Born in Poole, England, in 1965
Lives and works in Mexico City

Education
1984 BA in Fine Arts, Reading University, England

Solo exhibitions
2018

• MACBA - Date to be confirmed

2017
• Proyecto Paralelo, Mexico City, Mexico, Nov.
• Nara Roesler, New York, Brazil, Sept. - Oct.
• Caja Negra, Madrid, Spain, Sept.
• Obscuridades Bucólicas, La Tallera, Cuernavaca, Mexico, March 25 – June 17

2016
• Abandoned Bodies and Uncertain Futures, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, USA, Nov. 4 - Dec. 17

2015
• Fordlandia, LULU, Mexico City, Mexico, Aug. 8 - Sept. 13
• Melanie Smith, Maps, mud and mundo(s), Galería Proyecto Paralelo, Mexico City, Mexico, Feb. 3 - April 11

2014
• Melanie Smith, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands, cur. Sjarel Ex, Oct. 10 - Jan. 11 (cat.)
• Melanie Smith. Crocodiles and Elevators, CCA Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania, cur. Asta Vaiciulyte, Sept. 12 - Oct. 19
• Melanie Smith: Fordlandia, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK, cur. Anthony Spira, April 10 - June 15 (cat.)
• Melanie Smith, CAMH, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, USA, cur. Bill Arning, March 22 - June 15 (cat.)

2013
• Irreversible/ Illegible /Unstable, Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico, Feb. 24 - May 27

2012
• Melanie Smith, Fundaçao Joaquim Nabuco, Recife, Brazil, Oct. 1- Nov. 18 (cat.)
• Short Circuit, Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany, April 22 - June 24 (cat.)

2011
• Red Square Impossible Pink, Mexican Pavilion, 54th International Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, cur. José Luis Barrios, June 4 - Nov. 27 (cat.)
• Bulto, Museo de Arte de Lima, Lima, Peru, cur. Tatiana Cuevas, Feb. 15 - June 26 (cat.)

2010
• Xilitla, El Eco, Mexico City, Mexico, cur. Paola Santoscoy, Nov. 17 - Jan. 16 (cat.)

2009
• Spiral city and other vicarious pleasures, MIT List, Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, USA, Feb. 5 - April 6 (cat.)

2007
• Spiral city and other vicarious pleasures. Melanie Smith, The Laboratory of Art and Ideas at Beldar, Lakewood, Colorado, USA, cur. Cuauhtémoc Medina, Sept. 26 - Dec. 30 (cat.)

2006
• Parres trilogy, Art Now, Tate Britain, London, England, June 17- Aug. 13

2004
• Cerca series: Melanie Smith, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, USA, Nov. 21 - Jan. 9

Group exhibitions
2017
• Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany, Oct.
• Utopia / Dystopia, Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia MAAT, Lisbon, Portugal, March 21 - Aug. 21
• Málverkasýning, i8 gallery, Reikiavik, Iceland, Feb. 9 - April 22
• Constitución Mexicana, 1917-2017, imágenes y voces ,Palacio Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico, Feb. 8 - Sept. 17

2016
• XII Bienal FEMSA, Centro de las Artes, Monterrey, Mexico, Oct. 13.
• Debt, Territory ,Utopia, Nationalgalerie Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany, cur. Eugen Blume and Catherine Nichols, July 1 - Nov. 6
• Surreal Encounters. Collecting the Marvellous, cur. Saskia van Kampen-Prein, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 4 - Sept. 11, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany, July 7 - Jan. 22, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Nov. 11 - May 28.
• Without Restraint, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland, June 3 - Oct. 23
• Beyond 2°, Museum of Contamporary Art, Santa Barbara, USA, March 12 - June 19

