Bassam Geitani

Born in Lebanon in 1962 where he lives and works after living in Paris for fourteen years. Bassam Geitani holds a master's degree in art from the University of Paris I-Sorbonne and teaches fine art at the Lebanese American University. He has held various solo and group exhibitions in Washington, Beirut, Paris, and London. At Galerie Janine Rubeiz: “Psychologie de la matière” in 1998, “Le depli” in 2001, “Sueurs d’acier” in 2007, “Le pendule” in 2011, Clin D’œil in 2014, and most recently, “Nature Nature” in 2019. 

In 2006, He participated in the exhibition Pinceaux pour Plumes, for the benefit of the Lebanese Foundation of the National Library; and his work was acquired by the British Museum. His practice spans across painting, installation, film and performance. Geitani's work has been showcased in different venues and fairs, such as Art Dubai, the Sursock Museum, Artist's View in London, Visages francophones in Cahors, France, and Rebirth at the Beirut Exhibition Center.

The artist's works have been auctioned during the Christie's Auction Sale in Dubai in 2006 and 2007; his work has been acquired by private collections in Lebanon and France and is permanently exhibited at Galerie Janine Rubeiz.

 

About his work:

Profoundly inflected by specific theoretical endeavours, Bassam Geinati's work, spanning across different symbolic orders and layers of representation, is an on-going investigation of materiality and surface. An oscillation, sometimes pictorial and sometimes sculptural, allows objects to retain their own material properties even as they are being transformed and synthesized on the canvas into different organic arrangements. A general idea of equilibrium, inherited here not from mysticism but from the scepticism of science, unleashes centrifugal and centripetal forces that through motion, speed and rest, at different intervals, allow the world to remain fluid but yet fully formed.

Fascinated by scientist Leon Foucault's 'pendulum' and his empirical demonstration of the earth's rotation, Geitani takes on the mechanism's internal dynamic as an observation point. In this open field, he does not restrain his own material which is allowed to fluctuate in any direction.

Multi-sourced from the porous materiality of every day, Geitani's canvases are a tissue ready to absorb the sounds and pulsations of the immediate environment.

The geometrical shapes are not haphazard They're the result of visual investigations on the nature of living space.

Related Exhibitions

Collective 2018

July 13, 2018 to August 14, 2018

"Oeuvres Récentes" - Collective Exhibition 2017

July 26, 2017 to August 22, 2017

Bassam Geitani - "Nature Nature 1991 - 2019"

May 22, 2019 to June 22, 2019

Celebrating Painting

July 20, 2022 to August 26, 2022

Bassam Geitani - Psychologie de la matière

June 03, 1998 to June 25, 1998

Bassam Geitani - Le dépli -

April 03, 2002 to April 26, 2002

Bassam Geitani - Sueurs d'acier

April 11, 2007 to April 28, 2007

Pellicula - Collective Exhibition

April 17, 2013 to May 15, 2013

Bassam Geitani - Shathaya

November 04, 2015 to November 26, 2015

Bassam Geitani - Le Pendule

May 18, 2011 to June 18, 2011

Artuel - Salon International d'art contemporain

July 19, 2000 to July 23, 2000

Collective Exhibition

December 03, 2008 to December 31, 2008

Art 14 London

February 28, 2014 to March 02, 2014

Abu Dhabi Art Fair 2013

November 20, 2013 to November 23, 2013

Beirut Art Fair 2013

September 19, 2013 to September 22, 2013

Abu Dhabi Art Fair 2011

November 16, 2011 to November 19, 2011

Beirut Art Fair 2015

September 17, 2015 to September 20, 2015

Abu Dhabi Art Fair 2012

November 19, 2009 to November 22, 2009

Abu Dhabi Art Fair 2016

November 16, 2016 to November 19, 2016

Art Dubai Art Fair 2011

March 16, 2011 to March 19, 2011

Art Dubai Art Fair 2010

March 17, 2010 to March 20, 2010

Convergence - New Art From Lebanon

April 08, 2010 to May 16, 2010

The Artist's View II

March 01, 2004 to March 06, 2004

L'Art aux enfants - deuxième edition

December 08, 2002 to December 15, 2002

L'Art aux enfants - troisième edition

December 07, 2003 to December 14, 2003

Peindre les tissus - Collective Exhibition

January 06, 2005 to January 20, 2005

FeetBook - Ghassan Ghazal - Collective exhibition

August 05, 2008 to September 24, 2008

30 Years of Color - Collective Exhibition

November 25, 2023 to December 30, 2023

Bassam Geitani - Dans le creux du chaos

March 06, 2024 to April 05, 2024