Lorenzo Balbi to Lead Bologna’s Museum of Modern Art

Lorenzo Balbi has been appointed the youngest ever director of the Museum of Modern Art in Bologna (MAMbo), as well as for the Morandi Museum, Museum for the Memory of Ustica, Villa delle Rose, and Sandra Natali Residence for Artists, which are constituents of del Civici (the Institution of Bologna Museums) and are dedicated to modern and contemporary art, Exibart reports.

Since 2007 Balbi has been the curator and coordinator of exhibition projects at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, as well as the head of its Young Curators Residency Program. He will succeed Laura Carlini Fanfogna at MAMbo, having agreed to a four-year contract to “bring innovation” to these museums, which are located in the shadow of Bologna’s famous medieval towers, the Asinelli and Garisenda.

The admissions committee, appointed by the city of Bologna, comprised Mariagrazia Bonzagni of the municipality of Bologna; Francesca Bruni, the Cape Area University head of culture and relationships; and the museum’s current director, Letizia Ragaglia. The committee said that thirty-five-year-old Balbi brings “his highly qualified professional profile . . . excellent interpersonal skills . . . [and] an innovative approach and determination to achieve goals” to del Civici.

Bolognese Councilor for Culture Bruna Gambarelli added, “Working with contemporary art in Bologna means combining the value of our assets with the ability to carry-out the needs of the district—and networking and collaboration with the various institutions, in a city of many artistic disciplines—we are confident that Baldi’s fresh approach will set us on the right path.”