Massimiliano Gioni

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

Gioni kicked off the 12 months since the last Power 100 by curating New Skin, an exhibition of Lebanese retail magnate Tony Salamé’s private collection that inaugurated the collector’s Aïshti Foundation just outside Beirut. Occupying Gioni’s day job as New Museum artistic director were, among others, a three-floor survey of Anri Sala’s videos; an exhibition of tapestries and mise-en-scène by Goshka Macuga; and a show of Nicole Eisenman’s narrative-led paintings. Gioni and his two New York colleagues, Gary Carrion-Murayari and Helga Christoffersen, also curated The Equilibrists, a survey of young Greek art at the Benaki Museum, Athens, produced by Dakis Joannou’s Deste Foundation. Phew. Over in his other role, however, as artistic director of Fondazione Nicola Trussardi in Milan, it was quieter, though in April he invited Sarah Lucas to stage a three-day programme of exhibitions and performances in Albergo Diurno Venezia, a subterranean former shopping arcade in the art nouveau style.