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The Default Brain
Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, solo exhibition
September 1 till October 14, 2022

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Dragonfly Meets Faun
Group show with Heidi Bucher and Vaslav Nijinsky at Curuna Ardez
Till September 11, 2022

Le Musée des Moulages, Paris
An installation by Sophie Delpeux and Marc Bauer.
Till November 30, 2022

Gilda Lavia, Rome
The Truce, solo exhibition.
Marc's first solo exhibition at Gilda Lavia gallery revolves around the body and its vulnerability. Presenting a series of new works created for the exhibition, Marc reflects on what are the strategies to protect the body, using symbolic elements of the past such as armour, the images we engrave on them and which have the role of talismans, and again to the symbolic images that we draw on our skin, images that will protect us, that will drive away the enemies and give us power.
May 21 till July 30, 2022

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Gilda Lavia Gallery. Photo Giorgio Benni
Boy and the Damned, 2022, pencil and pastel on paper, cm 106 x 145. Photo Giorgio Benni


Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau
Davor · Darin · Danach - Die Sammlung im Wandel, group exhibition.
The collection of the Aargauer Kunsthaus is growing steadily and today consists of over 20,000 pieces of Swiss art dating from the 18th century to the present day. The exhibition Davor · Darin · Danach offers glimpses into this extensive public collection of Swiss art and encourages encounters and new discoveries.
May 15 till August 7, 2022

Marc Bauer, Sphinx, 1931, 1935 / 1947, 2014, charcoal on wall


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Cazul101, Bucharest
For the victims of the war in Ukraine, Cazul101 initiated the Stop War project.

Cazul101 invited Nikita Kadan, Dan Perjovschi, Marc Bauer, SABA (Silvia Amancei and Bogdan Armanu), Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor, Adriana Preda, Vitaly Bespalov, Ștefan Sava and Ciprian Mureșan to take part in this project in order to raise money for Ukrainians affected by this war.

Each artist reinterpreted the “Stop War” message in their own manner, the resulting artworks are available for sale starting April 14th. The total amount raised will be donated to a humanitarian organisation that helps war victims in Ukraine.

If you’re interested to acquire one or more pieces by these wonderful artists write an email to Robert Bajenaru of Cazul101.

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Installation view <em>Stop War</em>, Cazul 101, Bucharest. Photo Catalin Georgescu
Click on the image to see more installation views at Cazul 101, photo Catalin Georgescu


Congo Biennale, Kinshasa
In March 2022 Marc made a research trip to Kinshasa for his participation in the Congo Biennale, 16 September till 23 October, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. The Biennale is themed The breath of the ancestors and will be held at different venues in Kinshasa. Marc was invited by Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo.

Click on the image below to see some impressions of the trip.

Kin Art/Studio
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Keteleer Gallery, Antwerp
Second Wind 2021, solo exhibition
The title of the exhibition is ambiguous in many ways. In first instance, Second Wind clearly refers to the recurrent motive of the athlete pausing to catch his breath. In the face of enduring exertion, athletes can suddenly experience a new burst of energy just when it feels they had spent it all. Instantly the exhaustion is swept away, like a faint memory and the race seems to begin anew.

But the title also refers to finding new energy on a more existential level. Bauer refers to the global pandemic, where we have paused and started again and again. We have been confronted with ourselves while our patience was pushed to the limits. Every time however, we found a second, third and fourth wind in the face of a second, third and fourth wave.
23 October till 27 December, 2021

See the exhibition at Keteleer Gallery here.

Exhaustion; Lust, 2021. Charcoal on canvas mounted on Dibond, 200 cm x 155 cm. Oil painting on canvas, 70 cm x 50 cm


Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Los locos años veinte, group exhibition
The 1920s were a decade of both progression and backlash. A catastrophic World War followed by a pandemic with remarkable parallels to the current coronavirus crisis awakened people’s thirst for life. At no time in the 20th century was the desire for change more intense.

