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Boyle Family Earth Piece
Boyle Family Earth Piece




Mark Boyle born 1934 in Glasgow, died 2005 in London
Joan Hills born 1931 in Edinburgh
Sebastian Boyle born 1962 in London
Georgia Boyle born 1963 in London
Boyle Family live and work in London


Visual Music, MoCA LA and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
Controlled, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery
Summer of Love, Tate Liverpool and Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
Teaming, the Embassy, Edinburgh

Art & the 60's, This was Tomorrow, Tate Britain, London
Akureyri Art Museum, Iceland, Boyle Family: Journey to the Surface of the Earth (toured to Hafnarborg Museum, Hafnarfjordur)
The Centre of Attention, London, The London Sound Study
construction, London, Boyle Family, Early Projections

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Boyle Family

construction, London
Markers, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario
Blast to Freeze British Art in the 20th Century, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg toured to Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (2003)

construction, London
Les Annees Pop, Centre Pompidou, Paris (Beyond Image film)

construction, London.
Live in Your Head, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London toured to Museu do Chiado Lisbon
Beside the Sea, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.

construction, Edinburgh
Collaboration Art, Possibilities of Joint Production, Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art
Relic/ Reliquary, Institute for Modern and Contemporary Art, Calgary

Compton Verney Art Museum
Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object 1949 - 1979, MOCA Los Angeles and tour to MAK Vienna, MACBA Barcelona, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Transistors, Hashimoto Museum of Art, Morioka, Japan and Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
In Our Time, Bayley Art Museum, Virginia

Spirit and Place, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

The Sixties Art Scene in London, Barbican Art Gallery, London.

Runkle-Hue Williams Gallery, London

Friedman-Guinness Gallery, Frankfurt
Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand
Glasgow's Great British Art Exhibition, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow
Team Spirit, Neuberger Museum, New York and tour.
Boyle Family: Japan Series Nishimura Gallery, Tokyo

Turske & Turske Gallery, Zurich
Terra Firma, Columbia University Gallery, New York

Paco Imperial, Rio de Janeiro
Galerie Lelong, Paris. Experience of Landscape, Arts Council of Great Britain touring exhibition
Modern British Sculpture, Tate Gallery, Liverpool
British Contemporary Sculpture, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Le Havre and tour.
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago

British Art in the 20th Century, Royal Academy London toured to Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart
Southampton City Art Gallery
Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum
Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
Museum Sztuki, Lødz and the BWR Gallery, Sopot, Gdansk, Poland
XIX Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil
Gardner Centre, Brighton
Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
Turske & Turske Gallery, Zurich
Turske & Whitney Gallery, Los Angeles

Between Object & Image, British Contemporary Sculpture, Palacio de Velazquez, Madrid; toured to Barcelona and Bilbao
Forty years of Modern Art, 1945-1985, Tate Gallery, London
Studies of the Nude, Marlborough Fine Art, London
Cornerhouse Art Centre, Manchester
Hayward Gallery, London Beyond Image: Boyle Family

Exhibition Dialogue, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon.
Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Oslo Boyle Family Archives, September. First exhibition as Boyle Family

Nishimura Gallery, Tokyo

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Mass.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Aspects of British Art, British Council Tour of Japan to Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Fukuoka Art Museum, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art.

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport, California
Approaches to Landscape, Tate Gallery, London
Toyama Museum, Toyama, Japan (Inaugural Exhibition).

Kunstmuseum, Lucerne Mark Boyle und Joan Hills' Reise um die Welt 3: Schweizer Serie / Mark Boyle and Joan Hills' Journey to the Surface of the Earth 3: The Swiss Site
Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Journey to the Surface of the Earth Contemporary Arts Society Gallery, Australia
Charles Cowles Gallery, New York
Richard Hines Gallery, Seattle, Washington
British Art 1940-80: The Arts Council of Great Britain Collection, Hayward Gallery, London
From Object to Object, Arts Council of Great Britain Touring Exhibition.

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Mark Boyle: at Opdage Virkeligheden
Museum Am Ostwall, Dortmund

British Pavilion, XXXIX Venice Biennale
Kunstmuseum, Lucerne Mark Boyle und Joan Hills' Reise um die Welt / Mark Boyle and Joan Hills' Journey to the Surface of the Earth
Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Hovikodden, Oslo
Kulturhuset, Stockholm
Painters in Parallel, Edinburgh College of Art
Arts Council of Great Britain Collection Acquisitions, Hayward Gallery, London.

Photographs - Works at Felicity Samuel Gallery, London
Real Life, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
English Contemporary Art, City Art Gallery, Bregenz, Austria
Felicity Samuel Gallery, London

Arte Inglese Oggi 1960-76, Palazzo Reale, Milan
Recent British Art, British Council Touring Exhibition to Greece, Yugoslavia, Austria, Iran, Poland, Scandinavia and Portugal

Serpentine Gallery, London, Mark Boyle: Journey to the Surface of the Earth (Continued)
British Art Mid '70s, Frankfurt and Leverkusen
From Britain '70s, Helsinki
Project 3 - Body and Soul, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

Bergheim, Germany, World Series project, Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, centenary exhibition
Paul Maenz Gallery, Cologne
Art as Thought Process, Serpentine Gallery, London
Paul Maenz Gallery, Cologne, Mark Boyle: Erdproben aus 'London Study'

Kelvinhall, Glasgow, Mark Boyle: Journey to the Surface of the Earth
McRobert Art Centre, Stirling
Gallery Muller, Stuttgart. Magic and Strong Medicine
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Skin Series

Paul Maenz Gallery, Cologne
British Thing, Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Oslo

Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Oslo.
Paul Maenz Gallery, Cologne

Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Journey to the Surface of the Earth
ICA, London, Exhibition of the Sand, Wind and Tide Series
Bela Centre, Copenhagen.

