Douglas Coupland

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Curriculum Vitae

  • Deconstructed Snowman in Red, 2017
  • Deconstructed Snowman in Red (detail), 2017
  • Deconstructed Snowman in Blue, 2017
  • Four Seasons, 2017
  • Four Seasons (detail), 2017
  • Four Seasons (detail), 2017
  • Villa Stuck, Muenchen Douglas Coupland. Bit Rot - 29. September 2016 – 8. Januar 2017
  • Douglas Coupland at Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, 2016
  • Douglas Coupland at Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, 2016
  • Kimono Target: Kyoto, 2016
  • Kimono Target: Edo, 2016
  • Kimono Target: Nagasaki, 2016
  • Kimono Triad: That Week Before School Begins (209/210) & The Harvest (211/212), 2016
  • La Polychromie Architecturale 1 & 2, 2016
  • Kimono Tetrad: Autumn (206/207), 2016
  • She Always Had to be Right, 2014
  • War Boy, 2014
  • Taxi Girl, 2014
  • Modern Still Life with Laptop and Energy Efficient Light Bulb, 2013
  • Cuban Holiday, 2014
  • Yellow Space Capsule, 2014
  • Poseidon Adventure, 2013
  • Poseidon Adventure, 2013 (detail)
  • Tsunami Chest, 2013
  • Towers, 2014
  • The Ice Storm, 2014
  • Installation view of Douglas Coupland at the Vancouver Art Gallery, 2014
  • Installation of Douglas Coupland at Art Berlin Contemporary, 2014
  • Installation of Douglas Coupland at Art Berlin Contemporary, 2014
  • Magic Hour, 2015
  • Red Boogeyman, 2013
  • Medium MIrror No. 2, 2013
  • Forsaken, 2013
  • Modern Still Life with Laptop and Energy Efficient Light Bulb, 2013
  • Better Living Through Windows, 2013
  • Billboard, 2013
  • Aids, 2013
  • The Most Boring Thing on Earth, 2013
  • A Deep Meditation on Plastic, 2011
  • Installation view of The 21st Century Continues..., 2013
  • Spruce Island, 2015
  • Thomson Giant’s Tomb, 2015
  • The belief that we will invent a machine smarter than ourselves is replacing a belief in God, and this keeps the world in balance, 2011
  • May the force be with you
  • Twelve Slogans for the Early Twenty-First Century, 2011


(b. 1961, Germany)

Lives and works in Vancouver, Canada



Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada

Hokkaido Collage of Art and Design, Hokkaido, Japan

 Instituto Europeo di Design, Milan, Italy




Vortex, Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver (forthcoming)

Tsunami, Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto


AnticipationSaint Petersburg Manege, Saint Petersburg

Bit Rot, Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany

Polychrome, Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto


Bit Rot, Witte De With, Rotterdam, Netherlands

everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything, Royal Ontario Museum & Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada

Our Modern World, Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto, Canada


Everything is Anything is Anywhere is Everywhere, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Slogans For The 21st Century, Or Gallery, Berlin


The 21st Century Continues…, Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto, Canada


Welcome to the Twenty-First Century, Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto


Twenty-First Century, Trepanier Baer, Calgary, Canada


Atelier, Clark & Faria, Toronto, Canada

Mom and Dad, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, Canada


Fifty Books I have Read More Than Once, Simon Fraser University Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

The Penguins, Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Warflowers (Self Portraits), Contact Photography Festival, Photographic Installations in Bus Shelters, Toronto, Canada


Super City, The Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Canada

I Like the Future and the Future Likes Me and Lost and Gained in Translation, Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto, Canada


Canada House, Canadian High Commission, London, UK

Canada House, DX Design Exchange, Toronto, Canada


The Canada Pictures, Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto, Canada


Spike, The Totem Gallery, New York, USA

Spike, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Images of Douglas Coupland, Gallerie Friebe, Dusseldorf, Germany


Theoretical Furniture, Gallery Speak For, Tokyo, Japan


Children’s Gallery at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver




Breaking the Code, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt (forthcoming)

I Was Raised on the Internet, MCA Chicago, Chicago (forthcoming)


Electronic Superhighway, MAAT, Lisbon

Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany; MAK Vienna,
Austria; Design Museum Gent, Gent, Belgium

It’s All Happening So Fast, Art Museum at University of Toronto, Toronto


This is it with it as it is, AHVA Gallery, Audain Art Centre, Vancouver

It’s all happening so fast, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

The Desire to Acquire: London Collects, Museum London, London, Canada

Electronic Superhighway, Whitechapel Gallery, London


Co-Workers, La Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

The 6th Beijing International Art Biennale, Beijing, China

INVENTO, OCA Museum, Ibirapuera Park, Sao Paulo

The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, HOME, Manchester, UK

Space Between, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York


Cycle, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Sao Paulo

The Miyake Issey Foundation, Tokyo

I Hope Humanity…, Agnes Etherington Art Centre,  Kingston, Canada

Oh, Canada, Confederation Centre of The Arts, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Dreamland: Textiles and the Canadian Landscape, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto (2013/2014); Museum London, London, Canada; Confederation Centre of The Arts, Prince Edward Island, Canada (2014/2015)


