Dr Flavia Frigeri is an art historian, curator and lecturer. In September 2020 she joined the National Portrait Gallery as the Chanel Curator for the Collection to lead on Reframing Narratives: Women in Portraiture, a new three-year project supported by CHANEL Culture Fund, which aims to enhance the representation of female artists and sitters in the Gallery’s Collection.
From 2016 to 2020 she was a Teaching Fellow in the History of Art Department at University College London (UCL) and continues to be a longstanding member of faculty on Sotheby’s Institute’s MA in Contemporary Art. Previously she was Curator, International Art at Tate Modern, where she worked on exhibitions, acquisitions and permanent collection displays. At Tate Modern she co-curated The World Goes Pop (2015), and was responsible for: Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs (2014), Paul Klee: Making Visible (2013) and Ruins in Reverse (2013). From 2010 to 2011 she was the recipient of the prestigious Hilla Rebay International Fellowship from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.
She holds a PhD from UCL, an MA in Art History from University of Chicago and a BA in Art History from John Cabot University, Rome. She has published academic and catalogue essays and articles on a range of subjects including: post-war European art with a focus on Italian art, pop art, exhibition histories and feminist art. Between 2018 and 2019, she published two books, Pop Art and Women Artists both in Thames & Hudson’s Art Essentials series. Most recently, she co-edited a volume of collected essays New Histories of Art in the Global Postwar Era: Multiple Modernisms (Routledge, 2021) texts which originated in a symposium held at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Copenhagen in 2017. She is currently at work on a new book, considering the history, meaning and challenges of Transcultural Curating (Lund Humphries, 2023).
As an independent curator, her recent curatorial work includes: Carol Rama: Eye of Eyes (Lévy Gorvy, New York, 2019), Boom: Art and Industry in 1960s Italy (Tornabuoni, London, 2018) Invisible Cities (Waddington Custot, London, 2018) and Evolutionary Travels the inaugural show of Fundación Arte in Buenos Aires in 2016. She is currently curating exhibitions for Dia Art Foundation, New York and MACBA - Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona.