Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath are Founders and Directors of Art Reoriented in Munich and New York. They are Curators of the Lyon Biennale in 2022, and Affiliate Curators at Gropius Bau in Berlin. Bardaouil and Fellrath founded Art Reoriented in 2009 as a multidisciplinary curatorial platform to rethink traditional models of cultural engagement. Central to their work is inclusivity in artistic and institutional practices, and a revisionist approach to art history. The diversity in their cultural and academic backgrounds enriches their inherently collaborative model. Bardaouil, born in Lebanon, holds an MFA in Advanced Theater Practice and a PhD in Art History. Fellrath, born in Germany, holds two Master’s degrees in Economics and Political Science respectively.

Till Fellrath and Sam Bardaouil. Photo: NPUAE


Bardaouil and Fellrath’s curatorial practice is equally rooted in global contemporary art, as well as in the field of modernist studies. Their exhibitions have been shown internationally at institutions such as Centre Pompidou in Paris, Villa Empain in Brussels, Kunstsammlung NRW in Dusseldorf, State Museum of Egyptian Art in Munich, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, IVAM in Valencia, Reina Sofia in Madrid, Tate Liverpool, ARTER in Istanbul, Gwangju and Busan Museums of Art in South Korea, Beirut Exhibition Centre, Saudi Art Council in Jeddah, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, and SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah. At the Venice Biennale, they were curators of the National Pavilions of Lebanon in 2013 and the United Arab Emirates in 2019. In 2016 they were part of the team of curatorial attachés of the 20th Biennale of Sydney. As an independent voice, Bardaouil and Fellrath have collaborated with more than 70 institutions worldwide. From 2016 to 2020, they were Chairmen of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation in Hamburg. They have taught at various universities and art schools including the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, HISK – Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Ghent, and the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts at Shanghai University. They are authors of numerous publications including the academic monograph Surrealism in Egypt, which was awarded the Modernist Studies Association Book Prize in 2017.

Select Curatorial Projects and Academic Collaborations


ARTER Space for Art, Istanbul, Turkey
Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE
Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
BNKR – Munich, Germany
Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea
Casa Árabe, Madrid and Cordoba, Spain
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA
DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, USA
Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, South Korea
HISK (Higher Institute for Fine Arts) – Ghent, Belgium
Institut du Monde Arabe IMA, Paris, France
Institut national d’histoire de l’art INHA, Paris, France
Institut Valencià d’Art Modern IVAM, Valencia, Spain
Kunstsammlung NRW K20, Dusseldorf, Germany
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar
La Biennale de Lyon – Lyon, France
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Montblanc Cultural Foundation, Hamburg, Germany
Mosaic Rooms, London, UK
Museum of Modern Art MoMA, New York, USA
NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Saudi Art Council, Jeddah, KSA
SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) Museum of Art – Savannah, USA
Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University – Shanghai, China
State Museum of Egyptian Art, Munich, Germany
Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
Townhouse, Cairo, Egypt
Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium
Université Saint Joseph, Beirut, Lebanon


Select Institutional Engagements

Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Academy of Fine Arts, Nuremberg, Germany
Aga Khan Foundation – Geneva, Switzerland
Akbank Sanat Foundation – Istanbul, Turkey
Al Serkal – Dubai, UAE
Art Basel, Hong Kong, China and Basel, Switzerland
Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Art Institute, Chicago, USA
Art Jameel – Dubai, UAE
ARTE!Brasilieros, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Artissima – Torino, Italy
Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore
Beirut Art Centre, Beirut, Lebanon
Boghossian Foundation – Brussels, Belgium
Bonhams, London, UK
Brown University, Providence, USA
Code Art Fair, Copenhagen, Denmark
Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
Dar Al Ma’mun, Marrakech, Morocco
Han Nefkens Foundation – Barcelona, Spain
Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Independent Curators International ICI, New York, USA
Istituto Europeo di Design IED, Venice, Italy
Iwalewahaus, Bayreuth, Germany
Jameel Prize, London, UK
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, Cambridge, USA
Middle East Studies Association MESA, Washington D.C., USA
Northwestern University, Evanston, USA
Orient-Institute, Beirut, Lebanon
Schering Stiftung – Berlin, Germany
Savannah College of Art and Design SCAD, Savannah, USA
sommer.frische.kunst, Bad Gastein, Austria
Sotheby’s, New York, USA
Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
Sydney College of Arts, Sydney, Australia
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
University of North Texas UNT, Denton, USA
Videobrasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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