Marc Bauer

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Marc Bauer
Marc Bauer in his Berlin studio October 2012
Marc Bauer in his Berlin studio October 2012
Born (1975-05-28) May 28, 1975 (age 39)
Geneva, Switzerland
Nationality Swiss

2002-2004 Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam

1995-1999 Ecole Supérieure d’Art Visuel, Geneva
Known for Drawing, Installation art, Animation

Marc Bauer (born May 28, 1975, Geneva, Switzerland) is a visual artist who works with drawing, installations and animations.

Life and work[edit]

Bauer was born in 1975 in Geneva Switzerland he studied there at the Ecole Supérieure d'Art Visuel Geneva till 1999 and in 2000 had his first solo exhibition in the, now closed, gallery Art-Magazine in Zurich. He showed here what would later become a major theme and from of his work; sets of drawings, drawn from personal memory or old family photographs, that made loose narratives, fragments of stories.

Marc Bauer’s drawings are archeological in nature. They dig into the past, dotting the surface of time with disjointed fragments of bygone scenes and remains of ancient tragedies linking them to rifts in the present.[1]

From 2002 till 2004 he attended the post-graduate class at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam where he lived till 2005 and then moved to Brussels.

In 2005 he started the series of works History of Masculinity/Geschichte der Männlichkeit. With which he continued his research of his (family) history, linking it to international events and powers struggles.

The issue of power is prevalent in Marc Bauer’s drawings. Power of fascist or Nazi officials, power of the father, social power, repressive and totalitarian power […] The figures of Mussolini, Hitler, Pinochet and the Pope (in a more elliptical fashion), permeate the book History of Masculinity published in 2007, which tackles how one “becomes a man” by conforming to tutelary and paternalist models, and to the precise codification of life-stages leading to masculine maturity, with all the stereotyping and revulsion involved.[2]

In 2007 he compiled the book History of Masculinity with the drawings made in the previous years about this subject.

Bauer moved to Berlin in 2006 and now lives and works in Zurich and Berlin.

Other important works are Monument, Roman-Odessa, 2008 which deals with homosexuality, dictatorship and their historic context.

He displaces the historic theme into today’s context and then ties it in with his own existence, which ultimately generates the relevance the subliminal stream of memory has for the here and now.[3]

Bauer's drawings may be entrenched in the past, but they never drift into the cushy realm of nostalgia. Completely unsentimental, they instead keep an eye on present concerns. Roman-Odessa includes Bauer's copies of two of Eisenstein's own homoerotic sketches, while the drawings of cannons in Monument look alternately like phalli and penetrated orifices. Eisenstein was married and never openly stated his homosexuality, so by pointing to his suppressed desire, Bauer suggests that even in his utopian revolutionary epic the filmmaker had to compromise his notion of a fully liberated humanity.[4]

And Herr und Knecht, 2010, a work he made in collaboration with Swiss philosopher Christine Abbt that deals with mechanisms of social control, what a country constitutes of and again power battles.

Selected exhibitions[edit]


  • 2014 In the past, only, Le Quartier, Quimper
  • 2014 Cinerama, Frac Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand
  • 2013 The Astronaut, Freymond-Guth Fine Arts, Zurich
  • 2013 Le Collectionneur, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris
  • 2012 Pleins Pouvoirs, septembre, La Station, Nice
  • 2012 Le ravissement mais l'aube, déjà, Musée d'art de Pully, with Sara Masüger, Lausanne
  • 2012 Nature as Territory, Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz/Basel
  • 2011 Totstell-Reflexe, partly with Christine Abbt, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen
  • 2010 Premier conte sur le pouvoir, MAMCO, Geneva
  • 2009 LAQUE, FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand
  • 2007 History of Masculinity, attitudes, Geneva
  • 2006 Geschichte der Männlichkeit III, o.T. Raum für aktuelle Kunst, Lucerne
  • 2005 Overthrowing the King in His Own Mind, with Shahryar Nashat and Alexia Walther, Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Solothurn
  • 2004 Tautology, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam
  • 2004 Happier Healthier, Store Gallery, London
  • 2001 Archeology, attitudes, Geneva
  • 2000 Swiss Room, Art-Magazin, Zürich


