Marc Bauer

Switzerland 1975


Marc Bauer
Marc Bauer
January 1, 2017
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In the time when the art of drawing is enjoying a renewed appeal, Swiss artist Marc Bauer manages to create drawings that both captivate and intrigue. Memories and events represent the main inspirations for his pieces as the artist aims to explore how ideology power and media influence our personal memories. The artist’s technique is marked by using graphite and lithographic chalk to draw the subjects and objects of interest and then using the eraser to smear the imagery to create the sense of depth. The blurring technique created in opposition to the predetermined artistic rule that line is the defining element in a drawing, also provides his images with a unique painters quality.

Marc Bauer - Bismarck
Marc Bauer – Bismarck

Marc Bauer’s Artistic Practices

Marc Bauer was born on May 28, 1975 in Geneva, Switzerland. He graduated art from Ecole supérieure d’art visuel (now HEAD) in Geneva and later at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Throughout the years he developed a unique style of drawing reminiscent of documents from public archives or private family albums. Memory and history both collective and personal are recurrent topics in Marc Bauer drawings. This is visible in his early work that often featured images from his childhood and family albums interviewed with the portraits of power figures from that time. The artist’s explorations of history quickly spanned from personal to encompass a broader social and political issues. Marc Bauer produces his amazing artworks in black and white which contributes to the vintage photography look and feel of his imagery. Although his use of color is usually limited to black and white, Marc Bauer range of materials on which he draws is much more versatile and includes paper, aluminum, and interior walls but the artist is also known to step out of his comfort zone and create original ceramic vases and coated aluminum panels. His drawings vary in scale and are known to encompass several sheets of paper placed together to create massive art pieces but his drawings are often executed in small scale as well.

Drawings reminiscent of documents from public archives or private family albums

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Marc Bauer – Magda

Providing A Unique View on Public Archives Photograps and Family Albums

Marc Bauer usually creates his artworks in series. His exhibitions are composed of site-specific installations that incorporate the space of the exhibition into the composition of the work. The art venue gets covered with various studies used in the creation of larger works and unframed unaligned drawings often pinned directly onto the gallery walls. But Marc Bower solo shows are not limited to drawing only but also often include letters, projections of previous drawings, and real object presented on the art pieces. Additionally, the artist often paints murals on the gallery walls thus creating an optical illusion within the eye of the viewer. Recycling and recontextualization are also common in the artist’s work as he reuses artworks from his previous series to revisit old themes that are often presented in the new light.

Murals on the gallery walls create an optical illusion within the eye of the viewer

Marc Bauer Exhibition in Arles
Marc Bauer Exhibition in Arles

The Construction of Myths and Symbols in Contemporary Sculpture

The fact that Marc Bauer often creates artworks from photographs provides his pieces with a unique sense of stillness. The Swiss artist often creates images based on a variety of historical photographs including portraits of famous figures, school portraits, and intimate shots. These images draw attention to the fact that the person portrayed is conscious of being photographed. Through reconstruction of the images one line at the time, Marc Bauer references photography as a medium and its ability to capture the moment in time. Masculinity also represents and important topic in the artist’s works as he often portrays young man as his main characters. These teenage boys are marked with the appearance of latent violence and repressed homoerotic desires thus continuously exploring the meaning of masculinity. Films as a way of creating memory are also an inspiration for the Swiss artist who often uses imagery from movies such as Battleship Potemkin, Nosferatu or Planet or the Apes for instance to create his drawings. The artist’s film-inspired imagery explores the way movies create myths and symbols while simultaneously relying on the human ability to create vivid, moving narrative from static pieces. Marc Bauer is permanent lecturer painting and drawing at Zurich University of Arts. Marc Bauer exhibited his pieces in numerous venues around the globe including, FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, Marseille. Cinerama, 2015, Museum Folkwang, Essen 2014, Parcours Art Basel, 2013, Freymond-Guth Fine Arts, Zurich, 2013, La Station, Nice, 2012, Beirut Art Center, 2011, Museum Ostwall, Dortmund. Bild für Bild,2011 and a group exhibition at Frac Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, 2010. Marc Bauer’s artwork are a part of numerous public collections including the collection of Centre Pompidou, musée national d’art moderne, Paris, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco and Musée d’art de Pully, Lausanne.

