Program 2020 – 2021

The Architecture of
Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath


Reopening The Architecture of Deception

BNKR – current reflections on art and architecture has announced today the reopening of its exhibition spaces. The current exhibition The Architecture of Deception initially opened on March 3, 2020 with critical acclaim and a widespread coverage in local and national media. After a 6 months closure and the implementation of specific hygiene measures it is now open again to the public. Participating artists are Cortis & Sonderegger, Emmanuelle Lainé, Hans Op de Beeck, Bettina Pousttchi, Gregor Sailer and The Swan Collective. The exhibition brings together a number of existing and commissioned works ranging in media from photography and video to sculpture and installation among others.


Reopening: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Runtime: Sunday, December 20, 2020

Opening Hours:
Saturday and Sunday, 12 am – 6 pm

Please book a time ticket for your visit:

Entry: Free

Venue: BNKR, Ungererstrasse 158, 80805 München /


Preview Program 2021: exhibition trilogy The Architecture of

For its current cycle of projects BNKR – current reflections on art and architecture has extended its collaboration with acclaimed curators Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath of artReoriented to curate a series of exhibitions and public programs until the end of 2021.

Conceived as an exhibition trilogy under the title The Architecture of, the 2020/2021 program comprises three consecutive exhibitions, each exploring the fault lines between art and architecture. Taking its departure point from the building that houses BNKR itself, it responds to the changes in architectural appearance and appropriation since its construction as a WWII bunker until its current function as a residential space. With a diverse range of artworks and site-specific commissions The Architecture of is intended as a spatial experience that encourages the viewer to critically reflect on the complex relationship between the physical and psychological dimensions of our lived realities.

The program trilogy consists of the following exhibitions:

Part 1
The Architecture of Deception
(September 9 – December 20, 2020)
Explores notions of illusion and deception, the creation of new realities, truth versus fiction.

Part 2
The Architecture of Confinement
(February – July 2021)
Explores notions of shelters and safety, captivity and freedom, ‘outside’ versus ‘inside’.

Part 3
The Architecture of Transformation
(September – December 2021) Explores notions of gentrification, decay and definition of living spaces.

Details of the second and third parts will be announced in January 2021.


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Gregor Sailer (2015), The Potemkin Village, Complexe de Tir en Zone UrBaine, French Army, France. Design: Floyd E. Schulze.




001_Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, artReoriented. Photo courtesy: NPUAE. Photo credit: Mohamed Somji/Seeing Things.

About the Curators

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.

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.

Follow Sam and Till on Instagram: @sbardaouil / @till.fellrath