Ursula Mayer

Born in Austria, 1970. Lives and works in London.



Academy of Fine Arts, Wien

Royal College of Art, London

MA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London, UK




What Will Survive of Us, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

The Soul Paints Itself in Machines, Monitor Rome, IT

Atom Spirit, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria
Institut Kunst HGK FHNW, Basel
Vleeshal Markt, Markt 1, Middelburg,The Netherlands
Ursula Mayer, SeMA Biennale, Mediacity Seoul

But we loved her, 21er Haus, Belvedere Museum, Vienna
Ursula-Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany
Gonda, Krobath Gallery, Berlin
Gonda, ICA, London

GONDA | presented at ICA, London. A performance written by Maria Fusco. ICA, London
Supported by BM:UK, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania and LUX
Gonda, Juliette Jongma Gallery, Amsterdam

Films by U. Mayer, Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Rome
Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, Monitor, Rome

Frame, curated by Daniel Baumann and Sarah McCrory, Frieze Art Fair, London
Ellipse in Time, Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Lunch in Fur/Le Dèjeuner en Fourrure, Gallery Juliètte Jongma, Amsterdam

Nought to Sixty, ICA, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

The Crystals of Time, Lentos, Museum of Modern Art, Linz
Centraal Museum, Utrecht
Gallery Monitor, Rome

Fallen Imperial, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Wien




Handle With Care, Curated by Ana Cachola, Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon

Maiden Voyage, curated by Mattia Tosti, Monitor Lisbon

When Gesture Becomes Event, Künstlerhaus Wien, Wien

Somatechnics Transparent travellers and obscure nobodies, curated by Simone Frangi, MUSEION, Bolzano

Haprus on vaprus / Be Fragile! Be Brave!, KUMO, Tallinn

The new human, Moderna Musset, Stockholm
The new human knock, knock, is anyone home?, Malmo

Mirrorcity, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

Nouvelles Vagues (New Waves), Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Costume: Written Clothing, Tramway, Glasgow
Superusurpedsupper, Nomas Foundation, Rome
The first 10 Years in Lentos, Lentos Museum, Linz
Photos, 21haus, Wien

Castle in the Air. Séance of Imagination, Centre of Culture ZAMEK (the Castle) in Poznan, Poland
Mindaugas, 11th Baltic Triennal, CAC, Vilnius
Lux Bienale, ICA, London
Artists’ Film Club, Lisa Oppenheim – Double, ICA, London
Ursula Mayer, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb

Gonda, Performa 11, New York
Side Stories, Sculpture Center, New York
Prospectif Cinema, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Spectrums of Light, Temporary Gallery, Cologne
Sync Sync, 401 contemporary, London
Elastic Frames, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow

Architektur und Körper, Krobath, Berlin, Group Show curated by Walter Seidl
Hulahoop, 401 contemporary, London
Related Spaces, Ernst Museum, Budapest
100 Years (version #3), Garage, Moscow
Languages and Experimentations, Mart Trento, Rovereto
Mardin Biennial, Mardin, Turkey
Art in the Auditorium II – Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX
Art in the Auditorium II – Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires
Long time no see, The Brno House of Arts, Central Building, Brno
Projections, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm
East goes East, Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków
It’s a Set Up, Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
Yesterday’s Tomorrows – Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal
Psychoanalysis, Tokio Wonder Site, Tokio
Psychoanalysis, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto

Contemporary artifices and Baroque difformities, curated by Claudia Gioia, Arcos-Sannio Museum of Contemporary Art, Benevento, IT
100 Years (version #2, ps1), curated by Klaus Biesenbach, RoseLee Goldberg PS1, New York
100 Years (version #1), Julia Stoschek Foundation, Dùsseldorf
Video!-Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden
It’ s hard to find the beginning, and impossible to fathom the end – Trafo House of Contemporary Art, Budapest
Art in the Auditorium-GAMeC – Galleria d’ Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Bergamo, IT
Art in the Auditorium, Contemporary arts center of La Boca, Buenos Aires
The Symbolic Efficiency of the Frame, Tirana International Art Biennale, Tirana
HEAVEN, 2nd Athens Bienniale, Athens
Travesties&Masquerades, curated by Gianni Jetzer, Swiss Institute, New York
EASTinternational, selected by Art&Language and Raster Gallery, Norwich University College of the Arts, Norwich
The Blood of a Poet, curated by Adam Budak, FRAC des pays de la loire, Estuaire Biennale Nantes
Cabinet Afrique, Cell projects, London
Concept Film, Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz
Just in the Dark, Archeaological site of the Mercati de Traiano, Rome
Contested Ground, 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London

