Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is a curator, museum director and author of numerous essays, catalogs and contemporary art history books. She is currently the director of the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea and the Francesco Federico Cerruti Foundation in Rivoli-Torino, as well as being Visiting Professor at the University of Basel since 2022. In 2019 she received the Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence. She was Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University (2013-2019) and was Getty Scholar at the Getty Research Institute in 2013. Italian and American citizen, born to a Bulgarian father and a Piedmontese mother in the United States United, she returned to Italy to finish her studies at the Universities of Genoa and Pisa in literature and philosophy. He has his career in art as an art critic to start Flash Art, Reporter and the Sole24Ore, an activity that he left to follow a curatorial path led by a work with international artists and Arte Povera art including Giuseppe Penone, William Kentridge, Alighiero Boetti, Pierre Huyghe, Francis Alÿs, Mario and Marisa Merz, and Jannis Kounellis. After a period at Villa Medici in which he organized the summer exhibitions (1998-2000), he was chief curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center / A MoMA affiliated in New York in 1999-2001 where she inaugurates, among many others, an important exhibition by Janet Cardiff in 2001 as well as Greater New York in 2000 and Animations in 2001. In 2002 he returned to work in Italy, as chief curator at Castello di Rivoli, then directed by Ida Gianelli. In 2008 she was Artistic Director of the 16th Sydney Biennale and in 2009 interim director of Castello di Rivoli. From 2010 to 2012 she was Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13), a project that was inaugurated in 2012. In 2015 she was Artistic Director of the 14th Istanbul Biennale. Later she returns to Turin where she directs both the GAM Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, and the Castello di Rivoli in 2016 and 2017. In 2018 she leaves the GAM to concentrate on managing the Castello di Rivoli and to design the agreement for collaboration with the Cerruti Foundation which opens as the third pole of the Rivoli museum complex in May 2019. Among her major publications there is the monograph Arte Povera (London, Phaidon Press, 1999) as well as almost 70 other volumes. Her general catalog of the Cerruti Collection comes out for the types of Umberto Allemandi publisher in 2022.