Biography Simon Heijdens (b.1978 Breda, The Netherlands)
Simon Heijdens installations are merging the narrative and the tangible, to reveal the hidden essence of the spaces that surround us in everyday life.
‘A marriage of intricate technology and natural processes’ – like his acclaimed light projection works of living digital organisms ‘Tree’ and ‘Lightweeds’ (site-responsive light projections, 2004 onwards) that have been exhibited and installed in over 50 public spaces, museums and galleries throughout Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia. This ongoing project recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with a year long exhibition of the work installed on three walls at the Permanent Collection galleries of the Museum of Modern Art New York in 2014/2015, and a site specific commission for the speech of HM Willem-Alexander King of the Netherlands at the Chicago Cultural Centre during the Royal visit to the US.
His works are represented in the permanent collections of museums such as MoMA New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, Boijmans van Beuningen Museum Rotterdam, the Victoria & Albert museum London, 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 MoMA New York, V&A London, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Haus der Kunst Munich, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Moscow, Katara Art Center Doha and CAFA Beijing.
Commissions include Art Basel/Miami 2013 (the Perrier Jouet commission), Swarovski Crystal Palace 2006, Wallpaper Handmade 2013, SXSW Austin Texas and Contrasts Gallery Shanghai. Founded in Rotterdam, The Netherlands 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.