Blazon, Installation Overview 2016

Fortress in a Corner Bishop Takes Over, Exhibition Overview 2016

Marwan Rechmaoui (b.1964 in Beirut Lebanon) studied sculpture and painting at Massachusetts College of Art & Design between 1987 and 1993.

In his work Marwan Rechmaoui derives inspiration from the geography and complex multi-cultural history of Beirut, reflecting on themes of urbanization and contemporary social and behavioral demographics. In lieu of mapping urban spaces, the artist does not view the city according to typical urban planning standards, instead he points to socio-political affiliations and etymological histories from each community.

His work has been shown in exhibitions in Lebanon and abroad, including, Darat al Funun, Amman (2018); Ashkal Alwan, Homeworks 7; Art Unlimited, Basel (2017); Beirut (2015); Istanbul Biennial 13 (2015); Here & Elsewhere, New Museum, New York (2014), Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence, France (2013); Sharjah Biennial (2013 & 2005); Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (2012); Saatchi Gallery, London (2009); Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland (2009); Musée d’art Contemporain de Nîmes, France (2008); and Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium (2008).

His works are in the collections of Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Guggenheim Abu Dhabi; The Sharjah Art Foundation; among other major private and public collections. He is also the recipient of the 2019 Bonnfanten Award for Contemporary Art.



New York University, New York, USA

Art Student League, New York, USA

Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Scupture/Painting, Boston, Massachusetts


Selected Solo Exhibitions

Marwan Rechmaoui, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Netherlands

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

Landscapes, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon


Selected Group Exhibitions

Niemeyer in Lebanon - concept, and development of the Tripoli International Fair, Embassy of Brazil & the Brazil-Lebanon Cultural Center, Beirut, Lebanon
A National Monument, with Visualizing Palestine, Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture, Beirut, Lebanon

Living in the Mediterranean, Institut Valencià d’art Modern, Valencia, Spain
Revolution Generations, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar
Cycles of Collapsing Progress, Rashid Karami International Fair, Tripoli, Lebanon
12th Gwangju Biennale: Imagined Borders, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, South Korea
Let’s Talk About the Weather: Art and Ecology in A Time of Crisis, Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, China
Truth is black, write over it with a mirage’s light, 30th Anniversary Inaugural Exhibition, Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan
We Began By Measuring Distance, MAMCO, Geneva, Switzerland

Tamawuj, 13th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE
Home Beirut. Sounding the Neighbours, MAXXI, Rome, Italy
The Restless Earth, La Triennale di Milano, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milano, Italy
Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel

The Silent Echo, Baalbek Temple, Baalbek, Lebanon
Let’s Talk About the Weather: Art and Ecology in a Time of Crisis, Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon

Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
Gallery 3010, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Home Works, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon

11th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE

On the Edgeware Road, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

La Route de la Soie, Tri Postal, The Saatchi Gallery Collection, Lille, France
Home Works 5, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon

Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Disorientation II, Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Dream and reality. Contemporary art from the Middle East, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland

Instalações, Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Art Now in Lebanon, Darat Al Funun, Amman, Jordan
Scènes du Sud II: Méditerrané Orientale, Carré d’Art, Nîmes, France
Never-Part. Histories of Palestine. Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium
Home Works 4, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

Borderline Behaviour, TENT, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Belonging, 7th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE

Laughter, LIFT, the Barge House, London, UK

A Forum on Cultural Practices, Home Works 2, Ahskal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon
Possible Narratives - Artistic Practices in Lebanon, VIDEOBRASIL, São Paolo, Brazil
Contemporary Arab Representations, Beirut/Lebanon, BildMuseet, Umeå, Sweden

Contemporary Arab Representations, Beirut/Lebanon, Witte de With Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spain
A Forum on Cultural Practices in the Region, Home Works, Ahkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon

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

Mediterranean Metaphors II, Contemporary Art from Lebanon, Borusan Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Centre Culturel Français, Beirut, Lebanon
UNESCO Prize, International Biennial, Cairo, Egypt

Chateau de Serviers, Marseille



Metropolis, published by Kaph Books



Bonnfanten Award for Contemporary Art