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



Simone Fattal was born in Damascus, Syria, and raised in Lebanon, where she studied philosophy at the École des Lettres in Beirut. She then moved to Paris, where she continued her philosophical pursuits at the Sorbonne. In 1969 she returned to Beirut and began working as a visual artist, exhibiting her paintings until the start of the Lebanese Civil War. She left Lebanon in 1980 and settled in California, where she founded the Post-Apollo Press, a publishing house dedicated to innovative and experimental literary works. In 1988 she enrolled at the Art Institute of San Francisco, to return to her artistic practice and a newfound dedication to sculpture and ceramics. 

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 whitechapel gallery (2021); ICA Milan, milan (2021); bergen kunsthall, bergen (2020); MoMA PS1(2019); Lille métropole Musée d’Art Moderne (2019); Punta della Dogana, pinault collection, venice (2019); Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, luxembourg (2019); National Museum of Qatar, Doha (2019); Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech (2018); Château de Rochechouart Contemporary Art Museum, Château de Rochechouart (2017); and Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah (2016).

public collections

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

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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Ocean Space, TBA21-Academy, Venice
Portikus, Frankfurt


selected solo exhibitions

Finding a Way, Whitechapel Gallery, London
A Breeze over the Mediterranean, ICA Milano, Milan
While the Angels Are Naming Us, Klosterruine Berlin, Berlin
Simone Fattal: Works on paper, Karma International, Zurich
Simone Fattal: Au Bord du Barrada, Galerie Lelong, Paris

Fix Your Gaze On Saturn’s Rings, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen
galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna

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

They Thought We Were Alive and They Run Screaming, Plato, Ostrava

Dark Light, Realism in the Age of Post Truth, Aishti Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon
In the Heart of Another Country : The Diasporic Imagination in the Sharjah
Art Foundation Collection, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
Biennale Gherdëina, Ortisei/Val Gardena
16th Biennale de Lyon, macLyon, Lyon

The milk of dreams, 59th Venice Biennale, Venice
Etel Adnan & Simone Fattal: Working Together, Fondazione Dalle Nogare, Bozen
Beirut and the Golden Sixties: A Manifesto of Fragility, Gropius Bau, Berlin

Les Flammes. L’Âge de la céramique, MAM – Musée d’art Moderne de Paris, Paris
No Linear Fucking Time, BAK, Utrecht
Horizon, Levy Gorvy Gallery, Paris
AISTIT / coming to our senses, Maison Louis Carré, Bazoches-sur-Guyonne – Kunsthalle Helsinki, Helsinki
Artists’ Library: 1989 – 2020, online project for MACRO Museum, Rome

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
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
Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (mumok), Vienna
Sharjah Art Foundation Collection, Sharjah
National Museum of Qatar, Doha
Metropolitan Art Society, Beirut
Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP), Paris
Musée d’Art Contemporain de la Haute-Vienne, Rochechouart
Musée LAM, Lille
Musée Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech


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

artforum, 2021

financial times, 2021

art basel, 2021

spike, 2021

mousse magazine, 2019

the new yorker, 2019

the New York times, 2019

frieze, 2019

flash art, 2019

artforum, 2018

artreview, 2018

the Brooklyn rail, 2017

the New Yorker, 2017

mousse, 2016

l’officiel, 2016

the Brooklyn rail, 2014

artforum, 2012