2015
• Many Things Brought from One Climate to Another, Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario, Canada, Nov. - July
• So-Called Utopias, Logan Center Gallery, Chicago, USA, Nov. 20 - Jan. 10
• Strange Currencies. Art & Action in Mexico City 1990-2000, The Galleries at Moore, Philadelphia, USA, Sept. 19 - Dec. 12
• A room of one’s own. Fragilidades sobre el exterior, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City, Mexico, May 21 - Sept. 6
• Framing Desire: Photography and Video, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Dallas, USA, Feb. 21 - Aug. 23
• Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915 -2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London, England, Jan. 15 - April 6 (cat.)
• The Disorderliness of Things, Galerie de l'UQAM, Montreal, Canada, Jan. 9 - Feb. 14

2014
• Do Objeto para o Mundo, Instituto Inhotim, traveling exhibition, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Dec. 12 - March 8
• En hombros de gigantes, Museo Experimental el Eco, Mexico City, Mexico, Nov. 2 - Jan. 18
• Unsettled Landscapes – SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas, SITE Santa Fe, Nuevo Mexico, USA, cur. Candice Hopkins, Lucía Sanromán, Janet Dees & Irene Hofmann, July 20 - Jan. 11 (cat.)

2013
• Assembly: I Extend My Arms, Tate Britain, London, UK, cur. Stuart Comer, George Clark, Melissa Blanchflower, Simon Payne y Andrew Vallance, Nov. 23
• Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa - Art and Film, LACMA, Los Angeles, USA, Sept. 22 - Feb. 2 (cat.)
• Wanås Konst 2013, Wanas Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden, cur. Elisabeth Millquist, May 18 - Oct. 27

2012
• The Stumbling Present: Ruins in Contemporary Art, Art, Design & Architecture Museum, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, cur. Elyse Gonzales, Oct. 12 - Jan. 27 (cat.)
• Audience as Subject: Part 2, Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, San Francisco, USA, Feb. 18 - May 27

2011
• Los sueños de una nación, Museo Nacional de Arte, MUNAL, Mexico City, Mexico , Nov. 11 - Jan. 29 (cat.)
• 8th Mercosul Biennial: Essays on Geopoetics, Porto Alegre, Brazil, Sept. 10 - Nov. 15
• The Smithson Effect, Utah Museum of Fine Art, Salt Lake City, USA, cur. Jill Dawsey, March 10 - June 26 (cat.)

2010
• Espectrografías: paradojas de la historia, MUAC, Mexico City, Mexico, Dec. 1 - March 27
• Trayectorias aleatorias, Ancienne école des veterinaries, Brussels, Belgium, cur. Hélène Bastenier, Oct. 10 - Nov. 7

2009
• Mexico: expected/unexpected, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam, Netherlands, Nov. 7 - Jan. 31 (Cat.)
• Topographic, La Maison, Église des Forges, Tarnos, France, cur. François Loustau, April 4 - 26

2008
• Pleinairism, i8 gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland, cur. Kitty Scott, Sept. 12 - Oct. 26

2007
• Global cities, Tate Modern, London, England, June 20 - Aug. 27

2006
• Ideal city-Invisible cities, Öffentlicher Raum in Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany, Sept. 9 - Oct. 29
• What makes you and I different, Tramway Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, Feb. 24 - March 26

2005
• Farsites / Sitios distantes, inSite 2005 San Diego Museum of Art, California, EUA, Centro Cultural Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico , cur. Osvaldo Sanchez, Aug. 26 - Nov. 13 (Cat.)
• New Work/New acquisitions, MoMA, New York, USA, cur. Klaus Biesenbach, June 29 - Sept. 26

2004
• Sodio y asfalto. Arte británico contemporáneo en México, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, , Mexico City, Mexico, cur. Tobias Ostrander y Ann Gallagher, July 15 - Oct. 10 (Cat.)
• Made in Mexico, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA, cur. Gilbert Vicario, June 6 - Sept. 12 (Cat.)

