Biography Simon Heijdens (b.1978 Breda, The Netherlands)
Simon Heijdens' works 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 Hong Kong City council, 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 at the Permanent Collection Galleries of MoMA New York in 2014/2015, and a site specific version commissioned for the speech of HM King of the Netherlands at the Chicago Cultural Centre during the Dutch Royal visit to the US.
Other prominent commissions include Art Basel/Miami 2013 (the Perrier Jouet commission), Swarovski Crystal Palace Milan 2006, Wallpaper Handmade 2013, SXSW Austin Texas, Contrasts Gallery Shanghai, Art Institute Chicago and V&A. Founded in Rotterdam in 2002, his studio has been based in London since 2005 where he lectured at the Royal College of Art from 2005 to 2010.
In 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, and in 2017 his sunlight filtering glass installation Shade, originally commissioned by the Art Institute of Chicago, inaugurated the new 1100 m2 Sainsbury Gallery of the V&A London.