Marco Scotini

Head of NABA’s Visual Arts Department and Artistic Director of FM Center for Contemporary Art in Milan - Italy


Marco Scotini is Artistic Director of FM Center for Contemporary Art in Milan. Since 2004, he is Head of the Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies Department at NABA, Milan. Since 2014 he is Head of Exhibitions Program at PAV – Parco d’Arte Vivente, Turin.

During his career, Scotini has curated more than two hundred solo exhibitions of artists from Eastern and Central Europe, Latin America, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He has collaborated with art institutions as Documenta, Manifesta, Van Abbemusuem, SALT, Museo Reina Sofia, Castello di Rivoli, Nottingham Contemporary, MIT, Raven Row, Ludwing Múzeum Budapest, MSU Zagreb and Bildmuseet Umeå.

He curated the Albanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2015 and three editions of the Prague Biennale, in 2003, 2005, and 2007, among other biennales in Europe and Asia.

His project, Disobedience Archive, traveled internationally for 10 years in several European countries, in the United States and Mexico. He was Artistic Director of Gianni Colombo Archive from 2004 to 2016 organizing several retrospectives devoted to his work at international institutions such as Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum Graz, Haus Konstruktiv Zurigo and Castello di Rivoli together with Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.

His most recent exhibitions include: The Unexpected Subject: 1978 Art and Feminism in Italy, FM Centre for Contemporary Art, Milan (2019), 2nd Yinchuan Biennale, Yinchuan, China (2018), Anren Biennale – The Szechwan Tale: Theatre and History, Anren (2017), Piero Gilardi, Nature Forever. MAXXI, Rome (2017), The White Hunter: Memories and African Representations, FM Centre for Contemporary Art, Milan (2017), the PAV trilogy – EarthRise, ecologEast and The Green Tent (Das Grüne Zelt), PAV, Turin (2015-2016), Non-Aligned Modernity, FM Centre for Contemporary Art, Milan (2016), The Unarchivable: Italy 1970ies, FM Centre for Contemporary Art, Milan (2016), Too Early, Too Late: Middle East and Modernity, Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna (2015).

He is author/editor of the books “Politics of Memory: Documentary and Archive” (DeriveApprodi, Rome 2014, and Archive Books, Berlin 2015); “Deimantas Narkevičius. Da Capo. Fifteen Films” (Archive Books, Berlin 2015); “Artecrazia: Macchine espositive e governo dei pubblici” (DeriveApprodi, Roma 2016),  “Politiques de la végétation: Pratiques artistiques, stratégies communautaires, agroécologie” (Eterotopia France, Paris 2017); “Gianni Pettena. Not Conscious Architecture” (SternbergPress, Berlin 2017).

Marco Scotini is also the founder of the bookzine “No Order: Art in a Post-Fordist Society”, published by Archive Books in Berlin. Scotini has written essays for Italian and international magazines, including Moscow Art Magazine, Springerin, Flash Art, Domus, Manifesta Journal, Kaleidoscope, Brumaria, Chto Delat? / What is to be done?, Open, South as a State of Mind, Arte e Critica, Millepiani, and Alfabeta.