Past Exhibitions - Solo


Timothy Taylor (UK)
[Online] Shezad Dawood - Nets
4 November 2020 - 2 January 2021

Kai Art Center (EE)
Shezad Dawood - Leviathan: The Paljassaare Chapter

19 September - 8 November 


The RYDER Madrid (ES) in collaboration with HERO (NE)
Shezad Dawood – Leviathan: Sueños del Futuro Pasado
26 February – 24 April 2020 (extended until 31 July 2020)
Preview 25 February


Photo: Pablo Brecha. Courtesy of The RYDER Madrid

New Art Exchange, Nottingham (UK)


18 January - 15 March




Frieze LIVE

University of NonDualism 

Frieze London, Regent’s Park

Curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt

Costumes by Priya Ahluwalia of Studio Ahluwalia, musical score by patten, choreography by Adrienne Hart / Neon Dance. Dancers: Pepa Ubera and Devaraj Thimmaiah

3 – 6 October 2019


The Guardian


Shezad Dawood – Leviathan

MOCA, Toronto

19 September – 3 November 2019

Shezad Dawood - Leviathan 

The Bluecoat, Liverpool

6 July - 13 October

Shezad Dawood – Leviathan

Kunstverein München

Co-curated by Christina Maria Ruederer and Post Brothers

24 May – 21 July 2019


Shezad Dawood

Leviathan, A Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

18 November 2018 - 27 January 2019

Shezad Dawood


The Atlantic Project and Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth, UK

28 September - 21 October



Shezad Dawood

Leviathan: On Sunspots and Whales

Barakat Contemporary, Seoul, Korea

1st Sept - 4th Nov  2018



Shezad Dawood


MOSTYN, Llandudno, Wales, UK

3 March - 1 July 2018



Shezad Dawood

A Lost Future

The Rubin Museum, New York, USA

February 23–May 21, 2018




Leviathan Cycle, Episode 1: Ben

New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery, Manchester, UK

4 December 2017 - 9 March 2018

Leviathan. An episodic narrative by Shezad Dawood, Palazzina Canonica and Fortuny Factory, Venice, Italy

7 May - 24 September 2017


Gianmaria De Luca©


Kalimpong, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

16 September – 22 October, 2016



Why Depend on Space and Time, Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey

28 January - 1 March 2016




The Double Life of Arthur Schnitzler, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2 October - 14 November 2015


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It was a time that was a time, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, New York, USA

11 September - 1 November 2015


Web PWorks_ShezadDawoodInstall_01_Andy Romer

Towards The Possible Film, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton

18 July - 5 September 2015

fig-2 13/50, The RoomICA Studio, London
30 March - 5 April 2015


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The Anthropology of Chance, OCAT, Xi'an, China

1 November 2014 – 26 February 2015


Towards The Centre. Once More - Sadler’s Wells & Tate Visual Art Commission, 2014, Sadler’s Wells, London, UK

9 October 2014 - 26 April 2015




Towards the Possible Film, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UK

3 October 2014 – 11 January 2015

3. Shezad Dawood Towards the Possible Film. Installation image. Photo Stephen White


Towards the Possible Film, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London, UK

4 April – 25 May 2014



Wolf Panel, Paradise Row, London, UK
13 December 2013 – 1 February 2014

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Piercing Brightness, KINOKINO, Sandnes, Norway

Trailer, Art in General, New York, US


2012_Parasoltice_Parasol Unit 2012_Simon White 3 low


Special project Saturday 2 February 2013, Shezad Dawood: ‘New Dream Machine Project’ with PRAED.

Parasolstice, Parasol Unit, London, UK

Cosmic Beach, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2012_Piercing Brightness_MAO 2012 Stuart Whipps VII low


Piercing Brightness, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK

2012_Piercing Brightness_Exchange 2012 Steve Tanner I low


Piercing Brightness, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall, UK


2011_Piercing Brightness_Harris Museum 2011 Simon Critchley 1 low


Piercing Brightness, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston, UK

New Dream Machine Project, L’Appartement22, Rabat, Morocco


Intensive Surfaces, Århus Kunstbygning, Århus, Denmark

2010_Cities of the Future_Chemould 2010 4 low


Cities of the Future, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, India



The Jewels of Aptor, Paradise Row, London, UK

A Mystery Play, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, Canada


2009_Dawood_Montana Exhibition_Installation Shot 6_2009_Gabriel Rolt


Montana, Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam, Netherlands

I Knew I Should Have Taken that Right Turn at Albuquerque, Washington Garcia, Glasgow, UK




Until the End of the World, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE

Journey to the End of the Night, Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milan, Italy

