Born in Brescia in January 1979, Ilaria Bignotti is a PhD in Theories and History of the Arts and an independent curator.
Her training and professionalisation merge the scientific and curatorial rigor, the historical-artistic research and the valorization of the collections with the market and the art economy: this choice was dictated by the awareness of the need for virtuous synergies between cultural heritage and art market, in order to develop exhibition projects and publications of high scientific level and accredited quality, but also economically sustainable and capable of addressing to varied public formed by expertes, professionals, enthusiasts, young people and scholars.
Since 2003 she has held project management, coordination, and valorization positions, gaining considerable experience in the concept and coordination of national and international exhibitions and events, collaborating with prestigious public institutions and creating important and solid relationships with galleries and foundations of contemporary art. These aspects constitute the added value of her professionalism.
Among the most important ongoing experiences are
From 2013 she is Scientific Curator of Paolo Scheggi Archive, Milan-IT.
From 2015 she is Scientific Director of Francesca Pasquali Archive, Bologna-IT.
From 2016 she is Special Project Manager and Scientific Curator of Antonio Scaccabarozzi Archive, Milan-IT.
She is one of the Member of the Curatorial Committee of the forming Museum-Archive of Jeans, Genua, 2020-2021, and in this direction she is working to the first nucleous of artists which works will be part of the Museum: Emilio Isgrò, Pino Pinelli, Alberto Biasi, Gianfranco Zappettini, Fabrizio Plessi, Ugo La Pietra, Ugo Nespolo, Maurizio Donzelli, Francesca Pasquali, Giovanni Ozzola, Goldschmied & Chiari, Gianni Politi are some of the artists who have been accepted the invitation.
She was artistic consultant for the Shenzhen Art Biennale in 2018, dedicated to the theme of: OPEN SOURCE.
From 2003 she conceived, organized and curated international exhibitions projects, working for long time and continously with Museums, Institutions and Foundations. In Italy: Ca' Pesaro, Venice (2020); Museo d'Impresa CUBO Condividere Cultura, Bologna (2016-2020); Guggenheim Collection, Venice (2013); Center for Contemporary Art “Luigi Pecci”, Prato (2013, 2017); “Bevilacqua La Masa” Foundation, Venice (2011-2014); International Center for Art and Culture Palazzo Te, Mantua (2015); “Orestiadi” Foundation, Gibellina (2013-2014); Museum of contemporary Art RISO, Palermo (2014); MAR-Art Museum of the City, Ravenna (2013-2014 e 2017); Museum of Contemporary Art, Lissone (2018 e 2020); Art Museum of the City “Santa Giulia”, Brescia (2006, 2009); Mo.Ca.-Center for New Cultures, Brescia (2018-2020); Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, “Palazzo Forti”, Verona (2003-2006). Abroad: Richter Collection, Zagreb (2019-2020); Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (2011-in corso); Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London (2019); Shenzhen Biennale, Shenzhen (2018); Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing (2017); MoCA-Museum of Contemporary Art, London (2016); Art Museum, Cluj Napoca (2014); Italian Institute of Culture, Hamburg (2009).
Abroad: Richter Collection, Zagreb (2019-2020); Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (2011-in corso); Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London (2019); Shenzhen Biennale, Shenzhen (2018); Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing (2017); MoCA-Museum of Contemporary Art, London (2016); Art Museum, Cluj Napoca (2014); Italian Institute of Culture, Hamburg (2009).
Among the most important art galleries with wich she is collaborating: Tornabuoni Art, Florence-London-Paris; Cortesi Gallery, Milan-Lugano; Marignana Arte, Venice; IAGA Contemporary Art, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
From 2008 she is lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts “SantaGiulia” in Brescia, where she holds the courses of Latest Trendes in Visual Arts, Expressive Problems in Contemporary Art, History and Methodology of Art Critic and is Coordinator for didactics of the Schools of Painting and Sculpture.
She is Visiting Professor in several schools and universities: in Italy, 24Ore Business School, Milan; Università Cattolica, Brescia and Milan; Business Museum CUBO-Condividere Cultura, Bologna; abroad: ZERO Foundation, Düsseldorf; LVR-LandesMuseum, Bonn; Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Pechino.
She is Member of the Scientific Committee of the “MoRE Museum-museum for refused and unrealised art projects”, digital museum for the collecting and cataloguing of unrealised and refused artistic projects from 20th and 21st Century.
She is registered as Expert in modern and contemporary art at the Chamber of Commerce and the Court of the City of Brescia.
From 2003 to today, she has published over a hundred books, including modern and contemporary art catalogs on the occasion of the curated exhibitions, and she has written several essays and contributions in scientific monographs and reasoned catalogs. Among the main publishing houses: Skira, Marsilio, Mimesis (of which she is Curator of the “Resilienze” series).