Artistic Director of Tate Liverpool Appointed

Tate announced today that Francesco Manacorda, Director of
Artissima, the international fair of contemporary art

Turin, has been appointed the new Artistic Director, Tate

Francesco Manacorda (b 1974 in Turin, Italy) has been
Director of Artissima since February 2010. Between 2007 and
2009 he was Curator at Barbican Art Gallery where he realised
the large-scale Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art (with co-
curator Lydia Yee) and Radical Nature - Art and Architecture
for a Changing Planet 1969-2009 (2009). Also at Barbican Art
Gallery, for Curve Art he commissioned Hans Schabus Next time
I'm Here, I'll Be There 2007, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer Frequency
and Volume 2008 and Clemens von Wedemeyer The Fourth Wall

In 2007 he curated Venetian, Atmospheric Tobias Putrih, the
Slovenian Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale, and in 2009
Save Yourself, Francis Uprichard, the New Zealand Pavilion at
the 53rd Venice Biennale.

Francesco Manacorda is also a writer, having contributed
reviews and features extensively to many publications
including Domus, Flash Art International and Art Review. He
has edited and co-edited several acclaimed publications,
among them Radical Nature (2009) and From Futurism to Arte
Povera - Portrait of a Collector (2005). He has also written
artists' monographs and contributed to a wide range of group
exhibition catalogues.

He has been Visiting Lecturer in Exhibition History and
Critical Theory at the Curating Contemporary Art department
at the Royal College of Art, London since 2006.

He has a Degree in Humanities from the University of Turin
(1993-2000) and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the
Royal College of Art, London (2001-3).

Francesco Manacorda said, "Tate Liverpool has an amazing
history combining cutting-edge programming with great art
historical scholarship. I am delighted to have the
opportunity to contribute to the mission of such a leading
international museum. I look forward to working with the
excellent team in dialogue with other art institutions in the

Andrea Nixon, Executive Director, Tate Liverpool said: "We
are delighted to welcome Francesco to the team at Tate
Liverpool. We are very much looking forward to his artistic
vision and experience contributing to shaping Tate
Liverpool's future programme."

Francesco Manacorda will move to Liverpool and take up the
appointment of Artistic Director, Tate Liverpool in April
2012. He will work with Andrea Nixon, Executive Director,
Tate Liverpool.

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