Gitte Villesen

Born 1965, Ansager, Denmark
Lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin



1987-90 Literature at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
1991-92 The Academi of Fyn, Odense, Denmark.
1992-1999 The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, Copenhagen, Denmark.


Solo exhibitions


I stick my hands into the earth, and I think for a while, Archive Kabinett, Berlin, Germany



Noise for a Silent Movie, Kisterem, Budapest, Hungary
  It runs about like ants, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (LCCA), Riga, Latvia
2013 The lost part is now completed, Centre d'Art Passerelle, Brest, France

I had no other choice than to jump from one pile to the other, as there was nothing in between,

  Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria
  I had no choice, Centre d'Art Passerelle Brest, Brest, France
  Even now to explain everything would be difficult, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
2011 The Story Is Not All Mine, Nor Told By Me Alone, Archive Kabinett, Berlin, Germany
2009 I Will Arrange Everything. It Will Be the Best Film Ever,
  Casco - Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht, The Netherlands
2008 Juju White Magic, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
2007 A Silent Movie, Kisterem, Budapest, Hungary
  48 Western Magazines, Kunsthalle Melycsarnok, Budapest, Hungary
2006 Presentation of Gitte Villesen, Little Warsaw, Budapest, Hungary
2003 Solveig (in cooporation with Lars Erik Frank), Ovengaden, Copenhagen, Denmark
  Centre d'Art Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain
  Søren Weillings Small Town Museum, Box, Gothenburg, Sweden
  Jessie and The Building,Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Switzerland
  Two works, Iaspis galleriet, Stockholm, Sweden
2002 Two guided tours at the The Creative Reuse Warehouse,
  Langenhagen Kunstverein, Langenhagnen, Germany
2001 The Building, The Bikeshop, Andys furnitures, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
  Kathrine makes them and Bent collects them, Gallerie Mehdi Courakri, Berlin, Germany
  5 works by Gitte Villesen, Lophem Kunsthalle, Brugge, Belgium
1999 Wiener Secession, Wien, Austria
  INOVA, Milvaukee, USA
1998 Kathrine makes them and Bent collects them,
  Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
1997 Who gets the food and Willy goes for a drive, Project room,
  Århus Kunstmuseum, Århus, Denmark
1995 Tre gange Ludo, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
  Willy as DJ, Galleri LXX, Århus, Denmark
1994 It was a Wonderful periode full of happiness and a loss of a lot of money, Peter Lands flat, Copenhagen, Denmark

Group exhibitions

2016 Feel my body move away from my body, a production eV, Berlin, Germany
2014 Black Milk - Holocaust in Contemporary Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark
2012 Omløb, Jens Nielsen & Olivia Holm-Moeller Museet, Holstebro, Denmark
  MAGIC LOVE TRADE OBJECT, Palexpo, Geneve, Switzerland
  Shaped by Time, The National Museum of Denmark, Copenhangen, Denmark
2011 Les marques aveugles, Centre d'Art Contemporain Geneve, Geneve, Switzerland
  SEND BY MAIL, Gallerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Germany
2010 Squatting. erinnern, vergessen, besetzen, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany
  SURVIVAL KID, The Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia
2009 Foto, stumfilm og maleri, Kunstpakhuset, Ikast, Denmark
  Reality Check, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
2008 Gewoon anders-Just Different, Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam, Holland

Neighbourhood Secrets, Capital of Culture for 2008, Stavanger


The Greenroom: Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art, Hessel Museum of Art & CCS Galleries, New York, USA


