Francesco Bonami

He is one of the most authoritative critics on the international scene. His distinguishing trait is using language which is even too understandable in a world like contemporary art, which – by definition – has to be exclusive. 

Contemporary art curator of international renown, he was born in Florence, then moved to New York in the mid-1980s, where he started working as curator. During the period 1995-2014 has was artistic director of the Foundation Sandretto ReRebaudengo per l’Arte in Turin. From 2004 to 2008 he was artistic director of the Centro di Arte Contemporanea at Villa Manin. Moreover he has been working with international companies including Enel, Yoox and UBS on several art projects; at the moment he is Valentino’s ‘publishing consultant’ and curator of the exhibition programme for Phillips. In 2012 he was hired as consultant on contemporary art programmes by the Council for Culture of the City of Milan.

In 2003 he directed the 50th edition of the Venice Biennale, in 2010 he curated the 75th Whitney Biennial of American Art, in 2000 he curated Manifesta 3 in Ljubljana, and in 1997 the Santa Fe ‘Biennale.

In Chicago he worked as Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, where he organized the first Jeff Koons retrospective. He helped organise exhibitions featuring some of the most famous artists on the contemporary scene, from Damien Hirst to Maurizio Cattelan. He worked for the Gagosian Gallery, for the Pinault Foundation, for the Museum of Qatar, the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the National Museum in Seoul, PS1 in New York, the Hara Museum in Tokyo.

In the Chinese Huangzhou province he is currently working on the art and artist residency programme for the new JNBY building designed by Renzo Piano, which will be inaugurated in 2017.

His new book, Il Bonami dell’Arte: Incontri ravvicinati nella giungla dell’arte [The Bonami of Art: Close Encounters in the Jungle of Art] published by Electa Mondadori, came out in May 2015. His other books include: Potevo Farlo Anch’io [I Could Have Done That Too], Oscar Mondadori 2007, Dopo tutto non è brutto [It’s not Bad After All], Mondadori 2009, Maurizio Cattelan; Autobiografia non Autorizzata [Unauthorised Autobiography] Mondadori 2011, Mamma Voglio Fare l’Artista {Mum, I Want to Be an Artist], Electa Mondadori 2013. He works for several specialised and non-specialist publications. Moreover he has worked on several documentaries directed by Stefano Pistolini for Italian television: “Il seme dell’Impero: Chicago un attimo prima di Obama “,”Dalla Parte degli Angeli: Riflessioni sulla cultura è sulla politica USA “e” PASM! Provo a scuotere Milano “.

For SkyArte he was involved in a TV programme on contemporary art, “Potevo Farlo Anch’io”, with Alessandro Cattelan.

His topics of choice are: art and contemporary culture, cultural programmes, art and collecting, art and business, roles and trades in the contemporary art world.

For information and contacts: contact-bonami@elastica.eu