Marcel Dzama /   Marcel Dzama

Canada 1974

Painting, Drawing

Marcel Dzama
Marcel Dzama
December 21, 2014
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Marcel Dzama is a draughtsman, painter, and filmmaker best known for his fantastical pen-and-ink figure drawings. Born in 1974, in Winnipeg, Canada, he studied at the University of Manitoba, where he founded The Royal Art Lodge, a group of students dedicated to drawing and illustration. Dzama’s subject matter focuses on slender women, cowboys, talking trees, and animals, and he often uses a muted color scheme of earthy greens, reds, and browns. Inspired by the Surrealist and Dada movements, as well as fairy tales, Dzama combines whimsy with elements of dark humor, nightmare, and absurdity.

In films such as The Lotus Eaters and The Infidels, he creates a violent world of tree creatures, bears, and humanoid animals. One of his most recent works, a diorama titled Rebellion Lay in Her Way, 2011, uses wood, glass, and collage to create a chaotic world inspired by Victorian melodrama. Dzama has branched out into the commercial and entertainment industries, and has illustrated album covers and novels. He is known for providing the cover art to a number of major albums, notably The Else by They Might Be Giants, Guero by Beck and Reconstruction Site by The Weakerthans. His costume designs can also be seen in the music video for the Bob Dylan song “When the Deal Goes Down”, the N.A.S.A. song “The People Tree” and the Department of Eagles song “No One Does It Like You”, which he also co-directed. McSweeney’s has published two collections of his work, The Berlin Years in 2003, reprinted in 2006, and a follow-up, The Berliner Ensemble Thanks You All, in 2008.

Dzama Stories is a piece of music inspired by Marcel Dzama by composer Ed Bennett. It is music for amplified ensemble, electronics and improviser featuring Decibel and Paul Dunmall.

His work has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Kunsthalle Mannheim in Germany.

He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2015Marcel DzamaTravesia Cuatro , GuadalajaraSolo
2015Oh, Canada: Contemporary Art from North North AmericaGlenbow Museum, Calgary, ABGroup
2015Campeonato de GuadalajaraTravesia Cuatro - Guadalajara, GuadalajaraGroup
2015A man walks into a bar. . . . Me Collectors Room Berlin, BerlinGroup
2014Marcel Dzama - Une Danse des Bouffons (A Jester's Dance)David Zwirner, New York City, NYSolo
2014Marcel Dzama – Hollow LaughterKunstmuseum Thun, ThunSolo
2014Bäume in der zeitgenössischen KunstALTANA Kulturstiftung im Sinclair-Haus, Bad HomburgGroup
2014The Water Tank ProjectThe Water Tank Project, New York City, NYGroup
2014Additionen der Gegenwart - Zeitgenössische Kunst aus der Sammlung Frank HenseKunstmuseum Bochum, BochumGroup
2014Le Mur, La collection Antoine de GalbertLa Maison Rouge, ParisGroup
2014Esprit d'une collectionMusée des Beaux-Arts de Libourne, LibourneGroup
2014Not For All My Little WordsMarc Straus, New York City, NYGroup
2014J’En Veux Plus, Toujours Plus! And I Still Want More!Galerie Thomas Henry Ross Art Contemporain, Montreal, QCGroup
2013Marcel DzamaFeheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ONSolo
2013Marcel Dzama - Puppets, Pawns, and ProphetsDavid Zwirner Gallery, LondonSolo
2013SIGNS ON THE ROAD A GROUP EXHIBITION AT THE CAC MÁLAGA CAC Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Málaga, Málaga Group
2013Donation Florence Et Daniel GuerlainCentre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, ParisGroup
2013Theatrical FieldsBildmuseet, UmeåGroup
2013David Cronenberg: TransformationMuseum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, ONGroup
2013Why not live for Art? II - 9 collectors reveal their treasuresTokyo Opera City Art Gallery,TokyoGroup
2013Play Time - ARQUAMuseo Nacional de Arqueología Subacuática., CartagenaGroup
2013After The Royal Art LodgeDivision Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup
2013Après le Royal Art LodgeGalerie Division, Westmount, PQGroup
2013Sobre Papel On PaperCentro de Artes Visuales Helga de Alvear, CáceresGroup
2013Time Waits for UsGalleri Magnus Karlsson, StockholmGroup
2013The Spectacle of PlayArt Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ONGroup