The exhibition places movements such as Bauhaus, Dada, and New Objectivity, as well as design and architecture icons in dialogue, revealing the formal diversity that characterised those transformative years.

The result is an illustrative spectrum of some 300 works divided into narrative chapters. Invited contemporary artists who explicitly engage with the formal language and themes of the 1920s bridge the gap to the present day.

Audio guide to Marc's work The Snake on the Ground / Mnemosyne in Spanish

The exhibition is a cooperation between Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Kunsthaus Zürich, curators: Cathérine Hug and Petra Joos

Guggenheim Bilbao
The Snake on the Ground / Mnemosyne, 2020. Installation, 3 paintings, oil on canvas, 130 x 90 cm on wall drawing (charcoal and pastel)


Publication, FRAC Auvergne
White Violence – on domination, displacement and populism. This monographic catalogue/artist book includes the work cycle Mal-Ȇtre / Performance. The work in this cycle started in 2018 and was show at Drawing Room, London. De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill on Sea and ended at the FRAC Auvergne.

EDITOR   Marc Bauer and Jean-Charles Vergne
LANGUAGE   French/English
FORMAT   24 × 30 cm
FEATURES   192 pages, hardcover
DESIGN   Vincent van der Marck
ISBN   978-2-907672-31-3
RELEASE   February 2020
PRICE   € 19

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White Violence

FRAC Auvergne, Clermont Ferrand
The exhibition in the is still closed because of the pandemic but now you can visit the exhibition in virtual reality.The experience is specially made for mobile phone. Click here to enter the show


FRAC Auvergne, Clermont Ferrand
L’État de la mer (Lame de fond, 2011-2020), solo exhibition.
Marc’s exhibition at the FRAC Auvergne closes a cycle of 3 exhibitions that began in the Drawing Room, London (2018) and came to the FRAC via a second stop in De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea.

These 3 shows continue the reflection on the question of the interpretation of historical events. With The State of the Sea and the publication White Violence, the historical perspective is resolutely more frontal because it is more current, turned towards the violence of the migratory tragedy we are witnessing.
The starting point for this project was an image that appeared on June 12, 2018 in the newspaper Le Parisien. It showed the Aquarius ship rescuing migrants from the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. From this document, Marc Bauer undertook extensive research, scouring art history in search of shipwrecks and maritime dramas, establishing links between then and now to point to contemporary violence by highlighting it through its historical precedents.

March 3 till June 13, 2021

The publication White Violence encapsulates the three exhibitions and the body of work Marc made in the past three years and is available from Frac Auvergne here

White Violence: an Index of Torture, charcoal on canvas, 2,80 m x 10,60 m, 2021. Installation view Frac Auvergne, photo Ludovic Combe


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Publication, Berlinische Galerie and Distanz Verlag
To refine the themes covered by the exhibition, this publication delves deeper in the specific themes and contains a conversation between Marc Bauer and Sibylle Berg. Thomas Kuratli / Pyrit, who composed the sound scape, shares an email from lockdown in Paris. The book also includes interviews with internet pioneer Alan Emtage and AI authority Luca Maria Gambardella.
Guido Faßbender wrote an extensive essay about this installation and work of Marc Bauer. Thomas Köhler wrote an introduction of this show and the work of Marc.

EDITOR   Marc Bauer and Berlinische Galerie
LANGUAGE   German/English
FORMAT   21 × 27 cm
FEATURES   208 pages, 13 color images and 101 b/w images, Hardcover
DESIGN   Vincent van der Marck
ISBN   978-3-95476-363-4
RELEASE   October 2020
PRICE   € 38

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Soundscape by Thomas Kuratli/Pyrit
Pyrit composed the soundscape that accompanies Marc’s exhibition The Blow-Up Regime. The soundscape fills the spaces of the Berlinische Galerie and seems to move from work to work. Echoes of memories coming from the walls appear to make the works of the exhibition breath with slow deep breaths.

Drawn from his love of electronica, dark wave and kraut, Pyrit creates songs and soundscapes of a futuristic world. Desires, questions and anxiety melted together into one musical entity, into Pyrit’s own cosmos – a unique, experimental, electronic and dark Populärmusik.

