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For its next annual cycle of projects, BNKR – current reflections on art and architecture has invited acclaimed curators Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath of artReoriented to curate a series of exhibitions and public programs. Conceived under the title “The Architecture of Deception”, the 2020/2021 edition takes for its departure point the actual BNKR building. Designed from the outside to look like a residential building, it was in effect a bunker built by the Nazi regime in 1943 to shelter citizens in Munich’s district Nord-Schwabing. In responding to this act of trickery, the curators will assemble a number of contemporary artistic practices that employ strategies of architectural and visual deception to create spatially perplexing experiences. By weaving in links to other mechanisms of confusion the program will also tackle the question of how art can be coopted into various ideologically-laden projects. Spatially driven and thematically concerned, “The Architecture of Deception” is intended as a playful, yet critical experience that encourages the viewer to search beyond the obvious, reminding us that what we see is often a matter of perspective, and rarely the form of a fixed truth.

The program will unfold over three consecutive exhibitions accompagnied by a series of roundtables and public engagements. The first part “The Architecture of Deception” opens to the public again on Wednesday, 9th September 2020, and will be on view until Sunday, 20th December 2020. It will feature works by Cortis & Sonderegger, Emmanuelle Lainé, Hans Op de Beeck, Bettina Pousttchi, Gregor Sailer and The Swan Collective. It brings together a number of existing and commissioned works ranging in media from photography and video to sculpture and installation among others.


Opening: Wednesday, 9th September 2020, 7pm

Venue: BNKR, Ungererstrasse 158, 80805 München /

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




About the Curators

Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath are Founders of artReoriented, a multidisciplinary curatorial platform, launched in New York and Munich in 2009. They are Chairmen of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation in Hamburg, and Affiliate Curators at the Gropius Bau in Berlin. They are internationally recognized independent curators and award–winning authors whose curatorial practice is equally rooted in the field of modernist studies, as well as global contemporary artistic practices. Known for their rigorous inter-temporal, trans-cultural, and cross-disciplinary approach, they have taught at various universities, including the London School of Economics and New York University.

As an independent voice, Bardaouil and Fellrath have collaborated as a duo over the last ten years, engaging with a wide range of institutional models worldwide. Some of their exhibitions include Walking through Walls, 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, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, IVAM in Valencia, Reina Sofia in Madrid, Tate Liverpool, Gwangju and Busan Museums of Art in South Korea, 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.


Instagram: @sbardaouil / @till.fellrath


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