Massimiliano Gioni (Busto Arsizio, 1973) is a curator and contemporary art critic.
He is currently Artistic Director of the Nicola Trussardi Foundation in Milan as well as Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York.
In 2010 he was the youngest and first European director of the 8th Gwangju Biennale in South Korea: the edition organized by Gioni attracted 500.000 visitors.
In 2003 he was the curator of the section entitled “La Zona” within the 50th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia. In 2004 he co-curated the 5th edition of the travelling biennale Manifesta and in 2006 he organized the 4th Berlin Biennale in collaboration with artist Maurizio Cattelan and curator Ali Subotnick. With Cattelan and Subotnick he founded the magazine Charley and the non-profit space The Wrong Gallery, initially opened in 2002 in New York and later hosted by Tate Modern in London in 2005.
Gioni has curated numerous group exhibitions – among them “Ghosts in the Machine”, “Ostalgia”, and “After Nature” at the New Museum – and solo shows by, among others, Pawel Althamer, Tacita Dean, Urs Fischer, Fischli and Weiss, Paul McCarthy, Pipilotti Rist, Anri Sala, Tino Sehgal, and Paola Pivi.
Editor of Flash Art magazine from 2000 to 2003, Gioni has also regularly contributed to many contemporary art magazines including Artforum, Art Press, Frieze, and Parkett and has published his writings in catalogues and volumes edited by Charta, Mondadori, Phaidon, Les Presses du Reel, and Rizzoli.