The album The Blow-Up Regime is now available on BandcampSpotify and iTunes.

Website of exhibition The Blow-Up Regime now online
The Blow-Up Regime, Marc's solo exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie has a dedicated website. It is now online, with music from Pyrit. With information about the cooperation with author Sibylle Berg and internet pioneer Alan Emtage and much more.


Berlinische Galerie
The Blow-Up Regime solo exhibition
For this exhibition Bauer dealt with the history and current impact of the Internet. He sketches the portrait of a society that is in a state of upheaval due to digitalisation and accelerated technical progress.
After a wide-ranging research into the history of the Internet, from the first computers to the present day, the central theme surfaced: how the omnipresent digitalisation influences our perception of reality, the individual and society.
This resulted in new, suggestive narratives composed of historical events and fictional elements. For The Blow-Up Regime Marc Bauer developed a multimedia concept for the first large exhibition hall of the Berlinische Galerie. The exhibition is an interplay of room-high, monumental wall drawings, supplemented by a soundtrack, drawings on paper pinned to the wall, and digitised drawings on e-paper displays distributed throughout the room.

The Blow-Up Regime, Parade, color pen and pencil on paper, 42 cm × 30 cm, 2020


Presentation film, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea
5 minute film by James Cosens about the exhibition Marc Bauer: Mal Être / Performance at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Sea.


Prix Meret Oppenheim, the Swiss Grand Award for Art 2020
Official film of the Prix Meret Oppenheim.


Prix Meret Oppenheim, the Swiss Grand Award for Art 2020
Interview on SRF (Swiss radio and television) on the occasion of Marc winning the Prix Meret Oppenheim 2020. Additional text in German and images on the site of SRF.


Untitled, Boy with Rabbit, pencil on paper, 2007


Istituto Svizzero, Milan
Mi piace Commenta Condividi, A Rhetorical Figure, solo exhibition at the Istituto Svizzero, Milano.
From February 14 to March 21, 2020 Reopened from June 4 to July 24, 2020


Animation film
The Architect, short animation film, 27 minutes, 2012.
The Architect is an animated silent movie, from an original script, by Marc Bauer. The music is specially composed and performed by the French band Kafka.
The movie opens with quotes from the film Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des grauens (1922) by F. W. Murnau. Then moves to Berlin 1922 where at the premiere of Nosferatu, a boy frightened by the images, in a state of terror, has a vision about his future; The boy and his alter ego experience the Second World War and its consequences. The epilogue, shows F.W. Murnau in 1931 driving away from Hollywood, crashing his car on the way to Santa Barbara. Just before the car crashes, Murnau too, has a vision about the future. He sees WWII precisely how it happened. The vision of the boy is a poetic version of the events, Murnau’s vision, although in the colourful ’New World’, is the dark reality of what happened.

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Istituto Svizzero, Milan
News item on the RTS evening news about the exhibition Mi piace Commenta Condividi, A Rhetorical Figure in Milan.
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Marc Bauer: Mal Être / Performance, solo exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill On Sea.
From February 1 till November, 2020


GASAG Kunstpreis 2020
a jury consisting of Julian Charrière, Andreas Fiedler, KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Dr Thomas Köhler and Dr Stefanie Heckmann, Berlinische Galerie, Dr Christina Landbrecht, Schering-Stiftung, Birgit Rieger, Tagesspiegel and Dr Julia Wallner, Georg Kolbe Museum. Selected Marc as recipient of the GASAG Art Prize 2020.

The prize includes a solo exhibition in the Berlinische Galerie.


Marc Bauer: Mal Être / Performance, article in The Fourdrinier, October 2019.