Do It 2013, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester UK

Decenter, Abrons Art Centre, Brooklyn, USA; Luther W Brady Art Gallery, George Washington University Washington, DC, USA

Family Ties, Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto, Canada


Paperless, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem, USA

The Supersurrealism, Museet Moderne, Malmö, Sweden

The Museum of the Rapture, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Canada

Memory Marathon, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

Oh Canada, Mass Moca, New, North Adams, USA


By Sea, Land & Air, We Prosper: New Art from Vancouver, Canada,

Labour Gallery, Beijing, China

Logotopia: The Library in Architecture, Art and the Imaginations, Grand Biblioteque nationale du Quebec, Montreal
, Canada

The Rooms, St. John’s, Canada


Logotopia: The Library in Architecture, Art and the Imaginations, Triangle Gallery, Calgary


Bowie, Clark & Faria, Toronto, Canada

Logotopia: The Library in Architecture, Art and the Imaginations, The Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Canada, Mount St. Vincent Art Gallery, Halifax, Canada, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Canada


Diabolique, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Canada

A Spoken Work Exhibition, Center for Contemporary Arts, Prague, Czech Republic

Logotopia: The Library in Architecture, Art and the Imaginations, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Canada

Dream House (Curated by Anthony Kiendi and Steven Matijcio), Organized by Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, Canada

Portraits, Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto, Canada


Winter Salon Show, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

The Writer’s Brush, Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York, USA

History, Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Strange Identity, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, Canada


Vancouver School, Artists for Kids Gallery, North Vancouver, Canada

The Seventh Side of the Die, Alona Kagan Gallery, New York, USA


Do It, Publication launch, co-edited by e-flux and Revolver Press and edited by Hans Ulrich Orbist, Miami, USA

Terminal Five, Site Specific installation at JFK Terminal 5, New York, USA


The Basement Show, Calgary, Canada


School Spirit, A Collaboration with Pierre Hughe, Published by DisVoir, Paris, France




Chong, Heman, “Douglas Coupland,” Art Review Asia, vol 4 no 1, March

Greenberger, Alex, “You Look So Different Online: Douglas Coupland debuts facial de-recognition software at The Armory,” Artiness, March 2

Poole, Steven, “Together in electric dreams: how the art world embraced modern technology first,” The Guardian, January 9


Rehberg, Vivian Sky, “Review: Douglas Coupland,” Frieze, November 17

Dijksterhuis, Edo, “Douglas Coupland’s Bit Rot: Trying to Understand Yesterday While Confronting Tomorrow,” Artslant, November 17

McLaughlin, Bryne, “Douglas Coupland,” Artforum, April

Laurence, Robin, “Douglas Coupland,” Border Crossings, issue 133, March

Jager, David, “Calm, Cool, Collected Coupland,” Now Magazine, February 12

Adams, James, “Everywhere and anywhere, Douglas Coupland takes over Toronto,” Globe and Mail, January 30


Stipe, Michael, “Are we that warlike, that childish, that afraid?” The Guardian, September 10

Velasco, David, “Douglas Coupland,” ArtForum, August 5

Lederman, Marsha, “Inside Douglas Coupland: art, chaos, lots of Lego at Vancouver Art Gallery,” Globe and Mail, May 30


Ledermand, Marsha, “Douglas Coupland: an omnipresent superstart for an easily distracted era,” Globe and Mail, October 12

MacQueen, Ken, “Douglas Coupland: God of small things,” Maclean’s, October 12

Sandals, Leah, “First-ever Douglas Coupland Survey Planned for Vancouver,” Canadian Art, July 11


Whyte, Murray, “Douglas Coupland: Welcome to the 21st Century,” Toronto Star


Flood, Allison, “Douglas Coupland designs monument to Canadian firefighters,” The Guardian, September 20


Kurutz, Steven, “On Location Saving the House Next Door,” New York Times


Campbell, Deborah, “The Author as Artist The World According to Doug,” Canadian Art, Fall, vol 23


Baja to California, CCAC Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
San Francisco
Museum of Contemproary Art,
 San Diego, 
Seattle Art Museum, 
Seattle, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver

Heartways, A collaboration with Rita McBride
The Whitney Museum, New York

Souvenir of Canada 2, Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver/Toronto


: A catalogue and monograph on the works of Martin Boyce, Tramway Publications, Glasgow


Souvenir of Canada, Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver/Toronto




Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres


Officer of the Order of Canada

Order of British Columbia


Honorary Degree from OCAD University


Honorary Degree from University of British Columbia


Honorary Degree from Simon Fraser University


Honorary Degree from Emily Carr University of Art and Design



Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Albright Knox

Bank of Montreal

Confederation Centre of the Arts

Glenbow Museum

Peel Art Gallery

TD Financial

University of British Columbia

Vancouver Art Gallery