Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath are Founders of Art Reoriented, a multidisciplinary curatorial platform, launched in New York and Munich in 2009. Since 2016, they are Chairmen of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation in Hamburg, and since 2017 Affiliate Curators at the Gropius Bau in Berlin. They are internationally recognized independent curators and academics, and have held teaching positions at various universities, including the London School of Economics and New York University. Award-winning authors and editors of numerous publications, they have contributed to a broad range of academic journals, books, newspapers and art magazines. Their decision to work independently as a duo over the last ten years, has allowed them to engage with a wide range of institutional models worldwide. The diversity of their cultural and academic backgrounds has enriched their inherently collaborative curatorial model. Bardaouil was born and raised in Lebanon, and holds a Master’s degree in Advanced Theater Practice and a PhD in Art History. Fellrath was born and raised in Germany, and holds two Masters degrees in Economics and Political Science, as well as a degree in Graphic Design.

Bardaouil and Fellrath’s curatorial practice is equally rooted in the field of modernist studies and in global contemporary artistic practices. As an independent voice, they have jointly curated several critically acclaimed exhibitions including Ways of Seeing, Surrealism in Egypt, Mona Hatoum: Turbulence, Dansaekhwa and Korean Abstraction, Staging Film, Tea with Nefertiti, and Told Untold Retold. Their exhibitions have been shown in institutions worldwide such as Centre Pompidou in Paris, Villa Empain in Brussels, Kunstsammlung K20 in Dusseldorf, State Museum of Egyptian Art in Munich, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, IVAM in Valencia, Reina Sofia in Madrid, Tate Liverpool, Gwangju and Busan Museums of Art in South Korea, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Beirut Exhibition Centre, and ARTER in Istanbul. In 2016 they were part of the team of curatorial attachés to the 20th Biennale of Sydney. At the Biennale di Venezia, they were curators of the Lebanese Pavilion in 2013 and the Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates in 2019.

Till Fellrath and Sam Bardaouil. Photo: NPUAE

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
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
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
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
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
Art Basel, Hong Kong, China and Basel, Switzerland
Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Art Institute, Chicago, USA
ARTE!Brasilieros, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore
Beirut Art Centre, Beirut, Lebanon
Bonhams, London, UK
Brown University, Providence, USA
Code Art Fair, Copenhagen, Denmark
Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
Dar Al Ma’mun, Marrakech, Morocco
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
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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