ART SHEFFIELD 08: Yes, No & Other Options, Sheffield Biennale, Sheffield

  15 Years Anniversary Exhibition, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
2007 Shrinking Cities, SPACES Gallery, San Luis Obispo, California
  die präsenzproduzenten, Colombus Art Foundation, Ravensburg, Germany
  E-flux Video Rental, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, France
  E-flux Video Rental, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge, Massachusets, USA
  Silly Adults, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
  Ich bin keine Küche, Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, Vienna, Austria
2006 Hit the North, Nordic Film and Videoart, Filmform, Stockholm, Sweden
  E-flux Video Rental, Arthouse at the Jones Center- Contemporary Art for Texas, Austin, Texas, USA
  Dreamlands Burn, Müscarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary
  How to Build a Universe, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, California, USA
  Archaeology of Reality, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art- LCCA, Riga
  Mission: Reality, Museet for samtidskunst, Roskilde, Denmark
  Politische Wahrheiten, heidelberger kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany
  100 Tage= 100 Videos, heidelberger kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany
  It is hard to touch the real, grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria
  The Eighth Square: Gender, Life, and Desire in the visual Arts since 1960, Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany
  Women of Europe, Citadelle de Saint Tropez, Saint-Tropez, France
2005 Venice Biennale (The Danish Pavillion), Venice, Italy
  Human Nature, Pump House Gallery, London, United Kingdom
  Emotion Pictures, MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
  SALTUNA - The Baltic Sea Experience, Rosseum, Malmö, Sweden
2004 Berlin North, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
  Auschwitz-Prozess 4 Ks 2/63, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
  Sparwasser HQ at Platform, Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey
  Emotions Eins, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2003 Breaking the Law, Sparwasser HQ, Berlin, Germany
  10e Biennale de l'Image en Mouvement, Geneva, Switzerland
  Fra Objektiv til Objekt, Den Frie Udstilling, Copenhagen, Denmark
  Ten years anniversary exhibition, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
  Videofestival, Kunstvein Münchn, Munich, Germany
  Moderna Museet c/o, Baltic Art Center, Visby, Sweden
  Centre d'Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona, Spain
2002 Enatchment of the Self, Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Ôsterreich
  Touch: Relational Art from the 1990s to Now, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, U.S.A.
  Geschichte(n), Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria
  Samisk Kunstfestival, Kirkenes, Norway
  Esplanaden, Charlottenborgs udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark
  Eventyrhaven i Voldsmose, Odense, Denmark
  Pause,Gwangju Biennale 2002, Gwangju, Korea
  Video Works, Kunstners Hus, Oslo, Norway
  ESAP, Perpigna, France
  Attachment+, arranged by Kunsthalle Lophem, Brugge, Belgium
  Video Works, Kunstners Hus, Oslo, Norway
  ESAP, Perpigna, France
  Blick, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein
2001 LocalMotion, Gallerie fŸr Zeitgenössiche Kunst, Leipzig
  Milan Europe 2000, Milan, Italy
  Blick, Baltic Art Center, Visby, Sweden
  Blick, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
  Esplanaden, Kunsthallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  Du er helt ny - du er retro, Danske Grafikernes Hus, Copenhagen, Denmark
  Group Show, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
2000 Still or My eyes can only look at you, Gelerie Enja Wonneberger, Kiel, Germany
  Contacts, Centre D'Art Contemporain, Fribourg, Switzerland
  Organising Freedom, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
  Crossing Boundairies, Filmhuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
  Organising Freedom, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
  Use your illusion, part 3, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
  Wonderful Copenhagen, Stadtgallerie, Kiel, Germany
  Etat des lieux, Centre de Art Contemporain, Fribourg, Switzerland
  Naust, Bergen Culturel Capital 2000, Bergen, Norway
1999 Télé [o], Ecran Total c/o Erban, Nantes, France
  Videos by Gitte Villesen, Moderna Musset, Stockholm, Sweden
  Videos by Gitte Villesen, Salon 3, London, England
  Come in and find out, vol. 1, Art club Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  International Neurotic Realisme, Galerie Francesca Pia, Bern, Switzerland.
  Lè Grând Præmière Opénïng Shöw, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  Melbourne Biennall, Melbourne, Australia.
1998 Fleeting Portraits - Fuchtige portraits, Neue Gesellschaft fur bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany
  Jonge Deense kunst, Sint-Lukasgalerij, Brussel, Belgium
  Come Closer, Liechtensteinische Staatliche Kunstsamlung, Liechtenstein, Nikolaj-Contemporary Art Center,
  Copenhagen and The Ludwig Museum Budapest-Museum for Contemporary Art, Budapest
  Boomerang, Nikolaj-Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen
  Manifesta II, European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Luxembourg
  Young Danish Artists, Sint-Lukasgalerij, Bruxelles, Belgium
  Le Printemps de Cahors, Cahors, France
  Contemporary Art from Denmark and Sweden, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany
  Gallery 400, Chicago, USA
  Here Now - New Art from Denmark, Artspace, Sydney, Australia
  Scandinavian Art, Liechtensteinische Staatliche Kunstsamlung, Vaduz, Liechtenstein
  Bicycle Thieves, touring to ten different locations, Chicago, USA (curated by Lars Bang Larsen, Jacob Fabricius, Brad Killam and Michelle Grabner)
1997 New Documentaries (Organized by Sally Berger and William Sloan), Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
  Mitsui Video Wall, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
  10 Nordic Female Art, Townhall of Lund, Sweden
  det extra, Riksutställningar, 5 different locations, Sweden
  Art calls, curated Jacob Fabricius, Copenhagen, Denmark
  As large as life, Raum für Kunst, Graz, Austria
  Letter and Event, Apex art, New York, USA
  G1, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Germany
  Human Conditions, Helsinki Kunsthall, Helsinki, Finland
  A Scenic De Tour Through Commodity, Maastricht, the Netherlands
  Joy Joy, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
  Animal, CCA TV, Center of Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, Scotland
  Smart Project space, ALMANAC, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
1996 The Scream - Borealis 8, Arken Museet for Moderne kunst, Ishøj, Denmark
  Electronic Undercurrents, The National Museum of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark
  Ude af form, Arken Museet for Moderne Kunst, Ishøj, Denmark
  Monstrosities 1/2, Video Festival, Berlin, Germany
  27.680.000, project shown on national TV, Sweden
  offside -nordic natives in global viliage, Bergen, Norway
  UP-DATE, Tubinehallerne, Copenhagen, Denmark
1995 Exotic, Peter Kilshmann Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland
  Drawings, Galleri Campbells Occasionally, Copenhagen, Denmark
  RAM, Portalen, Museet for Samtidskunst, Hundige, Denmark
  Vajre gång jag ser dig, (curated by Nicolai Wallner), Malmö, Sweden
  Vajre gång jag ser dig, Index Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
  Wild and Heart, Galerie Jousse Seguin, Paris, France
  2 dimensional teori, Nicolai Church, Copenhagen, Denmark
  Video festival, Freidburg Kunsthal, Freidburg, Germany
1994 Pyramide, Galleri Mors Mössa, Götheborg, Sweden
  Atomic, Oberwelt, Stuttgart and Titanic, Helsinki, Finland
  Timeslice, The National Museum of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark
  Galleri med balkong, Trondheim, Norway
  Opening Show at Galleri Struts, Oslo, Norway
  Saga-basement, Copenhagen, Denmark
1993 Free ticket, Copenhagen, Denmark
  Opening show, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
1992 Co 7, The vinjard, Odense, Denmark


