Vanguard gallery

Gabriel Lester

Gabriel LESTER (b.1972)


Born in 1972 in Amsterdam, Gabriel Lester is a visual artist and director. Now lives and works in Netherlands. 


2012      Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, Japan
2006      ROAD Capacete, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2005-2006   ISCP, New York, United States
2003-2004   IASPIS, Stockholm, Sweden
1999-2000   Rijks Akademie (Royal Academy of the Arts), Amsterdam
1995-1996   Hogeschool Sint Lukas, Brussels – experimental film
1994-1995   St.Joost Akademie , Breda – audiovisueel


solo exhibitions

2020      Light Years, Machinery of Me, Arnhem, The Netherlands

2018      Shake A Face, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2017      The Return of Lester’s Loops, Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands
2017      If you happen to be, Ryan Lee Gallery, New York, USA
2017      How to Act, De Hallen Haarlem, The Netherlands

2016      Apple Z, De Appel Art center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2016      The 9 Day Week, CAC museum, Vilnius (LT)
2015      Cosmic Call, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2014      The Ears Have Walls, Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China
2014      Follies, Bonner Kunst Verrein, Bonn (D)
2014      Silent Trilogy, 3’14 Bergen (NOR)
2014      Blank Stare, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

2013      The Secret Life of Cities, Galerie Fons Welters, The Netherlands
2013      Highlights & Encounters, Tetem, Enschede, The Netherlands

2012      Roxy, Minsheng Museum, Shanghai, China
2012      The Future that Was, NASA/Smart, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2011      Suspension of Disbelief, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2010      Dilzis, Rodea Gallery Istanbul, Turkey
2009      ProMotion, Z33, Hasselt (B)
2008      The Last Smoking Flight, Gallery Fons Welters, The Netherlands

2008      A Man of Action [Returns], Gallery BirteKleeman, Berlin (D)
2008      One Man Band II, Kiosk, Gent (B)


group exhibitions 

2021      Chengdu Biennale: Super Fusion, Chengdu, China

2021      Quebec City Biennial (CAN) – curated by Steven Matijcio

2021      Warehouse Story VII, Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, China

2018      LekArt Festival, Culemborg, the Netherlands,

2018      Busan Biennal, Busan, South Korea
2018      Paysage – Fiction, Le Tetris, Le Havre, France

2018      Bambaataa, De Beeldengalerij, Den Haag, the Netherlands
2018      Sculpture in the City, City of London, London, the United Kingdom
2018      Another Dimension, Nest, Den Haag, the Netherlands

2017      Radicale Sociale Animale, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, The Netherlands
2017      Salon Hang, Kunstverein, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2016      Heaven, Hell & Earth, Stedeliijk museum Den Bosch
2016      Forming in the pupil of an eye, Kochi Biennale, India
2015      Moscow biennale, Moscow, Russia

2015      Istanbul biennale, Istanbul, Turkey
2015      Nice’n Light, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands

2015      When I Give I Give Myself, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2014      Sydney biennale, Sydney, Australia

2014      Marrakesh Biennale, Marrakesh (MOR)
2014      CAFA museum, Beijing, China

2014      Folkestone triennial, Folkestone, UK
2014      Crime Was Almost Perfect, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2014      Play Time, Corner House, Manchester, UK
2013      Garden of Diversion, Sifang museum, Nanjing, China

2013      Performa 13, New York, USA
2013      Momentum Biennale, Moss, (NO)
2013      Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

2013      Sharjah Biennale, Sharjah, UAE
2013      Call of the Mall, Utrecht, The Netherlands
2013      Bourgeois Leftovers, De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2012      DOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany

2012      Blind Cut, Marlborough Chelsea Gallery, New York, USA
2012      Arco Solo, Arco art Fair, Madrid, Spain

2011      Secret Societies, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany

2011      Television Commune, Nam June Paik Art Center, Seoul, Korea

2011      I am not a Studio Artist, SALT, Istanbul, Turkey

2011      Walk Through Mudam, Luxembourg
2010      Not Our Cup of Tea, 29th Sao Paulo Biennial, Brazil

2010      De Nederlandse Identiteit, Museum De Paviljoens, Almere, The Netherlands
2010      A Map Bigger Than Its Territory, Valand Fine Arts, Gothenburg, Sweden

2010      Performa/The Prompt, TransArt, Bolzano, Italy

2010      Clifford Irving Show, Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, Belgium
2009      The Prompt, Performa 09 Biennial, New York, USA
2009      C.I.S., Kadist Foundation, Paris, France

2009      Secret Ninth Planet, MACCA, San Francisco, USA
2009      Slow Movement, Kunsthalle Bern, China

2009      Lapses, FriArt, Fribourg, China

2009      Paper Exhibition, Artist Space New York, USA
2009      Prix Jeune Peinture Belge, Palais des Beaux Arts, 2007, Brussel, Belgium