Said Baalbaki

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Said Baalbaki, Le Bilboquet, 2016/17, Öl auf Leinwand/oil on canvas,
200 x 150 cm
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In his work, the German-Lebanese artist Said Baalbaki grafts, as it were, the cultural, artistic roots of his native country to contemporary discourses in his chosen homeland. He lives and works primarily in Berlin.
The subject matter of his work has been largely informed by the artist’s traumatic first-hand experience of the Lebanese Civil War but also by the great beauty of his birthplace and its renowned Mount Lebanon, praised for its splendour in sources as early as the Bible. His series of works entitled Mon(t) Liban reflects, on the one hand, the dichotomy of destruction and flight but, on the other, the consummate beauty of the landscape integral to his native country. For this series and still others, he has employed the most varied of mediums including painting, graphic design, drawing and sculpture. So too do print portfolios and artist books constitute an important component of his overall oeuvre.

Said Baalbaki is principally concerned with questions concerning identity—with the mechanisms of perception and constructions of knowledge, truth and authenticity, all of which are strongly influenced by the various cultures and religions. His motifs are appropriated from the immediate everyday as well as his own internal world, encompassing his memories of a childhood and youth spent during the Lebanese Civil War. The artist isolates and abstracts ordinary objects like suitcases, belts and other articles of clothing, but also pieces of hunting equipment, and works them into agglomerations of colour-planes and purling structural clusters. The individual elements retain their disparate qualities, however, and glisten through as pictorially commanding solitaires akin to symbols in an encoded language. Having thus acquired lives of their own, they persist in pointing far beyond any everyday understandings of their significance.

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Atelierstipendium des Auswärtigen Amts, Said Baalbaki schafft Kunst über den Dächern von Berlin, Text dpa, monopol, Magazin für Kunst und Leben (German)

Beim Pferd des Propheten, Rolf Brockschmidt, Der Tagesspiegel (online with images)

Beim Pferd des Propheten, Rolf Brockschmidt, Der Tagesspiegel (German)

Said Baalbaki, flights of fantasy, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, The National

Artforum Reviews

Said Baalbaki AArtist in Resicende on the roof of the Federel Foreign Office (video)

Dem Himmel sehr nah, Christiane Meixner, Der Tagesspiegel (German)