  • 2014 Liverpool Biennial, curated by Mai Abu ElDahab and Anthony Huberman
  • 2014 Sacré 101 – An Exhibition Based on The Rite of Spring, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich. Curated by Raphael Gygax
  • 2013 Donation Florence et Daniel Guerlain, Centre Pompidou, Paris
  • 2013 Les Pléiades - 30 ans des FRAC, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse
  • 2012 Reality Manifestos, or Can Dialectics Break Bricks?, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna
  • 2011 Le réel est inadmissible, d’ailleurs il n’existe pas, Centre d’Art du Hangar à Bananes, Nantes
  • 2011 The Beirut Experience, Beirut Art Center, Beirut
  • 2011 In erster Linie, Kunstmuseums Solothurn
  • 2010 Voici un dessin Suisse (1990-2010), Musée Rath, Geneva
  • 2009 Usages du document, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris
  • 2008 Shifting identities, Kunsthaus, Zurich
  • 2004 Fürchte Dich, Helmhaus, Zürich
  • 2004 A Molecular History of Everything, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
  • 2003 Durchzug/Draft, Kunsthalle, Zürich


  • 2013 Aubusson tapestry in cooperation with Aubusson Tapestry Museum, Melancholia I. Musée de la tapisserie d’Aubusson
  • 2013 La Révolte et L'Ennui, curated exhibition with interventions by Marc Bauer. FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand
  • 2013 The Architect, Animated film, 27 minutes. Cooperation between Marc Bauer who animated the film and wrote the script, and the French music group Kafka who composed and performed the music.


  • The Collector, artist book. Published by Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, 2013
  • MARC BAUER, monographic catalogue. Published by Kehrer Verlag and Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, 2011 (ISBN 9783868281606)
  • STEEL, artist book. Published by FRAC Auvergne, 2009 (ISBN 9782907672078)
  • History of masculinity, artist book. Published by attitudes, Geneva, 2007 (ISBN 9782940178117)
  • Documents, Marc Bauer: Tautology, writings. Published by Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, 2005
  • Overthrowing the king in his own mind, catalogue. Published by Kunstmuseum Solothurn and Revolver Editions, 2005 (ISBN 9783865880598)
  • Happier Healthier, artist book in cooperation with Vincent van der Marck and Store Gallery, London, 2004
  • Across the Great Channel, artist book. Published by Memory Cage editions, Zürich, 2000 (ISBN 3907053141)


  • 2009 Prix culturel Manor, Geneva
  • 2006 Swiss Art Awards, Basel
  • 2006 Artist residency in Beijing of the GegenwART Foundation, Berne
  • 2005 Swiss Art Awards, Basel
  • 2005 Swiss Institute residency, Rome
  • 2001 Swiss Art Awards, Basel

Public collections[edit]

  • Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
  • Musée d'art de Pully, Lausanne
  • Migros museum für gegenwartskunst, Zurich
  • Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen
  • Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Solothurn
  • Kunsthaus, Zurich
  • Sturzenegger Stiftung, Museum zu Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen
  • FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand
  • FRAC Alsace, Sélestat
  • Museo Cantonale d'Arte, Lugano[5]

External links[edit]



Reviews, articles[edit]


  1. ^ Vergne, Jean-Charles (2011). MARC BAUER. Neurenberg: Kehrer Verlag, Kunstmuseum St.Gallen. pp. 231–239. ISBN 9783868281606. 
  2. ^ Vergne, Jean-Charles (2011). MARC BAUER. Neurenberg: Kehrer Verlag, Kunstmuseum St.Gallen. pp. 231–239. ISBN 9783868281606. 
  3. ^ Wäspe, Roland (2011). MARC BAUER. Neurenberg: Kehrer Verlag, Kunstmuseum St.Gallen. pp. 240–243. ISBN 9783868281606. 
  4. ^ Paul, Benjamin (January 1, 2011). "Viewing Distance". Artforum. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Museo Cantonale d'Arte, Lugano: Marc Bauer