Dr Flavia Frigeri is an art historian, curator and lecturer, focusing on modern and contemporary art. She is the Chanel Curator for the Collection at the National Portrait Gallery and the author of Pop Art and Women Artists, both in Thames & Hudson’s Art Essential series.

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Carol Rama: Eye of Eyes

Lévy Gorvy, New York

4 January 2019 - 3 April 2019

The exhibition sites the work of Italian avant-garde artist Carol Rama in the context of the exhibitions she visited, the artists she was in conversation with, and the formal and conceptual concerns she encountered in the efforts of her contemporaries, making vivid the artistic landscape Rama occupied.

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Boom: Art and Industry in 1960s Italy

Tornabuoni Art, London

3 April 2018 - 5 June 2018

Taking as a starting point Vittorio De Sica’s 1963 film Il Boom, the exhibition explores the relationship between post-war Italian art and the country’s economic miracle in the 1960s, showing how artists envisioned, represented and reacted to the boom.

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Invisible Cities: Architecture of Line

Waddington Custot, London

3 March 2018 - 5 May 2018

Taking its title from Italo Calvino’s novel, Le città invisibili (Invisible Cities) the exhibition brings together an international group of artists who, in different ways, explored concepts of the ideal city, and discovered the necessary coexistence of the real and the imagined. Paintings and drawings by Giorgio de Chirico, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Shusaku Arakawa, Giulio Paolini and Tomás Saraceno are shown alongside sculptures by Gego and Fausto Melotti.

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Evolutionary Travels: Transformation and Permanence

Fundación Arte, Buenos Aires

1 December 2016 - 6 January 2017

Transposing the notion of evolution to an artistic context this exhibition probes the relationship between transformation and permanence in contemporary art. The role of the contemporary artist as a peripatetic agent is also examined in the exhibition which draws attention to a transnational network of making.

The World Goes Pop

Tate Modern, London

4 September 2015 - 0 January 2016

This exhibition tells a global story of pop art and reveals a different side to the artistic and cultural phenomenon. From Latin America to Asia, and from Europe to the Middle East, it reveals how different cultures and countries responded to the movement during the 1960s and 1970s. Organized around key themes - politics, the body, domestic revolution, consumption, public protest, and folk – the exhibition demonstrates how pop was never just a celebration of western consumer culture, but was often a subversive international language of protest – a language that is more relevant today than ever. Co-curated by Jessica Morgan and Flavia Frigeri, with Elsa Coustou.

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

Tate Modern, London

4 April 2014 - 0 September 2014

This landmark show explores the final chapter in Henri Matisse’s career in which he began ‘carving into colour’ and his series of spectacular cut-outs was born. In his late sixties, when ill health first prevented Matisse from painting, he began to cut into painted paper with scissors to make drafts for a number of commissions. In time, Matisse chose cut-outs over painting: he had invented a new medium. The exhibition showcases a dazzling array of 120 works made between 1936 and 1954, many of which have not been seen together in over 50 years. Curated by Nicholas Serota and Nicholas Cullinan, with Flavia Frigeri

Paul Klee: Making Visible

Tate Modern, London

3 October 2013 - 0 March 2014

Witty, inventive, magical, Paul Klee’s exquisite paintings resist easy classification, making him one of the most fascinating modern masters. In this exhibition, paintings, drawings and watercolours from collections around the world are reunited and displayed alongside each other as the artist originally intended, often for the first time since Klee exhibited them himself. Curated by Matthew Gale, with Flavia Frigeri.

Ruins in Reverse

Tate Modern, London | Museo de Arte de Lima

5 March 2013 - 0 November 2013

Ruins in Reverse was the result of a curatorial collaboration between Tate Modern in London and the Museo de Arte de Lima – MALI in Peru. The exhibition questioned the distinction between historical monuments and abandoned urban ruins by bringing together works by six international artists: Rä di Martino, Pablo Hare, José Carlos Martinat, Haroon Mirza, Eliana Otta and Amalia Pica. Co-curated by Flavia Frigeri and Sharon Lerner.