Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Museum Director Massimiliano Gioni Named Director of 2013 Venice Biennale

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Massimiliano Gioni runs Venice. (via ArtObserved)

The art bloggosphere is atwitter today with news that New Museum associate director and director of exhibitions Massimiliano Gioni—curator of, amongst others, the NuMu's just-closed Carsten Höller exhibition, its best-attended ever, and the critically acclaimed Ostalgia—has been named the director of the 2013 Venice Biennale. Gioni, a popular curator on the international biennial circuit, previously directed the eighth Gwangju Art Biennale in Korea in 2010, served as artistic director of the fourth Berlin Biennale in 2006 and was a co-curator of Manifesta two years earlier.

Gioni, who is also the director of Milan's Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, will direct the visual arts component of the Biennale's 55th edition, while Ivan Fedele, Àlex Rigola and Ismael Ivo will oversee its music, theater and dance sectors, respectively.

The New Museum curator was chosen by a majority of the Biennale's board of directors. In a press release announcing the decision its chair Paolo Baratta said:

the board has chosen to appoint the new director far in advance, and among the possible solutions in the international field, has selected Massimiliano Gioni as a young personality who has already accumulated a number of important appointments, which he has honored so well as to win the esteem of artists and critics around the world.

Look for Gioni to leap up this year's ArtReview Power 100 list; he was number 80 last year, and in 2010 then-Biennale director Bice Curiger made her debut way up at number 6.

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