I had a first art world internship at the age of 17, that was followed by gallery internships, researching for artists, worked at König Gallery Berlin and took on any art job that spoke to me.
The third part is the dinner itself: while we install a show for one night, prepare the food and drinks and invite a mixed crowd of about 20 guests including art professionals and collectors and interesting personalities but students or anybody else. It’s a charming caricature on the format of a gallery dinner, but yet beautiful night followed by a cocktail for 50 more participants and creating a sort of a musketeer community within the art world at the end. Plus it gives an opportunity for people from outside of the art world to get a glimpse of how we live and a direct contact with the artist themselves. It’s an unconditional theatrical piece that everyone is experiencing in the roles of an actor and observer at the same time.
How do you choose the emerging artist you highlight during the Ephemeral dinners ?
Inner feeling. Based on experience and a trained eye.
TheOthers art fair is one of the main independent fair in Italy. It is dedicated to international emerging artist. It shows galleries of course and also artist-run and project spaces with artists and curators. Each time is different, the goal is to recover captivating disused buildings : this year it will be hosted in the former Hospital Regina Maria Adelaide, a historical building inaugurated in 1887. Finally the fair is a place for experimental formats of exhibitions and site-specific projects, it seems to be more than a fair ! What project are you making for TheOthers art fair?
Firstly, I was appointed as one of the curators for the Curatorial Board of the fair. Which is a genius thing for a young fair like TheOthers to choose few young international curators to represent the fair and to select international galleries, project spaces and non-profits to invite. After I finished this summer the projects that I was programming for Soho House Berlin, I was asked to help programming a series of events for TheOthers. I put together a Conversation Series including talks on some of the most relevant matters in today’s Independent art sector, such as the future of the gallery market - does a gallery need a physical space, the future of independent art publishing, beyond the traditional art fair model and „why is today’s art so meaningless“- talks. Our curatorial board will give their highlight-tours of the fair and few more surprises to follow.
Your eye on emerging creation : what are the artists to follow ? Who are the artists who inspire you as a curator ?
As an art historian and a cultural nerd I adore the 60s in every way, starting from the Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art to Fluxus and Arte Povera. Geographically and historically. The list is long including Ear Art founder Spoerri, his friends and colleagues Yves Klein, Dieter Roth, Joseph Beuys and many more. Francis Alys, Philippe Pareno, early Tiravanija, Paulo Nazareth, Laure Prouvost, Christian Falsnaes, Rayyane Tabet, Nora Turato, Hiwa K.
A culture advice ?
The Square for an easy-going evening to laugh on ourselves wishing the art world circus, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again) by Andy Warhol to change and simplify the way we think, Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015) movie to learn what collecting really means, Anecdoted Topography of Chance by Daniel Spoerri.
I haven’t been to the new show on Harald Szeeman in Düsseldorf yet, but it’s on my list.
A tip for young professional ?
Keep going, keep an inner naive and curious child, keep asking and questioning, but never forget - quality over quantity. And my favourite by my friend Christoph Kohlhöfer: when you get what you need you lose what you want.