This British Ghanaian curator has been selected as the International Art Curator for Tate Modern


This is Osei-Bonsu, a well renowned curator, critic and historian in the global arts fraternity.

By his name you can deduce that he hails from Ghana but that is not why you’re reading about him.

The London and Paris-based curator has been named as Tate Modern’s International Art Curator alongside other established names such as Nabila Abdel Nabi and Devika Singh who will oversee the Middle Eastern and Asian sections of modern and contemporary art respectively. The announcement also mentions Valentina Ravaglia as curator in charge of Tate Modern’s display programs.

According to the Museum, these highly publicized appointments are in line with its plan to attract a much wider international audience. 

Director of the Museum, Frances Morris speaking to the press about the recent appointments revealed that, “Their significant experience and expertise will play an important part in expanding our knowledge of modern and contemporary art from Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East, furthering our ambition to present a truly international story of art through our program and collection.”

Osei-Bonsu doubles as lecturer of modern and contemporary art and chairperson of the 2019 African Art in Venice Forum.  His activities encompass exhibition programming, publishing and cultural strategy in the field of visual arts. He has developed projects focused on transnational histories of art, collaborating with museums, galleries and private collections internationally. In 2017, he curated the 10th edition of Satellites, an exhibition co-commissioned by Jeu de Paume and CAPC: Centre for Contemporary Art, Bordeaux. He has also worked on the development of a number of projects focusing on African art, including ‘Pangaea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America’(Saatchi Gallery, 2015) and 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (2013-14). He holds a Masters in History of Art from University College London, where he earned a distinction for his dissertation on Surrealism and African sculpture. Bonsu is a contributing editor at frieze magazine.

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