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Nicolai Howalt is a Danish artist whose photographic work spans documentary, conceptual, and installation modes. He is interested in duality, connections and relationships, and while death is an aspect of his work, he sees it as a part of an investigation of life and its fragility. He draws inspiration from a line by T.S. Eliot, “The end is where we start from.” Howalt’s work is marked by the absence of the decisive moment, focusing instead on the heartless quietness of the anticipation and/or aftermath of a situation, devoid of any narrative cues. He has a longstanding collaboration with artist Trine Søndergaard, with whom he explores concepts of cultural heritage, transitions, evolution, spaces of limbo and the continuum of life and time.

The artist was born in 1970 in Copenhagen and graduated from Denmark’s prestigious Photographic Art School Fatamorgana in 1992. He has received a series of grants from the Hasselblad Foundation, The Danish Ministry of Culture, The Danish Arts Foundation and The Danish Arts Council. Howalt has had three exhibitions at the Bruce Silverstein Gallery in Chelsea since 2007.

He has had solo shows at Esbjerg Kunstmuseum; Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen and Center for Fotografi, Stockholm among others. He has also exhibited at Statens Museum for Kunst; ARoS, Denmark; Skagens Museum, Denmark; Vensyssel Art Museum, Denmark; and other venues in Korea, China, USA, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, France, Finland, England, Hungary and Turkey.

Howalt is represented in numerous public collections, including The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; MUSAC, Spain; Maison Européenne de Photographie, France; Museum of Fine Arts Houston, USA; La Casa Encendida, Spain; Fondation Neuflize Vie, France; Art Foundation Majorca, Spain; Hiscox Art Project, USA. In Denmark his work is held at the National Museum of Photography, The Danish Arts Foundation, Skagen Museum, Nykredit and Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts.

In 2001 Howalt published the book 3x1 with Gyldendal Publishers. His work Boxer was published in 2003 by ArtPeople. The artist lives and works in Denmark.




An Ode to Pareidolia, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark


Light Break, Museum für Photographie, Braunschweig, Germany

Light Break, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark


Light Break, Medicinsk Museion, Copenhagen, Denmark


Fem Soloer; Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, København, Denmark

Light Break, Gallery Edel Assanti, London, UK

Birds - Trees and Hunting Scenes, Kunsthal NORD, Aalborg, Denmark

5 x Solo, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark


Landscapes; Maison du Danemark, Paris


Esbjerg Kunstmuseum, Copenhagen, Denmark

Endings; Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

SAMMENSTØD; Esbjerg Kunstmuseum, Denmark

2010 Aros; Århus Kunstmuseum, Denmark

2009 Car Crash Studies; Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York, NY

2008 Musée Historique et des Porcelaines; with Søndergaard, Ville de Nyon, France

2007 Hunting Scenes; with Søndergaard, Lys over Lolland, Denmark The Parisian Laundry; with Søndergaard, Mois de la Photo, Montréal, Canada Fotografiets Hus; with Søndergaard, Stockholm, Sweden How to Hunt; with Søndergaard, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York, USA How to Hunt; with Søndergaard, Martin Asbæk Projects, Denmark

2006 Galerie Poller NY, New York, US ParisPhoto2006; with Søndergaard, Martin Asbæk Projects, Paris, France Faaborg Art Museum; with Søndergaard, Faaborg, Denmark Galerie Poller; with Søndergaard, Frankfurt, Germany

2005 Nordic House, Cracow, Polen

2004 Kaunas Photo, Kaunas, Lituania Center for Contemporary Art – Århus, Denmark Gallerie Schüster, Frankfurt, Germany Vensyssel Art Museum, Denmark

2003 Galerie Asbæk, Copenhagen, Denmark

2001 Galerie Asbæk, Copenhagen, Denmark Center for Photography, Stockholm, Sweden

1997 Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark

Group Exhibitions


Esbjerg Kunstmusuem, Denmark

Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2015 Camera Solved Photography, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark. (cat) Wilderness, New Shelter Plan, Copenhagen, Denmark. (cat)


Zeigen, Nikolaj Kirke, Copenhagen, Denmark

Flora Danica, (with Trine Søndergaard), The Natural History Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Masculine, Capricious 88, New York, US


The Chosen Ones, Kunsten - Aalborg Museum of Modern Art, Ålborg, Denmark. (cat)

Grønningen at the Dock, Grønningen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Made of Time, (with Trine Søndergaard), Danish National Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark.


