Isabella Lenzi

Lives and works between Madrid, Spain and São Paulo, Brazil.
PIPA Nomination Committee Member 2020.

Critic, curator, editor and researcher, since 2011 she has developed exhibitions, editions, critical essays and public programs for institutions in Brazil and abroad.

Architect and urban planner, graduated from the University of São Paulo and the University of Porto, Portugal, holds an MRes in Museology from the University of São Paulo, an MA in Museum Studies from UCL – University College London, UK, and an MA in contemporary photography, from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.

Artistic director, chief curator and editor-in-chief from 2013-2019 of the cultural venue of the Consulate General of Portugal in São Paulo / Camões Institute, in which she consolidated a place for debate and experimentation, with exhibitions, film screenings, public programs and the edition of artists’ books and catalogues. 

From 2013 to 2015, she was also part of the curatorial /programming team of Associação Cultural Videobrasil. Prior to that, she was an assistant curator at Galeria Vermelho, in São Paulo, and in 2011 she was a curatorial assistant at the XI Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador.

Since 2016 she lives between Brazil and Europe. In 2017, she worked as a researcher and curatorial assistant at the Whitechapel Gallery Exhibitions Archive Department, in London. More recently she has worked on a series of projects in Europe, including: the first great solo show of Brazilian artist Alfredo Volpi outside Brazil, held at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (2018); Brasile. Il coltello nella carne, an exhibition with Brazilian contemporary artists curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti and Diego Sileo at the PAC – Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea in Milan (2018), among other projects such as exhibitions, public programs and editions in different parts of Spain, such as Madrid, Sevilla, Mallorca, Pamplona and Huesca.

She is currently exhibitions coordinator at Fundación MAPFRE, Madrid, and has just been selected in a public competition to work with a research fellowship at the Departamento de Colecciones del Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía – MNCARS, Madrid.

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