Born in Beirut in 1964 Marwan Rechmaoui is best known for a series of sculptural works that replicate buildings and topography.
b. 1964, Beirut, Lebanon
Lives and works in Beirut
Marwan Rechmaoui’s work focuses on urban dynamics, demographics and behaviours. He uses industrial materials such as concrete, rubber, tar and glass to create tactile works on a large scale. His works have primarily focused on local landmarks, such as A Monument for the Living, 2001, a replica of the Burj Al-Murr high-rise in downtown Beirut; never completed, the building served as a strategic military location during the Lebanese Civil War. A 2004 work, Beirut Caoutchouc, is composed of sixty pieces of rubber mats that fit together like a huge puzzle to make a complete map of Beirut. Rechmaoui’s work has been shown in exhibitions in Lebanon and abroad, including the Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence, France (2013); Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (2012); Saatchi Gallery, London (2009); Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland (2009); Musée d’art Contemporain de Nîmes, France (2008); and Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium (2008). In 1998, he had a solo show at Centre Culturel Français, Beirut. He has participated in the São Paulo Bienal, Brazil (2006), and the Sharjah Biennial, UAE (2005).
21.11.09 – 20.02.10
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi