Jim Dine

Selected works


Born in 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jim Dine lives and works in Paris, Göttingen (Germany) and Walla Walla (USA). Pioneer of the happening and associated with the Pop Art movement, he has always followed a unique path. He experiments extensively with different techniques, working with wood, lithography, photography, metal, stone and paint. The tool and the creative process are just as important as the finished work. The artist explores the themes of the self, the body and memory, drawing on a personal iconography made up of hearts, veins, skulls, Pinocchio and tools.

Inauguration de la Fondation Helenis GGL – Group show

For its inauguration, the Helenis GGL Foundation in Montpellier is hosting four personalities from the contemporary art world: Abdelkader Benchamma, Jim Dine, Jan Fabre and Marlène Mocquet. Each of the four artists will present an artwork for the event – which will open the season in what aims to become one of the city’s major cultural centres.


Inauguration -  November 2020


Recyclage/Surcyclage – group show

This year, the Fondation Villa Datris decided to explore a current issue: the act of recycling, through sculpture. At a time where sustainable development has become a priority, contemporary artists took over the topic to explore it through a creative eye. They used imagination and inspiration to create a new world flows. Numerous artists tried to recycle. Among them are Jim Dine and Iván Navarro who made their way into the exhibition, underlining our presents concerns.

From June 20 to November 1, 2020

Fondation Villa Datris, 7 Avenue des Quatre Otages, 84800 L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France


Templon launches a new viewing room

We invite you to experience our new online viewing room for an immersive visit of our Paris and Brussels spaces.
Currently on view: Norbert BiskyDesmadre BerlinJim DineThe Classic Prints, and Billie ZangewaSoldier of Love.
Click on the link below and on each work to explore!


HEART – Romanticism in Contemporary Art

Le Musée de la Vie romantique presents a selection of around 40 art works by thirty contemporary artists on the representation of heart as an expression of the feeling of love, echoing one of the main themes of Romanticism.
This exhibition aims to open the cultural program of the museum beyond the nineteenth century by exploring the continuation of Romanticism in contemporary art, in resonance with the museum’s collections. The heart as an organ, motif and symbol is presented here through various techniques: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, neon and photography.
In addition to the emblematic figures of Niki de Saint Phalle, Jim Dine, Annette Messager, Sophie Calle, Pierre and Gilles, Jean-Michel Othoniel and Françoise Pétrovitch, visitors will be able to discover about twenty other artists in this exhibition. 

Musée de la Vie romantique, Paris, France

February 14 - July 12, 2020

Jim Dine – Solo show

The Palazzo delle Esposizioni presents the work of one of the greatest American artists, a man whose radical and innovative oeuvre had a major impact on contemporary visual culture, particularly on the Italian visual culture of the 1960s.

The exhibition showcases over 60 works dated 1959 to 2016, coming from public and private collections both in Europe and in the United States. An exhaustive iconographical apparatus on the famous Happenings accompanied by a narrative in Jim Dine’s own voice. And a selection of video interviews will allow visitors to draw closer to the figure of this great artist.

From February 11 to June 2, 2020

Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy


BYE BYE FUTURE! L’art de voyager dans le temps – group show

Musée Royal of Mariemont presents ‘Bye, Bye Future ! L’art de voyager dans le temps’. The exhibition deals with evolutions of the future and the need for humans to control time, while emphasizing on digital creations and animated images. Bye Bye Future gathers works from international artist such as Jim Dine and Pierre et Gilles, who undertook at some point the ancestral voyage through space and time.

From January 25 to October 25, 2020

Chaussée de Mariemont, 100, 7140, Morlanwelz, Belgium


Jim Dine – Group show

The Center Pompidou Málaga presents the exceptional donation made by Jim Dine in 2017-2018 to the Musée National d’Art Moderne and which includes works from the period 1961 to 2016. It is a coherent set of paintings and sculptures that reveal his incessant autobiographical exploration through his recurring motifs: tools, hearts, bathrobes, venuses, pinocchios … With this donation, Jim Dine wanted to thank France for having inspired an aesthetic that has fueled his work.

CENTRE POMPIDOU/MALAGA, SPAINFrom 10/07/2019 to 7/10/2019


Poésie der Pflanze (Poetry of Plants) – Photos by Karl Blossfeldt and Jim Dine – group show

The exhibition “Poesie der Pflanze’ (’Poetry of Plants”) presents Kalr Blossfeldt’s (1865-1932) works in conjunction with around 40 heliogravures by the American artist Jim Dine (1935).  

Even though the two artists are generations apart and represent very different artistic approaches, their works make it clear that the mystery of nature, its magic as well as its regularity and order, is a never-ending source of creative inspiration.



