*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.




born in Damascus, Syria  

studies Arab Literature in Damascus 

painting studies in Berlin (with Prof. Hann Trier) 

Professor at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin

Passed away in Berlin.


Selected Solo Exhibitions


MARWAN Painting, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany 

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

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

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

Marwan, Galerie Artist, Istanbul, Turkey

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

Museum für islamische Kunst, Berlin, Germany 

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

Khaled Shoman Foundation, Amman, Jordan

Kunsthalle Emden 

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

Brechthaus Weissensee, Berlin, Germany

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

Al Hanager Hall, Cairo, Egypt 

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

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

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

Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Kiel, Germany 

Galerie Wolfgang Ketterer, Munich, Germany 

Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany 

Overbeck-Sociecty, Lübeck, Germany 

Schloss Bellevue, Documenta-Archiv, Kassel, Germany 

Museum of Modern Art, Bagdad, Iraq 

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

Galerie Lietzow, Berlin, Germany 

Arab Cultural Center, Damascus, Syria 

Galerie Springer, Berlin, Germany 


Selected Group Exhibitions


57th Venice Biennal, Venice

Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York, USA

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

760 914 cm² Druck, Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg

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