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Cecilia Alemani

Curator of the 59th International Art Exhibition

Cecilia Alemani © Photo: La Biennale di Venezia


Cecilia Alemani (* 1977 Milan, Italy) is a curator based in New York.

Since 2011, she has been the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Director & Chief Curator of High Line Art, the program of public art of the renowned urban park build on an elevated railroad in New York. In addition to commissioning and producing ambitious projects with some of today's most influential artists such as El Anatsui, John Baldessari, Phyllida Barlow, Carol Bove, Sheila Hicks, Rashid Johnson, Barbara Kruger, Zoe Leonard, Faith Ringgold, Ed Ruscha, Nari Ward and Adrián Villar Rojas, she also launched the High Line Plinth, a new program of monumental works inaugurated in June 2019 with Brick House, a sculpture by the artist Simone Leigh.

In 2017, Alemani curated the Italian Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition of the Vencie Biennale. Titled Il Mondo Magico (The Magical World), the exhibition featured new largescale, site-specific commissions by Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Adelita Husni-Bey, and Roberto Cuoghi.

In 2018 she curated, in collaboration with the city of Buenos Aires and Art Basel Cities, Rayuela / Hopscotch, a public art exhibition that celebrated the rich cultural ecosystem of the Argentine city.

Before taking on these roles, Alemani worked as an independent curator collaborating with museums such as Tate Modern (London) and MoMA PS1 (New York), non-profit institutions such as Artists Space and Art in General (New York), and private foundations such as the Deste Foundation. From 2009 to 2010 she directed the experimental exhibition space X Initiative in New York, where she curated exhibitions by Keren Cytter, Derek Jarman, Hans Haacke, Tris Vonna-Mitchell and many others.

Alemani holds a degree in Philosophy from the Università degli Studi of Milan and a master's degree in curatorial studies for contemporary art from Bard College, New York.


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© Photo: Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia


59th International Art Exhibition
La Biennale di Venezia

May - November 2021

Curator: Cecilia Alemani


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