Authors team

David Elliott

Artistic Director

Jonathan Barnbrook


David Elliott is a British curator, writer and professor of modern and contemporary art who has directed museums in Oxford, Stockholm, Tokyo, and Istanbul. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Triangle Art Network/Gasworks in London, Chairman of the Advisory Board of MOMENTUM in Berlin and a Visiting Professor in Curatorship at the Chinese University in Hong Kong. 

A specialist in Soviet and Russian avant-garde, as well as in modern and contemporary Asian art, he has published widely in these fields as well as on many other aspects of contemporary art. In 2008-10 he was Artistic Director of the 17th Biennale of Sydney and in 2011-12 directed the inaugural International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Kyiv. From 2012 to 2014 he was Artistic Director of A Time for Dreams, the IV International Moscow Biennale of Young Art, co-curator of PANDAMONIUM: New Media Art from Shanghai and curator of Fragments of Empire (both for MOMENTUM, Berlin) and curator of Art From Elsewhere. Art from British Regional Galleries, a Hayward Gallery Exhibition that has recently closed at both Arnolfini and the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

During 2015 his exhibitions included Scheisse: a solo show by Zhou Xiaohu and BALAGAN!!! Contemporary Art from the Former Soviet Union and Other Mythical Places in Berlin and Shen Shaomin THERE IS NO PROBLEM in Guangzhou, China.

During the current year his exhibition Social Fabric: new work by Kwan Sheung Chi and Marianna Hahn was shown at Mill6 Foundation in Hong Kong in March-April. Next year Elliott’s new book Art and Trousers: Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Asian Art will be published by AAP, Hong Kong/New York.

Jonathan Barnbrook is one of the most well-known graphic designers in Britain. Since 1990 he has chosen to work with a mixture of cultural institutions, activist groups and charities as well as completing a steady stream of personal posters. He is also know for his collaborations with Adbusters, Damien Hirst, his work for David Bowie and his ubiquitous fonts designs released through Emigre and his company Virusfonts. His contribution to graphic design was recognised by a major exhibition at the Design Museum, London in 2007.