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On the person: Sam Bardaouil + Till Fellrath – Directors of Hamburger Bahnhof

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Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath have been Directors of Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum of Contemporary Art – Berlin since January 2022 and are founders of the multidisciplinary curatorial platform artReoriented, which they launched in New York and Munich in 2009. They are curators of the 16th Lyon Biennale 2022 and the French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2022. From 2017 to 2021 they were associate curators at the Gropius Bau in Berlin.

Image above: Till Fellrath and Sam Bardaouil, Directors of the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, 2022 © Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / David von Becker

Together, Bardaouil and Fellrath have worked with over 70 institutions worldwide over the past 12 years, curating exhibitions at leading international museums including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Villa Empain in Brussels, Kunstsammlung NRW in Düsseldorf, Tate Liverpool, ARTER in Istanbul, Gwangju and Busan Museum of Art in South Korea, Saradar Collection in Beirut, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, SCAD Art Museum in Savannah, Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Reina Sofia in Madrid. In 2016, they were curatorial attachés for the Sydney Biennale. In 2013, they curated the Lebanese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and in 2019, the United Arab Emirates. From 2016 to 2020, they headed the Montblanc Cultural Foundation in Hamburg as chairpersons.


In this video, Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath talk about the innovative art scene in Abu Dhabi and the region’s efforts to support young artists and provide them with numerous opportunities to develop and improve their work. (07.10.2021)


Bardaouil and Fellrath founded artReoriented to rethink traditional models of cultural engagement. Their work focuses on the inclusivity of artistic and institutional practices and a revisionist approach to art history. Their curatorial projects are rooted in both contemporary global art and classical modernism. They have held teaching positions at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (2008 – 2010), and the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts (2019), among others. Their diverse cultural and academic backgrounds enrich their collaborative model. Bardaouil, born in Lebanon, holds a PhD in Art History from the LMU in Munich and a Master’s degree in Theatre Practice from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Fellrath, born in Germany, has two master’s degrees in economics and political science from the University of St. Gallen and the London School of Economics, and has been Professor of Design-Related Sciences at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg since 2021.

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