The way in which Navid Nuur relates to material, the space around him and his observations therein, can almost be regarded as devout. The attention for detail and the careful fine-tuning of the various elements of a work or exhibition make the audience part of an 'inner' world. In Nuur’s work - although very conceptual at first sight - a very personal visual problem becomes the central question. What Nuur has in common with the conceptual artists from the sixties is the relation between concept and form. Form for him however, is not necessarily the result of the idea, but materializes through a subjective program of requirements or rules in which intuition has the upper hand. He applies concepts that often relate to a temporary in-between state that places his work between the audience and an often abstract phenomenon, such as light, energy, air, or 'rest space'. Nuur's form-language and meaning are therefore principally purely process-oriented.
Image: Recaptured from the collective, 2013, one thought, time, ink, post-its, traced styrofoam plates, glue, sculpture: 186 x 68 x 68 cm, framed post-its: 80 x 60 cm
Selected Institutional Exhibitions
la mia ceramica
Lynda Benglis, Ida Ekblad, Lucio Fontana, Günther Förg, Liz Larner, Fausto Melotti, Navid Nuur, Pablo Picasso, Sterling Ruby, David Salle, Josh Smith, Rosemarie Trockel, Edmund de Waal, Rebecca Warren
Galerie Max Hetzler / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2016
With an introduction by Edmund de Waal
Booklet with a fictional interview between Navid Nuur and a rock
Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris
Galeria Plan B, Berlin, Cluj
Text by Navid Nuur
Darren Almond, Tauba Auerbach, Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke, Jeff Elrod, John Houck, Navid Nuur, Albert Oehlen, Michael Raedecker, Ida Tursic & Wilfried Mille, Kelley Walker, Christopher Wool, Toby Ziegler
Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris 2014
Text by Pierre-Nicolas Bounakoff
Joan Mitchell, Navid Nuur, Ida Tursic & Wilfried Mille et al.
Painting the Night (group show)
Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz
13 October 2018 - 15 April 2019
Darren Almond, Navid Nuur et al.
Møenlight Sonata – A homage to the starry sky of Møn (group show)
Kunsthal 44 Møen, Møn
3 June - 9 September 2018
Norroen Trilogy Møn becomes both the starting point ...
PLAY Kortrijk - City circuit for contemporary art (city festival)
Various venues, Kortrijk
23 June - 11 November 2018
On longing and consolidation. Art festival Watou 2018 (group show)
30 June - 2 September 2018
Entrelacs (duo show with Victor Man)
Centre d'édition contemporaine, Geneva
18 May - 15 September 2018
The Gift (permanent installation)
International Criminal Court premises in The Hague
A jury unanimously chose Navid Nuur’s design because its apparent simplicity ...