Galerie Nagel Draxler

Abdulnasser Gharem

Biography

ABDULNASSER GHAREM

geboren / born 1973 in Khamis Mushait, Saudi Arabia
lebt und arbeitet / lives and works in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

EDUCATION / AUSBILDUNG

1992  graduation from King Abdulaziz Military Academy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1993  Leader Institute, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1995-2003  Lieutenant Colonel in the Saudi Arabian army
2003  Study of Fine Arts at Al-Meftaha Arts Village, Abha, Saudi Arabia
2013  Founding of Gharem Studio – non-profit arts organisation offering artist residencies

ÖFFENTLICHE SAMMLUNGEN / PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The British Museum, London, UK
V&A Museum | London, UK
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, USA
Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
Greenbox Museum, Amsterdam, Holland
The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Culture & Information, Saudi Arabia
BASMOCA: Basma Al Sulaiman Museum of Contemporary Art, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
The Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE
Nadour Collection, Germany
The Jameel Foundation
The Farook Collection
The Farjam Collection
Kamel Lazaar Foundation

EINZELAUSSTELLUNGEN (AUSWAHL) / SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2018
“Suversive Forms of Social Sculpture” (with Heimo Zobernig), Sharjah Art Museum, UAE

2017
“Abdulnasser Gharem: Pause”, LACMA, Los Angeles, USA

2014
“The Awakening”, Ayyam Gallery, Dubai, UAE

2013
“Edge of Arabia”, Ayyam Gallery, London, UK
“Abdulnasser Gharem”, Side by Side Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2010
“Restored Behaviour”, XVA Gallery, Dubai, UAE (17 Jan- 10 Mar)

2006
“The Path”, King Fahd Art Village, Abha, Saudi Arabia

2004
“The White Tongue Who Speaks Slowly”, King Fahad Art Village, Abha, Saudi Arabia
“Who Keeps Watching the Sun (Sunflower field)”, Death Mattered – Attileh, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

2003
“Mute”, Attileh, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
“UN Inspector”, Attileh, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

GRUPPENAUSSTELLUNGEN (AUSWAHL) / GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2019
“New Glass Now”, The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY. (12 May 2019 – 5 January 2020)
“The Safe”, Art Basel Unlimited, Basel.

2017
“Desert to Delta: Contemporary Saudi Art in Memphis”, Art Museum of University of Memphis, TL, USA
“Memories of a Journey Hajj”, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE
“Cities of Conviction: Contemporary Saudi Art in Salt Lake City”, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
“EPICENTER X: Contemporary Saudi Art Detroit”, Arab American National Museum Dearborn, MI, USA
“Glasstress”, Palazzo Franchetti, Venice, Italy

2016
“Phantom Punch: Contemporary Saudi Art in Lewiston”, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine, USA
“Generat#ion”, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, California, USA
“Gonzo Arabia: Contemporary Saudi Art in Aspen”, Boogie’s Retail, Aspen, Colorado, USA
“Parallel Kingdom”, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, TX, USA
“Illumination, New Contemporary Art at the Louisiana”, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark

2015
“Saudi Art Contemporary”, Chalet Saqqarah, Gstaad, Switzerland
“Ricochet”, Asia House Gallery, London, UK

2014
“View fron inside: Contemporary Arab Photography”, FotoFest, Houston, Texas, USA
“Word and Illumination”, Le Meridien Medina Hall, Madinah, Saudi Arabia

2013
“Arab Contemporary”, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
“A Generation In Waiting”, Side by Side Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2012
“Light from the Middle East: New Photography”, V & A; Albert Museum, London
“La voce delle immagini”, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
“#COMETOGETHER”, Edge of Arabia, London
“Arab Express: The Latest Art From the Arab World”, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
“Porta dell”Oriente”, Roma Contemporary, Italy
“Bending History”, Katara Galleries, Doha Qatar
“Hajj, Journey to the Heart of Islam”, British Museum, London
“Edge of Arabia”, Al Furusia Marina, Jeddah
Contemporary Istanbul, Turkey