Rooms Look Back, curated by Simone Neuenschwander, Basel Kunsthalle, Basel
Held together with Water, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul
Pierotting, Gallery Juliètte Jongma, Amsterdam
Modern Ruin, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
Cabinet of Imaginations, Network, Aalst
Module Play & Box Promenade, Cell projects, London
True Romance, Villa Stuck, Munich and Kunsthalle Kiel, Kiel

Venetian, Atmospheric, curated by Francesco Manacorda, 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice
True Romance, Allegories of Love from the Renaissance to the Present, Kunsthalle, Wien
Boston Consulting & Belvedere Contemporary art award, Augarten Contemporary, Wien
Invisible Mend, curated by Ian White, Lux, Lounge Gallery, London
Held together with water, Mak Museum, Wien
MUSA, Museum on Demand, Wien
Frauhaus, Agency Gallery, London
Double A Side, Stedelijk Museum, Hertognebosch and Artis den Bosch
Depiction, perversion, repulsion, obsession, subversion, Witte de With, Rotterdam

Facts and Fictions, RCM Art Museum, Nanjing, China
Mise en scène, Mama, showroom for media, Rotterdam
No space is Innocent, steirischer herbst, Forum Stadtpark, Graz
Everybody comes to Hollyrood, Atticsalt, Edinburgh
Props & Prostheses, Schloss Kodeljevo, Ljubljana

Faites vos Jeux, Shedhalle, Zurich
Videos Viennoise, Betonsalon, Paris
EuroPart. 25 peaces – Contemporary art from Europe, Wien

a room of one´s own, 3. Berlin Biennale at Kunstwerke Berlin
Breaking the Visual, steirischer herbst, Pavelhaus, Laafeld, Graz
Instruction for actions, permanent Installation, Kunsthalle, Wien
Born to be a star, k-haus, Wien
Wiener Linien, Wienmuseum, Wien

Mothers of Invention, with a room of one´s own, Museum of Modern Art, Wien
Love/Hate, Ursula Blickle Foundation, Kraichtal, Germany
Go Johnny Go!, Kunsthalle, Wien
where is the tree which separated us, offspace, Wien
21er, with fem text rapid, with Justin Hoffmann and Nina Stuhldreher, 20erhaus, Wien

Das Experiment 2B: a room of one´s own, Secession, Wien
Let’s twist again, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Wien
Earworm, fem text rapid, with Justin Hoffmann and Nina Stuhldreher, Künstlerhaus, Bethanien, Berlin

Das Experiment 2A: a room of one´s own, Secession, Wien
We are a rock group, Oskar von Millerstraße, Frankfurth/Main

With the Sound of Music, with Susi Schneider and DJ Kahn, Austrian Cultural Institute, New York

Momentbild Wien, regardes sur la culture autrichienne Staatstheater Ville de Luxemburg

Positionen, Neue Galerie, Linz, Wolfgang-Gurlitt-Museum

Gallery Würthle, Wien



Flamin production screening: Ursula Mayer: Gonda, Whitechapel Gallery, London

Choreography for the Camera, Tramway, Glasgow

Internationale Image Festival, Toronto
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival
Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts, Glasgow

Evolution, Lumen, Leeds
Modernologies, curated by Sabine Breitwieser, MACBA, Barcelona
The Angels of Anarchy, Cornerhouse, Manchester
Cinemaniac 09. Architektur in Film, Luka, Pula
European Media Art Festival, Osnabrùck
International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, with Lux, London
Get under my skin, CCS Bard, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York

Modern Shorts selected by Terence Gower, New Museum New York, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Art Basel Films, curated by Marc Gloede
Play Forward, International Film Festival Locarno



Derek Jarman Award

Whitechapel Gallery, London

International Studio & Curatorial Program, ISCP, New York

Atelier / artist-in-residence Rome, bm:ukk

Sponsorship prize for Fine Arts, bm:ukk, Wien

Mrsg. Otto Mauer prize for Fine Arts

Atelier / artist-in-residence London, bm:ukk

State Award for Fine Arts



Verzotti, Giorgio. Ursula Mayer, Artforum International, summer 2010
Amberg, Annette. Brand New, Flash Art, summer 2010
Fite-Wassilak, Chris. East International 09, Frieze Magazine, 07/09
Swarle, Adrian. Where there’s smoke, EastInternational 09, The Guardian, 07/09
Barber, Sonya. Ursula Mayer, Whitchapel Gallery, Time Out, London, No. 2018, 2009
McLean-Ferris, Laura. Cabinet Afrique, ArtRewiew, issue 32, 2009
Scharrer, Eva. Rooms look back, Artforum International, 2008
Coline Milliard. Focus London, Flash Art International, No. 262, 2008
J.J. Charlesworth. Voodoo Modern, ArtReview, 2008
Lack, Jessica. Lorna Macintyre & Ursula Mayer, ICA London, The Guardian, 08/08
Probst, Ursula.Sammeln als Identitatspolitik, Kunstforum International,Bd.190, 2008
Probst, Ursula. True Romance, Kunstforum International Bd.190, 2008
Stief, Angela. Crystalline Structures and Temporal Images, 2008, Eikon,
international magazine for photography and media art # 61, Vienna 2008
Scheyerer, Nicole. Sprechende Wände, Falter, 46/07, Vienna, 2007
White, Ian. Crystal Gazes, for Lentos Museum of Modern Art, Linz, 2007
Clark, Robert. Frauhaus, The guardian, London, 04/07
Farinati, Lucia. Architectures/Fictions/Re-enactments, Interview with Ursula Mayer, MALMOE n.34, Graz, 2006
Seidl,Walter. International emerging artists, Annual Contemporary Magazine, London, 2006
Probst, Ursula. Zoom, W-art 007, magazine, 2006
Probst, Ursula. Go Johnny Go! Kunstforum International, Bd.168, 2003
Schedlmayer, Nina. Goldflames out in the Sky, Fieber 2003
Benzer, Christa. Springerin, Let´s twist again, Dec. 2002
Gau, Sönke. Let´s twist again, Flash Art, Nov. 2002
Scheyerer, Nicole. Vienna is burning, Falter, Oct. 2002



Sladen, Mark. Birkett, Richard. Leaver-Yap, Isla. Nought to Sixty, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 2009
Neuschwander, Simone. Rooms Look Back, argobooks, Berlin, (Hrsg.) Kunsthalle Basel, 2008
Trummer, Thomas. Ursula Mayer, Interiors, Boston Consulting & Belvedere Contemporary art award, Augarten Contompary, Vienna, (Hrsg.) Agnes Husslein-Arco, 2007
Schafhausen, Nicolaus, and Janssen, Renske. Changing Roles, Witte de With, Rotterdam, 2007
Seidl, Walter. Held together with water, Art from the Collection Verbund; Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2007
Angela, Serino. Ursula Mayer, catalogue Impakt, Centraal Museum Utrecht, 2007
Schedlmayer, Nina. Characteristic interrelationship of rooms, Potential Dialogue, RCM Museum, Nanjing, (Hrsg.) Kunstraum NOE, 2007
Koether, Jutta. Acoustic Mirror, Pernegger, Karin. Glamour was my first sexy therapy, born to be a star,
Verlag SCHLEBRUEGE, (Hrsg.) Ursula Probst, k-haus, Vienna, 2006
3. berlin biennale für zeitgenössische kunst, Hrsg. Ute Meta Bauer, Verlag der Buchhandlung König, Köln 2004
Stief, Angela. Love/Hate, Triton Verlag, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, 2003
Hoffmann, Justin. Go Johnny Go!, Steidl Verlag, (Hrsg.) Kunsthalle, 2003