Initially showing an interest in the sciences, Pivi set out on her career as a student at Milan’s Faculty of Engineering, but she soon left university to enrol at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. Winning the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1999, Pivi entered her work in the Biennale for the second time in 2003, in Manifesta in 2004 and 2014, and at the Berlin Biennale in 2008. She has shown her work at leading museums and galleries, including the P.S.1 MoMA in New York, the MACRO in Rome, the Kunsthalle Basel in Basel, the Portikus and the Schirn Kunsthalle in Framkfurt, Palazzo Grassi in Venice, the Tate Modern in London and the Public Art Fund in New York (for which she produced an installation in which a Piper Seneca plane rotated on its own axis, suspended by its wings). Her work may be admired in a number of prestigious permanent collections, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and the Castello di Rivoli in Turin, and the MAXXI – Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo in Rome.

Paola Pivi
Paola Pivi
Milan, 1971

Past Exhibitions

Focus Collezione Acacia: Paola Pivi

Museo del Novecento
01/04/2019 — 30/05/2019

The Street. Where the World is Made

Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo – MAXXI
07/12/2018 — 28/04/2019

New Exhibitions at the Margulies Collection 2018

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse
23/10/2018 — 27/04/2019

Paola Pivi: Art With a View

The Bass
13/10/2018 — 10/03/2019

Paola Pivi: You don’t have to believe me

Massimo De Carlo London
21/04/2017 — 27/05/2017

Solo Shows


Yee-Haw, Galerie Perrotin, Paris


Tulkus 1880 to 2018, FRAC Bourgogne, France


Ok, you are better than me, so what?, Galerie Perrotin, New York
Once upon a time. (A dream by Paola Pivi)” with Carla Accardi, Carlson Gallery, London
Tulkus 1880 to 2018, Witte de Withe, Rotterdam


Tulkus 1880 to 2018, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
Share, But It’s Not Fair, curated by Larys Frogier, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai
How I roll, Public Art Fund, Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park, New York


Nice Ball, Museo del Novecento, Milan
The beauty is in my eyes, Museo del Risorgimento and Palazzo Morando, Milan


Sorry, I can’t tell you, Galerie Perrotin, Miami
What goes round – art comes round, Galerie Perrotin, Paris
Sorry I can’t tell you, Carlson Gallery, London
Special Project: “Grrr Jamming Squeak”, public artwork commissioned by Sculpture International Rotterdam, Rotterdam

Group Shows


One Way, Peter Marino, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, USA


Retour à l’intime, La collection Giuliana et Tommaso Setari, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
La Belle et la Bête, curated by Ashok Adicéam, Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Bordeaux, France
Fuoriclasse. 20 anni di arte italiana nei corsi di Alberto Garutti, curated by Luca Cerizza, Galleria d’Arte Moderna of Milano, Italy
Gli artisti italiani della collezione Accia, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy


21st Century : Art in the First Decade, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
21×21. 21 artisti per il 21° secolo, curated by Francesco Bonami, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
Parkliv, curated by Bettina Pehrsson & Helena Selder, Marabouparken, Sundbyberg, Sweden
Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum Rotunda, Guggenheim Museum, New York
WYSTAWA, curated by Susanne Pfeffer, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Hope, curated by Ashok Adicéam, Palais des Arts et du Festival, Dinard, France
Things that only an artist can do, curated by Javier Marroqui and David Arlandis, MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Spain
SI – Sindrome Italiana, curated by Yves Aupetitallot, Magasin, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Milan Country of birth: Italy Date of birth: 1971 Lives in: Anchorage (Alaska) and New Delhi (India)
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