September 9, 2019

Beatrice Leanza to Lead Lisbon's Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology

LISBON, PORTUGAL—Italian curator and critic Beatrice Leanza has joined the Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon as its new executive director. Leanza was selected for the leadership role by the EDP Foundation, which funds the institution. The appointment is part of a plan to restructure the museum’s operations that will also include the creation of a new curatorial council. Leanza began her new role on September 2.

“The EDP Foundation believes that Leanza’s approach in the exploration of new practical and conceptual relations among art, design, and architecture, as well as her experience in the implementation of cultural strategies of community involvement and participation, will be decisive to MAAT’s consolidation as a cultural institution,” the organization said in a statement.

Prior to working at MAAT, Leanza served as the creative director of Beijing Design Week from 2013 to 2016 and as acting chief curator of the ongoing research program Across Chinese Cities, which was presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014, 2016, and 2018. She is also a cofounder of B/Side Design, an international organization that focuses on the development of urban initiatives that have social impact, such as the establishment of the Global School, which is billed as China’s first independent design institute. Leanza began her art-world career in Beijing, where she worked as a curator at Ai Weiwei’s alternative arts space, CAAW (China Art Archives and Warehouse).

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