"The remarkable thing about Bill is the way in which he has stayed true to his own values, spirit and intellectual position, over a fifty, sixty year period"

Sir Nicholas Serota, Beyond Time, 2010. 

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1922  Born Dundee, Scotland, 11 January


1939-41  Worked in the illustration department of a national periodical company, Dundee


1946-48  Studied at Slade School of Fine Art, London


1948-50  Lived and worked in Paris


1950  Took up permanent residence in London

First marriage to the musician Katharina Wolpe

Kenneth King, Eduardo Paolozzi, William Turnbull, Hanover Gallery, London; Aspects of British Art, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London


1952  Visiting Artist, taught at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London until 1961

Solo exhibition at Hanover Gallery; New Aspects of British Sculpture, British Pavilion, XXVI Biennale, Venice; Young Sculptors, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London


1956  Contemporary Sculpture, Hanover Gallery, London; This is Tomorrow, Whitechapel Gallery, London; Yngre Brittiska Skulptorer, Gothenburg Museum touring exhibition


1957  First visit to USA

Solo exhibition, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Ten British Sculptors Exhibition, Bienal São Paulo touring exhibition


1958  Contemporary British Sculpture, Arts Council of Great Britain, London touring exhibition; New Trends in British Art, New York-Rome Art Foundation touring exhibition


1959  European Art Today: 35 Painters and Sculptors, Minneapolis Institute of Arts touring exhibition


1960  Married sculptor and printmaker, Kim Lim

First solo exhibition at Molton Street Gallery, London, further solo show in 1961

The Mysterious Sign, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London


1961  2nd International Exhibition of Sculpture, Musée Rodin, Paris; Neue Malerei in England, Stadtisches Museum, Leverkusen, Germany; Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pennsylvania


1962  Son Alex born

First travels in Japan, Cambodia and Malaysia

Hirshhorn Collection, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; British Art Today, San Francisco Museum of Art, touring exhibition


1963  Son Johnny born

Solo exhibition, Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, New York


1964  Taught sculpture at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, until 1972

Guggenheim International, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Painting and Sculpture of a Decade, Tate Gallery, London


1965  Solo exhibition, Benington College, Vermont; Solo exhibition, Galerie Müller, Stuttgart

British Sculpture in the Sixties, Tate Gallery, London; Signale, Kunsthalle, Basel; Drawings from the Betty Parsons Collection, New York; Sculpture from the Albert A. List Family Collection, New School Art Center, New York


1966  Solo exhibition,Pavilion Gallery, Balboa, California

New Shapes and Forms of Colour, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam


1967  First solo exhibition at Waddington Galleries, London, further solo shows in 1969, 1970, 1976, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1991, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010

Solo exhibition, IX Bienal, São Paulo, touring to South America

Guggenheim International, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York


1968  Solo exhibition, Hayward Gallery, London

Documenta 4, Kassel, Germany; Sculpture in the City, Arts Council Gallery, London, touring exhibition


1972  Commissioned by the Peter Stuyvesant Foundation to create a public sculpture for the City Sculpture Project


1973  Major retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery, London, organised by Richard Morphet


1974  Solo exhibition organised by Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh; British Painting, Hayward Gallery, London


1976  The Human Clay, Hayward Gallery, London


1977  British Painting:1952-77, Royal Academy of Arts, London


1978  The Mechanised Image, Arts Council of Great Britain, touring exhibition; John Moores Liverpool Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2nd prize)


1979  Tate 79 (inaugural exhibition for the new extension), Tate Gallery, London


1981  British Sculpture in the Twentieth Century: Part 2: Symbol and Imagination 1951-1980, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London


1984  Solo exhibition at the National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore, with Kim Lim


1986  Forty Years of Modern Art 1945-1985, Tate Gallery, London; British Sculpture 1950-1965, New Art Centre, London


1987  British Art in the Twentieth Century: The Modern Movement, Royal Academy of Arts, London, touring to Staatsgalerie Stuttgart


1989  Scottish Art Since 1900, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh touring exhibition


1990  The Independent Group: Postwar Britain and the Aesthetics of Plenty, Institute of Contemporary

Arts, London, touring exhibition


1992  New Realities, Art in Western Europe 1945-68, Tate Gallery, Liverpool


1993  The Sixties Art Scene in London, Barbican Art Gallery, London


1995  Solo exhibition, Serpentine Gallery, London, selected by David Sylvester


1997  From Blast to Pop: Aspects of Modern British Art, 1915-1965, David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago


2000  Welded Sculpture of the Twentieth Century, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York


2002  Transition: The London Art Scene in the Fifties, Barbican Art Gallery, London


2004  Large Horse, 1990, installed at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

Art and the 60s: This Was Tomorrow, Tate Britain, London, touring exhibition


2005  William Turnbull: Retrospective 1946-2003, at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, opened in May


2006  Survey exhibition of sculpture in the Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain, London


2011  Beyond Time: William Turnbull, a film by Alex Turnbull and Pete Stern, narrated by Jude Law, premieres at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

Modern British Sculpture, Royal Academy of Arts, London


2012  Westminster Council City of Sculpture Festival, Park Lane, London

November, dies in London aged 90


2013  Solo exhibition at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire


2015  Offer Waterman, London, Selected Works from the Artist’s Estate


2017 Offer Waterman, London, William Turnbull: New Worlds, Words, Signs


2019  Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT, USA, long-term loan of Large Horse, 1990 plus a selection of works on paper on display from September 2019