I never look away – solo show

The exhibition I never look away gathers sixty self-portraits by Jim Dine, donated by the artist to the Albertina Museum of Vienna. 

KUNSTFOYER, MUNICH, GERMANYFrom 20/02/2019 to 12/05/2019


Jim Dine. From the collection of the Pompidou Center – solo show

The Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow presents an exhibition by eminent American artist and classic of contemporary art Jim Dine. Works included in the exhibition were donated by Dine to the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, where his retrospective was held to great acclaim in the autumn of 2017. The artist himself selected 28 works from the period 1961 to 2016 to be showcased in the exhibition, motivated by his desire to give the public a more comprehensive view of his art.

Curators: Bernard Blistène (Director of the Centre Pompidou), Annalisa Rimmaudo

MULTIMEDIA ART MUSEUM, MOSCOW, RUSSIA From 14/09/2018 to 11/11/2018


In Vivo – performance

On the occasion of the Paris Reconnaissance show dedicated to Jim Dine’s substantial donation to Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou, the american artist will be presenting ‘House of Words’, a reading and performance accompagnied with bassist Daniele Roccato and pianist Fabrizio Ottaviucci, at Centre Pompidou. 

Now world famous as a poet and artist, Jim Dine (b. Cincinatti, 1935) moved to New York in 1958. After making a name for himself with his happenings, he then turned to paintings that combined Abstract Expressionism with Pop images to novel effect. In painting and sculpture, prints and drawings of great diversity, Dine has developed over the last sixty years an intensely personal iconography, a highly distinctive voice.

The artist has always been fascinated by the interaction in between words and images, and he has been been publishing poetry since 1969. First written and reworked on the walls, his poems transform writing into a physical experience.

Curators : Sophie Duplaix (MNAM) – Cristina Agostinelli. The ‘In Vivo’ cycle is dedicated to performative practices.



Reconnaissance, the artist’s gift to the Centre Pompidou – solo show

From 14 February to 23 April 2018, the Centre Pompidou is exhibiting the remarkable donation Jim Dine recently made to the Musée National d’Art Moderne: 28 paintings and sculptures produced between 1961 and 2016. A gift through which, as the artist puts it, he wanted to «pay back a cultural and personal debt to France» – namely the many years spent in Paris, which introduced him to «an aesthetic» that has enlightened his artistic decisions. In acclaiming this gesture, the exhibition strikingly retraces a unique career that is still as productive as ever.

CENTRE POMPIDOU, PARIS, FRANCE From 14/02/2018 to 23/04/2018


The House of Words : The Muse and Seven Black Paintings – solo show

The Roman show will unveil a new body of paintings, Black Paintings, created in 2015.

In the central room of the Palazzo will be displayed the installation The Flowering Sheet (Poet Singing), first shown at Getty Museum in 2008, gathering sculptures and walls covered with handwritten poems.


From 26/10/2017 to 03/02/2017

Thru The Stardust, The Heat On the Lawn (Claude) – FIAC Hors les Murs


In 2016, Jim Dine was invited for the second time by the Manufacture de Sèvres to develop a new series of works. Working in a studio loaned by the museum, Jim Dine has been creating a spectacular ensemble of ten vases/sculptures in glazed stoneware. Baked and glazed on the premises, with technical expertise and tradition of the Sèvres team, these sculptures integrate his handwritten poem as well as sculpted lids made of tools cast in bronze. They offer a reflection on the power of words – poems as vessels – creating connections between tools and language, the sensuality of clay and the harshness of the distorted bronze. They will be presented in the Tuileries garden as part of the Fiac programme Hors les murs (Fiac Outdoors). Jim Dine was born in 1935 in Cincinnati. He lives and works between Paris, Göttingen (Germany) and Walla Walla (USA).



I never look away – solo show

The Albertina is showing 60 of Jim Dine’s fascinating self-portraits, a representative selection from the 81-year-old artist’s generous donation to the museum that presents him in a great number of his many facets. This group of works makes possible an independent, intense, and surprising dialogue with the artist and his output.

ALBERTINA MUSEUM, VIENNA, AUSTRIAFrom 06/24/2016 to 10/02/2016


Muscle and Salt, Art Parcours – solo show

Monday, June 13, 2016 7pm Opening and Performance

First presented at the Getty Museum in 2008, ‘Muscle and Salt’ (2016) by Jim Dine is an immersive installation in the Antikenmuseum Basel and Sammlung Ludwig, inspired by two forms of classical art: figural sculpture and lyric poetry. On Monday at 7.30pm, Dine will read from his poems while being accompanied by a double bass player.


