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Simone Fattal: Works and Days

March 31 – September 2, 2019

MoMA PS1

MoMA PS1 presents the first solo museum exhibition in the United States of the work of Simone Fattal (Lebanese and American, b.1942). On view from March 31 through September 2, 2019, the retrospective brings together over 200 works created over the last 50 years, featuring abstract and figurative ceramic sculptures, paintings, watercolors, and collages that draw from a range of sources including ancient history, mythology, Sufi poetry, geopolitical conflicts, and landscape painting.

Simone Fattal: Works and Days explores the impact of displacement, as well as the politics of archeology and excavation, as these themes resonate across the artist’s multifaceted practice. Fattal’s work constructs a world that has emerged from history and memory, and its replications and repetitions grapple with the losses of time while revealing its reoccurrences. Never far from the earth, her works emerge as an unfinished project of telling the stories of ancient history with figures taken from central references such as The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, Dhat al-Himma, and others. Both timeless and specific, her work straddles the contemporary, the archaic, and the mythic.

Simone Fattal: Works and Days is organized by Ruba Katrib, Curator, with Josephine Graf, Curatorial Assistant, MoMA PS1.

Major support for the exhibition is provided by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art. Additional funding is provided by the MoMA PS1 Annual Exhibition Fund and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

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Simone Fattal. “The Wounded Warrior.” 1999. Bronze. 23.6 x 7.9 x 7.9 in. (60 x 20 x 20 cm). Courtesy of the artist and kaufmann repetto, Milan / New York; Balice Hertling, Paris; Karma International, Zurich / Los Angeles

Simone Fattal. “Man in the Desert.” 2000. Glazed stoneware. 58 x 29 x 10 cm ( 22 7/8 x 11 3/8 x 3 7/8 inch). Courtesy of the artist and kaufmann repetto, Milan / New York; Balice Hertling, Paris; Karma International, Zurich / Los Angeles

Simone Fattal. “Man and his shadow.” 2009. Glazed stoneware. 9.8 x 4.3 x 1.6 in. (25 x 11 x 4 cm). Courtesy of the artist and kaufmann repetto, Milan / New York; Balice Hertling, Paris; Karma International, Zurich / Los Angeles

Simone Fattal. “Horse.” 2009. Glazed stoneware. 8 x 10 x 5 in. (20.32 x 25.4 x 12.7 cm). Courtesy of the artist and kaufmann repetto, Milan / New York; Balice Hertling, Paris; Karma International, Zurich / Los Angeles