Artist / UK
Phyllida Barlow (1944) has mounted a number of highly acclaimed, daring exhibitions of monumental sculpture. Her recent solo exhibitions include Tate Britain; Nasher Sculpture Center; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach; Des Moines Art Center; New Museum, New York; Henry Moore Institute, Leeds. In 2012, Barlow received the Aachen Art Prize and the “Award for the Most Significant Contribution to the Development of Contemporary Art” at The First International Kiev Biennale, Kiev, Ukraine. She was selected as a Royal Academician in 2011, and was also recently appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). She is representing Britian in the 2017 Venice Biennale.
Pablo León de la Barra
Guggenheim Curator at Large, Latin America / Brazil
Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim Curator at Large, Latin America, was born in Mexico City in 1972, and holds a Ph.D. in Histories and Theories from the Architectural Association, London. León de la Barra has organized or co-organized exhibitions at institutions including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Architecture Foundation, London; Kunsthalle Zürich; Museo Tamayo, Mexico; TEOR/éTica, San José, Costa Rica; and the David Roberts Art Foundation, London. He is the founder of the Novo Museo Tropical, was the curator of the first Bienal Tropical, San Juan (2011), and currently serves as the Director of the Casa França-Brasil in Rio de Janeiro.
Director of Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea / Italy
Curator, researcher and scholar Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is director of Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea and of the affiliated Fondazione Francesco Federico Cerruti. She holds a visiting professorship at Northwestern University, and has taught at the University of Leeds, at the Goethe Universität Frankfurt Am Main and at Harvard University. She served as Senior Curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center affiliated to MoMA in New York (1999-2001). In 2008 she curated the 16th Sydney Biennial, followed by dOCUMENTA(13) in 2012, and the 14th Istanbul Biennial in 2015. The following year, she returned to Turin where, until 2017, she directed both GAM Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea and Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea. Amongst her major publications is the monograph Arte Povera (London, Phaidon Press, 1999).
Senior Curator, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. / USA
Australian native Lynne Cooke is Senior Curator of Special Projects in Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, where she has been since August of 2014. Prior to the NGA, Cooke was the deputy director and chief curator of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid. In addition, Cooke has also served as curator for the New York-based Dia Art Foundation from 1991 to 2008; artistic director of the 10th Biennale of Sydney (1994-96); and co-curator of the 1991 Carnegie International at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art.
Art Historian and Critic / UK
Briony Fer is professor of art history at University College London. She has written extensively on diverse topics of 20th century and contemporary art, and on contemporary artists, such as Gabriel Orozco, Vija Celmins, Jean-Luc Moulène, Roni Horn, Ed Ruscha, and Rachel Whiteread. Her books include Gabriel Orozco: Thinking in Circles; Eva Hesse Studiowork; The Infinite Line: Re-making Art after Modernism; and On Abstract Art.
Artistic Director, MAXXI / Italy
Hou Hanru is currently the Artistic Director of MAXXI in Rome, Italy. He has curated and co-curated exhibitions such as the 2nd Johannesburg Biennial; Shanghai Biennale; Gwangju Biennale; Venice Biennale; the 2nd Guangzhou Triennial; The 10th Istanbul Biennial; The 10th Biennale de Lyon; The 5th Auckland Triennial; and the 7th Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism, as well as numerous exhibitions at MAXXI since he began his tenure there in 2014. He is a consultant for numerous cultural institutions, including the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and frequently contributes to various journals on contemporary art and culture. He also lectures and teaches in numerous international institutions. Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (MOT) /Japan.
Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (MOT) / Japan
Yuko Hasegawa is Artistic Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and Professor of Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. She was a Chief Curator and Founding Artistic Director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa and Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. She currently serves as Artistic Director of Inujima Art House Project. She was named as Curator of 11th Sharjah Biennial, Co-Curator of 29th São Paulo Biennial, and Artistic Director of the 7th International Istanbul Biennial. She has also served on the jury for the Premio MAXXI BULGARI, Roma (2017); the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award (2017, 2015, 2013); and the 48 Esposizione La Biennale di Venezia (1999); among others.
Chairman of Arts Council England / UK
Nicholas Serota was Director of Tate since 1988. He was previously Director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery and of the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. During his period at Tate, the institution opened Tate St. Ives (1993) and Tate Modern (2000), redefining the Millbank building as Tate Britain (2000). Nicholas Serota has been a member of the Visual Arts Advisory Committee of the British Council, a Trustee of the Architecture Foundation and a commissioner on the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. He was a member of the Olympic Delivery Authority, which was responsible for building the Olympic Park in East London for 2012. In June 2017, Serota assumed the role of Chairman of Arts Council London.