Feature: Architecture, East Side Projects, Birmingham, UK


The End of Civilisation, Axel Lapp Projects, Berlin, Germany

2007_If I Should Fall From Grace With God Installation Shot 1 low 2007 PR


If I Should Fall From Grace With God, Paradise Row, London, UK


Shezad Dawood & Friends, Artists’ Studio, London, UK

Past Exhibitions - Group


Guggenheim (USA)
[Group show] In-Between Days
19 Mach 2021 - 19 April 2021


Southbank Centre (UK)
[Group show] Winter Light
20 November 2020 - 28 February 2021


Boghossian Foundation - Villa Empain (BE)
[Group show] The Light House
22 October 2020 - 18 April 2021

Frieze London / Jhaveri Contemporary (UK )
[Online] Jhaveri Contemporary, Frieze London Viewing Room 
8 - 11 October 2020

[Group show] Highlights from Frieze Viewing Room, Jhaveri Contemporary
9-16 October 2020

Galerie Barbara Thumm (DE)
[Online] New Viewings, DEFENDER, curated by Gabriel Rolt
30 September - 30 December 2020 

Artists: Adam Broomberg, Nik Christensen, Shezad Dawood and Bertien van Manen
Performance by: Lisette Ros 

Wiels (BE)

[Group show] Risquons-Tout

12 September 2020 - 28 March 2021


Photo by Phillippe de Gobert

Infinite Village - Manifesta 13 (FR)

[Group show] 28 August to 4 October 2020 at Espace Jouenne & Maison Montgrand, Marseille

[Group show ] 16 October to 29 November 2020 at 109, Nice

PUBLIC Gallery (UK)
[Group show] Our Ashes Make Great Fertilizer
Curated by Harminder Judge and Saelia Aparicio
12 August - 7 October 

Seventeen (UK / online)
Real Time, group show curated by Damien Roach, hosted by Seventeen, London. 

20 June - 18 July, 2020

The exhibition will take place across various spaces from gallery website, to radio, social media, playlists, Youtube, PDF publication and email.  

Dhaka Art Summit (BD)
Shezad Dawood – University of NonDualism (new iteration)
Curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt 
Musical score by patten
7 – 15 February 2020


Lahore Biennial 02 - between the sun and the moon (PK) 
Shezad Dawood - Encroachments 
Curated by Hoor Al Qasimi
26 January - 29 February 2020



5 Passages to the Future

National Gallery of Indonesia

Curated by Evelyn Huang, Irene Agrivine, Jeong Ok Jeon, Nin Djani & Ratna Djuwita

21 October - 7 November 2019

Toronto Biennial of Art

Leviathan: The Cod Trap

Curated by Ilana Shamoon, Clare Butcher and Myung-Sun Kim

21 September – 1 December 2019


The Aerodrome – An exhibtion dedicated to the memory of Michael Stanley

Ikon, Birmingham

Co-curated by David Austen and George Shaw

12 June – 8 September 2019

United Artists for Europe – Art Committed for Europe

21 – 24 May 2019: Exhibition at Galerie Thaddeaus Ropac

22 May, 11 AM – 6 PM: A session of talks

3 June: Charity Auction

Initiator: Bernard-Henri Lèvy

Host: Galerie Thaddeaus Ropac

Organisors: The Hexagon Society, Simon de Pury, Tancrède Hertzog & Leopold Legros

Auction beneficiaries: Artagon; Europa Nostra

Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 

Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

Curated by Zoe Butt, Omar Kholeif and Claire Tancons

7 March – 10 June, 2019

Encroachments (2019), a new VR work by Shezad Dawood featured in Sharjah Biennial 14



Shezad Dawood

Delfina in SongEun: Power play, SongEun ArtSpace, Seoul, Korea

30 August – 01 December 2018



A selection of new work by Shezad Dawood will be featured in the Lahore Biennale 01, Lahore, Pakistan

18th - 31st March, 2018

Leviathan Cycle: Episode 1: Ben will be exhibited by A Tale of a Tub in Projections at Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

8 - 11 February 2018

Ideal Types 

An exhibition by Maurits Hertzberger and Gabriel Rolt. Formulated by Alfredo Cramerotti, with additional input by Elsa Barbieri on behalf of Art Contemporary, Partnership. Featuring work by 16 international artists including Ewa Axelrad, and Bedwyr Williams.

