Cecilia Alemani Named Artistic Director of the La Biennale di Venezia Visual Arts Department

Sunday, January 12, 2020
Cecilia Alemani Named Artistic Director of the La Biennale di Venezia Visual Arts Department

The Venice Biennale said Friday that it has appointed Cecilia Alemani as the new Director of its Visual Arts Department, making her the first woman to hold the job. As a result the Italian curator, who comes from Milan and is based in New York, has the task of planning and curating the upcoming 59th International Art Exhibition.

Image: Cecilia Alemani, image courtesy to Art Basel


The Board of Directors of La Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, took the following decisions at this morning’s meeting.

Cecilia Alemani has been appointed as the Artistic Director of the Visual Arts Department, with the task of planning and curating the coming 59th Exhibition. She is a curator who has organized many exhibitions of contemporary artists, she is currently Jr. Director & Chief Curator of High Line Art, the programme of public art of the renowned urban park build on an elevated railroad in New York, and is a past curator of the Italian Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2017.


Cecilia Alemani, image courtesy to Art Basel


On the occasion of her appointment, Cecilia Alemani said: “It is a great honor to be able to take on this role in one of the most prestigious and recognized Italian institutions in the world. As the first Italian woman to hold this position, I understand and appreciate the responsibility and also the opportunity offered to me and I intend to give voice to artists to create unique projects that reflect their visions and our society.”

Maestro Ivan Fedele has been confirmed as the Director of the Music Department for 2020.


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