MARWAN

MARWAN
*Damascus 31.01.1934 - † Berlin 22.10.2016

Marwan Kassab Bachi (1934-2016) is an internationally renowned artist, 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.


Recent exhibition participations include: ARTE VIVA ARTE, Venice, Biennale (2017); Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York; Serralves Foundation, Porto; Barjeel Art Center, Sharjah (2014); Kunst in Berlin. 1945 bis heute, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut (2013); Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (2009); Museum fu?r islamische Kunst, Berlin (2008); Darat al Funun, Amman (2004); Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris (1993); Haus der Kunst, Munich (1991). His works can be found in international collections such as Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah; Guggenheim, Abu Dhabi; Tate Modern, London; British Museum, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Bibliothèque National de France, Paris; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation, Darat al Funun, Amman; Staatliche Museen Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin; Kunsthalle Bremen; National Museum, Damascus; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg and many more international private collections.


Marwan passed away in Berlin, Germany in 2016. His soul lives on in his paintings.


Education


1980
Professor for Painting, Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, Germany

1963
Painting, Hochshule der Künste (HdK), Berlin, Germany

1957
University of Damascus, Arab Literature, Damascus, Syria

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions


2018
Works on Paper: 1968-2014, Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg, Germany

2016
Painting, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

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

2014
MARWAN: Early Works (1962-1972), Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal
Topographies of the Soul, Barjeel Art Foundation, Maraya Art Center, Sharjah, UAE

2013
MARWAN: Early Works 1962 - 1972, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, Lebanon

2012
MARWAN, Galeri Artist, Istanbul, Turkey

2009
Seventy Five, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Painting, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
Open Until the End - Marwan A Retrospective in Eleven Acts, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany

2008
The 99 Attributes, The Museum of Islamic Art, Berlin, Germany

2005
Damascus - Berlin - Damascus, Damascus, Syria
Marwan: Khaddousch or the unknown early work. Watercolors and drawings 1962-1971, Lindenau Museum in Altenburg, Altenburg, Germany

2004
Khaled Shoman Foundation, Amman, Jordan

2002
Kunsthalle Emden, Emden, Germany

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

2000
Brechhaus 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
Gallery Wolfgang Ketterer, Munich, Germany

1984
Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany

1983
Overbeck-Sociecty, Lubeck, Germany

1981
Bellevue Palace, Documenta Archive, Kassel, Germany

1980
Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad, Iraq

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

1972
Gallery Lietzow, Berlin, Germany

1970
Arab Cultural Center, Damascus, Syria

1967
Gallery Springer, Berlin, Germany

 

Selected Group Exhibitions


2017
Viva Arte Viva, 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

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

2013
Art in Berlin. 1945 Until Now, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2011
760 914 cm² print, Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany

2009
11th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Works in Public Collections:


Guggenheim, Abu Dhabi; Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation, Darat al Funun, Amman; Solidere, Beirut; State Museums of Prussian Cultural Heritage, Berlin; Berlinische Galerie, Museum of Modern Art, Photography and Architecture, Berlin; Foundation Archive of the Academy of Arts, Berlin; Berliner Bank - BerlinHyp, Berlin; Art Collections of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn; Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany; Graphic CollectionVeste Coburg, Germany National Museum Damascus; Galerie Neue Meister, Dresden, Germany Städel Museum, Fankfurt / Main; Städtisches Museum Göttingen, Germany; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg; Sprengel Museum, Hannover; Municipal Museum Jena, Romantikerhaus, Jena, Germany; Tate Modern, London; British Museum, London; Museum of Art and Cultural History of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck, Germany; Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany; Bavarian State Painting Collection, State Gallery of Modern Art Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich; Ludwig Gallery Castle Oberhausen, Germany; Landesmuseum Oldenburg, Germany; Bibliothèque National de France, Paris; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris ; Musée-Galerie de la Saita, Paris; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Collection East German Landesbausparkasse LBS, Potsdam, Germany; Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah, Palestine; Municipal Gallery Wolfsburg, Germany; Center Georges Pompidou, Paris

 

Awards


2005
Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

2002
Fred-Thieler Prize