Power 100

Most influential people in 2022 in the contemporary artworld


Elvira Dyangani Ose

Museum Director - Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona

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Photo: Inés Baucells

‘The museum I want is dissident… but it will not only be a place of rage and rebellion, it will also be a place of awareness and care,’ the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona told Following this ethos, Ose is looking to open the museum’s architecture up to the street, building on a preexisting expansion project due by 2024, and making its education programme more prominent to passersby. This commitment to the immediate surroundings also manifested in a series of events dedicated to the ‘aesthetics… around Barcelona’. None of which is to say that Ose isn’t also internationally focused, with the museum’s big 2022 draw being a Carrie Mae Weems exhibition she curated, as well as a trip to Mexico to organise Oaxaca’s Hacer Noche art festival (she is also part of the group that originally selected ruangrupa to helm Documenta, whom she defended amidst all the controversies).

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