Ectoplasm Photograph 7 by Mike Kelley

Mike Kelley, Ectoplasm Photograph 7, 1978/2009 © Mike Kelley Bildupphovsrätt 2024

Mike Kelley

Ghost and Spirit

12.4 – 14.9 2025


The American artist Mike Kelley probed the core of the human experience. The exhibition “Ghost and Spirit” spans his entire oeuvre – from his ground-breaking performance works of the early 1970s to his provocative multimedia installations of the early 2000s.

In his multimedia works, Mike Kelley challenged societal structures and norms, from the nuclear family and educational models to how our psychology, with experiences and behaviours, is increasingly shaped by television and media. His focus addressed the level below the surface of the social body, highlighting what remained hidden, subconscious or unvoiced.

The exhibition has been organized by Tate Modern, London, with the title “Ghost and Spirit”. During 2024–2025, the exhibition is on tour and shown at Bourse de Commerce/Pinault Collection in Paris, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, Tate Modern in London and Moderna Museet in Stockholm.