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Eugenio Viola. Photo: Camilo Delgado Aguilera.
Eugenio Viola. Photo: Camilo Delgado Aguilera.

Eugenio Viola Named Chief Curator of Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá

The Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá (MAMBO) has announced that, following a six-month search, Italian curator and art critic Eugenio Viola will join its staff as chief curator in March. Viola comes to the institution from the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), Australia, where he currently serves as senior curator.

“In 2019 the museum looks forward to continuing with constant transformations, and it is confident that the newly appointed chief curator will contribute to revitalizing its cultural and educational program,” the institution said in a statement. It also noted that Viola’s arrival at MAMBO is significant since the museum has not had a chief curator in recent years.

A scholar of new media and performance,Viola has held curatorial positions at MADRE, the contemporary art museum of Naples, from 2009 to 2016; has worked as a guest curator for international institutions such as the Frankfurter Kunstverein in Germany, the Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Poland, and the Contemporary Art Museum of Tallinn in Estonia; and has written for various publications, including Artforum, Exit Express, and Flash Art.

Commenting on his new role, Viola said: “My appointment at MAMBO reflects my deep interest in the vibrant Latin American art scene. I am thrilled and honored to accept this new challenge in my career and to concentrate my resources on the critical achievement of repositioning the institution in the Colombian and international context.”

As part of his five-year plan for the museum, Viola hopes to expand its presentation of new media and performance art. His first project at MAMBO will be the first solo exhibition of work by Teresa Margolles in Colombia, which will open on March 21, 2019. The Mexican-born and Madrid-based artist will present her most recent body of works, which will address the mass migration of Venezuelan citizens to Colombia.

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