ANTIKENMUSEUM, BASEL, SWITZERLANDFrom 06/13/2016 to 08/07/2016


Intrigantes Incertitudes, dessin contemporain – group show

In the spring of 2016, the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporaine de Saint-Étienne Métropole is opening “Intriguing Uncertainties”, an exhibition which has been orchestrated by the Museum’s Director Lóránd Hegyi. Both intimate and universal this exhibition invites the visitor to explore the world of contemporary drawing. Bringing together well-known artists from Europe, Africa and North & South America this exhibition delves into the cultural heritage of our societies, from the Middle Ages to symbolism, from Mannerism to Romanticism, Baroque to Surrealism. The visitor will discover drawings and artwork by Günter Brus, Dennis Oppenheim, Jan Fabre and Jim Dine, great figures in the world of contemporary art rubbing shoulders with the youngest artists on the horizon like Pierre Seinturier, Lee Bul, Sandra Vasquez de la Horra and Jana Gunstheimer.

Featured artists: Ruth Barabash, Matt Bollinger, Günter Brus, Guglielmo Castelli, Gianni Dessi, Nicolas Dieterlé, Erik Dietman, Jim Dine, Matías Duville, Per Dybvig, Barbara Eichhorn, Jan Fabre, Andrea Fogli, Adrian Ghenie, Ugo Giletta, Erich Gruber, Jana Gunstheimer, Allison Hawkins, Veronika Holcová, Oda Jaune, Marine Joatton, Nina Kovacheva, Juul Kraijer, Lee Bul, Iris Levasseur, Felice Levini, Christian Lhopital, Maude Maris, Peter Martensen, Andreï Molodkin, Alois Mosbacher, Muntean / Rosenblum, Hermann Nitsch, Dennis Oppenheim, László László Révész, Pierre Seinturier, Kiki Smith, Barthélémy Toguo, Didier Trenet, Elmar Trenkwalder, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Fabien Verschaere.

Curator: Lorand Hegyi, Director of the Museum.



About the Love of Printing, solo show

Museum Folkwang is holding a major exhibition on the graphic work of American artist Jim Dine born in 1935. Dine was one of the most important Pop artists of the 1960s, and won early recognition for his art, not just in the US but internationally. The retrospective coinciding with his eightieth birthday features some 150 works – including woodcuts, lithographs, and etchings – and presents a representative survey of the artist’s work in the graphic medium, spanning more than five decades.



JIM DINE, Conte de fées, de la tradition à la modernité, Palais Lumière Evian

Bringing together 350 ancient and contemporary works, the Palais Lumière offers an initiatory journey through the extra-ordinary world of fairytales, which keeps on stimulating contemporary creators – writers, artists, film makers.

Far from the enchanting image of the Walt Disney movie, Jim Dine returns to the original tale by Carlo Collodi and its psychological dimension. The artist questions the relationship between childhood and the work of involuntary artistic creation.

Jim Dine, Two Thieves, One Liar, 2006 Bois calciné et bois peint, 190 x 231 x 122 cm Courtesy Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris & Brussels © Jim Dine ©ADAGP, Paris 2014




Adventures of TruthPainting and philosophy: a narrativeCurator : Bernard Henri-Lévy(Group show)

From Saturday 29th June to Monday 11th November 2013

Painters and sculptors collaborated with the Catalan architect Josep Lluís Sert, creating works which were integrated into the building and the surrounding natural environment: the Giacometti courtyard, the Miró labyrinth with its sculptures and ceramics, the mosaic murals of Chagall and Tal Coat, Braque’s pond and stained glass window and Bury’s fountain. Indoor and outdoor spaces link up with each other through the sculpture garden, the courtyards, terraces and patios. The Maeght Foundation is already famous for its architecture and gardens; it is also home to one of Europe’s richest collections of modern and contemporary art. The greenery of its grounds makes the Maeght Foundation the ideal place to discover the great artists of our time. (…)

Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence, France


Sculpture / Jim Dine / Pinocchio

From March 31th to July 8th 2012

Within the galleries and on the sculpture grounds, this exhibition highlights Jim Dine’s recent sculptural works. Sculpture / Jim Dine / Pinocchio will be on view from March 31 through July 8, 2012. The museum’s main galleries will be devoted to several themes – the artist’s Heart and Venus works, Gardening and Carpentry Tool imagery, and recent Pinocchio sculptures. Several major sculptural works will be installed outdoors on the museum’s expansive 145-acre sculpture park and nature preserve, including The Mountains in the Distance of 1987-88. This iconic bronze work places the Venus de Milo form on its side, abstracting the vertical of the figure to evoke a horizontal of a landscape. (…)

Nassau County Museum of Art, New York, USA