Mal Être / Performance, solo exhibition at Drawing Room, London.
From September 13 to November 17, 2019

AAAARGH!!! Do you see my rage!... A Recollection of Desire and Annihilation
Detail, 2019. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Peter Kilchmann
Group exhibition at Migros Museum, Zurich.
From August 31 to November 10, 2019

Exhibition view Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, photo: Lorenzo Pusterla
United by AIDS, group exhibition at Migros Museum, Zurich.
From August 31 to November 10, 2019

Affecting, group exhibition at Gilda Lavia gallery, Rome. with Marc Bauer, Gabriella Ciancimino and Oscar Giaconi.
From July 1 to September 27 2019

White Violence: an Index of Torture, 2019, wall drawing, charcoal, 8,58 meter by 3,39 meter
From July 5 to September 15 at Chapelle Sainte-Tréphine, Pontivy.

White Violence: an Index of Torture, 2019, wall drawing, charcoal, 8,58 meter by 3,39 meter
From July 5 to September 15 at Chapelle Sainte-Tréphine, Pontivy.

Group exhibition from 28.02.2019 till 13.04.2019 in the Athens Conservatoire. Organised by The Schwarz Foundation and curated by Katerina Gregos

Photography: Joachim Werkmeister.
Les Trépassés, wall drawing, charcoal on wall, 4,70m x 16,40m, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Peter Kilchmann.
Auto fictions – Contemporary drawing from 17 November 2018 till 24 February 2019. Wilhelm-Hack-Museum in Ludwigshafen.

Series of drawings, detail, 2018

Marc Bauer's mural at Museum Folkwang Essen, 2014

Marc Bauer at the 21st Biennale of Sydney, curated by artistic director Mami Kataoka
From 16 March till 11 June 2018, works of 70 artists and artist collectives will be shown in different locations around Sydney.

At the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Bauer presents a commissioned installation featuring Arsenal, Shipyard, Brest, Brittany, France, 2018, a site-specific wall drawing, alongside A Brief History of Emancipation, 2018, a series of works on paper, and Diary, Madam F.C., 2017, sixty pieces of hand-made faience.

Bauer’s installation is inspired by interviews conducted in Quimper and Brest, two towns located in Brittany, France. Bauer spoke to women who worked at a naval shipyard, a fish processing plant, and a ceramics factory and painting atelier, from 1960 to 1990; places of employment where the workforce was largely dominated by men.
The ceramic installation relates a fictional narrative about a woman who worked in a shipyard in Brest – a location well known for the construction of French Army warships. Bauer has hand-painted the pots, plates and other ceramic objects with monochromatic images and text that reveal intimate vignettes of everyday domesticity. The accompanying works on paper and site-specific wall drawing provide context derived from the lives of the women Bauer interviewed; articulating their struggle for emancipation and better working conditions.

Bauer uses found images as a starting point for drawings realised as site-specific installations that combine works on paper with illustrations rendered directly onto the walls of the gallery space. While Bauer may take inspiration from a photograph of a historical event, a film still, or an image found on the internet, his drawings are not an exact replication or facsimile. Rather than duplicating a photograph, Bauer instead develops it into something else. Drawing from memory, he creates a world complete with fictional characters and narratives, embedding them in a familiar representation; allowing the viewer to witness an alternative existence through the subjective lens of his own experience.

Text by the Biennale of Sydney

Marc Bauer at the 21st Biennale of Sydney. 16 March - 11 June 2018

AVONDLAND. Solo exhibition at Deweer Gallery: 07 FEBRUARY - 11 MARCH 2018

Article in French: October 2017, article in Le Temps

Article: September 2017, article on

Solo exhibition at Galerie Peter Kilchmann
An unser Schicksal von Heute und Morgen
Opening February 24, 2017

Image copyrights, Francisco Paco Carrascosa and the city of Zurich
Wall drawings for Kunst am Bau at Triemli hospital Zurich.

Marc Bauer

Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Architecture, Universität, Architektur, university, Prix Meret Oppenheim, Schweizer Grand Prix Kunst, Grand Prix Suisse d’Art Marc Bauer exhibition at Galerie Peter Kilchmann artist Marc Bauer's biography at Galerie Peter Kilchmann