Tarek Atoui


Born in 1980 in Beirut, Lebanon.
Lives and works in Paris.

Tarek Atoui is an artist and electroacoustic composer, working within the realm of sound performance and composition. He engineers complex and inventive instruments as well as arranges and curates interventions, concerts, performances, and workshops. His work often revolves around large-scale, collaborative performances that develop from extensive research into music history and instrumentation, while exploring new methods of production. Using custom-built electronic instruments and computers, Atoui references current social and political realities, revealing music and new technologies as powerful aspects of expression and identity. Education and social connection are integral aspects of Atoui’s practice.

He has exhibited at numerous major institutions such as MUDAM, Luxembourg (2022); Fondation Serralves, Porto (2022); The Contemporary Austin, Austin, Texas (2022); the FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2022); the Fridericianum, Kassel (2020); Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah (2020); NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (2018); Fondation Serralves, Porto (2018); Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels (2017); Bergen Assembly (2016; Tate Modern, London (2016); Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (2015); Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2014 and 2015).

Important group exhibitions also include the 17th Istanbul Biennial (2022); Bourse du Commerce - Pinault Collection, Paris (2021); 13th Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (2021); the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2019); the 58th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennial (2019); Schirn Kunsthalle, Francfort (2019); Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2018); Para Site, Hong Kong (2017); Fondazione Prada, Ca’ Corner della Regina, Venice (2014); dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel (2012); Performa 11, New York (2011); New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2010); the Ninth Sharjah Biennial (2009); the Mediacity Biennial, Seoul (2010); Haus Der Kunst, Munich (2010).

Tarek Atoui’s works have joined the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Nouveau Musée de Monaco, the Saradar Collection, Lebanon and the CNAP, France.

Selected works

Artist projects

All projects

Tarek Atoui

The Wave

Tarek Atoui

The Reverse Collection / The Reverse Sessions

Our exhibitions

Solo Group

Tarek Atoui

The Whisperers

October 18th — November 20th, 2021

Tarek Atoui


February 18th — March 25th, 2017

Group exhibition


October 15th — November 19th, 2016

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External exhibitions

Tarek Atoui

Tarek Atoui

April 9th — August 14th, 2022
The Contemporary Austin - Austin — United States of America

Tarek Atoui

Waters' Witness

February 24th — August 28th, 2022
Fundação de Serralves – Museum of Contemporary Art - Porto — Portugal

Tarek Atoui

Tarek Atoui

May 22nd — December 31st, 2021
Bourse de Commerce, Pinault Collection - Paris — France

Tarek Atoui

Waters’ Witness

October 3rd, 2020 — April 24th, 2021
Fridericianum - Kassel — Germany

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