ICA, London
Journey to the Surface of the Earth: An Exhibition to Launch and Earthprope by Mark Boyle, The Sensual Laboratory and The Institute of Contemporary Archaeology
Body Work, Event at the ICA, London.
Taste / Sight and Smell / Taste, Events at ICA, London
24 June: Soft Machine played a concert at the ICA inside Boyle / Hills / Sensual Laboratory projected environment

Zagreb International Exhibition - Prize for Painting
January-April: toured USA with Jimi Hendrix and Soft Machine, producing light environments for Soft Machine. (Approximately 50 performances)
22 March: produced light environment for opening of the new ICA at Nash House, The Mall, London
Arts Lab., London, collaboration with George Brecht, Cornelius Cardew and John Tilbury.

Bluecoat Society of Arts, Liverpool
(Exhibition and performance of two events:Son et Lumière for Earth, Air, Fire and Water and Son et Lumière for Bodily Fluids and Functions
Bristol Art Centre
Exhibition and performance of Son et Lumière for Earth, Air, Fire and Water
Son et Lumière for Bodily Fluids and Functions and other projection pieces, Jeanetta Cochrane Theatre, London
14-Hour Technicolour Dream, Alexandra Palace, London. All-night group event to raise funds for International Times. Collaboration with Soft Machine
Festival Sur la Plage de Saint-Aygulf, France: provided light environments for Soft Machine in geodisc dome designed by Kieth Albarn.
Festival of Free Theatre, Cogolin, France, organised by Jean Jaques Lebel, Boyle and Hills collaborate with Soft Machine to provide overture for Picasso play Desire Caught by the Tail
Lullaby for Catatonics
Edinburgh Festival collaboration with Soft Machine and Graziella Martinez, later performed at Toulon Festival, Paris Biennale and in Holland). Also collaborate with Soft Machine to provide sound and light show for Traverse Players production of Ubu in Chains at the Festival
Cinquième Biennale des Jeunes, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (28 September - 3 November). Prize for painting
Son et Lumière for Bodily Fluids and Functions, Roundhouse, London.
Premio Lissone, Milan. Prize for Painting
Sensual Laboratory and Graziella Martinez performance at the Arts Lab, Drury Lane, London, runs for 70 performances

Indica Gallery, London
First performed on 1 September as the opening event of the Destruction in Art Symposium (DIAS) at Jeanetta Cochrane Theatre, London
30 September: burning slide projection as part of final day of DIAS, Mercury Theatre, London
Institute of Contemporary Archeology, London
23 December: Boyle and Hills / Sensual Laboratory performed Son et Lumière for Earth, Air, Fire and Water at UFO club, London and are then asked to provide light environments for Soft Machine for the first time, which they continued to do at UFO and other venues in London, Britain and Europe throughout 1967

Oh What a Lovely Whore, event at ICA London
Any Play or No Play, event at Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London.

Constrasts, McRoberts & Tunnard Gallery, London
Bags Event performed as part of the International Festival of Happenings, organised by Jean Jaques Lebel, at Denison Hall, London
Exhibition of International Contemporary Art, Traverse Art Gallery, Edinburgh
Traverse Art Gallery, Edinburgh, Mark Boyle Assemblages
First random earth studies, on a demolition site at Norland Road, Shepherd's Bush, London
First presentation of physical and chemical reactions projected through light projectors.
Suddenly Last Supper, 114 Queensgate, London

Woodstock Gallery, London, Erections, Constructions & Assemblages by Mark Boyle Traverse Art Gallery, Edinburgh, Erections, Constructions & Assemblages by Mark Boyle
Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow Erections, Constructions & Assemblages by Mark Boyle


Public collections

Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum, Scotland
Art Gallery of South Australia,Adelaide
Arts Council of Great Britain
Basle Art Museum, Switzerland
Bayly Art Museum, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Bochum Museum, Germany
The British Council, London
The Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg, U.S.A.
Dundee Art Gallery and Museum
Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan
Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Holland
Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum
Glasgow District Council
Guildhall Art Gallery, London
Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Hovikodden, Norway
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
Huddersfield Art Gallery
Iwaki City Museum, Japan
Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, West Germany
Kunstmuseum, Lucerne, Switzerland
Los Angeles County Museum, USA
Ludwig Forum for Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany
McMaster University Art Gallery, Ontario, Canada
Musee d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva, Switzerland
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan
Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan
Museum Moderna Kunst, Vienna, Austria
National Film Archive, London
National Gallery, Berlin
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
Newport Harbour Art Museum, U.S.A.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, U.S.A.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, U.S.A.
Stadtische Kunsthalle, Recklinghausen, Germany
Stuttgart Staatsgalerie, Germany
Tate, London
Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Japan
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Japan
Toi o Tamaki Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Toledo Museum, Ohio, U.S.A.
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Von der Hoydt Museum, Wuppertal, Germany
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Washington State University Museum, U.S.A.
Westfalisches Landesmuseum, Munster, Germany
Wiesbaden Museum, Germany