  Arken Museum of Modern Art Copenhagen, Ishoj, Denmark
  KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
  Århus Kunstmuseum, Århus, Denmark
  Kobberstik samlingen, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
  Moderna Musseet, Stockholm, Sweden
  Samtidsmusset, Contemporary art museum, Oslo, Norway

Articles/reviews (selected)

2012 "Lives on Film", article by Melanie Ohnemus, Frieze d/e No. 7, Winter 2012
2005 "Neue Review # 8", interview with the artist by Lotte Møller
2004 "What's the Difference?", Interview, Frieze issue 84, summer 2004
2003 "Echte Persönlichkeit?", Kunst-Bulletin 1/2, by Raimar Stange
2001 "DJ, interview with Harvard", Pleasure Prison 2001, Datanom, Copenhagen, Denmark
2000 Solo Catalogue, Secession, Wien, Austria
1999 "Make it Funky", crossover zwischen Musik, Pop, Avantgarde und Kunst, Oktagon, by Ulrike groos and Markus Müller
1998 "Addicted to stories", by Luise Bæhrenz, Katalog, fall 98, Odense
  Bicycle Thieves
Copenhagen Blender no. 3 p.p. 124-128, November 1998, by Karsten R.S. Ifversen.
The Scream, Siksi Xll no. 1, p. 82, Spring 1997, by Karsten R.S. Ifversen,
1997 Human Conditions, Siksi Xll no. 1, p.p. 83-84, Spring 1997, by Liutauras Psibilskis.
1996 Weekend Avisen, Week 46, 1996.
  Nudity and small talk, Index no. 1, p.p. 44-47, 1996, by Lars Bang Larsen.
  Tools for contacting the unknown...One-Two, Hello?, Siksi Xl no. 4, p.p. 78 -79, Winter 1996, by Karl Holmqvist.
  SOURCE, Video Magazine of Contemporary Art, Sweden, 1996.
  Art, no. 8, Hamburg.
  Hyperfoto, no. 2, Oslo.
  ZAPP, Video Magazine, Amsterdam.
1994 ArtLand, no.1 1994