Forgotten Kingdoms, 2019

Forgotten Kingdoms,2019

installation views Musée du Louvre, Paris
© 2019 Musée du Louvre / Antoine Mongodin

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.


MFA, University of California in San Diego, USA

BArch, The Cooper Union, New York USA


Selected Solo Exhibitions

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

FAULT LINE, Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare, Bolzano, Italy
FRAGMENTS, Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut, Lebanon

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

La Mano De Dios, Museo Marino Marini, Florence, Italy

ONLY GODS NEVER DIE, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

Here Today Gone Tomorrow, TrouwAmsterdam, Netherlands

The Shortest Distance Between Two Points, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon


Selected Group Exhibitions

Phantom Limb, Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, UAE
When the Present is History, Depo, Istanbul, Turkey

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

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

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

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

This is the Time. This is the Record of the Time, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Netherlands
Un Nouveau Festival, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

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

The Future Generation Art Prize 2012, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev, Ukraine
The Ungovernables: The 2012 New Museum Triennial, New Museum, New York, USA

Plot for a Biennial, Sharjah Biennial 10, Sharjah, UAE

Noise, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

Art Now in Lebanon, Darat Al Funun, Amman, Jordan

Moving Homes, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon


Awards & Residencies

DAAD Artists in Residency Program, Berlin, Germany

Abraaj Group Art Prize, Dubai, UAE

Future Generation Art Prize Jury Award, Ukraine

Sharjah Biennial 10 Artist Prize, Sharjah, UAE



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