View of the installation Rabih Mroué. Again we are Defeated, 2019.

View of the installation Rabih Mroué. Again we are Defeated, 2019
Photo. Bobby Rogers, ©Walker Art Center

Rabih Mroué, born in 1967 in Beirut, lives and works in Berlin. Mroué is an actor, director, playwright, visual artist, and a contributing editor for The Drama Review (TDR), New York. He has had solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Mainz (2016); MoMA New York (2015); Kunsthalle Mulhouse (2015); SALT, Istanbul (2014); Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid (2013); Documenta, Kassel (2012); Kunstverein Stuttgart (2011); and BAK, Utrecht (2010).

He has Participated in major group exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (2018); Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2017); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2016); MACBA, Barcelona (2015); Performa 09, New York (2009); 11th International Istanbul Biennial (2009); Queens Museum of Art, New York (2009); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2008); and Tate Modern, London (2007).

His works are in the collections of the MoMA New York, Centre Pompidou Paris, SFMOMA San Francisco, the Art Institute of Chicago, CA2M Madrid, MACBA Barcelona, and the Van Abbe Museum Rotterdam, among others. Mroué is a co-founder of the Beirut Art Center and a long time collaborator with Ashkal Alwan, who have produced many of his performances. He is currently an associate director of Kammerspiele Munich.


Lebanese University, BA in Theatre, Beirut, Lebanon


Selected Solo Exhibitions

A Leap Year, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

Between Two Battles, Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz, Germany
I was fortunate not to have seen what the others had witnessed, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

Mer Méditerranée, La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Center d'art contemporain, Mulhouse, France

Rabih Mroué, SALT Beyoglu/Galata, Istanbul, Turkey
Rabih Mroué, Fri Art in collaboration with Belluard Bollwerk International Festival, Friborg, Switzerland

Rabih Mroué. Image (s) mon amour, CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, Spain

Rabih Mroué. Will the Spring Visit Us?, Tranzitdisplay, Prague, Czech Republic
The People are Demanding, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany
I, the Undersigned, Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden
The People are Demanding, Rivington Place, London, UK
My Leap into the Void, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

I, The Undersigned, BAK Basis voor Actual Kunst, Utrecht, Netherlands


Selected Group Exhibitions

Again we are defeated, as part of Out There 2019: Transnational/Transdisciplinary, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA

Scripted Reality, Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico
Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today, The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, USA
And I Will Take You To Paradise, Museum KUBE, Alesund, Norway

KAI10, Aretha Foundation, Düsseldorf, Germany
How Close Could We Get to the Light and Survive?, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
The Image of War, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
H (a) unting Images: anatomy of a shot, CaixaForum, Barcelona, Spain
Propositions for a stage: 24 Frames of a Beautiful Heaven, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
Floating Self: Rabih Mroué, Rosa Rendl, Amalia Ulman, Salzburg Art Association, Salzburg, Austria

Sub-Weapons, MAK Frankfurt, Germany
Movement of the People, University of Essex, UK
On Disappearing And For Vanishing, TARTU Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia

Gallery 3010, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Techologism, Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield East, Australia
HomeWorks 7, Askhal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon
The Beast & The Sovereign, co-produced by MACBA and Württembergischer Kunstverein (WCF) Stuttgart, Germany

Unreliable Evidence: The Execution of Maximilian by Edouard Manet and Other Histories, Mead Gallery, Coventry, UK

A Different Child of Order:, The ICP Triennial, International Center of Photography, New York, United States
WRO 2013 Biennial, WRO Center for Media Art, Wroclaw, Poland
Version Control, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK

dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany
Time and Again, Gallery AKINCI, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Habeas corpus, El Center d’Art de Tarragona, Spain
Demonstrations. Making Normative Orders, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany
Double shooting installation during he world is not fair, HAU Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin, Germany
Audience as Subject, Part 2: Extra Large, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA

Victims and Martyrs, Göteborgs Konsthall, Sweden


Selected Performances / Screenings / Films

Borborygmus, with Lina Majdalanie & Mazen Kerbaj, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, Germany
Sand in the Eyes, LE BAL, Paris, France
Ode to Joy, Theater Commons Tokyo, Japan
Sand in the Eyes, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
Borborygmus, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA

Sand in the Eyes, Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany
31st European Media Art Festival: Report - Notes From Reality, Osnabrück, Germany
So Little Time, Fast Forward Festival 5, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece

Dance On - Water Between Three Hands, Rabih Mroué with Dance on Ensemble, Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany

Project 101, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

33 rounds and a few seconds, Performance by Rabih Mroué / Lina Saneh, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, USA
Riding on a Cloud, Performance by Rabih Mroué / Yasser Mroué, Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany

The White Sheets of Berlin, A Tribute to Etel Adnan, Performance by Rabih Mroué / Rima Khcheich, HAU Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin, Germany
International Summer Festival, Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany
Unrest of Form. Imagining the Political Subject, Secession Vienna Festival, Austria
33 rounds and a few seconds, Performance by Rabih Mroué / Lina Saneh, Askhal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon

Probable Title: Zero Probability II, Performance by Rabih Mroué / Hito Steyerl, House of World Cultures Berlin, Germany
33 rounds and a few seconds, Steirischer Herbst 2012 Graz, Austria; Festival d’Avignon, France, co-produced by Kunsten Festival des Arts, Brussels, Belgium; Scène nationale de Petit-Quevilly-Mont-Saint-Aignan, Rouen; Festival delle Colline Torines, Torino, Italy; Festival de Genève, Kampnagel Hamburg, Germany; Styrian Autumn, Graz, AustriaHelsinki; Malta Festival Poznan 2012, Poland
The Pixelated Revolution, House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany

Photo Romance, Performance by Rabih Mroué / Lina Saneh, Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany
Who’s Afraid of Representation?, Performance by Rabih Mroué / with Lina Saneh, ALFILM 11, Berlin, Germany
Three evenings With Rabih Mroué and friends, Globe, Erdgeschoss der Deutsche Bank-Türme, Frankfurt, Germany

The Inhabitants of Images, BAK Basis voor Actual Art, Utrecht, Netherlands

Photo-Romance, Performance Rabih Mroué / Lina Saneh, Homeworks 5, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon, co produced by Festival d’Avignon, Théâtre de l’Agora Scène nationale d’Evry, Festival des Collines,Turin; Festival/Tokyo, Parc de La Villette, Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin
The Inhabitants of Images a lecture performance, co-produced by Bidoun Magazine, TQW in Vienna, Ashkal Alwan in Beirut

Noiseless, a short animation produced by CINE-POEM
Theater with dirty feet, lecture-performance for HAU 2, Hebbel-Theater, Berlin, Germany

How Nancy Wished That Everything What happened to April Fool’s Joke, performance by Rabih Mroué in collaboration with Fadi Toufiq, Masrah al-Madina, Beirut, Lebanon
Yesterday’s Man, Performance by Rabih Mroué / Tony Chakar / Tiago Rodrigues, Trafó, Budapest, Hungary
How Nancy Wished That Everything Was an April Fool’s JokeHow Nancy Wished That Everything Was an April Fool’s Joke, Performance by Rabih Mroué in collaboration with Fadi Toufiq, Tokyo International Arts Festival, Tokyo, Japan, co-produced by Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon; La Ferme du Buisson-Scène nationale de Marne La Vallée, France; Festival d’Automne à Paris, France

Make Me Stop Smoking, Oberhausen Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany
Look at the Light Moving Between the Buildings, Siemens Arts Program, Munich, Germany

Life is Short But the Day is Too Long, Les Subsistances, Lyon, France
Who’s Afraid of Representation, HAU Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin, Germany

Looking For a Missing Employee,Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon
Bir-Rooh-Bid-Dam, Short Film
Limp Bodies,Tanzquartier Wien, Monument Project, Vienna, Austria

Biokhraphia, Performance by Rabih Mroué / Lina Saneh, Ashkal Alwan Production, Beirut, Lebanon
Three Posters, Performance by Rabih Mroué /Elias Khoury, KunstenFestivalDesArts, Brussels, Belgium

Face A / Face B, Short Film

Red Dead Zone, Performance by Rabih Mroué / Feyrouz Serhal, Ashkal Alwan Production, Beirut, Lebanon
Three Posters, Performance by Rabih Mroué / Elias Khoury, Festival Ayloul Production, Beirut, Lebanon

Come In Sir We Are Waiting For You, Performance by Rabih Mroué / Tony Chakar, Théâtre de Beyrouth, Beirut, Lebanon

Extension 19, Festival Ayloul production, Beirut, Lebanon

La Prison De Sable, Théâtre de Beyrouth, Beirut, Lebanon

The Lift, Carthage International Theater Festival, Egypt

L’abat-Jour, Beirut, Lebanon


Prizes & Awards

Bansemer & Nyssen Dramatiker Prize, with Lina Saneh

Spalding Gray Award, New York, USA
Artist’s Grant for Theatre / Performance Arts from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, New York, USA