Marc Bauer was born in 1975 in Geneva, Switzerland. He lives and works between Berlin and Zurich.
One of the most interesting Swiss artists today, Marc Bauer is known for his highly narrative series of drawings, evolved from his interest in the cultural and political developments of society. Assembled mainly by works on paper, printed close-ups featuring earlier works and huge site-specific wall paintings, his installations often explore certain historical topics, ranging from personal family-related experiences and the collective social and political heritage. Marc Bauer‘s intense research on key running themes around troubled protagonists from the 1930‘s, questionable historic involvements such as the Buddha of Bamiyan, repressed homoerotic desires or fascism, often includes long-time archive investigations, combined with the reliance on his own visual memory.
His characteristic drawing style is defined by his precise, meticulous alignment. Figures, landscapes and objects are elaborated in their very detail. Though, the contours are often left soft and blurred, creating a magnetic depth in the pictorial space. By rubbing away the graphite and litographic chalk with a hard, thin eraser, lines and shapes seem to fade away and still the motif remains clear. While in his most recent group of works, Marc Bauer’s consistent black-and-white palette is infused with chromatic highlights, his color range still mainly rotates around dark shades. His works therefore tend to evoke the nostalgic connotation of old sepia photographs and color – with the exception of his few works on aluminium panel – is used almost exclusively as a methodically constructed pattern in order to stimulate the observers imagination.
Marc Bauer studied at the Ecole supérieure d’art visuel in Geneva and the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. His works are encountered in the permanent collections of international institutions and museums such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris the Museum Folkwang, Essen, the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (NMNM) and different locations of the Fonds Régional d‘Art Contemporain (FRAC), France. Marc Bauer has been featured at many major shows including The Liverpool Biennial, the exhibitions “The Bottom Line” at the SMAK, Ghent, “Drawing now” at the Albertina Museum Vienna and “Sacré 101” at Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich. Two significant monographic catalogues have been published on the occasion of Marc Bauer‘s solo shows “Todtstell Reflexe” at Kunstmuseum St. Gallen in 2011 and “The Collector” at the Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris in 2013. In addition, he published a series of artists books: “History of Masculinity” (2007), “Steel” (2009) and “The Architect” (2014) for various exhibitions. One of his major projects has been the large- scale wall drawing at Museum Folkwang, Essen from 2014-2015.
Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau
Centre Pompidou, Paris
FRAC Alsace, Selestat
FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand
FRAC Paca, Marseille
Kunstsammlung des Bundes, Bern
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich
Musée d’art de Pully, Lausanne
Musée Jenisch, Vevey
Museum Folkwang, Essen
Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (NMNM)
Sturzenegger Stiftung, Museum zu Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen