MARWAN

MARWAN
*Damascus 31.01.1934 - † Berlin 22.10.2016

Born in Damascus in 1934, Marwan Kassab Bachi, an internationally renowned artist, is regarded as one of the pillars of modern painting in the Middle East. Living in Berlin since 1957, Marwan's work embodies the influences of German Expressionism and Sufi mysticism from his native culture. His early works were figurative yet surreal representations of people. Since the early 70s, he increasingly focused on the face, until it became his main subject matter. Each painting is a product of several layers of faces repeatedly painted on top of each other in a flurry of color and brush strokes, in his attempt to discover the inner self, ultimately creating spiritual intensity and depth to his work. His soul lives on in his paintings. Rest in Peace MARWAN.

 

 

 

 1934
born in Damascus, Syria  

 1955/57
studies Arab Literature in Damascus 

 1957
painting studies in Berlin (with Prof. Hann Trier) 

 1980
Professor at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin

2016
Passed away in Berlin.

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

 2016
MARWAN Painting, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany 

 2015
Not Towards Home, But The Horizon, Mosaic Rooms, London, UK 

 2014
Marwan: Paintings and Drawings (1962 – 1972), Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal 
MARWAN. Topographies of the Soul, Barjeel Art Foundation, Maraya Art Center, Sharjah, UAE

 2013
Marwan's Unknown Early Work, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, Lebanon 

 2012
Marwan, Galerie Artist, Istanbul, Turkey

 2009
MARWAN, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Marwan, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
Bis zum Ende offen - Marwan, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany 

 2008
Museum für islamische Kunst, Berlin, Germany 

 2005
Damascus - Berlin - Damascus, Damascus, Syria
Lindenau Museum in Altenburg, Altenburg, Germany 

 2004
Khaled Shoman Foundation, Amman, Jordan

 2002
Kunsthalle Emden 

 2001
Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah, West Bank
Richard-Haizmann-Museum, Niebüll, Germany 

 2000
Brechthaus Weissensee, Berlin, Germany

 1998
Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation, Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan 

 1996
Al Hanager Hall, Cairo, Egypt 

 1995
Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation, Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan 

 1993
Bibliothèque National de Paris, France
Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France 

 1991
Kunststation St. Peter, Cologne, Germany
Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany 

 1987
Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Kiel, Germany 

 1985
Galerie Wolfgang Ketterer, Munich, Germany 

 1984
Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany 

 1983
Overbeck-Sociecty, Lübeck, Germany 

 1981
Schloss Bellevue, Documenta-Archiv, Kassel, Germany 

 1980
Museum of Modern Art, Bagdad, Iraq 

 1976
Gruenenbaum Gallery, New York, USA
Orangerie Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany 

 1972
Galerie Lietzow, Berlin, Germany 

 1970
Arab Cultural Center, Damascus, Syria 

 1967
Galerie Springer, Berlin, Germany 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

 2017
57th Venice Biennal, Venice

 2014
Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York, USA

 2013
Kunst in Berlin. 1945 bis heute, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany

 2011
760 914 cm² Druck, Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg

 2009
Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Works in public collections:

 

 
Guggenheim, Abu Dhabi; Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation,
Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan; Solidere, Beirut, Lebanon; Staatliche
Museen Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin, Germany; Berlinische
Galerie,Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Photographie und Architektur,
Germany; Stiftung Archiv der Akademie der Künste, Berlin,Germany;
Berliner Bank – BerlinHyp, Germany; Kunstsammlungen der
Bundesrepublik Deutschland,Bonn, Germany; Kunsthalle Bremen,
Germany; Graphische SammlungVeste Coburg, Coburg, Germany;
National Museum Damascus, Syria; Galerie Neue Meister, Dresden,
Germany; Städel Museum, Fankfurt/Main,Germany; Städtisches
Museum Göttingen, Germany; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany;
Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany; Städtisches Museum Jena,
Romantikerhaus, Jena, Germany; Tate Modern, London, UK; British
Museum, London, UK; Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte der
Hansestadt Lübeck, Germany; Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim,
Germany; Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlung, Staatsgalerie
moderner Kunst – Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München,
Munich, Germany; Ludwig Galerie Schloss Oberhausen, Germany;
Landesmuseum Oldenburg, Germany; Bibliothèque National de
France, Paris, France; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France;
Musée–Galerie de la Saita,Paris, France; Carnegie Museum of Art,
Pittsburgh, USA; Sammlung Ostdeutsche Landesbausparkasse LBS,
Potsdam, Germany; Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah, Palestine;
Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Germany; Centre Georges Pompidou,
Paris, France