In an exclusive interview, Swide meets young Italian curator Massimiliano Gioni, recently nominated as Director of the 55th International Art Exhibition in Venice.
Massimiliano Gioni, born in Busto Arsizio (Lombardy, Italy) in 1973, has an extensive career as a contemporary art curator: Artistic Director of Fondazione Nicola Trussardi in Milan since 2003 and Associate Director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York since 2007, has been recently nominated Director of the 55th International Art Exhibition in Venice titled Il Palazzo Enciclopedico will take place in Venice from June, 1st to November, 24th 2013 at the Giardini and at the Arsenale as well as in various venues the city.
What does being a curator exactly mean? What is the most difficult thing about being one?
Ethimologically it mean “the one who takes care” of artworks. Simple as it is, as a definition it works very well: to take care of an artwork, to pick it, to display it in the best way and to relate it to others in order to create a dialogue, are the most simple aspects of this job and yet the most important ones.
When did you understand you wanted to be a curator?
Actually the word curator wasn’t used a lot when I starter to get into contemporary art – at around 14 years old. Then people talked about art critics, not curators.
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