Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath are Founders and Directors of the multidisciplinary curatorial platform artReoriented, launched in 2009 in New York and Munich. They are Curators of the Lyon Biennale in 2022, and Affiliate Curators at Gropius Bau in Berlin. From 2016 until 2020 they were Chairmen of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation in Hamburg. They held teaching positions at various universities including the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, and the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg. In 2016 they were curatorial attachés for the Biennale of Sydney. At the Venice Biennale, they were Curators of the National Pavilions of Lebanon in 2013, the United Arab Emirates in 2019, and are Curators of the French Pavilion in 2022.

Bardaouil and Fellrath founded artReoriented 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. They are internationally recognised curators and award-winning authors whose practice is rooted in global contemporary art, as well as in the field of modernist studies. The diversity in their cultural and academic backgrounds underlines their inherently collaborative model. Bardaouil, born in Lebanon, holds an MFA in Advanced Theatre Practice and a PhD in Art History. Fellrath, born in Germany, holds two Master’s degrees in Economics and Political Science.

As an independent voice, Bardaouil and Fellrath have curated exhibitions and collaborated with more than 70 institutions worldwide, including Centre Pompidou in Paris, Villa Empain in Brussels, Kunstsammlung NRW in Dusseldorf, Tate Liverpool, ARTER in Istanbul, Gwangju and Busan Museums of Art in South Korea, Saradar Collection in Beirut, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and Reina Sofia in Madrid.

Curated Exhibitions


ARTER Space for Art, Istanbul, Turkey
Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE
Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
BNKR, Munich, Germany
Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea
Casa Árabe, Madrid, Spain
Casa Árabe, Cordoba, Spain
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA
DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, USA
GAM, Torino, Italy
Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, South Korea
Institut du Monde Arabe IMA, 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
Mosaic Rooms, London, UK
National Pavilion of Lebanon, 55th Venice Biennale (2013), Venice, Italy
National Pavilion of the UAE, 58th Venice Biennale (2019), Venice Italy
National Pavilion of France, 59th Venice Biennale (2022), Venice Italy
NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Saudi Art Council, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) Museum of Art Savannah, USA
Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst, Munich, Germany
Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium



Other Artistic Collaborations


Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Aga Khan Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland
Akbank Sanat Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey
Al Serkal, Dubai, UAE
Art Basel, Hong Kong, China
Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Art Jameel, Dubai, UAE
ARTE!Brasilieros, São Paulo, Brazil
Artissima – Turin, Italy
Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore
Beirut Art Centre, Beirut, Lebanon
Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, Belgium
Bonhams, London, UK
Code Art Fair, Copenhagen, Denmark
Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
Dar Al Ma’mun, Marrakech, Morocco
Han Nefkens Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
Independent Curators International ICI, New York, USA
illycaffè, Trieste, Italy
Jameel Prize, London, UK
MISK Foundation, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Montblanc Cultural Foundation, Hamburg, Germany
Saradar Collection, Beirut, Lebanon
Schering Stiftung, Berlin, Germany
sommer.frische.kunst, Bad Gastein, Austria
Sotheby’s, New York, USA
Townhouse, Cairo, Egypt
Videobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil



Teaching Positions


Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Nuremberg, Germany
American University of Beirut, Lebanon
American University of Dubai, UAE
HISK (Higher Institute for Fine Arts), Gent, Belgium
Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon
London School of Economics, London, UK
Misk Art Institute, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China
Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore
Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, New York, USA
Université Saint Joseph, Beirut, Lebanon



Academic Collaborations and Guest Lectures


Art Institute, Chicago, USA
Brown University, Providence, USA
Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Institut national d’histoire de l’art INHA, Paris, France
International Journal of Surrealism, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
Istituto Europeo di Design IED, Venice, Italy
Iwalewahaus, Bayreuth, Germany
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, Cambridge, USA
Middle East Studies Association MESA, Washington D.C., USA
Museum of Modern Art MoMA, New York, USA
Northwestern University, Evanston, USA
Orient-Institute, Beirut, Lebanon
Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
Sydney College of Arts, Sydney, Australia
Universidad Internacional de Andalucía
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
University of North Texas UNT, Denton, USA

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