UNRWA, 2011-2013

Marwan Rechmaoui
UNRWA, 2011-2013
Mixed media installation
Dimensions variable
Installation view
Courtesy of Sfeir-Semler Gallery


Marwan Rechmaoui uses industrial materials such as concrete, rubber, tar and glass to create large scale tactile works. His works have primarily focused on local landmarks, such as A Monument for the Living, 2001, a replica of the Burj Al-Murr high-rise in downtown Beirut; never completed, the building served as a strategic military location during the Lebanese Civil War. A 2004 work, Beirut Caoutchouc, is composed of sixty pieces of rubber mats that fit together like a huge puzzle to make a complete map of Beirut.

Rechmaoui’s work has been shown in exhibitions in Lebanon and abroad, including the Musée Granet, Aixen-Provence, France (2013); Serpentine Gallery, London(2012); Saatchi Gallery, London (2009); Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland (2009); Musée d’art Contemporain de Nîmes, France (2008); Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium (2008); São Paulo Bienal, Brazil (2006) and the Sharjah Biennial(2005). In 1998, he had a solo show at Centre Culturel Français, Beirut.

This person is part of Sharjah Biennial 7 and 11


Rechmaoui, Marwan

De-miners 1

De-miners 1 is part of the series Found Objects, which depicts different cluster munitions that were collected after the 2006 war on Lebanon, as well as the crews that gathered them.

Rechmaoui, Marwan


Throughout his career, Marwan Rechmaoui has focused on mapping urban spaces, but in these works he concentrates on Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.