Mounira Al Solh

  • Mounira Al Solh
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I Strongly Believe in Our Right to Be Frivolous, 2012-2017, Installation view, documenta Art Institute ChicagoArt Institute Chicago, 2018

Mounira Al Solh (b.1978, Lebanon) studied painting at the Lebanese University, Beirut from 1997 to 2001, and Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam from 2003 to 2006. She was also Research Resident at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam in 2007 and 2008.

She is a visual artist embracing inter alia video and video installations, painting and drawing, embroidery, and performative gestures. Irony and self-reflectivity are central strategies for her work, which explores feminist issues, tracks patterns of micro-history, is socially engaged, and can be political and escapist all at once.

In 2008, Al Solh started a NOA Magazine, a performative gesture co-edited with collaborators such as Fadi El Tofeili and Mona Abu Rayyan, and Jacques Aswad (NOA III).

She has had solo exhibitions at Mathaf, Qatar (2018); Art Institute Chicago (2018); ALT, Istanbul (2016); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2014); Center for Contemporary Art, Glasgow (2013); Art in General, New York (2012); and Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam (2011). As well as group exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2020), Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven (2020), C’arré d’Art Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes (2018); documenta 14, Athens & Kassel (2017); 56th Venice Biennial (2015); New Museum, New York (2014); Homeworks, Beirut (2013); House of Art, Munich (2010); and the 11th International Istanbul Biennial (2009).

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Positions #5, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
The Mother of David and Goliath, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2018 Artist’s Rooms, Jameel Arts Center, Dubai, UAE
I strongly believe in our right to be frivolous, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar
I strongly believe in our right to be frivolous, The Art Institute Chicago
2016 I Want to Be a Party, Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg, Germany
I Strongly Believe in Our Right to Be Frivolous, Alt Art Space, Istanbul, Turkey
2014 All Mother Tongues are Difficult, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Now Eat My Script, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
2012 The Sea Is A Stereo, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Dinosaurs, Art in General, New York, USA
2011 Mounira Al Solh, René Daniëls and Bassam Ramlawi, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2010 The Sea Is A Stereo, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisboa, Portugal
Exhibition No. 17, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2008 Rijksakademie, Open Ateliers, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2005 Squatted Vitrine, Squat Deluxe, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2003 150 Watts, Fennel Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

Selected Group Exhibitions

 2019 gohyang: home, Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea
Social Movement, If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want to be Part of Your Revolution, Amsterdam, Netherlands
 2018 Close: Drawn Portraits, The Drawing Room, London, UK
Vanishing Point, Carré d’Art - Museum of Contemporary Art Nîmes, France
Strange Days: Memories of the Future, The Store X, London
The Line Up: The Power of Drawing Central Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands
Acts of Translation, Mohammad and Mahera Abu Ghazaleh Foundation, Amman, Jordan
Beirut, Beyrut, Beyrouth, Beyrout, Oslo Kunstforening, Oslo, Norway; Ystad Konstmuseum, Ystad, Sweden; Listasafn Islands, Iceland
Whose land have I lit on now? - contemplation on the notions of hospitality, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
2017 Contemporary and Future Mediterranean Memories, Fondazione Sambucca, Palermo, Italy
Home Beirut. Sounding the Neighbours, MAXXI, Rome
From Ear to Ear, Nottingham Contemporary, UK
2017 Asian Art Biennial: Negotiating the Future for Changing the Society and Fashioning the Future, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan
Action!, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland
Suspended Territories - Artists from the Middle East and North Africa, Marta Herford, Germany
dOCUMENTA 14, Benaki Museum of Islamic Art, Athens
dOCUMENTA 14, Hansa Häuser, Kassel, Germany
The Restless Earth, La Triennale di Milano, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan, Italy
My future is in my past and my past is my present, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Graphic Witness, Drawing Room, London, UK
Art and Alphabet, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
A World Not Ours, La Kunsthalle - Center d'Art Contemporain Mullhouse, France
2016 The Measure of our Traveling Feet, Marres Maastricht, Netherlands
Everything in Nature has a Lyrical Essence, a tragic fate, a comic existence, Art Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria
Land Without Land, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany
We Refugees - Of the Right to Have Rights, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany
2015 Gallery Gallery 3010, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy
In Search Of Matisse, Henie Onstad Art Enter (HOK), Høvikodden, Norway
A 1000 Times No, E-Werk, Freiburg, Germany
The Abraaj Group Art Prize, Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE
2014 Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York, USA
Drowning and swallowing this text, LACE, Los Angeles, USA
I scarcely have the right to use this ghostly verb, Parsons, The New School New York, USA
Neighbors, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey
5th Biennial Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco
2013 Dear Art, Calvert 22 Foundation, London, UK
Homeworks 6, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon
2012 Arab Express: The Latest Art form the Arab World, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Our Work Is Never Over, Matadero Madrid, Contemporary Art Center, Madrid, Spain
Tactics For Now And Now, Bucharest Biennial 5, Pavilion Unicredit, Bucharest, Romania
The Ungovernables, New Museum Triennial, New Museum, New York, USA
Dinosaurs, Art in General, New York, USA
Dear Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova and Moderna Galerija Ljubljana, Slovenia
-o-l-o-g-y, Amstel 41, Amsterdam, Netherlands
De Menocchio, Nous savons beaucoup de choses, Bétonsalon, Paris, France
2011 I Decided Not to Save the World, Tate Modern, London, UK in collaboration with SALT Istanbul, Turkey
A Rock and a Hard Place, 3rd Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
The Sea Is A Stereo, Viborg Kunsthal, Denmark
Beirut, project space, Kunsthalle Wien, Austria
2010 Manifesta 8, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Region of Murcia, Spain in Dialogue with Northern Africa
The Future of Tradition, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Accident, KunstBunker, forum for contemporary art, Nuremberg, Germany
Heat Wave, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, USA
Witty Lo-Fi Works with Knotty Thoughts, Montevideo (NIMK), Amsterdam, Netherlands
I’m Not Here. An Exhibition Without Francis Alÿs, De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Volkskrant Prize, Stedelijk Museum Scheidam, Netherlands
Categorical Imperatives, The Guild Art Gallery, New York, USA and Mumbai, India

Works in Public Collections:

  Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Pinakotheek, Munich; Saradar Art Collection, Beirut; Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunis


2001 Lebanese University, BFA in Painting, Beirut, Lebanon
2006 Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Fine Arts, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2007/08 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Research Resident, Amsterdam, Netherlands