2013The System of ObjectsDeste Foundation for Contemporary Art, AthensGroup
2013E as in Invisible, E as in Invincible, E as in DisappearSignal - Center for Contemporary Art,MalmöGroup
2013Une Vie À La GommeGaleria +R, BarcelonaGroup
2013After The Royal Art LodgeDivision Gallery, Montreal, QCGroup
2013Die gestundete ZeitSies + Höke, Dusseldorf Group
2013Painting Between the LinesWilliams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MAGroup
2013Sociétés secrètesMusée Alfred Canel , Pont-AudemerGroup
2013StargazerSven-Harrys Konstmuseum, StockholmGroup
2013Theatrical GesturesHerzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, HerzliyaGroup
2013Nunca jamás; historias de niños para adultosFundación Valentín De Madariaga, SevillaGroup
2012Marcel Dzama - Con razón o sin ella (With or Without Reason)CAC Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Málaga, MálagaSolo
2012Marcel Dzama: The End GameWorld Chess Hall of Fame, Saint Louis, MOSolo
2012Marcel Dzama - Touch of Evil (Un toque de maldad)Museo de Arte de Zapopan - Maz, ZapopanSolo
2012Marcel Dzama - A Game of ChessSies + Höke, DusseldorfSolo
201214th Post Cards From The EdgeCheim & Read, New York City, NYGroup
2012Private Kunstsammlungen MünsterDirector´s Choice - Kunsthalle Münster, MünsterGroup
2012The Best of EverythingElectric Works, San Francisco, CAGroup
2012Goyas ErbenOpelvillen, RüsselsheimGroup
2012Fairy Tales, Monsters and the Genetic ImaginationGlenbow Museum, Calgary, ABGroup
2012The persistence of memories; selections from the mosquera collectionBroward College’s New Gallery, Davie, FLGroup
2012Paper BandJason McCoy Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2012Freedom of AssemblyOakville Galleries, Oakville, ONGroup
2012Oh, CanadaMassachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art - MASSMoCA, North Adams, MAGroup
2012Geschichten zeichnen Erzählung in der zeitgenössischen GrafikMuseum Folkwang Essen,EssenGroup
2012Al Limite Dell’ombraGalleria In Arco, TurinGroup
2012Exquisite Corpses: Drawing and TrasfigurationMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
2012Intimate TheatreAgnes Etherington Art Center, Kingston, OntarioGroup
2011Prairie GothicMacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SKSolo
2011The never known into the forgottenKunstverein Braunschweig, BraunschweigSolo
2011Marcel Dzama (A Game of Chess)GeM - Museum voor Actuele Kunst, The HagueSolo
2011Behind every curtain  David Zwirner, New York City, NYSolo
2011Marcel Dzama - Behind Every Curtain David Zwirner, New York City, NYSolo
2011Radical DrawingPurdy Hicks Gallery, LondonGroup
2011DEAD_Lines - Der Tod in Kunst - Medien - AlltagGalerie der Stadt Remscheid, RemscheidGroup
2011DEAD_Lines - Der Tod in Kunst - Medien - AlltagVon der Heydt Museum, WuppertalGroup
2011Mars vs Venus: Images of Male and FemaleGreg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
2011Paintings Between the LinesCCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011A Paper TrailDe Warande, TurnhoutGroup
2011Colección Sánchez-Ubiría. Pulso XxiMuseo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo de Santander (MAS), SantanderGroup
2011My WinnipegLa Maison Rouge, ParisGroup
2011Inside Outside: States Of BeingCirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011The Donkey Prefers Garbage to GoldGalleri Magnus Karlsson, StockholmGroup
2011Tous cannibalesLa Maison Rouge, ParisGroup
2010Marcel DzamaMusée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QCSolo
2010Marcel Dzama - Delila's DanceGaleria Helga de Alvear, MadridSolo
2010I Believe in Miracles - 10thanniversary of the Lambert CollectionCollection Lambert, AvignonGroup
2010Small Works, Group ShowLora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2010Public Private PaintingsMu.ZEE, OostendeGroup
2010Public Private Paintings. 2000-2010: 10 jaar schilderkunst uit publieke en privécollecties in Vlaanderen en BrusselKunstmuseum Aan Zee, OostendeGroup
2010Ew NarrativeHeskin Contemporary, New York City, NYGroup
2010Today is yesterday tomorrowGalleri Magnus Karlsson, StockholmGroup
2010Human ConditionKunsthaus Graz, GrazGroup
2010Fresh ApplesHezi Cohen Gallery, Tel AvivGroup
