Rayyane Tabet

Rayyane Tabet, FRAGMENTS, 2018, Exhibition view, Sfeir-Semler Gallery BeirutSfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut, 2018

Rayyane Tabet (b. 1983, Achqout, Lebanon) is an artist who lives and works in Beirut. Drawing from experience and self-directed research, Tabet explores stories that offer an alternative understanding of major socio-political events through individual narratives. Informed by his training in architecture and sculpture, his work investigates paradoxes in the built environment and its history by way of installations that reconstitute the perception of physical and temporal distance.

His recent and upcoming shows include the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Parasol Unit in London, The Louvre in Paris, Carré d’Art in Nîmes, Kunstverein in Hamburg, and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. His work was featured in Manifesta 12, the 21st Biennale of Sydney, the 15th Istanbul Biennial, the 32nd São Paulo Biennial, the 6th Marrakech Biennale, the 10th & 12th Sharjah Biennial, and the 2nd New Museum Triennial.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Encounters, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London, UK
Alien Property, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Forgotten Kingdoms, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
FRAGMENTS, Carré d’Art, Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes, France
2018 FAULT LINE, Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare, Bolzano, Italy
FRAGMENTS, Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut, Lebanon
2017 BRUCHSTÜCKE / FRAGMENTS, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Germany
KOPF HOCH! MUT HOCH! UND HUMOR HOCH!, daadgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Ah, my beautiful Venus!, Witte de With Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2016 La Mano De Dios, Museo Marino Marini, Florence, Italy
2015 ONLY GODS NEVER DIE, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
2014 Here Today Gone Tomorrow, TrouwAmsterdam, Netherlands
2013 The Shortest Distance Between Two Points, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Phantom Limb, Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, UAE
When the Present is History, Depo, Istanbul, Turkey
2018 Living in the Mediterranean, Institut Valencià d’art Modern, Valencia, Spain
Crude, Jameel Arts Center, Dubai, UAE
Cycles of Collapsing Progress, Rashid Karami International Fair, Tripoli, Lebanon
Superposition - 21st Biennale of Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Australia
Dear Victoria, performance, Fast Forward Festival Five, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece
Manifesta 12, Palermo, Italy
Truth is black, write over it with a mirage’s light, 30th Anniversary Inaugural Exhibition, Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan
2017 A Good Neighbor, 15th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey
4.543 billion: The matter of matter, CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux, France
The Restless Earth, Trussardi Foundation at the Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
WAITING. Between Power and Possibility, Kunsthalle Hamburg, Germany
2016 Faisons de l’inconnu un allié, Fondation Lafayette, Paris, France
Incerteza Viva, 32nd São Paulo Biennial, Brazil
... und eine welt noch, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany
Wunderlust, High Line Art, New York, USA
Not New Now, Marrakech Biennial 6, Morocco
2015 New Skin, AISHTI Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon
Gallery 3010, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
The Past, The Present, The Possible, Sharjah Biennial 12, UAE
Heartland, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Presque Rien, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France
2014 This is the Time. This is the Record of the Time, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Netherlands
Un Nouveau Festival, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
2013 extra | ordinary, The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2013, Dubai, UAE
Future Generation Art Prize @ Venice, The 55th Venice Biennial, Italy
HIWAR: Conversations in Amman, Darat Al Funun, Amman, Jordan
2012 The Future Generation Art Prize 2012, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev, Ukraine
The Ungovernables: The 2012 New Museum Triennial, New Museum, New York, USA
2011 Plot for a Biennial, Sharjah Biennial 10, Sharjah, UAE
2010 Noise, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2008 Art Now in Lebanon, Darat Al Funun, Amman, Jordan
2006 Moving Homes, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

Awards & Residencies

2016 DAAD Artists in Residency Program, Berlin, Germany
2013 Abraaj Group Art Prize, Dubai, UAE
2012 Future Generation Art Prize Jury Award, Ukraine
2011 Sharjah Biennial 10 Artist Prize, Sharjah, UAE


2018 FRAGMENTS/BRUCHSTÜCKE, published by Kunstverein, Hamburg, DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program & KAPH Books


2012 MFA, University of California in San Diego, USA
2008 BArch, The Cooper Union, New York USA