We start our new year with an article about the artist Marawan Kassab Bachi, written by researcher and artist Nagham Hodaifa. Hodaifa's deep knowledge of Marwan's worlds is based on her Phd thesis in art history, which led to the book Marwan - Face a Face, and on the basis of her intellectual exchange with Marwan during her research. The author chose to publish this text on the anniversary of Marwan's birthday, which falls on the 31st of January. We also attach to this article a digital presentation of a collection of documents from our archive MASA - Atassi Gallery - Damascus.

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"The canvas unfurls, a Persian carpet, as the lewd body spreads out over the cloth and the forms pour from the windows of long-buried desire."



Khaimat Belouza, oil on canvas, 30 x 39 cm, 1954

Untitled, oil on canvas, 56x 39 cm, 1974

Marwan's exhibition at Atassi Foundation in 1994

Marwan's exhibition at Atassi Gallery in 1994. Picture includes Marwan (far right), Jörn Merkert, Abdelrahman Munif, and Elias Zayat (far left)

Al Baath Newspaper, 18/5/1994

Annahar, 20/5/1994

Al Mutalathem (or Fedae) , watercolor on paper, 61 x 46 cm, 1970

Head of Marionette, oil on canvas, 195 x 130 cm, 1983

Head, watercolor on carton, 76 x 54 cm, 1987

Head, oil on canvas, 163 x 114 cm, 1990

Poster of Marwan's exhibition in 1996

Symposium at Gallery Atassi in 1996. Picture shows Marwan on the right and Jörn Merkert on the left

Symposium in Atassi Gallery in 1996. Picture shows Abdulrahman Munif

Atassi Gallery in 1996

Al Baath, 26/9/1996

Al Rai, 15/11/1996

Marwan's exhibition in Cairo in 1996

Munif Al Razzaz, oil on canvas, 130 x 89 cm, 1965

Marwan's diary notebook

Reflection, oil on canvas, 33 x 22 cm, 1999

Poster of Marwan's exhibition in Damascus in 2005

Al Hayat, 7/4/2005

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Proofing of "A Journey through Life and Art" at Atassi Gallery. Picture shows Marwan (far left), Nazir Nabaa and Abdul Rahman Munif.

Proofing of "Journey through Life and Art" at Atassi Gallery