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.

born in Lebanon
lives and works in Beirut

 Selected Solo Exhibitions

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

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

 Selected Group Exhibitions

30th Anniversary Inaugural Exhibition, Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan

Home Beirut. Sounding the Neighbours, MAXXI, Rome
The Restless Earth, La Triennale di Milano, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milano
Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel

The Silent Echo, Baalbek Temple, Baalbek

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

11th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah

Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi


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

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

Borderline Behaviour, TENT, Rotterdam

Belonging, 7th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah

Laughter, LIFT, the Barge House, London

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

Beirut - Lebanon. Contemporary Arab Representations, The Bildmuseet,  

Missing Links, Art Practices From Lebanon, Townhouse Gallery of Contem 

Mediterranean Metaphors II, Contemporary Art from Lebanon, The Borusan Cult 

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

Chateau de Serviers, Marseille 


Ashkal Alwan Project

The Sanayeh Garden Project, Beirut

The Sioufi Garden Project, Beirut

The Corniche Project, Beirut