Collector, fashion house designer and head of the Fondazione Prada complex in Milan
That the Fondazione Prada in Milan is often credited with staging ‘museum standard’ exhibitions might even undersell it, and it’s this challenge to institutional power that explains its founder’s ascent of this list. The fashion supremo also operates a seamless crossover of art, celebrity and branding: artists contribute to the label’s campaigns (Cao Fei produced a short film starring C-pop star Cai Xukun for Fall 2019) and, in the case of Theaster Gates, even shape its policy (the American artist was appointed cochair of the brand’s ‘diversity council’ in February). The foundation this year hosted a retrospective of Jannis Kounellis and a photography exhibition by Trevor Paglen and AI researcher Kate Crawford that had real-world reverberations, with over 600,000 images being removed from a facial recognition database. Serious stuff, but Prada knows how to have fun, too: she debuted Prada Mode, a pop-up social club, during Art Basel Miami and Hong Kong, and restaged it at Frieze London.