201011. Triennale Kleinplastik - Larger Than Life - Stranger Than FictionTriennale Kleinplastik Fellbach, FellbachGroup
2010Six Days OnlyTrack 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2010Micropop & NipposuggestioniSpazio Xpo, MilanGroup
2010The Fate of IronyKAI 10 Raum für Kunst , DusseldorfGroup
2010Krieg (Individuum)Kunsthalle Münster, MünsterGroup
2010Here, There and EverywhereHilgerBROTKunsthalle, ViennaGroup
2010Di-SegniGalleria Traghetto - Roma, RomeGroup
2010Neugierig? Kunst des 21. Jahrhunderts aus privaten SammlungenBundeskunsthalle, BonnGroup
2010CUE: Artists’ VideosVancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BCGroup
2009Marcel Dzama - The InfidelsSies + Höke, DusseldorfSolo
2009OpenZOYA Museum, ModraGroup
2009Que du papierGalerie Placido, ParisGroup
2009Huésped. Colección MUSAC en RosarioMuseo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario (MACRo),RosarioGroup
2009Moby DickCCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CAGroup
2009COLLAGE, LONDON NEW YORKFred [London] Ltd., LondonGroup
2009Huésped. Colección Musac en el MNBAMuseo Nacional de Bellas Artes - MNBA, Buenos AiresGroup
2009Summer Show Galerie Leu, MunichGroup
2009Draw The LineLora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2009Private UniversesDallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TXGroup
2009Wonderland Through the Looking GlassKunsthal KAdE, AmersfoortGroup
2009Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings CollectionMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
2009I Want You To Want MeMarx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CAGroup
2009Mi Vida – From Heaven to HellMucsarnok Kunsthalle, BudapestGroup
2009Private - Wuppertaler Sammler der GegenwartVon der Heydt Museum, WuppertalGroup
2009Nca selection - annual group show -Nichido Contemporary Art, TokyoGroup
2008Marcel DzamaPinakothek der Moderne, MunichSolo
2008Marcel Dzama - PrintsMegumi Ogita Gallery, TokyoSolo
2008Marcel Dzama: Even the Ghost of the Past David Zwirner, New York City, NYSolo
2008CentGalerie Defrost, ParisGroup
2008Eclectic Works: Recent Prints and Then SomeElectric Works, San Francisco, CAGroup
2008To Illustrate and Multiply: An Open BookMOCA Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CAGroup
2008Anatomie | les peaux du dessinCollection Florence et Daniel Guerlain - FRAC - Picardie,AmiensGroup
2008The Other Mainstream IIASU Art Museum - Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZGroup
2008Summer ShowTimothy Taylor Gallery, LondonGroup
2008Thoughts on PaperGreenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, SAGroup
2008Peter HennesseyGagprojects, Adelaide, SAGroup
2008Universal GroundWilde Gallery, BerlinGroup
2008Contes et passions Galerie Placido, ParisGroup
2008Drawing up a stormConfederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, PEGroup
2008Cult Fiction - Art and ComicsTullie House Museum, Carlisle, CumbriaGroup
2008Captive VisionsKlein Sun Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2007Marcel DzamaGalleri Magnus Karlsson, StockholmSolo
2007Marcel Dzama - Solo ExhibitTimothy Taylor Gallery, LondonSolo
2007Postcards from the Edge Benefit for Visual AIDSJames Cohan Gallery - New York, New York City, NYGroup
2007Cult FictionAberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth,Ceredigion, WalesGroup
2007Once upon a time... Today!Zonca & Zonca, MilanGroup
2007The Comic UncannyShaheen Modern and Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OHGroup
2007COMIXBRANDTS , OdenseGroup
2007ExistenciasMusac - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, LéonGroup
2007The royal art lodgeGalería espacio mínimo, MadridGroup
2007Group exhibitionPippy Houldsworth Gallery, LondonGroup
2007Cult FictionNottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, NottinghamGroup
2007Traum und Trauma - Werke aus der Sammlung Dakis Joannou, AthenKunsthalle Wien (Museumsquartier), ViennaGroup
2007Der Symbolismus und die Kunst der GegenwartVon der Heydt Museum, WuppertalGroup
2007Paper Baglady and Other StoriesTimothy Taylor Gallery, LondonGroup
2007Three Part Harmony: Definition, Delicacy, and Detail in DrawingCurator's Office, Washington, DCGroup
2007CitadelDavid Risley Gallery, CopenhagenGroup
