Sarkis (b. 1938), a graduate of Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Istanbul, had his first exhibition at the Istanbul Art Gallery in 1960. A prominent figure of the global art scene, whose career spans more than five decades, Sarkis has worked with various mediums, and has been, since the end of the 1960s, an icon of installation art in particular.

His works have been exhibited worldwide in established institutions, including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris; Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle, Bonn; The Louvre, Paris; Bode Museum, Berlin; and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. Sarkis was part of When Attitudes Become Form, Kunsthalle Bern (1969); documenta VI and VII, Kassel (1977 and 1982); and the biennials of Sydney, Shanghai, São Paulo, Moscow, and Istanbul.

Most recently, Sarkis has had solo shows at Galeri Manâ, Istanbul (2013); ARTER, Istanbul (2013); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2013); Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris (2014 and 2011); Mamco, Museum of Contemporary Art, Geneva (2011); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010); and Istanbul Modern, Istanbul (2009). He has been living and working in Paris since 1964.

Sarkis is represented by Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels.

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