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Simone Fattal solo show at MoMA PS1

Simone Fattal, Man and his shadow, 2009; Courtesy of the artist and Kaufmann Repetto, Balice Hertling, Karma International

From March 31 to September 2, 2019, MoMA PS1 presents Works and Days the first solo museum exhibition in the United States of the work of Simone Fattal (Lebanese and American, b. 1942). Curated by Ruba Katrib, this retrospective brings together a selection of over 100 abstract and figurative ceramic sculptures, paintings and collages created over the last 40 years. Drawing from a range of sources including war narratives, landscape painting, ancient history, mythology, and Sufi poetry, these works explore the impact of displacement as well as the politics of archeology and excavation.

Simone Fattal currently lives in Paris and has had recent exhibitions at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech (2018), the Rochechouart Departmental Museum of Contemporary Art (2017) and the Sharjah Art Foundation (2016).

She was born in Damascus, Syria and raised in Lebanon, where she studied philosophy at the Ecole 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 locally until the start of the Lebanese Civil War. She fled Lebanon in 1980 and settled in California, where she founded the Post-Apollo Press, a publishing house dedicated to innovative and experimental literary work. In 1988, she enrolled in a course at the Art Institute of San Francisco, which prompted a return to her artistic practice and a newfound dedication to sculpture and ceramics. Fattal currently lives in Paris and has had recent exhibitions at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech (2018), the Rochechouart Departmental Museum of Contemporary Art (2017) and the Sharjah Art Foundation (2016).
 


Major support is provided by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art. Additional funding is provided by the MoMA PS1 Annual Exhibition Fund and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

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