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Magali Reus

Magali Reus was born in Den Haag, The Netherlands in 1981, and currently lives and works in London.

Reus’s sculptures are accumulations of images and things – she draws on objects she finds around her, recombining them into something strange and unfamiliar. Although a keen observer of the physical world, Reus avoids using readymade objects, instead each element of her sculptural jigsaws has been meticulously fabricated using a mixture of technological and traditionally craft-based techniques. Colours, materials, textures, sizes, shapes are all manipulated, throwing everyday habits of association into disarray, inviting the viewer to question the way objects may take on – or shed – meanings.

Reus had her first UK museum solo exhibition, Particle of Inch, at The Hepworth Wakefield in 2015. The artist has subsequently had a number of solo exhibitions including Mustard, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2016); Quarters, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2016); Hot Cottons, Bergen Kunsthall (2017); Night Plants, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen (2017) and As Mist, Description, South London Gallery (2018).

Reus was awarded the Prix de Rome 2015 and was nominated for The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture in 2018. For her second presentation at The Hepworth Wakefield, Reus created a number of new works with funding support from the Mondriaan Fund.

‘I’m interested in how… a simple form can generate an immediate chain of associations – people, places, smells, sounds.’


Magali Reus, Hwael (The Flat), 2017. © Magali Reus. Courtesy The Approach, London. Photo: Plastiques
Magali Reus, Arbroath Smokie, 2016. © Magali Reus. Courtesy The Approach, London. Photo: Plastiques


Related exhibitions & events

The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture

26 Oct 2018 - 20 Jan 2019

The second Hepworth Prize for Sculpture exhibition presents art work by the shortlisted artists Michael Dean, Mona Hatoum, Phillip Lai, Magali Reus and Cerith Wyn Evans.

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Magali Reus: Particle Of Inch

18 Jul - 11 Oct 2015

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Further Reading


Shortlist announced for second The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture

On Thursday 22 March, The Hepworth Wakefield announced the five artists nominated for the second The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture.

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