Idris Khan, member of the Order of the British Empire, was born in Birmingham, 1978 and completed his Master's Degree at the Royal College of Art and lives and works in London. Khan has been appointed an OBE for services to Art in the Queen's Birthday 2017 Honours List. Solo presentations of his work have been staged at national and international institutional venues including The New Art Gallery Walsall (2017); Whitworth Gallery, University of Manchester (2016 - 2017 and 2012); Sadler's Wells, London (2011); Gothenburg Konsthall, Sweden (2011); Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2010); Kunsthaus Mürz, Mürzzuschlag, Austria (2010) and K20, Düsseldorf (2008).
Khan's major commission for a permanent public monument, forming the centrepiece of the new Memorial Park in Abu Dhabi, was unveiled for United Arab Emirates Commemoration Day in November 2016 and has been awarded a 2017 American Architecture Prize. Previous commissions undertaken by the artist include a wall drawing for the British Museum's 2012 exhibition Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam. In addition, for the duration of the exhibition, Khan's monumental floor installation, Seven Times, was installed in the museum's Great Court. Also in 2012, The New York Times Magazine commissioned Khan to create a new body of work for its London issue. Focusing on the capital's most iconic buildings and structures, Khan's image of the London Eye featured on the cover.
Khan has also contributed to significant collaborations across art forms. In 2014 he worked with renowned choreographer Wayne McGregor to design sets for a new ballet Kairos which premiered at Zurich Opera House. The production also featured composer Max Richter's recomposition of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.Kairos was later presented in 2015 at the Edinburgh Festival and will be presented in 2018 at Bayrisches Staatsballett, Nationaltheater in Munich. Lying in Wait, 2009, another interdisciplinary production, is a collaboration between Khan and choreographer Sarah Warsop in association with Victoria Miro and Siobhan Davies Dance, and is formed of layered movement that travels between three screens. With Kairos as part of Portrait Wayne McGregor, Idris Khan’s work is presented at the Bayerisches Staatsballett for the first time.
(Information as of March 2018)