Massimiliano Gioni

Ebullient director of the Trussardi Foundation and artistic director of New York’s New Museum

The New Museum, where Gioni is artistic director, staged exhibitions by two typically youthful artists, Los Angeles-based filmmaker Kahlil Joseph and Kosovan Petrit Halilaj, in the New York institution’s newest galleries, located in the shopfront adjacent to the main building on The Bowery. Refurbishment work on the rest of that annexe is ongoing. Keeping Gioni in New York were exhibitions by the likes of Carol Rama and Raymond Pettibon, and taking him to Shanghai was the museum’s continuing partnership with the K11 Foundation, to which it lent curator Lauren Cornell for group show After Us (she has since moved to upstate New York’s CCS Bard). Away from the US, Gioni, with his other cap on – artistic director of Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan – curated his own group show, titled The Restless Earth (the show looked at migration as a theme). Gioni once again surreally stood in for Maurizio Cattelan, parroting the Italian artist’s thoughts in a new documentary on his longtime collaborator.