simone fattal

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Born in 1942 in Damascus. Lives and works in Paris.


Upcoming solo exhibition

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

selected solo exhibitions

Demeter and Dionysus, kaufmann repetto, Milano
Simone Fattal, MoMA PS1, New York

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

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 2003 Cité des Arts, Paris

Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut


Selected group exhibitions

Vent’anni – Twenty Years, 20th anniversary exhibition, kaufmann repetto, new york
Lahore Biennale 2020, Lahore, Pakistan
Comfort, Friedman Benda, New York

Le monde n’est pas nécessairement un empire, Lille Métropole Musée d’art moderne, France
Please recall to me everything you have thought of, curated by Eve Fowler, Morán Morán, Los Angeles
Etel Adnan et Les Modernes, Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
The palace at 4 A.M., Archaelogical Museum of Mykonos,Mykonos
Luogo e Segni, Punta della Dogana, Pinault Collection, Venice

Lydia Cabrera and Edouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Gabriela Rangel and Asad Raza, Americas Society, New York
Take Me (I’m yours), French Academy, Rome, curated by Christian Boltanski, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Chiara Parisi

Take Me (I’m Yours), Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan, curated by Christian Boltanski, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Chiara Parisi and Roberta Tenconi
MEDUSA, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

Why Not Ask Again? Arguments, Counter-arguments and Stories, 11th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Power Station of Art
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, curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Chiara Parisi, 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

Poésie murale, Aubigny sur Nère

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

Museum of Modern Art, Tunis, Tunisia


Public Art commission

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

2017 Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, France

2014 MoMA PS1, New York

2013 Venice Biennial, Venice Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah

2012 FID, International Film Festival, Marseille Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to now, MoMA, NYC


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.


Simone Fattal: museum exhibitions selection

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 will open her upcoming solo exhibition in a museum, at Bergen Kunsthall.


Simone Fattal: exhibitions at the gallery

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