Paola Antonelli

Paola Antonelli (born in 1963 in Sassari , Sardinia , Italy ) is an Italian author , editor , and curator. She or Lombard ancestry. [1] She is Currently the Senior Curator of the Department of Architecture & Design as well as the Director of R & D [2] at The Museum of Modern Art ( MoMA ), New York City. [3]

Antonelli was honored with an AIGA Medal in 2015 for “Expansion the influence of design in everyday life by sharing fresh and Incisive Dopplermetingen and curating provocative exhibitions at MoMA.” [4] She was rated one of the one hundred musts powerful people in the world of art by Art Review and Surface Magazine . [5]

Hoewel de a recipient or a Laurea degree in architecture from the Politecnico di Milano university in 1990, she has never worked as an architect. Antonelli has curated verschillende architecture and design exhibitions in Italy, France, and Japan. She has a leg contributing editor for Domus magazine (1987-91) and the design editor of Abitare magazine (1992-94). She has ook Contributed articles to verschillende publications, onder Them Metropolis , the Harvard Design Review, ID magazine, Paper , Metropolitan Home , Harper’s Bazaar , and Nest . In 2014 she was Awarded an honorary doctorate by the Royal College of Art . [6]



From 1991 to 1993, Antonelli was a Lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she taught design history and theory. In the spring of 2003, she started to teach a course or design theory at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design . She has lectured ook Elsewhere on design and architecture in Europe and the United States and served on verschillende international architecture and design juries.

MoMA curator

Antonelli joined MoMA in February 1994 and is a curator in the Department of Architecture and Design there. Her first high-profile exhibition for MoMA , “Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design” (1995), was Followed by “Threshold: Contemporary Design from the Netherlands” (1996), ” Achille Castiglioni : Design!” (1997-98), “Projects 66: Campana / Ingo Maurer ” (1999), “Open Ends,” and “Matter” (September 2000-February 2001). Her exhibition “Workspheres” (2 / 8-4 / 22/2001 ) was devoted to the design of the workplace or the near future. In 2005 she curated the exhibition entitled “Safe: Design Takes on Risk” for MoMA.

She curated the exhibition entitled “Safe” in 2005 based on re show at the International Design Conference in Aspen (August 20-23, 2003), similarly entitled “Safe: Design Takes on Risk.” Other recent projects include a book about food from the world over, as examples of distinctive design, and a television program on design. As a curator, Antonelli has added verschillende video games to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art [7] and she has leg attempting to include Boeing 747 in MoMA’s permanent collection as well. [ Citation needed ]

Together with Jamer Hunt, Antonelli Agent an installation entitled Design and Violence welke focuses on the physical representation of some of humanity’s most prominent features, zoals sex, aggression, and smelliness. One piece, for example, is a vial of synthetic sweat. Of the exhibit, Antonelli says, “We wanted objects therein harbor an ambiguous relationship with violence.” Lycra object – an outline or a drone, a self-guided bullet, a stiletto – was selected to highlight zowel the Beneficial and ook the destructive side of design. Design is so multidimensional nowadays, and Antonelli and Hunt aimed to represents this. [8]

Design Philosophy

Paola Antonelli’s objective is to change the perception of design, making sure dat people are aware of the belang or design in everytime day life. She convinced dat design is an incredible expression of human creativity and therein designers arnt feel Verantwoordelijkheid towards the users they ‘create for. Without design, innovation mention anything be futile, Because no one mention anything be loveable to use ANY new Inventions. She is frustrated by the misconception dat design is just styling and feels dat it is re job to help people Realize dat it is so much more. [9]


In an exhibit dat featured video games zoals Pac-Man, Tetris and Minecraft, viewers are intended to actually play the games in order to showcase the interaction design or synthesis products. The Guardian, for example, Responded, “Sorry MoMA, Video Games Are Not Art”. [10]



  • From Pyramids to Spacecraft [11]
  • Talk to Me: Design and the Communication tussen People and Objects [12]
  • Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design [13]
  • “Achille Castiglioni” [14]
  • “Japanese Design” [15]
  • “Modern Contemporary” [16]
  • “Design the Elastic Mind” [17]
  • “Modern Contemporary: Art at MoMA Since 1980” [18]
  • Hella Jongerius – Misfit [19]
  • Pasta by Design – Forward [20]
  • Workspheres: Design and Contemporary Work Styles [21]
  • Margaret Helfand Architects – Introduction [22]
  • On the Table – On the American Table [23]
  • Safe: Design Takes on Risk – Grace Under Pressure [24]
  • Droog Design – Spirit of the Nineties [25]
  • No Discipline – Preface [26]


