Born in 1973 in Tucumán, Argentina, Tomás Saraceno studied art and architecture in Buenos Aires, Frankfurt am Main, and Venice, and completed the International Space Studies Program at NASA in 2009. Tomás Saraceno first established his studio in Frankfurt am Main in 2005 before relocating to Berlin in 2012, where he currently lives and works.
Saraceno’s practice is informed by concepts inter-linking art, life science, and the social sciences. There are two pre-dominant strands of interest: the first is underpinned by concern – concern for the natural environment and global ecosystems in a world consumed by climate emergency; the second is a fascination with spiders and their webs, which led to the founding of Arachnophilia, a not-for-profit interdisciplinary research community that builds on innovations arising from Saraceno’s investigations in spider behaviours and web architecture. Saraceno’s work explores both of these sources of interest, producing immersive installations, floating sculptures and community projects that encourage a sensory engagement and consideration of the planet.
In the past two decades Saraceno has collaborated with: MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Max Planck Institute, Munich; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Imperial College, London; and the Natural History Museum, London. Past residencies include: Centre National d'Études Spatiales (2014-15), MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (2012-ongoing) and Atelier Calder (2010), amongst others. Recent exhibitions include: Webs of Life, Serpentine Galleries, London (2021); Aria, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (2020); LVIII Biennale di Venezia – May You Live In Interesting Times (2019); and ON AIR – Carte blanche à Tomás Saraceno, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2018).
Saraceno’s work can be found in the following selected international collections: the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA); Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK), Copenhagen; Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Luma Foundation, Zürich; Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg City.
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