Grazia Quaroni, Marco Scotini, Hou Hanru




Charles Esche


Charles Esche has been the director of the Van Abbemuseum since 1 August 2004. He is also an advisor at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam. Esche is a co-founder of the Afterall Journal and Afterall Books and has written many publications about art. A selection of these was published in 2005 with the title Modest Proposals. As (co-)curator he has organised many international exhibitions, including the São Paulo biennale in 2014.



Hou, Hanru


Hou Hanru, born in 1963, Guangzhou, China, Critic and Curator based in Paris and in San Francisco. He currently lives and works in Rome.

He received degrees from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and moved from China to France in 1990. He lived 16 years in Paris before moving to San Francisco in 2006. He worked at San Francisco Art Institute as Director of Exhibitions and Public Program and Chair of Exhibition and Museum Studies from 2006 to 2012. He co-directed the first World Biennale Forum (Gwangju, 2012).

He has curated numerous exhibitions including “China/Avant-Garde” (1989), “Parisien(ne)s” (1997), “Cities On The Move” (1997–2000), Shanghai Biennale (2000),Gwangju Biennale (2002), Venice Biennale (French Pavilion, 1999, Z.O.U. — Zone Of Urgency, 2003, Chinese Pavilion, 2007), Nuit Blanche (2004, Paris), the 2nd Guangzhou Triennial (2005), the 2nd Tirana Biennial (2005), the 10th Istanbul Biennial (2007), “Global Multitude” (Luxembourg 2007), “Trans(cient)City” (Luxembourg 2007), EV+A 2008 (Limerick), “The Spectacle of the Everyday, The 10th Lyon Biennale” (Lyon, 2009). He curated the 5th Auckland Triennial (Auckland, New Zealand, May – August 2013).

He has been consultant and advisor in many international institutions including Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), Kumamoto Museum of Contemporary Art (Kumamoto, Japan), De Appel Foundation (Amsterdam), Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai), Times Museum of Contemporary Art (Guangzhou), Today Art Museum (Beijing), Deutsche Bank Collection (Frankfurt), Kadist Art Foundation (San Francisco/Paris), Asian Art Archive (Hong Kong), and served in juries of many international awards including the Hugo Boss Prize (Guggenheim Museum), Chinese Contemporary Art Award (Beijing), Ars Fennica (Helsinki), Prix International d’Art Contemporain de la Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco (Monaco).

He contributes regularly to international art magazines including “Flash Art International”, “Art in America”, “Art Asia Pacific”, “Yishu”, “Art-It”, etc. and served as guest/advisory editor for some of them.
A selection of his writings was published as “On The Mid-Ground” by Timezone 8, 2002. His recent books include “Paradigm Shifts, Walter & McBean Galleries exhibitions and public programs, San Francisco Art Institute, 2006-2011″, San Francisco Art Institute, 2011 (with Mary Ellyn Johnson)
He has also taught and lectured in various artistic and educational institutions including Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (Amsterdam), HISK (Antwerp /Ghent), and numerous universities, museums, etc. across the world.

Since December 2013 he has been the Artistic Director of MAXXI. The first exhibition he curated for the Italian Museum was titled “Non basta ricordare” (Remembering is not enough – open till September 28 2014): more than 200 works by 70 artists and architects in dialogue with each other and with the space, emphasizing the profound vitality of the museum’s collection, representing universal themes and encouraging debates and critical discussions.



Vasif Kortun


(born November 6, 1958) is a Turkish curator, writer and teacher in the field of contemporary visual art, its institutions and exhibition practices.

He was director of research and programs, SALT Istanbul, an institution that hosts some of the most important archives on Turkish contemporary and modern art, architecture and economy in the country.
Kortun is part of the board for Foundation for Arts Initiatives.
In 2011 Kortun served on the Tate Turner Prize selection committee. In 2013 he curated the FOCUS on Turkey section of the Arco Art Fair in Madrid.

Kortun was founding director of Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul, which he initiated in 2001. He was also founding Director of Project 4L, Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art (2001–2003). Between 1994 and 1997 he worked as the founding Director of the Museum of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College and received the 9th annual award for Curatorial Excellence from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College in 2006.

Kortun has worked on a number of biennial projects such as: curator of the UAE Pavilion for the Venice Biennale, 2001; co-curator of the Taipei Biennial along with ManRay Hsu in 2008; Chief Curator and Director of the 3rd International Istanbul Biennial (1992) and Co-Director with Charles Esche of the 9th International Istanbul Biennial (2005); one of the curators of the Tirana Biennial, and 2nd Ceramics Biennial in Albisola, 2003. He curated the Turkish pavilions for the 1994 and 1998 São Paulo Biennial, and the 2007 Venice Bienniale for which he worked with artist Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin on an installation titled Don’t Complain.

He has undertaken numerous independent curatorial projects including an exhibition of works by Cengiz Çekil at Rampa in Istanbul (2010) and he co-curated with November Paynter The Columns Held us Up at Artists Space, New York (2009). He has written extensively on contemporary art and the cultural situation in Turkey for publications and periodicals internationally and in 2004 co-authored the book Jahresring 51: Szene Turkei: Abseits aber Tor on the Turkish art scene with Erden Kosova.



Grazia Quaroni


Director of Collections Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris.



Enea Righi


Collector, Bologna.

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