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Paolo Colombo

Initiator - Founder - Curator


Paolo Colombo is the Art Advisor for the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (2008 to present). With Tamara Chalabi, he co-curated the Iraq Pavilion for the 2019 & 2017 Venice Biennale.

He was a curator for the 2nd Mardin Biennale in 2012 and a curator for the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennial, in 2011. 

From 2001 to 2007 was Curator of The Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo in Rome. 

From 1989 to 2000 he was Director of the Centre d’art Contemporain in Geneva. In 1999 he curated the 6th Istanbul Biennial.


Among his exhibitions are: Rosemarie Trockel, Reflections (2016); Ed Ruscha MixMaster (2015); Faces (2012); Paradise Lost (2011); In Praise of Shadows (2009); Ed Ruscha (2004); Francis Alÿs (2002); Kara Walker (2000); Christopher Wool (1999); Fatto in Italia: Contemporary Art from Italy (1997); Pipilotti Rist (1996); Ugo Rondinone (1996); Tony Oursler (1995); Rosemarie Trockel (1994); Juan Munoz (1991); Kiki Smith (1991); Robert Gober (1988); Carroll Dunham (1988).


He has been associate producer of a number of award-winning films, more recently “The Edge of Heaven” and “Soul Kitchen” by Fatih Akin; and “The Tree” by Julie Bertuccelli, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg.

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