Power 100

Most influential people in 2023 in the contemporary artworld


Adriano Pedrosa

Museum Director - Artistic director of the Museum of Art São Paulo and curator of the next Venice Biennale

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Photo: Mauricio Jorge

The director of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) has probably spent more time on planes this year than he has in his glass-and-concrete institution on Avenida Paulista. Such is life when you’re also curating the next Venice Biennale. If all that travel – he’s been spotted on studio and gallery visits across Africa, Asia and the Arab world – is discombobulating, it will serve him well in Venice, where the 60th Biennale takes the title Foreigners Everywhere, a paean to ‘immigrants, expatriates, diasporic, émigrés, exiled, and refugees’ and to those alienated by other types of identity. His work at MASP, which is expanding to a neighbouring building, bodes well for this: each year Pedrosa addresses a particular theme with a central survey show, from which unfolds the rest of the institutional programme. This year Histórias indígenas, featuring around 170 artists (and then travelling to Kode Bergen Art Museum in Norway) spun off parallel solo exhibitions at MASP for Brook Andrew, Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe and others. For all Pedrosa’s efforts, the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College has presented him with the 2023 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence.

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