Exhibition Upcoming – NAVATE

9 October 2025 - 15 February 2026

Nan Goldin

This Will Not End Well

Curated by Fredrik Liew. The presentation at Pirelli HangarBicocca is curated by Roberta Tenconi with Lucia Aspesi

Exhibition organized by Moderna Museet in collaboration with Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milano, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin and Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais, Paris

Nan Goldin (Washington D.C., 1953; lives and works in New York) is one of the most high-pro­file artists of our time. Her work’s exploration of the human experience is legendary and has profoundly influenced subsequent generations. Her first work, The Ballad of Sexual Dependen­cy, documents life in Provincetown, the Lower East Side, Berlin and London beginning in the 1970s and 80s and up to the present day. Goldin photographed the world of her inner circle of creative, bohemian friends with raw tenderness. Her photographs give us snapshots of intimacy and coupling, the quotidian and wild parties, and the struggle between autonomy and dependen­cy. Of the generation whose experiences were defined by the freedom of life before AIDS and an alternative world outside normative society, Goldin’s work also stands as a document of the times. Around 1980 Goldin began presenting her slideshows in various clubs and public ven­ues in New York, as well as at underground cin­emas and film festivals in Europe. She updated and reedited her slideshow every time and used multiple projectors, which she operated against the background of an eclectic soundtrack. Gol­din’s ability to revisit these slideshows has since formed the core of her artistic practice. Over the past 40 years Goldin has produced a doz­en different slideshows—from portraits of her friends to accounts of traumatic family events. She has added new elements to her works over time, such as moving images, voices, and archi­val material.

“This Will Not End Well” is the first exhibition to present a comprehensive over­view of Nan Goldin’s work as a filmmaker. The show at Pirelli HangarBicocca will include the largest selection ever of her slide shows, including The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1981-2022), Goldin’s magnum opus; produced as an hom­age to her trans friends whom she photographed between 1972–2010; Sisters, Saints and Sibyls (2004–22), a testament to the trauma of families and suicide; Fire Leap (2010–22), a foray into the world of children; Sirens (2019–20), a trip into drug ecstasy; and Memory Lost (2019–21), a claustrophobic journey through drug withdrawal, among other works. The exhibition will be installed in unique buildings designed by architect Hala Wardé, each in response to the specific piece.

Many international institutions hosted Nan Goldin’s solo shows such as National Gallery of Australia (2023); Neuer Berliner Kun­stverein, Berlin (2022); Arts Institute of Chicago (2020); Tate Mod­ern, London (2019); Triennale di Milano (2017); MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York (2016); Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro (2012); Louvre Museum, Paris (2010); Kiasma, Helsin­ki (2008); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2007, 2001); La Chapelle de la Salpêtrière, Paris (2004); Musee d’Art Contemporain de Mon­treal, Quebec (2003); Castello di Rivoli Museo d’arte contempo­ranea, Turin, Museu Serralves, Porto, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2002); Reina Sofia, Madrid (2001); Kunsthalle Wien, Vi­enna (1998); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1997); Fotomuseum Winterthur (1997); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1996); Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (1996); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (1994); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (1993); The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (1985).
Her works have also been part of numerous biennials such as Ven­ice Biennale (2022); Biennale of Sydney (1996); Whitney Biennial, New York (1995, 1993, 1985).
Goldin was appointed Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres (2006), and has been the recipient of numerous awards, includ­ing the Käthe Kollwitz Prize, Berlin (2022); the Centenary Medal from London’s Royal Photographic Society (2018); the Edward MacDowell Medal, New Hampshire (2012); the Hasselblad Award, Gothenburg, Sweden (2007). In 2017 Goldin founded P.A.I.N. (Pre­scription Addiction Intervention Now), a direct-action group that specifically targets the billionaire Sackler family.


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