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Jeff Wall

Since the late 1970s, Jeff Wall (b.1946) has consistently sought new ways to expand the possibilities of picture-making. Engaging with both documentary and staged modalities, the artist has contributed significantly to establishing photography as an autonomous medium. Regarded as the founder of ‘staged photography’, his celebrated large-format photographs are intricately and subtly composed from numerous individual shots. Often inspired by daily life, Wall’s photographic practice is rooted in its relationship to other art forms, including cinema, classical painting and literature – an approach which the artist terms ‘cinematography’.  

This November, a major presentation bringing together over 30 key works from Wall’s oeuvre will open at White Cube Bermondsey, following his ongoing retrospective at Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, Switzerland. An artist who has profoundly shaped the discourse of photography, throughout 2026, works from the show will be on view at La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona; MAAT, Lisbon; MOCA Toronto, Canada; and Gallerie d’Italia, Turin, Italy.

Museum Exhibition

Jeff Wall at Fondation Beyeler

28 January - 21 April 2024
Riehen, Switzerland

This exhibition brings together 55 works from museums, private lenders and Wall’s own collection. Featuring black-and-white photographs, colour prints and his distinctive large-scale transparencies displayed in lightboxes, the survey show will also present several new works on public view for the first time.

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Jeff Wall, Fondation Beyeler January 28 – April 21, 2024
Photo: Mark Niedermann

‘Jeff Wall’, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland, 28 January – 21 April 2024
Photo: Mark Niedermann

Jeff Wall, Fondation Beyeler January 28 – April 21, 2024
Photo: Mark Niedermann

‘Jeff Wall’, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland, 28 January – 21 April 2024
Photo: Mark Niedermann

Jeff Wall, Fondation Beyeler January 28 – April 21, 2024
Photo: Mark Niedermann

‘Jeff Wall’, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland, 28 January – 21 April 2024
Photo: Mark Niedermann

Jeff Wall, Fondation Beyeler January 28 – April 21, 2024
Photo: Mark Niedermann

‘Jeff Wall’, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland, 28 January – 21 April 2024
Photo: Mark Niedermann

Jeff Wall, Fondation Beyeler January 28 – April 21, 2024
Photo: Mark Niedermann

‘Jeff Wall’, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland, 28 January – 21 April 2024
Photo: Mark Niedermann

Jeff Wall, Fondation Beyeler January 28 – April 21, 2024
Photo: Mark Niedermann

‘Jeff Wall’, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland, 28 January – 21 April 2024
Photo: Mark Niedermann


Gallery Exhibition

Jeff Wall

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In Focus: Works featured in the Exhibition

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Jeff Wall on 'Boy falls from Tree'

Jeff Wall takes a closer look at his work Boy falls from tree (2010). He discusses the process of making the work, where around 400 photographs were taken before one image was finally chosen.

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Jeff Wall on 'Band & crowd'

Made during the shooting of Jeff Wall's photograph Band & crowd (2011), this film gives a rare glimpse into the artist's working method.

In Focus

Jeff Wall on 'Pair of interiors'

Jeff Wall on his photograph Pair of interiors (2018), which was featured in his exhibition at White Cube Mason's Yard, London in 2019.


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Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Fondation Beyeler
28 January - 21 April 2024
Riehen, Switzerland

La Virreina Centre de La Imatge
16 May - 13 October 2024
Barcelona, Spain

White Cube Bermondsey
November 2024 - January 2025
London, UK

MAAT
April - August 2025
Lisbon, Portugal

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
September 2025
Toronto, Canada

Gallerie d'Italia
October 2025 - March 2026
Turin, Italy

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Jeff Wall

Renowned for large-format photographs, Jeff Wall's subject matter ranges from mundane corners of the urban environment, to elaborate tableaux that take on the scale and complexity of 19th-century history paintings.

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