Blazon, Installation Overview 2016

Fortress in a Corner Bishop Takes Over, Exhibition Overview 2016

Deriving inspiration from the geography and rich cultural history of Beirut, Rechmaoui’s work often reflects themes of urbanization and contemporary social and behavioral demographics. He uses industrial materials such as concrete, rubber, tar and glass to create tactile works on a large scale. His works have primarily focused on local landmarks, such as Beirut Caoutchouc (2004), a sprawling map of Beirut made of black rubber and embossed with precise details of roads and byways. Rechmaoui’s other major works include Spectre (2006), a reproduction of the modernist Yacoubian Building, A Monument for the Living (2001), a large-scale architectural model of the derelict Burj Al Murr replicates a never-completed, abandoned 1970s high-rise, which towers over downtown Beirut. In 2011, Rechmaoui debuted his UNRWA series, which included hand drawn maps on concrete, wood, and tin of Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, and a series of found objects exposing different cluster munitions collected after the 2006 war in Lebanon, as well as the crew whose efforts helped gather these clusters. Rechmaoui’s Pillars (2013-2016) tackle the theme of deconstruction/reconstruction with an installation of domestic objects – various materials collected from crumbled ruins of a residential building - embedded in a concrete pillar; a basic structural element in urban architecture. Flowers, pillows, among other decorative items reflect the burden of the past.


 1964
born in Lebanon
lives and works in Beirut

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions


 

 

 2016
Fortress in a Corner, Bishop Takes Over, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

 2012
On the Edgeware Road, Serpentine Gallery, London, Uk
Landscapes, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

 2017
The Restless Earth, La Triennale di Milano, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milano

 2016
The Silent Echo, Baalbek Temple, Baalbek, Lebanon

 2015
Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
Gallery 3010, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Homeworks 7, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon

 2013
11th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE

 2012
Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi, UAE

 2009
Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Disorientation II, curated ba Jack Perskian, Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi, UAE

 2008
Never Part. Histories of Palestine, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium
Art Now in Lebanon, Amman, Jordan
Scènes du Sud II: Méditerrané Orientale, Carré d’Art, Nîmes, France

 2007
Borderline Behaviour, TENT, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

 2005
Belonging, 7th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE

 2004
Laughter, LIFT, the Barge House, London, UK

 2003
Home Works II: A Forum on Cultural Practices, Beirut, Lebanon
Possible Narratives, VIDEOBRASIL, São Paolo, Brasil

 2002
Beirut - Lebanon. Contemporary Arab Representations, The Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden; Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spain

 2001
Missing Links, Art Practices From Lebanon, Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo, Egypt

 2000
Mediterranean Metaphors II, Contemporary Art from Lebanon, The Borusan Culture and Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey 

 1998
French Cultural Center, Beirut, Lebanon
The Cairo International Biennial, Egypt, UNESCO Prize 

 1996
Chateau de Serviers, Marseille, France 

 

Ashkal Alwan Project

 

 1995
The Sanayeh Garden Project, Beirut, Lebanon

 1997
The Sioufi Garden Project, Beirut, Lebanon 

 1999
The Corniche Project, Beirut, Lebanon