This website is an incomplete and ongoing archive of Marco Antonini’s curatorial work, writing and other miscellaneous projects.

Marco Antonini is a Zurich -based independent writer and curator active since 2001. On January 2017 he was appointed Program Specialist (with a focus on Contemporary Performance and Visual Arts) at the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage in Philadelphia. From 2011 to 2016 he served as NURTUREart’s Executive Director & Curator, presenting work by (in loosely chronological order and among many others as in all following lists) Ian Pedigo, Ivan Argote, Jonathan Ehrenberg, Meredith James, Arianna Carossa, Daniel Bejar, Marysia Gacek, Nathalie Hausler, Nanna Debois-Buhl and Liz Linden, Jessica Segall, Brad Troemel, Gabriele Picco, Nobutaka Aozaki, Conor Backman, Patrick Meagher, Matthew Cowan, Alina Tenser, Vibha Galhotra, Nicholas Keogh, Jan Pfeiffer, Irgin Sena, Sascha Pohflepp, Seher Shah, Nadim Abbas, Elastic City, Gabriela Salazar, Davide Zucco, Nikola Uzunovski, Andrea Nacciarriti, Keren Benbenisty, Deville Cohen, Lior Modan, Steffani Jemison, Itziar Barrio and Adelita Husni-Bey. Antonini’s ambitious, inter-generational group exhibitions We Are: (2011)…Is This Free? (2012)Welcome to the Real (2013), We Are: at The Luminary (Saint Louis, MO, 2013) and Multiplicity: City as Subject Matter (2014) further pushed the envelope of what was possible at NURTUREart, connecting established and emerging artists, experimenting with off-site programming and developing books and publications that helped NURTUREart reach out to an increasingly international audience.

His independent curatorial projects have been presented in New York by Japan Society, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), ISE Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation Project Space, the Italian Cultural Institute, the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), Interstate Projects, and Abrons Art Center; Internationally by Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice, MuLab Citta` S.Angelo, Pianissimo, Milan, West Germany, Berlin, FUTURA Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, CCEG, Guatemala City, Random Institute, Zurich  among many others.

Since 2001, Antonini’s curatorial practice has foregrounded early works and new commissions by Yuri Ancarani, Aleksandar Zograf, Blu, Meira Asher, Bianco/Valente, Celine Condorelli and Beatrice Gibson, Van Hanos, Alex Hubbard, Talia Chetrit, Cyprien Gaillard, John Gerrard, Isola and Norzi, Andrea Galvani, Valerio Rocco Orlando, Shana Moulton, Ryan Kitson, Michael Bell Smith, Timothy Hull, Honza Zamojski, Anetta Mona Chisa and Lucia Tkacova, Katarina Zdjelar, David Brooks, Ettore Favini, Jiri Skala, Jiri Thyn, Petra Feriancova, Bryan Zanisnik, Ben Thorp Brown. At the same time, his projects also provided opportunities for inter-generational conversations, involving artworks by Carlo Zanni, Keiichi Tanaami, Christopher K. Ho, Charles Goldman, Ingo Gerken, Simon Faithfull, Leopold Kessler, Santiago Sierra, Anibal Lopez, Nedko Solakov, Patrick Tuttofuoco, Roberto Cuoghi, Lilibeth Cuenca-Rasmussen, Guy Ben-Ner, Cory Arcangel, Mark Lombardi,  Cesare Pietroiusti, Daniel Seiple, Eva and Franco Mattes, Lamia Joreige.

Antonini’s articles, essays, interviews, short stories and poetry have been published worldwide on magazines, journals, catalogs and other exhibition-related publications. His two most recent book projects are Golden Age: Perspectives on Abstract Painting Today (NURTUREart 2015), co-edited with Christopher K.Ho and collecting essays and interviews dedicated to the return of abstraction in contemporary painting, and Experimental Photography (Thames and Hudson/Prestel, 2015) a book of interviews and texts dedicated to experimental photographic technique.

Contact: mantonini _AT_ gmail.com

NOTE: To this date, archived curatorial projects only date back to 2010 circa, excluding all early projects in Ravenna, and subsequent exhibitions at MuLab, Bevilacqua la Masa, Japan Society, the Broadway Gallery, ISE foundation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (2007), Triangle, LMCC, Scaramouche@ Fruit and Flower Deli, The Italian Cultural Institute in New York, West Germany, Pianissimo… who knows what else! Uploading is a lot of work, so PLEASE do inquire directly at the email above for any project or publication you are aware of and/or interested in, I will send you documentation and details via email.


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