marie [at] mariethams [dot] com


Visual artist based in Copenhagen.
Marie Thams' work is driven by a wish to create critical and sensuously enclosing works. Thams works context and research based and her productions often result in larger installations consisting of sound, video and sculptural elements. Voice has gained a growing role in Thams' practice and she work with voice, speech, and text as part of installation, publication, audio, and performance.
Key questions in Thams's work concern the possible points of departure and impetus we humans have in the world; the experienced relation between social, political and biological being; valorisation of human activities in the semio-capitalist society; human productivity; the present labour market and production strain.

Current and upcoming

New text published – thoughts from a corona hide (only in Danish): MELLEM INDLEVELSE OG OVERLEVELSE – KUNSTEN OG VERDENSKONTAKTEN, Udgivet d. 10. april 2020 på IDOART.DK

Episode X-XIII: aurora borealis, performance event, August 2020 in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, DE

Site-specific sound installation, Tarapacá, Chile, 2020 – in relation to Gestionar desde la Geografía Nuevos Desplazamientos, curated by Rodolfo Andaur. Upcoming


Young Danish Art. Forecasting the Future, group exhibition at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, DK, until March 15, 2020
See here and for more info

In October 2019, Thams was awarded Aage og Yelva Nimbs Fonds honorary award for re, which was part of the exhibition Young Danish Art. Forecasting the Future at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, DK

Promises of a Distant Now, solo exhibition at URBANEK, London, UK, until November 10, 2019
Documentation of the exhibition published on

Med indlevelse og overlevelse på spil, speech given at the 50th anniversary of the organisation Danish Visual Artists (Billedkunstnernesforbund, BKF), November 2019 - Read here (in Danish)

Texts on

"The Crystal Voice", by Nina Power for the exhibition "Promises of a Distant Now", Marie Thams @ URBANEK, London, 2019
"Såbare Prognoser", by Dea Antonsen in Ung dansk kunst: Samfundsprognoser, exhibition catalogue, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, DK, 2019
Video by I DO ART agency, February 2018, HEARTLAND TEMPORARY "The Object is to Change the Soul"
Billedkunstneren, BKF, December 2016 (pp. 21-23), "Jeg kan ikke stoppe, jeg vil ikke stoppe", by Miriam Katz
Den umulige ikke-handling [The impossible non-action], by Maria Bordoff, 2015


Aage og Yelva Nimbs Fond uddeler hæderslegater, October 2019 (honorary award), October 2019, "Marie Thams: Promises of a Distant Now"
Politiken, August 17, 2019 "5 hjerter: 10 unge kunstnere imponerer med sære, syrede og uventede oplevelser på Arken", by Trine Ross, review of "Young Danish Art. Forecasting the Future", ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, June 6, 2018 "Lyse stemmer og prekære forhold", by Nina Wöhlk, October 17, 2016 "Kunstnerens arbejdsvilkår er centrum for ny bogudgivelse", by Sandra Vangberg, October 27, 2015, "Det handler (ikke) om mit køn", by Ole Bak Jakobsen


Teaching, curatorial and other engagements

Furthermore, Thams works as an independent curator, organiser, and editor - follow the activities in CV or on news

Member, Board of Representatives at Danish Arts Foundation (Statens Kunstfonds Repræsentantskab), 2017-2020

Guest teacher at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, workshop and tutorials at the BFA school – Feb-May 2020
Guest teacher at Bergen Art Academy, Department of Contemporary Art, workshop for BFA and MFA students – Nov-December 2019
Editor of Malmö Art Academy's Yearbook 2013-2019

Press/text related to curatorial and other projects, November 10, 2014, "At tale med én stemme", by Cecilie Høgsbroe Østergaard, November 7, 2014, "A sculptural manifestation in the North Harbour", by Maria Bordoff, October 29, 2013, "Institutionen er vores!", by Jacob Lillemose