Biography Simon Heijdens (b.1978 Breda, The Netherlands)
Simon Heijdens' installations are merging the narrative and the tangible, and often aim to reveal the hidden essence of the spaces that surround us in everyday life.
His installations are represented in the permanent collections of museums such as The Museum of Modern Art New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, Victoria & Albert museum London, Boijmans van Beuningen Museum Rotterdam, the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain France, Israel Museum Jerusalem and the Hong Kong City Council collection, and have been exhibited extensively across the world in museums such as Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Haus der Kunst Munich and Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Moscow.
‘A marriage of intricate technology and natural processes’ – like Heijdens’ acclaimed light projection works of living digital organisms ‘Tree’ and ‘Lightweeds’ (2004 >) which have been exhibited and installed in over 50 museums, galleries and public spaces throughout Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia. This ongoing work recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with a year-long exhibition of the work in a 3 wall projection at the Permanent Collection Galleries of MoMA New York (2014 -2015), and a 250 m2 site specific projection commissioned for the speech of H.M. King of the Netherlands at the Chicago Cultural Centre during the Dutch Royal visit to President Obama.
Prominent large scale commissions include 'Shade' by the Art Institute of Chicago (2010), the opening commission for the V&A London's new Sainsbury Gallery (2017) and Lightweeds on the V&A facade (2009), a museum cafe for the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum Rotterdam (2008), the Perrier-Jouet commission for Art Basel / Miami (2013), Swarovski Crystal Palace (2006), Wallpaper Handmade (2013), SXSW (2014, 2016). Heijdens was a shortlisted finalist for the Illuminated River competition for a permanent light artwork for the 17 bridges of the Thames in central London (2016).
Founded in Rotterdam in 2002, Heijdens studio is based in London since 2005 where he lectured at the Royal College of Art between 2005 and 2010.