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1974geboren in Beirut, Libanon / born in Beirut, Lebanon
1994-1998Studium der Malerei am Institut des Beaux–Arts Beirut / studied painting at Institut des Beaux–Arts Beirut
2000-2001Sommer Akademie bei Marwan, Darat al Funun. Amman, Jordanien
2002-2005Studium der Malerei an der Universität der Künste, Berlin, Meisterschüler bei Burkhard Held / studied painting at Universität der Künste, Berlin, Meisterschüler with Burkhard Held
2006-2008Master of Arts, Institut für Kunst im Kontext, UdK Berlin
 lebt und arbeitet in Berlin und in Beirut / lives and works in Berlin and Beirut
Preise und Stipendien/Awards and scholarships
2005Preisträger des „Meisterschülerpreis des Präsidenten“, UdK Berlin
2006Stipendium Solidere’s „Artist in Residence“, Beirut / Solidere's Artists in Residence Program, Beirut
2008Stipendium / scholarship „Graduiertenschule für die Künste und die Wissenschaften“, UdK Berlin
2016Stipendium / scholarship AFAC Visual Arts (The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture), Beirut
Recherchestipendium / scholarship for research, Senat Berlin, Berlin
2017AArtist in Residence, Auswärtiges Amt in Zusammenarbeit mit dem lvbg/Federal Foreign Office in cooperation with lvbg, Berlin
Einzelausstellungen (Auswahl)/selected solo exhibitions
2017„Umbruch“, C&K Galerie, Berlin
2016„Lost“, mit/with Yasser Safi, Art-Lab Berlin im iPhonedoctor, Berlin
„Wo Milch und Honig fließen“, Katholische Kirchengemeinde St. Christophorus, Berlin
2015„Memories of Stones“, mit/with Emannuel Regent , Agial Art Gallery, Beirut
„Beyrouth mon amour“, Galerie Anelix Forever, Genf/Geneva, Schweiz/Switzerland
„Milk and Honey“, Galerie Kampl, München/Munich, Germany
2014„RISS“, mit/with Ali Kaaf, CundKunterwegs Galerie, Berlin
“Le Musée imaginaire“, Viennoise Hotel, Kairo
2013“Belt“, Agial Gallery, Beirut
“Once upon a Butterfly“, Anima Gallery, Doha, Katar/Quatar
2011“The Sense of the Ending“, Rose Issa Projects, London
“Wo die Sonne niederbrennt“, Herrenhaus Libnow, Libnow, Germany
“Al-Burak II“, Die Kunstkammer im Georg-Kolbe-Museum, Berlin
2010“Al-Burak“, Maqam Gallery, Beirut
“Memories in Progress”, Michael Schultz Gallery, Seoul
“I saw it...”, Schultz contemporary, Berlin
2009“A heap of broken images”, Dome City Center, Beirut
2008“Still Life”, Wilde Gallery, Berlin
“Augenweiden”, Vattenfall Europe, Berlin
Gruppenausstellungen (Auswahl)/selected group exhibitions
2017„Wir nennen es Arbeit", Galleria Opere Scelte, Turin, Italien/Italy
„Review"Art, Till Richter Museum Schloss Buggenhagen International Contemporary Art, Buggenhagen, Germany
„100 chefs-d’œuvre de l’art moderne et contemporain arabe – La Collection Barjeel“, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris
„The Poetics of Absence“, 1x1 Gallery, Dubai
"Berlin-based", Till Richter Museum Schloss Buggenhagen International Contemporary Art, Buggenhagen, Germany
2016„salondergegenwart", Hamburg, Germany
„Marvellous Creatures: Animals in Islamic Art“, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Kanada/Canada“
„Home Ground“, Contemporary Art from Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate/United Arab Emirates
„Die Schwärze der Nacht“, Köppe contemporary, Berlin
2015„Home Ground“, Contemporary Art from Barjeel Art Foundation, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Kanada/Canada“
„Hidden Treasures“ - I AMsterdam you BErlin, Sankt-Johannes-Evangelist-Kirche, Berlin
2014“Druckgrafik “, Kunstraum Heiddorf, Neu Kaliß, Germany
“Thin Skin“, Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York
“Nofretete-tête-à-tête, SMÄK, Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst, München, Germany
“Unsere Tiere“, Tieranatomisches Theater, Berlin
“What remains II“, Rose Issa Projects", London
2013“Teas with Nefertiti: the making of an artwork by artist, the museum and the public“, IVAM, Valencia, Spanien/Spain
“The seven valleys“, Rose Issa Projects, London
“Journeys through our heritage-Revisiting lebanese modern artists“, BEC, Beirut
“Le théorème de Néfertiti“, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris
“L’insondable surface“, CCF, Beirut
2012“Teas with Nefertiti“, Mathaf-Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Katar/Quatar
“Art is the answer!“, Boghossian Foundation, Brüssel/Brussels
Salonlöwen im Kleinformat“, CundKunterwegs, zu Gast im Luftraum, Berlin
2011„Museumsbauhütte II”, werkbundarchiv – museum der dinge, Berlin
“Caravan“, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate/United Arab Emirates
“Rebirth “, Beirut Exhibition Center (BEC), Beirut
“Art Chicago”, Wilde Gallery, Chicago
2010“Slick10”, Wilde Gallery, Paris
“Scope”, Wilde Gallery, New York
“Still lives-Still alive”, Rafia Gallery, Damaskus
2009Inventory # 2”, WILDE Gallery, Berlin
“Heldenhaft”, Auto-i-DAT AG. Zürich
“Und dann und wann ein weißer Elefant”, Kunst und Zoologie, Kunstverein Schwimmhalle Schloss Plön, Germany
“Scope Basel”, Wilde Gallery, Basel
“high in the Sky”, UdK, Berlin
“Querschläge”, Klasse Burkhard Held, Schloss Oberhausen, Germany
„Out of Place”, Künstler aus dem Libanon in der Diaspora. Galerie Nord, Berlin
“Zimmer mit Aussicht”, Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin
2008“Red Dot”, Wilde Gallery, New York
“Aus dem Kontext”, Masterarbeiten 07/08, Universität der Künste,
Berlin
“Showdown! Klasse Burkhard Held”, Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin
“Toronto International Art Fair”, Wilde Gallery, Toronto
“Museumsbauhütte”, Zwölf künstlerische Museen und Museumsentwürfe, werkbundarchiv – museum der dinge, Berlin
2007„Fremdgehen“, Klasse Held in Halle, Galerie im Volkspark, Halle, Germany
„Dialoggeneraci Berlin-Prag“, Galerie Diamant, Tschechien/Czech Republic
2006„Meisterschülerpreis Ausstellung“, Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin
„7ème triennale mondaile“, Chamlières, Frankreich/France
Sammlungen/Collections
Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate/United Arab Emirates
British Museum, London
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
Audi Bank Collection, Beirut
Saradar Collection, Beirut
Collection Solidere Beirut sowie internationale Privatsammlungen and international private collections
Bibliografie/Bibliography (ausgewählt/selected)
2014Mohamad-Said Baalbaki, in: Nofretete-tête-à-tête, hrsg. von/ed. Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst, München, S. 209-211
2013Mohamad-Said Baalbaki, in: Le théorème de Néfertiti, hrsg. von/ed. Institut du monde arabe, Paris, S. 168-171
„Once upon a butterfly“, hrsg. von/ed. Anima Gallery, Doha
2012Mohamad-Said Baalbaki, in: Augenweiden, Positionen zeitgenössischer Kunst, hrsg. von/ed. Vattenfall Europe AG (Holding) (Berlin), Heidelberg
2010Still Lives – Still Alive, hrsg. von/ed. Rafia Gallery, Damaskus
2009„A Heap of Broken Images…”, hrsg. von/ed. Solidere, Beirut
2006Baal. Meisterschülerpreisträger 2006, hrsg. von/ed. Universität der Künste Berlin