Born 1976 in Uppsala, Sweden

Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden


2016    Linköping Konsthall, Linköping, Sweden

2015    Trondheim Art Museum, Trondheim, Norway

2014    Cecilia Hillström Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

2011    Open Studio / Project Space, Marabouparken, Sundbyberg, Sweden

2010    “London, An Imagery”, Tate Modern, London, UK

2009    “Tumba”, Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba, Sweden

            “Living History” E:vent Gallery, London, UK

2007    “Home and Market”, Jönköping Match Museum, Jönköping, Sweden

2006    “Old Stockholm”, Index / Stockholm City Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

2005    “Arcadia”, Brändström & Stene Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

            “Arcadia”, Galleri Mejan, Stockholm


2013    "Acting in the City" Norrköping Art Museum, Norrköping, Sweden

2012    "Presence of the Past" Cecilia Hillström Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

2011    Supermarket, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden (Konstperspektiv)

2010    “Time’s Arrow”, Nordenhake Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

            “Parklife”, Marabouparken, Sundbyberg, Sweden

            “The Murder at Savoy, an exhibition about a crime”, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden

2009    “It's Not for Reading. It's for Making”, FormContent, London, UK

            ”Chance Meeting on a Drawing Table of a Zebra and a Meteorite”, Acme Project Space, London, UK

            ”Labyrinth”, Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba, Sweden

2008    “Inside Out”, Västernorrland County Museum, Sweden

2007    “Exteriors”, Center for Contemporary Art, Kiev, Ukraine

            “Against Time”, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

            “Une histoire á soi”, La galerie-Centre d´art contemporain, Noisy-le-Sec, France

2006    Signal, Malmö, Sweden

2005    Raid Projects, Los Angeles, USA

            “When Everything is Design”, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norway

2004    “8x8-An Alternative for Stockholm”, The Swedish Museum of Architecture, Stockholm, Sweden

            “Urban City Park”, Den Haag, Holland

2003    “Invation”, Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg, Sweden

            “The Expanded Book”, Färgfabriken, Stockholm, Sweden

            “Against the Public”, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden


"Acting in the City", Norrköping Art Museum

"Parkliv", Marabouparken

“London, An Imagery”

“Exteriors”, Index and Center for Contemporary Art

“Dharavi-documenting informalities”, ICE

“Uppsala's Linnaeus”, Uppsala Art Museum

“Anachronisms”, Albert Bonnier´s publishing house

“Arcadia – model, museum and playground”


Tate Modern




Botkyrka Konsthall

Malmö Konsthall

Royal University Collegie of Fine Arts, Stockholm

Helsinki Art Academy


Moderna Museet

Norrköping Art Museum

Tate Modern

Jönköping Match Museum

Botkyrka Municipality

Private collectors and institutions


Gävle Hospital, Sweden

Linköping University, Sweden

Botkyrka Municipality, Sweden

Sundbyberg Municipality, Sweden

The Swedish Prison and Probation Service


Artist in Residence, Nordic Artist Center, Dale, Norway, 2010

Iaspis, Artist in Residence, London, 2008-2009

Stockholm City Culture Grant, 2007

Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation, 2007

Iaspis Artist in Residence, Stockholm, 2006-2007

Helge Axelsson Johnson travel grant, 2005 and 2007

Swedish Art Grants Committee, one year working grant, 2007

Swedish Art Grants Committee, two year working grant, 2011


2004-2006  MFA Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm

2005     PGC Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm: Art and Architecture

2003-2004  PGC Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm: Architecture

2001-2003  BFA Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm

2002           PGC University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, The History of Photography

2000-2001   Acedemy of Fine Arts, Umeå


Tate Media, “Martin Karlsson, London, an Imagery”, Tate Channel, 29.07.2010

Magnus Bons, “Arkivets konstnärliga natur”, Konstperspektiv, Februari 2011

Markus Degerman, “interview with Martin Karlsson”, Index, 2006

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