Marcel Dzama’s work is characterized by an immediately recognizable visual language that draws from a diverse range of references and artistic influences, including Dada and Marcel Duchamp. While he has become known for his prolific drawings with their distinctive palette of muted colors, in recent years, the artist has expanded his practice to encompass sculpture, painting, film, and dioramas. Dzama was born in 1974 in Winnipeg, Canada, where he received his B.F.A. in 1997 from the University of Manitoba. Since 1998, his work has been represented by David Zwirner. The artist has had eight gallery solo exhibitions, including Puppets, Pawns, and Prophets which was his first presentation at the London location in 2013 and was accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue co-published by Hatje Cantz, with an essay by Deborah Solomon. In 2014, David Zwirner presented a solo exhibition of Dzama’s work at the gallery in New York, which marked the United States debut of his latest film Une danse des bouffons (or A jester’s dance). A two-person exhibition with Raymond Pettibon was on view earlier this year at David Zwirner, New York.

Dzama Marcel
Winnipeg, 1974

Past Exhibitions

The World on Paper

27/09/2018 — 07/01/2019

Marcel Dzama: Ya es hora

Galeria Helga de Alvear
15/02/2018 — 28/04/2018

Marcel Dzama: Drawing on a Revolution

La Casa Encendida
28/09/2017 — 07/01/2018

Vitel Tonné

Palazzo Cesari-Marchesi 09/05/2017 — 25/06/2017

Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon: Let us Compare Mythologies

David Zwirner London
05/10/2016 — 12/11/2016

Solo Shows

Marcel Dzama: Ya es hora, Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid [forthcoming]

Marcel Dzama: Revolution Blues, Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm Marcel Dzama: Drawing on a Revolution, La Casa Encendida, Madrid

Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon: Forgetting the Hand, David Zwirner, New York [limited edition zine Dzama/Pettibon] [two-person exhibition]
A Flower of Evl, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf

Campeonato de Guadalajara: Marcel Dzama and Eduardo Sarabia, Travesía Cuatro, Guadalajara [two-person exhibition]
The Fallen Fables, Crown Point Press, San Francisco
Mischief Makes a Move, World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis, Missouri [exhibition brochure]
Une Danse des Bouffons (A Jester’s Dance), Lismore Castle Arts, Ireland

Early Drawings, Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, Canada
Hollow Laughter, Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland [catalogue]
Une Danse des Bouffons (A Jester’s Dance), David Zwirner, New York

Group Shows

10th Anniversary, Gallery Target, Tokyo 10th Anniversary: Daniel & Florence Guerlain Contemporary Drawing Prize, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris Doublethink: Double vision, Pera Museum, Istanbul Highlight: New Canaan, Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, Connecticut
Juxtapoz: Surf Craft, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, New Jersey
Una Fresta de Possibilidades Dos Coleciones en Dialogo, Fundaçao Eugénio de Almeida, Évora, Portugal

Figure/Ground, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York
Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection: From Shōhaku and Rosanjin to Anselm Kiefer, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan [catalogue forthcoming]

Artists For Ikon, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England [catalogue]
Donation Florence & Daniel Guerlain, Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Skärhamn, Sweden [organized in collaboration with Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris] Drawing, Je t’aime: Selections from the AGO Vaults, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis
College of Art and Design, Los Angeles [organized by Samek Art Museum, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania]
Walk The Line. New Ways of Drawing/Neue Wege der Zeichnung, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany [catalogue]

Hannah Höch, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Inaugural Exhibition, Sherrick & Paul, Nashville
Modern Visions: The Mendel Art Gallery 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada
Norrsken – Lueurs du nord, Studio Fotokino, Marseille, France
On Stage: Recent Acquisitions, Vancouver Art Gallery

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Winnipeg Country of birth: Canada Date of birth: 1974 Lives in: Brooklyn, NY