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Curator, Director of the 50th Biennale di Venezia (Italy)
Francesco Bonami is the Artistic Director of the Fondazione Sandretto ReRebaudengo per l’Arte in Torino and the curator of Enel Contemporanea. In 2012 he has been the advisor for programming contemporary Art for the department of culture of the City of Milan.
In 2003 he was the director of the 50th edition of the Biennale di Venezia for Visual Arts: “Dreams and Conflitcs: The dictatorship of the viewer“. In 2010 Bonami curated the 75th Whitney Biennial of American Art. In 2000 he curated Manifesta 3 in Ljubliana and 1997 he curated the Site Santa Fe’ Biennial. From 1999 to 2009 Bonami was the Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago where he organized the Rudolf Stingel survey and the first Jeff Koons retrospective in 20 years. In 2010 he presented “For The Love of God” by Damien Hirst in Florence and L.O.V.E. by Maurizio Cattelan for the City of Milan. In 2008 for the Pinault Foundation Bonami curated “Italics: Arte Italiana Fra Tradizione e Rivoluzione” and in 2009 “Mapping The Studio” the inaugural exhibition for the renovated space of Punta della Dogana. For the Qatar Museum Authority he has curated “Yan Pei Ming: Painting the History” in 2012 and the retrospective of Damien Hirst in 2013.
Bonami is a regular contributor for: Artforum, Frieze, Parkett, Panorama, Vanity Fair Italia, Donna Moderna, Wired, Grazia Casa, Uomo Vogue, Flair, IL, W Magazine, Tate etc., La Stampa, La Gazzetta dello Sport. He is the Chief Editor of ANEW magazine and Cabana and author of about 10 books.
In 2010 Bonami received the honor of the Chevalier dans l’ordre del Legion d’Honneur of the French Republic.
Doris Salcedo was born in 1958 in Bogotá where she continues to live and work. Recognized since the early 1990s as one of the leading sculptors of her generation, her work has been included in numerous exhibitions such as “Carnegie International 1995,” Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh; “Roteiros, XXIV Bienal de São Paulo,” Brazil (1998); “Trace, The Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art” (1999); “Documenta 11,” Kassel (2002); “8th International Istanbul Biennial” (2003); “The 80s: A Topology,” Museu Serralves, Porto (2007) and her installation of ‘Shibboleth’ in Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, also in 2007. From April 2010 through February 2013, the artist’s most recent installation, ‘Plegaria Muda,’ has and will travel to museums throughout Europe and South America. Her work will be included in the exhibition “This Will Have Been: Art, Love, & Politics in the 1980s” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, which will subsequently travel to the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.
Independent curator, Director for the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (Nigeria)
Bisi Silva is an independent curator and the founder/director of Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA,Lagos) where she has curated and co-curated several solo and group exhibitions including most recently Kelani Abass: Asiko and El Anatsui: Playing with Chance both in 2014. Her international work has included co-curating The Progress of Love, a transcontinental collaboration across three venues in Nigeria and America. (Oct 2012-Jan2013), J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere: Moments of Beauty, Kiasma, Helsinki (April-Nov2011). She was co-curator for the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece, ‘Praxis:Art in Times of Uncertainty’ September 2009. In 2006 Silva was one of the curators for the Dakar Biennale in Senegal.
Silva has participated in several international conferences, symposia, juries and written essays for many publications as well as for international art magazines and journals such as Artforum, Third Text, The Exhibitionist, and is on the editorial board of Art South Africa and N.Paradoxa. She is guest editor for Manifesta Journal: Around Curatorial Practices No17 (Jan 2014). She was a member of the international jury for the 55th Venice Biennale (June 2013).
She has been the recipient of several prestigious international fellowships and residencies including most recently Clark/Mellon Curatorial Fellowship at Clark Art Institute, MA, 2011, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Scholars’ Residency Programme, Italy in July 2012 and Sacatar Institute, Bahia, Brazil, (July –Sept 2013).
Director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing (China)
Philip Tinari is director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. There he oversees an exhibition program devoted to established figures and rising talents both Chinese and international, aimed at an annual public of more than half a million visitors.
Prior to joining UCCA in 2011 he was founding editorial director of the bilingual, international art magazine LEAP, published by Modern Media. He previously served as China advisor to Art Basel, founding editor of Artforum’s Chinese-language edition artforum.com.cn, and lecturer at the Central Academy of Fine Arts.
He has written and lectured extensively on contemporary art in China, and sits on advisory boards including the Guggenheim Asian Art Council and the Asia Society Hong Kong Center gallery committee. In March, he curated the Focus: China section of The Armory Show in New York.
Jan Fabre is a Belgian artist. He first attained international recognition with works such as The Hour Blue (1977–1992) and his 1980 performance Ilad of the Bic-Art. Over the last thirty-five years, he has occupied a leading international position as a groundbreaking visual artist, theatre maker and author. Fabre has shown worldwide in solo and group exhibitions at leading institutions, among them a large-scale retrospective at the Louvre in Paris 2008.
Artistic director of documenta 14 (Poland)
Adam Szymczyk (born 1970 in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland) is Artistic Director of documenta 14 and until the end of this year Director and Chief Curator at Kunsthalle Basel. He was a co-founder of the Foksal Gallery Foundation in Warsaw, at which he worked as Curator from 1997 till 2003, when he assumed his new post in Basel. At Kunsthalle Basel, he organized exhibitions including Piotr Uklanski: Earth, Wind and Fire (2004); Tomma Abts (2005); Gustav Metzger: In Memoriam and Lee Lozano: Win First Don't Last Win Last Don't Care (both 2006); Micol Assaël: Chizhevsky Lessons (2007); Danh Vo: Where the Lions Are (2009); Moyra Davey: Speaker Receiver (2010); Sung Hwan Kim: Line Wall (2011); Paul Sietsema and Adriana Lara: S.S.O.R. (both 2012), as well as group shows including Strange Comfort (Afforded by the Profession) (with Salvatore Lacagnina, 2010), How to Work/How to Work (More for) Less (both in 2011). In 2008 he co-curated with Elena Filipovic the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art under the title When Things Cast No Shadow and in 2012 he curated Olinka, or Where Movement Is Created at Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. He is a Member of the Board of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. In 2011, he was recipient of the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement at the Menil Foundation in Houston.
General Director of the PinchukArtCentre (Ukraine)
Eckhard Schneider is General Director of the PinchukArtCentre in Kiev, Ukraine, since 2008.
After being director of several institutions in Germany, he was Director of the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria, from 2000 to 2008 which he established as reference for contemporary art in dedicating Peter Zumthor’s sublime, minimalist building to inspire artists and their work. Among others he put on solo shows by D. Buren, O. Eliasson, J. Koons, H. Sugimoto, D. Gordon, L. Bourgeois, P. Huyghe, D. Aitken, M. Mori, F. West, A. Kapoor, J. Holzer, T. Demand, R. Whiteread, R. Lichtenstein, T. Sehgal, C. Sherman, P. Zumthor, M. Cattelan, C. Hoeller, R. Serra, J. Fabre, A. Gormley, T. Oursler and shows like Reobject with D. Hirst, J.Koons, G. Merz, M. Duchaump and Mythos with J. Beuys, D. Gordon, M. Barney, C. Twombly.
Eckhard Schneider was a member of several international committees and juries like the DAAD program in Berlin and the Turner Prize in London. He has written extensively on modern art and is editor of more then 100 publications about the work of leading contemporary artists.