2007Cult FictionThe New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, West MidlandsGroup
2007Into Me, Out of MeMACRO Testaccio (MACRO Future), RomeGroup
2007Hinter Den Sieben BergenPatricia Low Contemporary, GstaadGroup
2006Marcel Dzama Sies + Höke, Dusseldorf Solo
2006Marcel Dzama - Personal ShowIkon Gallery, BirminghamSolo
2006Marcel Dzama Works on Paper 1997-2005Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
2006Valencia Arte ContemporáneoIVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, ValenciaGroup
2006VACIVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, ValenciaGroup
2006INTO ME OUT OF MEKW Institute for Contemporary Art , BerlinGroup
2006On Line: Contemporary DrawingSonoma University Art Gallery, Rohnert Park, CAGroup
2006Gettings on mother´s nerves-psychological drama and contemporary drawingMother's Tankstation, DublinGroup
2006The Wonderful Fund - Collecting Art for the New Millenium Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, West SussexGroup
2006Marcel Dzama - Tree with Roots Erica Eyres - I Love You But I Hate YouCentre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Glasgow, ScotlandGroup
2006BestiaryRichard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2006Into me Out of meMoMA PS1, New York City, NYGroup
2006Los caprichosRizziero Arte, PescaraGroup
2006Goethe abwärts - deutsche Jungs etcMönchehaus Museum Goslar, GoslarGroup
2006Sound & VisionMuseo della Città, PerugiaGroup
2006The Royal Art Lodge: PreoccupationAliceday, BrusselsGroup
2006The Moving HandArt Gallery of Regina, Regina, SKGroup
2006The CollectiblesContemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Saint Louis, MOGroup
2006Parallel Visions II - Outsider and Insider Art TodayGalerie St. Etienne, New York City, NYGroup
2006Identity III -Annual Gallery's Collection ShowNichido Contemporary Art, TokyoGroup
2006New Prints 2006 WinterInternational Print Center New York, New York City, NYGroup
2006Peer Pleasure 1- Royal Art Lodge, Space 1026Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CAGroup
2006Storefront - National Gallery of CanadaMusée des beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa, ONGroup
2005Marcel Dzama - MAGASINCentre National d’art Contemporain de Grenoble, GrenobleSolo
2005Marcel Dzama - The Course of Human History Personified David Zwirner, New York City, NYSolo
2005Always crashing in the same carGalleri Susanne Ottesen, CopenhagenGroup
2005Looking at WordsAndrea Rosen Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2005Drawing NarrativeThe College of Wooster Art Museum, Wooster, OHGroup
2005Wonderful Fund CollectionMusée de Marrakech, MarrakechGroup
2005Main Space - Sobey Art Award 2004Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art,Toronto, ONGroup
2005DrawingsTomio Koyama Gallery, TokyoGroup
2005Dear New Girl or Whatever Your Name IsJack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2005Highlights - New AcquisitionsJohn Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2005The Sobey Award Touring Exhibition 2004Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BCGroup
2005Its Not about SexStephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2005CerealArtPerry Rubenstein Gallery - 526 West 24 street, New York City, NYGroup
2005XII. Rohkunstbau. Child´s PlayRohkunstbau, BerlinGroup
2005IBCA Biennale 2005IBCA - International Biennale of Contemporary Art, PragueGroup
2005Security Check Painting after RomanticismArndt & Partner - Berlin + Zurich, ZurichGroup
2005SurfaceLucas Schoormans Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2005Aus der Serie [3]K4 galerie, SaarbrückenGroup
2005Serpentine Musings - The Royal Art LodgeThe Douglas Hyde Gallery, DublinGroup
2005Estudio: Tres o cuatro historiasGaleria Helga de Alvear, MadridGroup
2005The Compulsive Line - Etching 1900 to NowMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
2005The Other Mainstream - Selections from the Collection of Mikki and Stanley WeithASU Art Museum - Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZGroup
2005LandingsSusan Inglett Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2004Marcel Dzama - Solo ExhibitTimothy Taylor Gallery, LondonSolo
