Marc Bauer, Mal Ȇtre / Performance at De La Warr Pavilion

1 February – 10 May 2020

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    Installation view of Marc Bauer, Mal Ȇtre / Performance. Image: Eva Herzog. Courtesy the artist and Drawing Room, London.

Marc Bauer, Mal Ȇtre / Performance is at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill On Sea, East Sussex, TN40 1DP

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Marc Bauer’s Mal Ȇtre / Performance is a new body of work commissioned jointly by Drawing Room and De La Warr Pavilion and is the artist’s first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery. Bauer’s chosen medium is drawing which he uses here to make small and large scale works on paper, a wall drawing and an animation.

Mal Ȇtre / Performance features the motif of people on boats throughout history, from ancient Greece to contemporary media footage. All of the works are drawn in graphite, and images range from those inspired by fifteenth century Catholic ex-voto paintings, to Théodore Géricault’s The Raft of the Medusa, up to Aquarius, the boat that rescued migrants in the Mediterranean Sea in 2018.  Using the slow and cumulative process of drawing and erasing, Bauer’s project brings the past into the present in his investigation of humanity.

This new installation of drawings is an attempt to understand the relationship between images, to see what impact they have on our perception of reality, and how they condition our way of thinking and define our identities.


The exhibition is a collaboration between Drawing Room, London, and De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea,. It will be on display at FRAC Auvergne (Clermont-Ferrand) in Summer 2020.

Mal Ȇtre / Performance was at Drawing Room 12 September - 17 November 2019. More information here.