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Simone Fattal: biography, selected museum exhibitions, public collections and shows at kaufmann repetto



Born in Damascus and grew up in Lebanon, Simone Fattal studied philosophy at the Ecole des Lettres of Beirut and then at the Sorbonne in Paris where she currently lives.

In 1969 she returned to Beirut and started painting. In 1980, fleeing the Civil War, she settled in California and founded The Post-Apollo Press, a publishing house dedicated to innovative and experimental literary work, promoting and distributing prose and poetry by authors such as Etel Adnan, Marguerite Duras, Jalal Toufic, Barbara Guest, Lyn Hejinian, and Leslie Scalapino. In 1988, she returned to artistic practice by doing ceramic sculptures after enrolling at the Art Institute of San Francisco. She currently lives in Paris with poet and artist Etel Adnan.

Through sculpture, painting, photography and other medias she investigates the boundaries of figuration, drawing on figures featured throughout the history of the Mediterranean: a cosmogony of standing bodies and resistant architectures.


selected museum exhibitions

Her work has been widely exhibited internationally, though subject, only late in her career, of exhibitions in major institutions such as MoMA PS1, Lille métropole Musée d’Art Moderne, Punta della Dogana, Pinault Collection, Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, National Museum of Qatar, Doha (all 2019); Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech (2018); Château de Rochechouart Contemporary Art Museum (2017); and Sharjah Art Foundation (2016). In January 2020 she opened her solo exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall.


public collections

fattal’s work is held in the collections of the Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah; National Museum of Qatar, Doha; Metropolitan Art Society, Beirut; Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris; Musée d’Art Contemporain de la Haute-Vienne, Rochechouart; Musée LAM, Lille; Musée Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech.


shows at Kaufmann Repetto

Demeter and Dionysus, 2019, solo show at kaufmann repetto Milan
Simone Fattal, 2017, solo show at kaufmann repetto New York
Standing Figures, 2016, solo show at kaufmann repetto Milan

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upcoming solo exhibition

2020 galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna


selected solo exhibitions

Fix Your Gaze On Saturn’s Rings, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen

Demeter and Dionysus, kaufmann repetto, Milano
works and days, MoMA PS1, New York

Paintings and Sculptures, Karma International, Zurich
Garden of Memory, with Etel Adnan and Bob Wilson, Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, Marrakech

Watercolours, HENI Publishing, London
L’homme qui fera pousser un arbre nouveau, Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, Rochechouart
Paintings and Ceramics, Balice Hertling Galerie, Paris
kaufmann repetto, New York

kaufmann repetto, Milan
Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah

Balice Hertling, Paris
Karma International, Zurich

Galerie Tanit, Beirut

Europia Gallery, Paris
The Pottery, San Rafael
Espace Kettaneh-Künigh, Beirut

Bonnafont Gallery, San Francisco

Festival Arte Mare, Bastia
The Eileen Reynolds Curtis Museum, Sausalito

Cité des Arts, Paris

Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut


Selected group exhibitions

bâtisseurs chimériques, palais idéal du facteur cheval, hauterives

artifices instables, histoires de céramiques, nmnm – villa sauber, monaco
Vent’anni – Twenty Years, 20th anniversary exhibition, kaufmann repetto, new york
gennariello, balice hertling, paris
storefront show, karma international, zurich
between the sun and the moon, Lahore Biennale 2020, Lahore, Pakistan
Comfort, Friedman Benda, New York

Le monde n’est pas nécessairement un empire, Lille Métropole Musée d’art moderne, lille
Please recall to me everything you have thought of, Morán Morán, Los Angeles
Etel Adnan et Les Modernes, Mudam Luxembourg, Luxembourg
The palace at 4 A.M., archaeological Museum of Mykonos, Mykonos
at the still point of turning the worlds, there is the dance, sursock museum, beirut
trade syllables, martinos, athens
Luogo e Segni, Punta della Dogana, Pinault Collection, Venice

Lydia Cabrera and Edouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking, Americas Society, New York
Take Me (I’m yours), French Academy, Rome

Take Me (I’m Yours), Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan
MEDUSA, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

Why Not Ask Again? Arguments, Counter-arguments and Stories, 11th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai
Ceramix, Art and ceramics from Rodin to Schütte, La Maison Rouge, Paris
Ceramix, Art and ceramics from Rodin to Schütte, Cité de La Céramique, Sèvres

Ceramix, Art and ceramics from Rodin to Schütte, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
Take Me, I’m Yours, Monnais de Paris, Paris
Nel Mezzo del Mezzo, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Palermo

Karma International, Zurich
American Embassy, Zagreb
Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York

Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates

Biennial of the Teapot, National Museum of Arts and Crafts, Shanghai

Paris-Damas, Regards Croisés, Galerie Europia, Damas

Paris-Damas, Regards Croisés, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris

Nüans Gallery, Dusseldorf
Lilliputh Ceramics, Zagreb

Blue Studio Gallery, San Francisco
Chelsea Space, London

Virginia Woolf: Past & Present, Sonoma State University Art Gallery, Sonoma
Les Greniers de César, Amboise, France
First International Forum of Ceramics, Choueifat

The San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
The American University of Beirut, Beirut

The Cairo Biennale, Egypt


Festival de poésie murale Poètes en Sologne, Aubigny sur Nère

6th Salon Art et Matière, Musée du Luxembourg, Paris

Museum of Modern Art, Tunis


Public collections

Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris


Public Art commission

National Museum of Qatar Sculpture Park, Doha, Qatar Film screenings

Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, France

MoMA PS1, New York

Venice Biennial, Venice Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah

FID, International Film Festival, Marseille Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to now, MoMA, NYC