Langlands & Bell


Langlands & Bell, The Past is Never Dead…, 2019, 150 cm x 187.5 cm, Framed cotton appliqué, courtesy the artists and Gallery 1957


Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell are based in London and have been collaborating since 1978. Their art ranges from film and video to interactive digital media, sculpture, installation and full-scale architecture using a conceptual and aesthetic framework to explore the structures we inhabit and the networks of communication and exchange that surround us.

Langlands & Bell have shown widely internationally throughout their career including, Serpentine Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, British Museum, Tate Britain, Tate Modern and V&A in London; Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Haus Der Kunst, Hamburger Bahnhof, Germany; MoMA, New York, Yale Center for British Art, USA; Venice Biennale, Seoul Biennale, and CCA Kitakyushu and TN Probe, Tokyo, Japan.

In 2002 Langlands & Bell were commissioned by the Imperial War Museum, London, to visit Afghanistan to research “The Aftermath of September 11 and the War in Afghanistan”. They were nominated for the Turner Prize and won a BAFTA for “The House of Osama bin Laden” the trilogy of artworks they made after their return to London.

Major permanent art works in the public realm by Langlands & Bell include Moving World (Night & Day), 2008, London Heathrow Terminal 5; Call & Response, 2012, Porte de Vincennes, Paris, and Beauty < Immortality, 2016, Piccadilly Circus Underground station, London.


Live and work in London, UK

Solo Exhibitions

2020 - Upcoming

  • Langlands & Bell: Degrees of Truth, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, 4 March – 31 May 2020
  • The Past is Never Dead…, curated by Jonathan Watkins, director of Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK, Gallery 1957, Accra, 16 May - 5 July 2020


  • Internet Giants: Masters of the Universe, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham


  • Infinite Loop, Alan Cristea Gallery, London


  • Mode(l)s of Thought – Working Models 1979 – 2014, Gibberd Gallery, Harlow, UK


  • Langlands & Bell – Films and Animations 1978 – 2008, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh
  • A Muse Um, Alan Cristea Gallery, London


  • Whitechapel Laboratory, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
  • Superactive i2i, Somerset House, London


  • Zardad’s Dog, Tate Britain, London
  • domain, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK
  • Plunged in a Stream, Site Archéologique du Coudenberg, Ancien Palais de Bruxelles / Archeologische Site van de Coudenberg, Voormalig Paleis van Brussel
  • The House of Osama bin Laden, La Teoretica, San Jose, Costa Rica


  • word wide, Alan Cristea Gallery, London
  • Re Awakening – Langlands & Bell at Mount Stuart, Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, Scotland
  • Langlands & Bell, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne


  • The House of Osama bin Laden, IMMA – Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin


  • 9.11.03, Henry Urbach Architecture, New York
  • The House of Osama bin Laden, Imperial War Museum, London


  • Langlands & Bell at Petworth – Turner Studio Residency Exhibtion, Petworth House, Petworth, W. Sussex, UK
  • Strange Partners / Langlands & Bell, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, W. Sussex, UK
  • Language of Places, Alan Cristea Gallery, London


  • Langlands & Bell + The Artists House, New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury, UK


  • Volume, Volume!, Rome
  • Architecture as Metaphor, Central House of the Artist, Moscow


  • Opening / Capture, Yale Centre For British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, USA


  • TN Probe, Tokyo, Japan


  • Frozen Sky, CCA Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu, Japan
  • Galleria Marabini, Bologna, Italy
  • Koldo Mitxelena, San Sebastian, Spain


  • Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa and Santa Maria dello Spasimo, Palermo
  • Kunsthalle der Stadt Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
  • Enclosure & Identity Galerie Roger Pailhas, Kunst Messe Basel
  • Serpentine Gallery, London
  • Abbaye aux Dames, FRAC Basse Normandie, Caen, France


  • La Criée, Halle d’Art Contemporain, Rennes, France


  • Galerie Roger Pailhas, Marseille, France
  • Galerie Roger Pailhas, Paris, France
  • Château de Chambord, FRAC Région Centre, France


  • Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow


  • Galleria Valentina Moncada, Rome, Italy
  • Interim Art, London


  • Galerie Luis Campaña, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Surrounding Time Fondation pour I’Architecture, Brussels, Belgium


  • Galerie Luis Campaña, Frankfurt, Germany


  • White November, Air Gallery, London


  • Traces of Living, Interim Art, London


  • The Ruined Book Bookworks, London


  • Red Ashes, University of Reading, UK



Press Release, Langlands & Bell, The Past is Never Dead…, Gallery 1957, Accra

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