2011
“Political Patterns”, ifa-Galerie, Berlin
“The Future of a Promise: Contemporary Art from the Arab World”, Magazzini del Sale, 54th Venice Biennale
“The Bravery of Being Out of Range”, Athr Gallery, Jeddah
“The New Middle East”, Willem Baars Projects, Amsterdam
“Edge of Arabia Dubai: TERMINAL”, Building 9, Gate Village, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai
“Uppers & Downers”, Traffic, Dubai
“Nujoom: Constellations of Arab Art from The Farjam Collection”, The Farjam Collection @ DIFC, Dubai
“I Don’t Need Your Money Honey All I Need is Love”, Traffic, Dubai

2010
“Edge of Arabia Istanbul: TRANSiTION”, Sanat Limani, Antrepo 5
“Opening the Doors: Collecting Middle Eastern Art”, Abu Dhabi Art
“CAVE: Contemporary Arab Video Encounter”, Maraya Arts Centre, Sharjah
“Emerging Asian Artists”, Gwangju Biennale
“Edge of Arabia Berlin: Grey Borders/Grey Frontiers” Soho House, Berlin
“Fuck Ups, Fables and Fiascos”, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin
“Edge of Arabia World Tour Launch”, Global Competitiveness Forum, Riyadh
“Taswir: Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity”, Martin Gropius-Bau, Berlin

2009
“The 28th Annual Exhibition”, Gulf Fine Arts Society, Sharjah
“Edge of Arabia Venice”, Palazzo Polignac, 53rd Venice Biennale

2008
“Edge of Arabia London: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia”, SOAS Brunei Gallery, University of London

2007
“Still Life: Art, Ecology and the Politics of Change”, Sharjah Biennial 8

2006
“Son of Aseer”, Al-Meftaha Arts Village, Abha

2004
“Shattah”, Atelier Gallery, Jeddah

Bibliography

Catalogues

Jameel, Porter, King, Stapleton, Al-Turki. Edge of Arabia: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia (London: Booth Clibborn, 2012)

Porter, Venetia. Hajj, journey to the heart of Islam (London: Harvard University Press, 2012)

Hemming, Henry. Abdulnasser Gharem: Art of Survival (London: Booth-Clibborn, 2011)

Lazaar, Lina and Downey, Anthony. The Future of a Promise (London: Ibraaz, 2011)

Articles

2019

Basciano, Oliver: "Who are the regional artists exhibiting at Art Basel this
year?", The National, June 11, 2019.

Proctor, Rebecca Anne: "10 of the Buzziest Artists at Art Basel 2019", Galerie Magazine, June 14, 2019.

Bloch, Werner: "Ein steriler Ort des Schreckens", Zeit Online, 15. Juni 2019.

Heim, Christoph: "An dieser Klagemauer scheiden sich die Geister", Basler Zeitung, 14. Juni 2019.

Simon, Stefan: "Messe für die Superreichen", Südkurier, 13. Juni 2019.

Russeth, Andrew: "Art Basel’s Unlimited Section: By the Numbers", Artnews, June 14, 2019.

Proctor, Rebecca Anne: "Highlights From Art Basel: 14 Middle Eastern Artists", Harper's Bazaar Arabia, June 19, 2019.

Gropp, Rose-Maria: "Das Schaufenster zur Welt", Frankfurter Allgemeine, 14.Juni 2019.

Lorch, Catrin: "Im Limbo", Süddeutsche Zeitung, 14. Juni 2019.

Buesing, Nicole und Klaas, Heiko: "Kunst zwischen laut und leise", Dare, 13. Juni 2019.

Brown, Kate: "A Saudi Artist Is Debuting a Daring New Work About Murdered Dissident Journalist Jamal Khashoggi at Art Basel", Artnet, June 11, 2019.

Batycka, Dorian: "Imagining the Last Moments of Murdered Journalist Jamal Khashoggi", Hyperallergic, June 27, 2019.