Nancy Holt / Inside Outside


From 13 July to 7 January 2024

Nancy Holt / Inside Outside is the first major European survey of Nancy Holt’s artistic legacy and features a wide selection of projects made between 1966 and 1992. Inside and outside are compelling concepts that run throughout her five decades of artistic output. Holt’s spatial and visual poetry invites us to recognise the hidden systems that form and structure our ways of being and our means of perceiving the world.

Nancy Holt (Worcester, MA, 1938 – New York, 2014) was a key figure on the New York art scene and an innovator of site-specific installations and the moving image. Although she is often linked to the American Land Art and Conceptual Art movements, her work has received far less attention than that of her male peers—an imbalance this exhibition seeks to redress. Rather than being bound by art history categories, she preferred to describe herself as a “perception artist”.

Over the course of five decades she posed questions on how we might understand our place in the world by exploring perception, systems and place. Nancy Holt / Inside Outside presents a major selection of her work that reveals the wide range of her artistic practice, including concrete poetry, sound pieces, photography, film, video, sculpture, installations, land art, architectural interventions, artist’s books and sketches. The exhibition also presents documentation of her ways of working.

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Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA)

Plaça dels Àngels, 1, 08001 Barcelona

From 20 October 2022 to 26 February 2023