David Elliott

David Elliott, photo by Kate Elliott

David Elliott is a British curator and writer who has directed museums in Oxford, Stockholm, Tokyo, and Istanbul. He is currently Chairman of the Advisory Board of MOMENTUM in Berlin and Vice Director for International Initiatives/ Senior Curator at the Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art and Arts District in Guangzhou. A specialist in Soviet and Russian avant-garde, as well as in modern and contemporary Asian art, he has published widely in these fields as well as in many other aspects of contemporary art.

In 2008-10 he was Artistic Director of the 17th Biennale of Sydney, in 2011-12 directed the inaugural International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Kyiv, 2012 to 2014, Artistic Director of A Time for Dreams, the IV International Moscow Biennale of Young Art, and 2014-16, Artistic Director of The Pleasure of Love, the 56th October Salon in Belgrade.

During 2015-16 his exhibitions included BALAGAN!!! Contemporary Art from the Former Soviet Union and Other Mythical Places, Shen Shaomin THERE IS NO PROBLEM and Social Fabric: new work by Kwan Sheung Chi and Marianna Hahn. His new book Art and Trousers: Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Asian Art will be published by ArtAsiaPacific, Hong Kong/New York in 2018.

David Elliott talking about Shen Shaomin’s installation How Long Is Infinity? (2011) at the opening of the retrospective exhibition SHEN SHAOMIN: THERE IS NO PROBLEM! that he curated for the Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art in Guangzhou in 2015.

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  1. […] David Elliott is currently in Oxford to be close to his five grandchildren. While there, he is finishing a book titled Art and Trousers: Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Asian Art, due out next year. At the same time, he is working on an exhibition opening in September in China as well as a collaborative exhibition which is a retrospective work of David Medalla. Elliott’s book, in addition to being about Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Asian Art, is also a complete history of trousers. Through the context of trousers, Elliott explores colonialism, class, gender, power, and examines the multitude of artists who have been influenced in some way by trousers. Elliott is working on mounting a very large scale exhibition encompassing the work of contemporary video artist Bill Viola. […]