Places, HEART - Herning Art Museum, Herning, Denmark. (cat)

Steder - Danmark Under Forvandling; Heart - Herning Artmuseum of Contemporary Art, Denmark

2010 Summer In the City 10; Martin Asbæk Gallery, Cph. Denmark Husk Bornholm; A Gallery, 16. April - 13 May 2010, Denmark Copenhagen Photo Festival May 12-20 2010, Copenhagen, Denmark KUP Galleri Hans Alf, Marts 10. Denmark

2009 Kontrapunkt; Esbjerg Kunstmuseum, Esbjerg, Denmark. In Between; Künstlerverein Walkmühle in Wiesbaden, Germany. Blomsten & Bien; Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2008 Collisions; Maison du Danemark, Paris, France Spring Time; Groupshow at Henningsen Contemporary Copenhagen Unreal; with Trine Søndergaard, Astrid Kruse, Jonna Karanka, Susanna Majuri. Helsinki, Finland Another Adventures; with Søndergaard. Frankfurt, Germany Hunting Grounds; with Trine Søndergaard, Ebbe Stub Wittrub. Max Estrella Gallery, Madrid, Spain Grønningen; with Søndergaard, Bornholms Art Museum, Denmark On Hunting; with Søndergaard, Gallery Andreas Grimm, Münich, Germany. Art Basel; Solo-projects, Danish Devils; with Søndergaard, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark. ARCO 08" Madrid, Spain Berlin Art Forum; Berlin, Germany

2007 Reality Crossing; 2.Fotofestival Kunsthalle Mannheim, Denmark New Photography from Denmark, Houston, US Lianzhou Fotobienale; with Søndergaard, Ebbe Stub & Astrid K. Jensen Salon 1" Museumsbygningen, Copenhagen, Denmark Mia Sundberg Gallery; with Søndergaard, Stockholm, Sweden Existencias; with Søndergaard, MUSAC - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Leon, Spain Summer in the City II; with Søndergaard, Martin Asbæk Projects, Denmark New Journal; with Søndergaard, Møstingshus, Denmark Fondation Neuflize Vie: Acquisitions for the MEP (1999-2006); with Trine Søndergaard, Maison Europeenne de la Photographie Ville de Paris, France Achtung! Kunst!; The National Museum of Photography, Denmark Hunter & Gatherer; with Søndergaard, Gallery Ferenbalm-Gurbrü Station, Germany The Animal Show; with Søndergaard, Galleri Hornbæk, Denmark

2006 Scandinavian Photo II: Denmark; Foto Fest, Texas, US Teen Beat; the Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas, US Summer in the City; with Søndergaard. Martin Asbaek Projects, Denmark Another Adventures; with Søndergaard. Style Cube Zandari, Seoul, Korea The Open Book; The National Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark Artists´ Choice; with Søndergaard, Bendixen Contemporary Art, Denmark

2005 Spells of Childhood; Tampere Art Museum, Finland New Photography from Denmark; Faulcener Gallery, Iowa, US Contemporary Photo Books; Rocket Gallery, London, UK

2004 Martin Asbæk Projects, Galerie Asbæk, Denmark Distance; Institute of Contemporary Art, Dunaujvaros, Hungary Hereford Photography Festival; Hereford, UK Don´t mention it; The National Museum, Denmark Something different; Fotografisk Center, Denmark Familliebilleder; Brænderigaarden, Viborg, Denmark

2003 Surprise; Galerie Asbæk, København, Denmark Boxer; Museet for Fotokunst, Denmark 3*1; Ifsak, November, Istanbul, Turkey

2002 Home Sweet Home; Århus Art Museum, Denmark Surprise; Galerie Asbæk, Copenhagen, Denmark

2001 Never Ending Story; Billboard, Marts, Copenhagen, Denmark

2000 Longterm Projects; with Søndergaard, Galerie Asbæk, Copenhagen, Denmark

1999 Fatamorgana; Øksnehallen, Copenhagen, Denmark 2. Maj's Jubilæum's Udstilling; Rejsestaldene, Copenhagen, Denmark From the Hidden; The National Museum of Photo, Denmark Ung Fotografi; Birkerød Kunstforening, Birkerød, Denmark

1998 Meanwhile; Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark 1000 year 10; Museum for Modern Art, Roskilde, Denmark

1995 Efterårsudstillingen; October, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

1992 Gruppe; Fotografisk Galleri, Copenhagen, Denmark

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