Andrea Viliani,

agent, curator
Andrea Viliani is the director of the Fondazione Galleria Civica–Centro di Ricerca sulla Contemporaneità in Trento, where he has curated solo shows of Robert Kuśmirowski, Melvin Moti, and Gustav Metzger, commissioned Lara Favaretto’s public intervention Momentary Monument #3, and organized workshops and co-edited books of the Otolith Group, Dora García, Tris Vonna-Michell, Cesare Pietroiusti, and Alberto Garutti. Conceived as a chapter of an ongoing exploration of the relationship between contemporary institutions and artists, the program at the Fondazione has been devoted to the relation between “story” and “history,” “real” and “hypothetical.”

From 2005 to 2009, Viliani was curator at the MAMbo–Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, where he presented an exhibition program focused on the contemporary legacy of the 1960s/1970s institutional critique, and on a possible new approach to it, which he called “institutional narrative.” For the series +Museum–Shows and MAMbo Practices (No Dance Lessons), he curated solo shows of Nico Dockx (with Building Transmissions), Ryan Gander, Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda, Markus Schinwald, Adam Chodzko, Bojan Šarčević, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Guyton\Walker, Trisha Donnelly, and Seth Price as well as  cocurated solo shows of Giovanni Anselmo, Christopher Williams and Jeroen de Rijke-Willem de Rooij. Viliani, who in 2005 was awarded the “Lorenzo Bonaldi per l’Arte” prize for emerging curators, recently took part in a series of  interviews published in Pratiques et expériences curatoriales italiennes (Dijon: Les Presses du Réel, 2010). Among the 60 “players” of the 2007 Biennale de Lyon, he is a frequent contributor to FROG, Mousse (“Curator’s Corner”) and Kaleidoscope.