Paola Antonelli

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Paola Antonelli (2008)

Paola Antonelli (born May 13, 1963 in Sassari , Sardinia ) is an Italian architect and museum curator .


Antonelli graduated from the Milan Polytechnic in 1990 with the title Laurea . So far she has not worked as an architect, but has subsequently curated various exhibitions on the subject of design in Italy, France and Japan. During her studies, she worked for the Italian magazine Domus . She was also the design editor of Abitare magazine .

Antonelli was a lecturer in Theory and History of Design at the University of California, Los Angeles until 1994, before becoming a curator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City in February 1994 . Since 2007 she has been chief curator for architecture and design at MoMA.

Antonelli is also responsible for MoMA's design purchases and has initiated acquisitions for the museum by designers such as Richard Sapper , Dieter Rams , Ingo Maurer , Philippe Starck , Kenji Ekuan and posters by graphic artist Stefan Sagmeister .

Antonelli writes articles on design for various magazines such as Harper's Bazaar , Metropolis , Metropolitan Home , The Harvard Design Review etc. She is married and lives in New York.

Curated exhibitions (selection)

  • 1996: Thresholds: Contemporary Design from the Netherlands
  • 1997/98: Achille Castiglioni : Design!
  • 1999: Projects 66: Fratelli Campagna Design Brazil / Ingo Maurer
  • 2001: Workspheres
  • 2004: Humble Masterpieces
  • 2005: Safe: Design Takes on Risk
  • 2008: Design and the Elastic Mind , Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Manhattan, New York City, USA. Catalog.


From 2002 to 2007 Antonelli taught the theory and history of design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Since 2009 she has been teaching at the School of Visual Arts in New York.



as editor
in cooperation

Web links

Commons : Paola Antonelli  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Jump up ↑ Heaven and back in: FAZ of May 28, 2011, page C3
  2. Paola Antonelli is the winner of the Lucky Strike Designer Award 2010