HE.RO Amsterdam, The Netherlands

23 January - 18 March 2018


Screen City Biennial, Stavanger, Norway

12 - 15 October 2017

I Want! I Want! - Art and Technology, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, UK

1 April - 1 October 2017

Drawing Biennial 2017, Drawing Room, London, UK

2 March – 26 April 2017

HUMAN/DIGITAL: a symbiotic love affair Digital, Post Internet and Virtual Reality from the Brown Family Collection, Kunsthal Rotterdam, The Netherlands

9 February - 2 April 2017


THEATRE DE L'ABSURDE, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam

25 November 2016 - 14 January 2017


Thinking Tantra, Drawing Room, London, UK

24 November 2016 – 19 February 2017

Neon: The Charged Line, The Grundy Gallery, Blackpool

2 September – 23 December, 2016


Ville Urbaine 2010 low

The Universe and Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

30 July – 18 October, 2016

Thinking Tantra, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai, India

23 Janaury – 19 March 2016




Own Land/Foreign Territory, 7th Moscow Biennale, Manege, Moscow, Russia

15 September - 26 October 2015

Vienna Biennale, Future Light, Museum Angewandte Kunst (MAK) and Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna

11 June-4 October 2015. Curated by Maria Lind




Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic ArtHonolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu

12 February - 7 June 2015



Blow-UpC/O Berlin, Germany

12 December 2014 – 5 April 2015


Conflict and Compassion - 3rd Asia Triennial Manchester, IWM North, Manchester, UK

27 September 2014 - 23 November 2014


The Great Acceleration - Taipei Biennial 2014, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

13 September 2014 - 4 January 2015


2014_Taipei Biennial_1 © Taipei Fine Arts Museum


Blow up, Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria
30 April – 17 August 2014

Art Dubai, UAE
19 – 22 March 2014

Threads, MMKA - Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Netherlands

14 March - 17 August 2014




Marrakech Biennale 5

26 February – 31 March 2014

Sous nos yeuxMACBA, Barcelona, Spain

24 January – 18 May 2014


INTERACT: Deconstructing Spectatorship - Eastwing Biennial, Courtauld Institute, London

January 2014 - June 2014


Tate BritainLondon, UK
25 November 2013 – March 2014

Black Sun, Devi Art Foundation, Delhi, India
9 November 2013 – 27 April 2014
Curated Exhibition

Sous nos yeux, La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, France
19 September – 17 November 2013

Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape and Islamic Art, the Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, US
29 August 2013 – 5 January 2014

Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape and Islamic Art, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, US

Shakti, Kedleston Hall, Derby, UK
21 June – 3 November 2013

The World Turned Inside Out, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands




Lost in Paradise: Du spiritual dans l'art actuel, Loft Sévigné, Paris, France



Speak Nearby, Whitstable Biennale, UK

Videonale 13, IZOLYATSIA Art Centre, Donetsk, Ukraine

Drawings, Paradise Row, London, UK


Videonale: Dialogue in Contemporary Video Art, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan

How I Learned To Stop Fearing and Love the Exotic Art, Art Life Lounge, JAMM Foundation, Kuwait

Generation in Transition, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

Videonale, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany & BWA Contemporary Art Gallery, Katowice, Poland

The Pavement and the Beach, Paradise Row, London, UK

AS THE WORLD TURNS: New Art From London, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney, Australia


Illuminations (After Arthur Rimbaud), Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, US

Living in Evolution, Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea

Rude Britannia: British Comic Art, Tate Britain, London, UK

Grand National, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen, Norway

Dawnbreakers, John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

Wonderland: New Art from London, Assab One, Milan, Italy

The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK


Disorientation II, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Untold: The Rise of Schisms (Indian Popular Culture and Beyond), Sala de Exposiciones Alcala 31, Madrid, Spain

AiM International Biennale 3rd Edition, Marrakech, Morocco

The Artist’s Studio, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK

Making Worlds, The 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Natural Wonders: New Art from London, Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow, Russia

Altermodern: Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London, UK


Indian Highway, (in collaboration with Mukul Deora), Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

Lightness of Being, Initial Access, The Frank Cohen Collection, UK

ReAsia, HKW, Berlin, Germany


Hobbyhorse, Arndt & Partner, Zurich, Switzerland


Bubble & Squeak, PM Gallery, Toronto, Canada

East Wing Collection, Courtauld Institute, London, UK


Yabba Dabba Do, Cell Project Space, London, UK

London in Six Easy Steps, ICA, London, UK

Go Between, Kunstverein, Bregenz, Austria

We Have Met the Enemy & He Is Us, Redux, London, UK


Indians & Cowboys, Gallery 4a, Sydney, Australia


Site + Sight, Earl-Lu Gallery, Singapore

Ausgang, Studio Voltaire, London, UK


Century City, Tate Modern, London, UK


000zerozerozero, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK

Through A Glass Darkly, Kunstlerhaus Mösentürm, Frankfurt, Germany

Selbst  | porträt, Schloss Agathenburg, Agathenburg, Germany