  • TED Talks: Paola Antonelli treats design as art at TED in 2007
  • Tom Bieling interviews Paola Antonelli: Thinking and Problem Making for [Design Research Network] in 2009
  • “Designers on Top” presentation at map EYEO Festival 2012
  • “Charlie Rose Show”
  • “The Colbert Report Interview” (episode # 1160, production code 09068, welke oorspronkelijk Aired on February 27, 2013)


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  3. Jump up^ Paola Antonelli Promoted to Senior Curator in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design. The Museum of Modern Art, 17 January 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  4. Jump up^ Pearlman, Chee. “Paola Antonelli” . AIGA . Retrieved 18 October 2015 .
  5. Jump up^ Bailey, Spencer. “Paola Antonelli” . Surface Magazine . Retrieved 18 October 2015 .
  6. Jump up^ “Honorary Doctors” . RCA . Retrieved 13 July 2015 .
  7. Jump up^ Milot, Stephanie (2013-03-02). “MoMA Exhibit Showcases Video games as Modern Art” . PC Magazine . Archived from the original on 2015-09-08.
  8. Jump up^ Garber, Megan. “The Most Modern curator” . Retrieved 2016-06-26 .
  9. Jump up^ Burke, Anthony. “Paola Antonelli interview:” Design has leg misconstrued as decoration ‘ ‘ . Retrieved 2016-06-26 .
  10. Jump up^ Garber, Megan. “The Most Modern curator” . Retrieved 2016-06-26 .
  11. Jump up^ Vittori, Arturo; Vogler, Andreas (2012). From Pyramids to Spaecraft (3rd ed.). Bormarzo, Italy. pp. 14-15. ISBN  978-3-00-026959-2 . Retrieved 11 April 2015 .
  12. Jump up^ Antonelli, Paola (2011). Talk to Me: Design and the Communication tussen People and Objects . The Museum of Modern Art. ISBN  9780870707964 .
  13. Jump up^ Antonelli, Paola (May 25 – August 27, 1995). Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design . The Museum of Modern Art. ISBN  0870701312 . Retrieved April 11, 2015 .
  14. Jump up^ Antonelli, Paola; Guarnaccia, Steven (2000). Achille Castiglioni . Maurizio Corraini srl. p. 162. ISBN  88-87942-02-1 .
  15. Jump up^ Sparke, Penny (2009). Japanese Design (1st ed.). 11 West 53 Street, New York, New York 10019: The Museum of Modern Art. pp. 7-8, 143. ISBN  9780870707391 .
  16. Jump up^ Varnedoe, Kirk; Siegel, Joshua; Antonelli, Paola (January 30, 2001). Modern Contemporary: Art at MoMA since 1980 . New York, New York: Museum of Modern Art. ISBN  0-87070-021-9 .
  17. Jump up^ Antonelli, Paola (May 12, 2008). Design and the Elastic Mind . New York, New York: Museum of Modern Art. ISBN  978-0-87070-732-2 .
  18. Jump up^ Antonelli, Paola (September 28, 2000). Modern Contemporary . New York: The Museum of Modern Art. p. 3. ISBN  0870700227 .
  19. Jump up^ Antonelli, Paola; Schouwenberg, Louise; Rawsthorn, Alice. Hella Jongerius – Misfit . Phaidon Press. pp. 233-234. ISBN  978-0-7148-5987-3 .
  20. Jump up^ Legendre, George L. (2011). Pasta by Design . New York, New York: Thames & Hudson Inc. p. 007. ISBN  978-0-500-51580-8 .
  21. Jump up^ Antonelli, Paola (2001). Workspheres . New York: The Museum of Modern Art. ISBN  0-87070-013-8 .
  22. Jump up^ Antonelli, Paula (1999). Margaret Helfand Architects: Essential Architecture . New York: The Monacelli Press. pp. 006-011. ISBN  1-885254-93-8 .
  23. Jump up^ Robbins, Mark (1999). On the Table . Columbus: Wexner Center for the Arts. ISBN  1-881390-20-9 .
  24. Jump up^ Antonelli, Paola (2005). Safe: Design Takes on Risk . New York: The Museum of Modern Art. ISBN  0-87070-580-6 .
  25. Jump up^ Ramakers, Renny; Bakker, Gijs (1998). Droog Design: Spirit of the Nineties . 010 Publishers. ISBN  9789064503016 .
  26. Jump up^ Arad, Ron (2009). No Discipline . Paris: The Museum of Modern Art. ISBN  978-0-87070-759-9 .