2004Bears in My Room Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VASolo
2004InstintoGaleria Fúcares - Almagro, Almagro, Ciudad RealGroup
2004FUNNY CUTS - Cartoons und Comics in der zeitgenössische KunstStaatsgalerie Stuttgart,StuttgartGroup
2004The Royal Art Lodge: Ask the DustMOCA Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CAGroup
2004The Royal FamilyRichard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2004Diaries and DreamsUrsula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal-UnteröwisheimGroup
2004Comic Release - Arthouse at the Jones CenterContemporary Art for Texas, Austin, TXGroup
2004Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New GenerationArmory Center for the Arts,Pasadena, CAGroup
2004Heaven and HellFondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, VeniceGroup
2004Bande AnnonceAliceday, BrusselsGroup
2004ARBEITEN AUF PAPIER (WORKS ON PAPER)Sprüth Magers Projekte, MunichGroup
2004It's a Wonderful Life: Psychodrama in Contemporary PaintingSPACES Gallery, Cleveland, OHGroup
2004La ColmenaGaleria Jumex, Mexico CityGroup
2004THE ROYAL ART LODGE: Michael Dumontier, Marcel Dzama, Neil FarberPippy Houldsworth Gallery, LondonGroup
2003Drawings by Marcel DzamaArt Gallery of Windsor, OntarioSolo
2003Mele KalikimakaAtelier Gallery, Vancouver, BCGroup
2003Marcel Dzama - New WorkNew Work - David Zwirner, New York City, NYGroup
2003The Greatest Album Covers That Never WereTrack 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2003Drawing on ArchitectureAtelier Gallery, Vancouver, BCGroup
2003Imagine - Selections from the permanent collectionMuseum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA), Miami, FLGroup
2003RenderedSara Meltzer Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2003Group ShowTimothy Taylor Gallery, LondonGroup
2003Works On PaperStalke Galleri, Stalke Out Of Space,, Kirke SaabyGroup
2003THE ROYAL ART LODGE - Ask the DustThe Power Plant, Toronto, ONGroup
2003The Royal Art Lodge - Ask the DustThe Drawing Center, New York City, NYGroup
2003Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New GenerationThe Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, PAGroup
2003M_ARS - Art and War - Neue Galerie GrazUniversalmuseum Joanneum, GrazGroup
2002Marcel Dzama: Drawings for DanteTimothy Taylor Gallery, LondonSolo
2002Marcel Dzama - Even More Famous DrawingsLatitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture,Edmonton, AlbertaSolo
2002Fantasy Underfoot - The 47th Biennial ExhibitionThe Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DCGroup
2002Trance und TraumGalerie Six Friedrich Lisa Ungar, MunichGroup
2002Drawing DaysGalerie Zink - München, MunichGroup
2002Richard chooses theseEvergreene, GenevaGroup
2002La Biennale de Montréal 2002Biennale de Montréal, Montreal, QCGroup
2002Tribe - Group ShowRena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2002DesireGalleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna - GAM, BolognaGroup
2002FantasylandD'Amelio Terras, New York City, NYGroup
2001Marcel Dzama Works on paperGreg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
2001Marcel Dzama: Project RoomMonica De Cardenas - Milano, MilanSolo
2001Rendez-vous #3Collection Lambert, AvignonGroup
2001I Love NY Benefit David Zwirner, New York City, NY Group
2001Soleil d ’hiver : sur un cheval une silhouette geléeGalerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, ParisGroup
2000Marcel Dzama - More Famous DrawingsThe Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, BCSolo
2000Marcel DzamaPlug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, ManitobaSolo
2000Art On Paper 2000Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NCGroup
2000BabylonSprüth Magers Projekte, MunichGroup
2000Drawing on the Figure: Works on Paper of the 1990s from the Manilow CollectionMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, ILGroup
1999On PaperStalke Galleri, Stalke Out Of Space,, Kirke SaabyGroup
1999Castelli di carteClaudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, MilanGroup
1998Marcel Dzama - One man showArtpace - San Antonio, TXSolo
1998Marcel Dzama and Video Library David Zwirner, New York City, NYSolo
1998Selections Spring 1998The Drawing Center, New York City, NYGroup