK

Vernissage Experience Pommery No. 8, Domain Pommery, Reims, France


Causing Chaos, Fife Contemporary Art and Craft, St. Andrews, Scotland, UK

Isola mai trovate / Islands never found, Palazzo Ducale, Genoa, Italy


Fragile, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, South Korea

FRAGILE, Terres d’empathie, Musée d’Art moderne de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne, France


The Bearable Lightness of Being, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

Mediation Biennale 08, Mediation Biennale, Poznan, Poland

Life? Biomorphic Forms in Sculpture, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria

Neo Futur, les Abattoirs, Musee d’art moderne at contemporain, Toulouse, France

All-Inclusive, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany


Absolumental, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France

Glasgow International 2006, Glasgow, UK


Configured, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY, USA

British Art Show 6, BALTIC The Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK

Printemps de septembre à Toulouse, France

Extreme Abstraction, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA


Sculpture Quadrennial Riga 2004, European Space, Riga, Latvia


Variations on the theme of illusion, Emily Tsingou Gallery, London

Magasin 3, Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm


Something Else, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

View (Six), Mary Boone Gallery, New York City, NY

Something Else, Turku Art Museum, Turku, Finland

Second Skin: historical life casting and contemporary culture, The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK

Love, Labour and Loss, Carlisle Museum and Art Gallery and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter


ARS 01 – Unfolding Perspectives, Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland

Deutsche Bank Collection of Contemporary Art, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK

Landscape, British Council International Touring Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro; Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil;Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niterói, Brazil

Exhibition of British Sculpture, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Shifting Ground: Fifty Years of Irish Art, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

Landscape, British Council International Touring Exhibition, ACC Gallery, Weimar, Germany; Haus of Artists, Moscow, Russia; Peter and Paul Fortress, Moscow, Russia; Gallerie Nazionale di Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy; Centro Cultural del Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain; Sophia Municipal Gallery of Art, Bulgaria


Siobhán Hapaska, Charles Long, Ernesto Neto, three-person exhibition, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm

Artifice, Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece; Centre for Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece (with Adam Chodzko, Tacita Dean, Graham Gussin, Stephen Murphy, Simon Starling, Jane and Louise Wilson)


0044, PS1, New York and Allbright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

Crawford Municpal Art Gallery, Cork


IMMA / Glen Dimplex Artists Award Exhibition, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

Here To Stay, Arts Council of England Collection, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth

Michael Jansen, Cologne

Speed, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

Seamless, de Appel, Amsterdam


Documenta X, Kassel

Städtische Ausstellungshalle am Hawercamp, Münster

Craft, Richard Salmon, London; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

Enjoy, Schloss Agathenburg, Agathenburg

Skulptur, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart

Residue, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin


Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

Rhona Hoffman, Chicago, USA

The Book is on the Table, Entwistle Gallery, London


Wonderful Life, Lisson Gallery, London

Making People Disappear, Cubitt Street Gallery, London

Barclays Young Artist Award, Serpentine Gallery, London


How did these children come to be like that, Goldsmiths Gallery, London


Guinness Peat Aviation Awards for Emerging Artists, Gallagher Gallery, Dublin


Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, USA. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA. American University Katzen Museum of Art, Washington, DC, USA. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA. Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA. Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland, The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland, The Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, St.Gallen, Switzerland, Magasin III, Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, The Tate Modern, London, UK, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shenzhen, China