In recent decades, as the biennial ecosystem has expanded, so too has an international network of curators. Building on a legacy launched by the work of figures like Harald Szeemann, Germano Celant, and Okwui Enwezor, these curators, many of whom emerged in the 1990s and 2000s, have organized groundbreaking surveys and forward-looking biennials, and founded initiatives intended to spur on creative thinking among others.
This list collects 25 curators who are shaping the art world today. Based on several continents and focusing on a number of different topics, they have helped make art history more inclusive and, in many cases, transformed biennials and institutions with which they have been involved. From feminist art shows to globalist surveys to ambitious quinquennials, their work has ranged vastly—and helped define the profession.
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A list of 25 of the most influential curators working today follows below.