Marc Bauer lives in Berlin and Zurich


  1. Anonymous., On Drawing & Memory: Interview with Marc Bauer, Liverpool Biennial [December 14,2016]
  2. Bauer, Marc History of Masculinity, attitudes, Geneva (2007)

Featured image : Marc Bauer – Portrait via
Images courtesy of the artist unless otherwise credited

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2016 A quoi tient la beauté des étreintesFrac Auvergne, Clermont-FerrandGroup
2016 Donations - Florence & Daniel Guerlain KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art, AalborgGroup
2016 Retour au meilleur des mondesFrac Auvergne, Clermont-FerrandGroup
2016 Nous pourrions danser ensembleBâtiment d’Art Contemporain (BAC), GenevaGroup
2016 Museum Revisited 1996–2016 Migros Museum, ZurichGroup
2016 UntitledRencontres d’Arles, Il y a de l’autreGroup
2015 Cinerama FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, MarseilleSolo
2015 Borrowed AlibisFreymond-Guth Fine Arts Ltd ZurichGroup
2015 Meeting PointKunstverein KonstanzGroup
2015 Meisterzeichnungen, 100 Jahre Grafische SammlungKunsthaus ZurichGroup
2015 Static Unfolding TimeDeweer Gallery, OtegemSolo
2015 EMPEROR ME Freymond-Guth Fine Arts Ltd, ZurichSolo
2015 Wall drawing Kaufleuten Restaurant, ZurichGroup
2015 Wall drawings on concrete and editions City hospital Triemli, ZurichGroup
2015 Drawing Biennial 2015Drawing Room, LondonGroup
2015 Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Skarhamn Donation Florence & Daniel Guerlain Centre Pompidou, Paris Group
2015 The Drawing Room IIDeweer Gallery, Otegem, Group
2015 Europa, die Zukunft der Geschichte Kunsthaus ZurichGroup
2015 Drawing Now: 2015 Albertina Museum, ViennaGroup
2015 The Bottom Line S.M.A.K, GhentGroup
2015 Hans-Purrmann-Preis 2015Kunstverein SpeyerGroup
2014-15 Wall drawing Folkwang Museum, EssenGroup
2014 CineramaFRAC Alsace, SélestatSolo
2014 Der Sammler, wall drawing Museum Folkwang, EssenSolo
2014 In the Past, OnlyLe Quartier, QuimperSolo
2014 Sacré 101 - An Exhibition Based on the Rite of Spring Migros Museum, ZurichGroup
2014 Docking StationAargauer Kunsthaus, AarauGroup
2014 A Needle Walks into a Haystack Liverpool BiennialGroup
2014 Le Salon ParticulierFreymond-Guth Fine Arts Ltd, ZurichGroup
2014 CineramaFRAC Auvergne, Clermont-FerrandSolo
2014 Donation Florence et Daniel Guerlain Centre Pompidou, ParisGroup
2013 Les Pléiades - 30 ans des FRACLes Abattoirs, ToulouseGroup
2013 Aubusson Tapestry Museum Melancholia I, Tapestry in cooperationGroup
2013FRAC Auvergne La Révolte et L’Ennui, curated and with interventions by Marc Bauer Group
2013 The Architect, Curated by Florence DerieuxParcours Art Basel,Group
2013 Le CollectionneurCentre Culturel Suisse, ParisSolo
2013 The Astronaut Freymond-Guth Fine Arts, ZurichSolo
2012 Pleins Pouvoirs, septembre La Station, NiceSolo
2012 Reality Manifestos, or Can Dialectics Break Bricks? Kunsthalle Exnergasse, ViennaGroup
2012 Nature as TerritoryKunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz, BaselSolo
2012 Der SammlerFreymond-Guth, ZurichSolo
2012 MIGROS Switzerland Künstlertragetasche Group
2012 Victoria bar, BerlinDer Sammler, space intervention Group
