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Davıd Elliott is a curator and writer. During his long career as a museum director he has built a number of museums from scratch, and has extended and developed a number of others. Elliott was always distinct in the span of his professional interest and the attention to new areas on the map of contemporary art world.


From 1976 to 1996 Elliott was Director of the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, United Kingdom, and in 1996–2001 – Director of Moderna Museet (The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) in Stockholm, Sweden. He was Founding Director of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan (2001–2006), and the first Director of the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Turkey (2007). In 2008–2010, he was Artistic Director of the Biennale of Sydney, Australia, and in 2008 he was appointed Rudolf Arnheim Guest Professor in Art History at the Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. Elliott was Artistic Director of the 1st International Biennale of Contemporary art in Kiev, Ukraine (2011–2012), and from 2008 has been Visiting Professor in Museum Studies at the Chinese University in Hong Kong. From 1998 to 2004, he was President of CIMAM, the International Committee of ICOM for Museums of Modern Art. He is currently President of the Board of Triangle Art Network/Gasworks in London, United Kingdom, and on the Asia Advisory Board of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, USA.

At the beginning of 2015, his next book, Art and Trousers: Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Asian Art, will be published. 


Focusing on both present and future, moving in time and space between concerns with microcosms and universes, this exhibition resounds in a polyphony of individual perspectives interwoven by different ideas of aesthetics and culture — as well as standards of ‘goodness.’ The dream of good art — however it is made and wherever it comes from — has to be rooted in truth, ethics and a belief in life.

July 2, 2014

On June 24 and 25, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art began. 3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted for the competition, which lasted from November 2013 through March 2014. David Elliott, Artistic Director of the Biennale, proposed the motto A Time for Dreams as the general theme, and curated the main Biennale project, which presented works by 83 artists from 32 countries of the world.

June 17, 2014

The educational program of the Biennale, curated by Antonio Geusa and coordinated by Ekaterina Razdumina, is entitled Wise Advice, and aims at helping young artists to find answers to various questions that concern their creative growth and career development.