Image by Marco De Scalzi
Venice Art Biennale. (On the left a painting by Elizabeth Peyton, on the right Gioni with a work of Paul McCarthy).
Not bad for a guy who is only 38 years old, who started with Flash Art magazine and revealed immediately a great talent for communication and the ability of easily wading through the difficult art world.
Massimiliano Gioni’s curriculum is fabulous, just to name a few positions he was director of the 8th Art Biennale in Gwangju, South Korea, he is Head curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, he curated the 4th Biennale in Berlin together with Maurizio Cattelan and Ali Subotnick, he is the artistic director of the Fondazione Trussardi in Milan and on and on…
He has also founded Family Business, a New York gallery in partnership with Maurizio Cattelan, integrated into the Anna Kustera gallery and dedicated to new, previously un-exhibited artists.
Gioni was in Vancouver a few years ago, invited by the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver and I had the pleasure of listening to his brilliant lecture on contemporary art and to chat with him at the following reception hosted by Monica Reyes. We all agreed that he was one of the most interesting personalities we had met, so young and so brilliant.
I wish I took pictures but I was too busy looking around, taking mental notes of furniture, art, objects and of course talking…!
Damian Moppett installing his pieces at Rennie Collection.
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