In Conversation with Michael Landy - Art Breath x RSA

Thursday 16th May 2024

Art Breath x RSA: In Conversation with Michael Landy, CBE, RA


The sold out talk covered Michael Landy’s body of work and artistic journey, from his time studying at Goldsmiths in the late 1980’s, being part of the Freeze exhibition in 1988 at London’s docklands, to a set of works which explore the notion of value, destruction, issues of consumerism, ownership and the commodification of art, such as Closing Down Sale (1992), Break Down (2001) - in which Landy catalogued and destroyed all his worldly belongings - as well as Art Bin (2010) for which he constructed an enormous Perspex cube at South London Gallery and asked people to discard artworks they own. Landy's recent works have also explored themes relating to media imagery and social-political symbolism and language, such as Breaking News (2015-2017) and Welcome to Essex (2021), as well as projects inviting contributions from the public, such as Acts of Kindness (2011-2012), for which the artist appealed to members of the public to submit stories on kindness, which were displayed on London Underground Stations. 


Michael Landy was in conversation with Nour Saleh at the RSA House


Listen back to the conversation here:


Full List of Michael Landy's Works Discussed:

Freeze exhibition, London Docklands, 1988
Early works at Goldsmith University, 1988
Market, 1990
Closing Down Sale, Karsten Schubert Gallery, 1992
Break Down, 2001, 488-523 Oxford Street, London
Nourishment etchings (weed etchings)
Art Bin, 2010, installation view, South London Gallery
Saint Apollonia, 2013, installation at National Gallery, London
Semi-detached, 2004, Tate Britain
Acts of Kindness, 2011, Art on the Underground
Breaking News, at Diplarios School, Athens, NEON, 2017
Welcome to Essex, Firstsite, 2021
Drawing from Future Ruins series

@  Thomas Dane Gallery


Pictures of in conversation below


Michael Landy

Michael Landy was born in London in 1963, where he lives and works. Landy attended Goldsmiths College, London in 1988.

Selected solo and group shows include: Welcome to Essex, Firstsite, Colchester, England 2021; Scaled- Down, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, England 2018; Open for Business at the first Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art 2018; DEMONSTRATION, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada 2017- 18; Breaking News, Sperone Westwater, New York NY 2017; Breaking News – Athens, Neon/Diplarios School, Athens, Greece 2017; Out of Order, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland 2016; Saints Alive, National Gallery, London, England 2013; Michael Landy: Four Walls, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, England 2013; Art World Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London, England 2011; Art Bin, South London Gallery, London, England 2010.

Selected public collections include: Tate Collection, London; the Arts Council England; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Museum of Modern Art, New York NY; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Royal Academy, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN. Landy was elected as a Royal Academician in May 2008 and received a CBE Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2021.


Art Breath x RSA

Join us for Art Breath x RSA, a series of events to hear from creatives who through either their art, lens, brushstrokes, minds, pens, music or digital tools will share their work, perspectives, concerns and hopes. A gathering to share art and connect us. 


Pictures of the evening:






 Image on Screen: Freeze exhibition, London Docklands, 1988, Michael Landy

Image on Screen: Closing Down Sale, Karsten Schubert Gallery, 1992, Michael Landy

Image on Screen: Semi-detached, 2004, Tate Britain, Michael Landy

Image on Screen: Breaking News, at Diplarios School, Athens, NEON, 2017

Image on Screen: Breaking News, at Diplarios School, Athens, NEON, 2017



This photo is taken from social media: X  @gilliandarley , photo by Gillian Darley

Image on Screen: Welcome to Essex, Firstsite, 2021, Michael Landy, 




Many thanks to All who joined us!

Thomas Dane Gallery