Power 100

Most influential people in 2020 in the contemporary artworld


Cecilia Alemani

Curator - Artistic Director of the 59th Venice Biennale

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Photo: Liz Ligon. Courtesy the High Line

The curator of the next Venice Biennale would normally be zigzagging across the globe in the year prior to the show. Alemani, appointed in January, managed trips to Scandinavia and Los Angeles from New York – where her day job since 2011 has been artistic director of the High Line – before air travel became impossible. As it turned out, the Italian will have another 12 months, as the art biennale has been shifted back to 2022 so that the architecture biennale, meant to have been staged in 2020, can take the 2021 slot. The eventual exhibition will seek to ‘absorb the anxiety of the moment, but not in an illustrative way’, the curator says. Meanwhile, New York’s former elevated railway turned linear park, which normally welcomes 8 million visitors annually, reopened in June after a three-month closure. Following the inauguration of an annual plinth commission last year with a monumental sculpture by Simone Leigh, this year’s 12-strong shortlist includes proposals by Nick Cave, Banu Cennetoğlu and Mary Sibande.

The ArtReview Power 100 is presented by BMW Group Culture

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