2012 The Beirut Experience II Villa Bernasconi, GenevaGroup
2012 Le ravissement mais l’aube, déjàMusée de Pully, with Sara Masüger, LausanneSolo
2011 Le réel est inadmissible, d’ailleurs il n’existe pas Centre d’Art du Hangar à Bananes, NantesSolo
2011 History of Masculinity III: The Great expectation of MRemap 3, AthensSolo
2011 Todtstell-ReflexeKunstmuseum St, GallenSolo
2011 RAL 7021, eine magnifique Reportage! Barbara Seiler Galerie, ZurichGroup
2011The Beirut Experience Beirut Art Center (BAC), Group
2011 The Secret GardenFreymond-Guth gallery, ZurichGroup
2011 Bild für BildMuseum Ostwall, DortmundGroup
2011 Acquisitions récentes, cabinet d’art graphiqueCentre Pompidou, ParisGroup
2011 Back to the FutureKunstmuseum St. GallenGroup
2011 In erster LinieKunstmuseums SolothurnGroup
2010 Where cuckoos nest in autumn, with Armen Eloyan and Sara Masüger SAL, BaselGroup
2010 Made in China Kunstmuseum Bern, BernGroup
2010 E la neve, e il trionfo Car Projects, BolognaSolo
2010 Premier conte sur le pouvoirMAMCO, GenevaSolo
2010 Célébration Frac Auvergne, Clermont-FerrandGroup
2010 Voici un dessin suisse (1990-2010) Musée Rath, GenevaGroup
2009 LAQUE Frac Auvergne, Clermont-FerrandSolo
2009 Documents Centre Culturel Suisse, ParisGroup
2009 Shifting IdentitiesCAC VilniusGroup
2008 THREE COLORS - REDXV Rohkunstbau, PotsdamGroup
2008 Shifting IdentitiesKunsthaus ZurichGroup
2008 Panorama TodtnaubergArt statements, Art 39 BaselSolo
2008 Gegen den StrichBielefelder KunstvereinGroup
2008 IntroKunsthaus ZurichGroup
2007 History of Masculinity, Epilogue attitudes, espace d’arts contemporains, GenevaSolo
2007 History of Masculinity IV, AbendlandPraz-Delavallade, ParisSolo
2007 Gegen mein Gehirn Elisabeth Kaufmann, ZurichSolo
2007 Drôles de jeFRAC Alsace, SelestatGroup
2007 Gegen Den Strich Künstlerhaus Bethanien, BerlinGroup
2007 Body as spectacleMMSU, Rijeka, CroatiaGroup
2006 Geschichte der Männlichkeit o.T. Raum für aktuelle Kunst, LuzernSolo
2006 Glaskultur Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea, San SebastiánGroup
2005 Buenos Días Santiago - an exhibition as expedition MAC, Santiago de ChileGroup
2005UntitledMary Mary Gallery, GlasgowGroup
2005 Eine kleine Geschichte der Infamie Nicolas Krupp, contemporary art gallery, BaselSolo
2005UntitledMesse Basel, Swiss AwardsGroup
2005 Overthrowing the King in his Own MindKunstmuseum SolothurnSolo
2004 TautologySMBA (Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam)Solo
2004 A Molecular History of Everything* ACCA (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art), MelbourneGroup
2004 Fürchte DichHelmhaus, ZurichGroup
2004UntitledMesse Base, Swiss AwardsGroup
2004 Summer PursuitsStore Galery, LondonGroup
2004 Happier Healthier Store Gallery LondonSolo
2003ArchéologiesGalerie Zürcher, Paris, Group
2003 Little triggersCohan Leslie & Brown Gallery, New YorkGroup
2003 20 Jahre Binz StiftungKunsthalle, ZurichGroup
2003 Lautloses irren, ways of worldmaking, tooPostbahnhof am Ostbahnhof, BerlinGroup
2001 Archeology attitudes, GenevaSolo
2000 Swiss RoomArt-Magazin, ZurichSolo

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