Simone Fattal

Artist Biography

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 work. In 1988 she enrolled 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 and works in Paris. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include: Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2023); KINDL, Berlin (2023); Ocean Space, Venice (2023); Portikus, Frankfurt (2023); Museum Fünf Kontinente  (2022); Fondazione Dalle Nogare, Bolzano (2022); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2021); ICA Milano, Milan (2021); Bergen Kunsthall (2020); MoMA PS1, New York (2019); Musée Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech (2018); and Sharjah Art Foundation (2016).

Significant group exhibitions include: Schinkel Pavillion and Bruecke Museum, Berlin (2023); 59th Venice Biennale, The Milk of Dreams (2022); Gropius Bau, Berlin (2022); Aïshti Foundation, Beirut (2022); 12th Berlin Biennale (2022); 16th Biennale de Lyon, France (2022); MAM – Musée d’art Moderne de Paris (2021); Punta Della Dogana, Pinault Collection, Venice (2019); New Museum, New York (2014); and Sharjah Biennial (2011).

Her work is in the collections of the Aïshti Foundation, Beirut; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris; Metropolitan Art Society, Beirut; mumok, Vienna; Musée Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech; National Museum of Qatar, Doha; Sharjah Art Foundation; Sursock Museum, Beirut; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

Simone Fattal is represented by Galerie Tanit Beirut.

Exhibitions
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Beirut Art Fair 2016

From September 15, 2016 to September 18, 2016

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MENART 2023

From February 3, 2023 to February 5, 2023

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Paper Trail
50 years
Collective Exhibition

From November 23, 2022 to December 23, 2022

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15 Years, Crossed Perspectives
Collective Exhibition

From November 4, 2022 to January 7, 2023

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ART DUBAI 2018

From March 21, 2018 to March 24, 2018

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MENART FAIR 2022

From May 18, 2022 to May 22, 2022 

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MENART FAIR 2021

From May 27, 2021 to May 30, 2021

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I Am One Acquainted With The Night
Collective Exhibition

From June 5, 2021 to September 25, 2021

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Un Bestiaire
Collective Exhibition

From September 9, 2021 to October 1, 2021

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Beirut Art Fair 2017

From September 21, 2017 to September 24, 2017

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Grès et Porcelaine
Simone Fattal

From June 24, 2014 to September 4, 2014

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La Reine de Tyr
Simone Fattal

From March 2, 2011 to April 20, 2011

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Féminités Plurielles
Collective Exhibition

From February 8, 2018 to April 5, 2018

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Something Blue
Collective Exhibition

From September 1, 2021 to September 12, 2021

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… كان يا مكان
Collective Exhibition

From February 16, 2022 to April 16, 2022

Simone Fattal News
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Simone Fattal : « Je fais des images qui ressemblent à celles d’une autre époque »
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Simone Fattal, Humbaba et Hathor au musée du Louvre
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"Congratulations to Simone Fattal for her participation in the 60th Venice Biennale, at the Holy See – Vatican Pavilion. Fattal will be part of the group exhibition With My Eyes curated by Chiara Parisi and Bruno Racine, taking place in the Giudecca Women’s Prison, along with Maurizio Cattelan, Bintou Dembélé, Claire Fontaine, Sonia Gomes, Corita Kent, […]"
Simone Fattal at the Holy See Pavilion, 60th Venice Biennale
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Simone Fattal’s “Leçons d’Artistes” at the Louvre Museum
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"Simone Fattal will deliver a series of lectures at the Louvre Museum. These three ‘Artist Lessons’ will be anchored in works from the Louvre’s Department of Near-Eastern Antiquities, which the artist, having unconsciously created works similar to those preserved in the collection, feels a particular affinity for. In these lectures, developed in conversation with Ariane […]"
"The Großer Kunstpreis Berlin 2024 (Berlin Art Prize – Grand Prize) will be awarded to the Damascus-born artist SIMONE FATTAL.     On behalf of the State of Berlin, the Akademie der Künste awards the prize, endowed with 15,000 euros, on an annual basis and in rotation among its six sections. The prize will be […]"
Simone Fattal awarded the 2024 Berlin Grand Art Prize
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