SAID BAALBAKI
“SEHN-SUCHT”
SEPTEMBER

SAID BAALBAKI – SEHN-SUCHT

SEHN-SUCHT
Malerei /Painting
7. September – 19. Oktober 2019/September 7 – October 19, 2019
Vernissage: Freitag, 6. September 2019, 19-21 Uhr/Opening: Friday, September 6, 2019, 7-9 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Said Baalbaki, Sisyphos/Kohle II (Detail), 2019, Öl auf Leinwand/oil on canvas, 27 x 21 cm

Said Baalbaki, Sisyphos/Kohle II, 2019, Öl auf Leinwand/oil on canvas, 27 x 21 cm
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In our 3rd exhibition with the German-Lebanese, Said Baalbaki, the artist returns completely to painting. Baalbaki, who has realized large-scale conceptual research projects in addition to his painterly oeuvre, has devoted the last five years to his “Jussuf Abbo Project”, the reconstruction of the life and work of the Palestinian-Jewish sculptor who lived in Berlin in the 1920s. Now, if one takes the etymology of the Middle High German word “sensuht” as a basis, he felt a “painful desire” to become creatively active again with oil paint and canvas. In his studio he came across, among other things, an old charcoal painting; he now takes up this motif again and places it in new painterly contexts.

All pictorial themes are based on the most diverse web of relationships: art historical, political and personal. In “Sisyphos”, the figure carries black coal on her back. Baalbaki connects here one of his first perceptions after his arrival in Berlin, the smell of coal, with the childhood memory of construction workers who carried their material in this way. Universal is the question of the meaning and meaninglessness of everyday life, but also of artistic creation. If one follows the interpretation of Camus’ Sisyphos myth, the painter is a happy man who recognizes his freedom in accepting the daily struggle and not his punishment. Inspired by the copper engraving “The Beekeepers” by Pieter Bruegel (the Elder), Baalbaki is interested on the one hand in the form, colour and feel of the beehive, which reminds him of the mud houses of his homeland, and on the other the critical aspects he draws from this figure. For Baalbaki, both the beekeeper and the bee colony are metaphors with which he questions the social and historical structures of both his homeland and his home of choice. But with all the social-critical allusions inherent in his painting, the actual goal is to paint a good picture. To this end, the artist, as a self-determined Sisyphus, sets out again every day in the studio, driven by a yearning that ultimately cannot be satisfied.

Born 1974 in Beirut, lives and works in Berlin; 1994-1998 studies at the Institut des Beaux-Arts Beirut; 2000-2001 at the Khalid Shoman Foundation, Darat al Funun in Amman with Marwan (Summer Academy); 2002-2005 at University of Arts (UdK) Berlin; 2006-2008 studies at UdK, Institute of Art in the Context. Collections et al.: Kunstsammlung Deutscher Bundestag, Berlin; Sammlung Till Richter Museum, Buggenhagen, Germany; British Museum, London; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; Collection Solidere, Sursock Museum and Saradar Collection, Beirut.

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
2019„Sehn-Sucht", C&K Galerie, Berlin
2018„Jussuf Abbo - The Sculptor in the Bedouin Tent“, Agial Art Gallery, Beirut
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
2019“Die haben einen Vogel - Die Vogelmänner von Istanbul" 30 Jahre Galeristin, eine Jubiläumsausstellung von Christiane Bühling-Schultz, C&K Galerie, Berlin
2018„I come from the Mountains", Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zürich, Schweiz/Switzerland
„Kultur im Gepäck", Spektrale 8, Kulturkirche Luckau, Luckau, Germany
„Hommage à Marwan", Galerie Pankow, Berlin
2017„Wir nennen es Arbeit", Galleria Opere Scelte, Turin, Italien/Italy
„MALE/FEMALE", Till Richter Museum Schloss Buggenhagen International Contemporary Art, Buggenhagen, Germany
„Review", 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
Kunstsammlung Deutscher Bundestag, Berlin
Audi Bank Collection, Beirut
Saradar Collection, Beirut
Sursock Museum, 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