2003
• Gestes, Printemps de Septembre, Festival de Imágenes Contemporáneas, Toulouse, France, cur. Marta Gilli and Fabienne Fuchéri, Sept. 26 - Oct. 19 (Cat.)
• Mexiko-Stadt: Eine Ausstellung über den Tauschwert von Körpern und Werten, Kunst-Werke Berlin, Berlin, Germany, cur. Klaus Biesenbach, Sept. 22 - Jan. 5

2002
• 20 million Mexicans can’t be wrong, South London Gallery, London, England, cur. Cuauhtémoc Medina, Sept. 18 - Nov. 17
• Mexico City: an exhibition about the exchange rates of bodies and values, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, USA, cur.Klaus Biesenbach, June 30 - Sept. 2 (Cat.)
• Here is there 2, Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria, Feb. 14 - April 14 (Cat.)

2001
• Escultura mexicana (tercera parte). De la academia a la instalación. Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico

2000
• Photo América Latina, Museo de las Artes, Guadalajara, Mexico.

1999
• Cinco continentes y una ciudad, Museo de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Mexico

1998
• Chromaform, color in contemporary sculpture, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA (Cat.)
• 7 + 1 mujeres artistas, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico (Cat.)

1997
• Mexico now. Point of departure, The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, USA; El Arsenal de la Buntilla, SanJuan, Puerto Rico; The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, USA; Woodstreet Gallery, Pittsburgh, USA; The Mexican Fine ArtsCenter Museum, Chicago, USA; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, USA; The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, USA;The Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington, D.C., USA (Cat.)
• The conceptual trend: six artists from Mexico, El Museo del Barrio, New York, USA
• Life’s little necesities, The Second Biennale of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa (Cat.)

1995
• Par avion, LACE, Los Angeles, USA
• Pautas y tendencias paralelas de los 90’s, ACME Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

1994
• Las nuevas majas, Otis Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

1992
• Studio exhibition with Ethel Shipton, Plaza Santa Catarina, Mexico City, Mexico

1991
• Gallerie L’Escaut, Brussels, Belgium
• Marcas, Galería Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico

1990
• Salón de Los Aztecas, Mexico City, Mexico

1989
• A propósito (Homenaje a Joseph Beuys), Ex Convento del Desierto de los Leones, Mexico City, Mexico

Books and solo exhibition catalogues
• Fordlandia, RM + Periferia Taller Gráfico, Mexico, 2014
• Melanie Smith, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, USA, 2014
• In Situ Melanie Smith, Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru, 2014
• Xilitla. Melanie Smith, RM+ El Mojado, Mexico, 2012
• Melanie Smith: Short Circuit, Snoeck, Germany, 2012
• Cuadrado Rojo, Imposible Rosa, Publisher Turner, INBA, Mexico, 2011
• Melanie Smith. Parres, A&R Press/Turner, Mexico, 2008
• Melanie Smith. Spiral City & Other Vicarious Pleasures, A&R Press/Turner, Mexico, 2006

Public Collections
• Arnold and Mabel Backman Foundation, California, USA
• British Council, London, England
• Centro Cultural Muros, Cuernavaca, Mexico
• Centro de Arte Contemporânea Inhotim, Braumadinho, Brazil
• Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, USA
• Colección Fundación ARCO, Madrid, Spain
• Colección Isabel y Agustín Coppel, Culiacan, Mexico
• Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zurich, Switzerland
• Essl Collection, Vienna, Austria
• EVN Collection, Maria Enzersdorf, Austria
• Fundación BBVA Bancomer, Mexico City, Mexico
• Fundación Colección Jumex, State of Mexico, Mexico
• Fundación Televisa, Mexico City, Mexico
• Fundación Vergel, Cuernavaca, Mexico
• Grupo de los Dieciséis, Mexico City, Mexico
• Institut Valencià d'Art Moderne, Valencia, Spain
• Lucille & Ronald Neeley Foundation, San Diego, USA
• Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, USA
• Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico
• Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Castilla y León, Spain
• Museo de Arte de Lima, Lima, Peru
• Museo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo de Santander y Cantabria, Spain
• Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico
• Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico
• Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico
• Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Holland
• The Diane and Bruce Halle Collection, Scottsdale, USA
• The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
• Tate Modern, London, England
• Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany
• Zabludowicz Collection, London, England