marie [at] mariethams [dot] com


Visual artist based in Copenhagen.
Marie Thams's work is driven by a wish to create critical and sensuously enclosing works. Thams works in larger installations, performance, print and publication, where she through text, sound, video and sculptural gestures explore the political and cultural values and structures that characterise our time. In her work, Thams deals with questions around working life and productivity, sociality and identity, public rhetoric and political strategies, dominant (economic) notions of humanity, reciprocity, gender, bodily lived experience, and more. The human voice is a crucial part of Thams' work, both as subject of interest and as raw material, which at the same time acts as subjective testimony and critical utterance.

Current and upcoming

Solo exhibition person opening April 23 at Vandrehallen Kunsthal, Hillerød, DK. Up until June 18, 2022. More info here

Performance – on May 12 at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen. More info here

Group exhibition Atmosfærer: Den Frie Udstilling 2022, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, March 26 – May 29, 2022

re (sound, textile and video installation, 2017) became part of the collection of National Gallery of Denmark in 2020. The piece is now installed in the museum, as part of the new exhibition area Danish Art Now

Site-specific sound installation, Tarapacá, Chile, 2022 – in relation to Gestionar desde la Geografía Nuevos Desplazamientos, curated by Rodolfo Andaur. Postponed due to COVID-19


New essay published "Key in Hand: The Artist-Run as Professional Gesture and Urgent Necessity" – as part of the publication Death to the Curator - Artist-run culture in the Nordic region, Kunsthall Oslo, April 2021.

Essay – thoughts from a 'corona hide' (only in Danish): "MELLEM INDLEVELSE OG OVERLEVELSE – KUNSTEN OG VERDENSKONTAKTEN", published in april 2020 on IDOART.DK

In October 2019, Thams was awarded Aage og Yelva Nimbs Fonds honorary award for the installation re (2017), which was part of the exhibition Young Danish Art. Forecasting the Future at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, DK

Texts on

"The Crystal Voice", by Nina Power for the exhibition "Promises of a Distant Now", Marie Thams @ URBANEK, London, 2019
"Sårbare Prognoser", by Dea Thune Antonsen in Ung dansk kunst: Samfundsprognoser, exhibition catalogue, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, DK, 2019 (Danish version); and "Precarious Forecasts in Danish Contemporary Art" in ARKEN Bulletin 8, 2020 (English version)
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


"Favner sproget alle?" (Does the language include everyone?), radio programme and podcast Ordkløver, radio 24syv (in Danish), April 29, 2022 – interview about person (film work).
"Der er spiritualitet, aktion, eufori og melankoli i luften", review by Birgitte Ellemann Höegh, Berlingske, April 5, 2022.
"Historisk indkøb" (new acquisitions by National Gallery of Denmark),, June 2020.
"Aage og Yelva Nimbs Fond uddeler hæderslegater",, October 2019 (honorary award).
"Marie Thams: Promises of a Distant Now",, October 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, Politiken, August 17, 2019
"Lyse stemmer og prekære forhold", by Nina Wöhlk,, June 6, 2018.
"Kunstnerens arbejdsvilkår er centrum for ny bogudgivelse", by Sandra Vangberg,, October 17, 2016.
"Det handler (ikke) om mit køn", by Ole Bak Jakobsen,, October 27, 2015.


Teaching, organisation and other engagements

Furthermore, Thams works as an independent organiser, editor and educator - some current and recent activities are:

Chairperson, Danish Visual Artists (Billedkunstnernes Forbund, BKF), part time, 2022–present

Curator and external tutor, Graduation 2021, Funen Art Academy, more info here.

Co-editor of Trust, a Core Condition: Malmö Art Academy 25 Years, with, Maj Hasager, and Matts Leiderstam. Published by Malmö Art Academy and Lund University, 2020. Read here

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

Guest teacher at the Funen Art Academy, Odense, DK, 2020 and 2021
Guest teacher at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, 2019-2020
Guest teacher at Bergen Art Academy, 2019
Editor of Malmö Art Academy's Yearbook, 2013-2019, 2021

Press/text related to curatorial and other activities

"Joyrides" on Graduation Exhibition, Funen Art Academy, by Nanna Friis,, May 12, 2021
"At tale med én stemme", by Cecilie Høgsbroe Østergaard,, November 10, 2014
"A sculptural manifestation in the North Harbour", by Maria Bordoff,, November 7, 2014
"Institutionen er vores!", by Jacob Lillemose,, October 29, 2013

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