*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 Expressionism and Sufi mysticism from his native culture. His early works were figurative yet surreal representations of people. Since the early 70s, it has become increasingly focused on the face. Each painting is a product of several layers on each other in a flurry of color and brush strokes, in his attempt to discover the inner self, and finally to create 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 University of the Arts, Berlin

Passed away in Berlin.


Selected Solo Exhibitions


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

VIVA ARTE VIVA , La Biennale di Venezia, Giardini, Venezia 

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 , Gallery Artist, Istanbul, Turkey

MARWAN , Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Marwan , Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
Open to the End - Marwan , Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany 

Museum of Islamic Art, 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 

Brechhaus 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 

Gallery Wolfgang Ketterer, Munich, Germany 

Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany 

Overbeck-Sociecty, Lubeck, Germany 

Bellevue Palace, Documenta Archive, Kassel, Germany 

Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad, Iraq 

Gruenenbaum Gallery, New York, United States
Orangerie Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin, Germany 

Gallery Lietzow, Berlin, Germany 

Arab Cultural Center, Damascus, Syria 

Gallery Springer, Berlin, Germany 


Selected Group Exhibitions


57th Venice Biennale , Venice

Here and Elsewhere , New Museum, New York, USA

Art in Berlin. 1945 until today , Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany

760 914 cm² print , 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; State
Museums of Prussian Cultural Heritage, Berlin, Germany; Berlinische
Galerie, State Museum of Modern Art, Photography and Architecture,
Germany; Foundation Archive of the Academy of Arts, Berlin, Germany;
Berliner Bank - BerlinHyp, Germany; Art Collections of the
Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn, Germany; Kunsthalle Bremen,
Germany; Graphic CollectionVeste 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; Municipal Museum Jena,
Romantikerhaus, Jena, Germany; Tate Modern, London, UK; British
Museum, London, UK; 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,
Munich, Germany; Ludwig Gallery Castle 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; Collection East German Landesbausparkasse LBS,
Potsdam, Germany; Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah, Palestine;
Municipal Gallery Wolfsburg, Germany; Center Georges Pompidou,
Paris, France