VALENTINA MONCADA (Valentina Moncada di Paternò)

Valentina Moncada is an italian dealer, director and founder of an art gallery opened in 1990 in via Margutta, Rome. Since its inception Galleria Valentina Moncada has specialized in contemporary art and established itself presenting exhibitions of artists from all over the world, now recognized as international masters.

 She currently works as a curator of contemporary art in public museums and editorial projects. She is also involved in archival projects, namely the Johnny Moncada Archive, the Archive of the Studi Patrizi 1858-1946 and the reconstruction of the lost archive of Associazione Artistica Internazionale.
From 2010 to 2014 Valentina Moncada is also Chairman McKim Medal and from 2012 to 2014 Trustee at the American Academy in Rome.

In her over twenty years of experience in the field she has been considered a talent scout and a pioneer in discovering new artists. Her choices are memorable. She opened the first Italian or Roman exhibitions of Tony Cragg, Christian Marclay, Yayoi Kusama, James Turrell and the première of Chen Zhen. She works alongside Anish Kapoor and other famous artists as Damian Hirst, Mona Hatoum, Rachel Whiteread, Andy Goldsworthy. She explored photography, video art and multimedia installations with Nan Goldin, Gregory Crewdson, Thomas Ruff, Matthew Pillsbury, Mario Giacomelli, Carlo Gavazzeni. She was always very interested in great master photographers as Jeanloup Sieff, Lee Miller, Robert Doisneau, Alexander Rodchenko and in Video Artists too, like Gillian Wearing, or having curated several Video Art Festivals. In 2009 the Tableau Vivant and the solo exhibition dedicated to Luigi Ontani marked an important step for the gallery and for the city of Rome. In 2011 the exhibition Valentina Moncada_Contemporary Odyssey, during the Spoleto 2Mondi Festival, curated by Gianluca Marziani at the Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive, was a tribute to
her twenty year long career.

Many art critics and journalists wrote about her activity, such as: Achille Bonito Oliva who mentioned her gallery among the most important in Italy (; Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, who wrote the texts into the Chen Zhen catalogue of exhibition and many articles published in the italian journal «Il Sole24 ore»; Frédéric Mitterrand, Director of The French Academy in Rome Villa Medici and French Minister of Culture, in occasion of the exhibition Theo by Richard Avedon; Jean Francois Yvars, Honorary Director Trustee of the Valencia Modern Art Museum (IVAM), for the exhibition Picasso in via Margutta 1917 – 2007. Among the numerous articles in «Artforum» magazine it’s worth to mention Ida Panicelli writing about Donatella Landi’s solo exhibition.

 Valentina Moncada curated exhibitions in public and state museums: the French Academy in Rome Villa Medici, the Capitolini Museums (Rome), The State Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg), the MUAR - Shchusev State Museum of Architecture and Sotheby's in Moscow., Somerset House, London, MACRO, Rome, Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia, Rome.

As art historian she published several books with the following publishing houses: Cambridge University Press, Charta, Electa, Umberto Allemandi & C.
, Rizzoli International, Silvana Editoriale. 

Her exhibitions have been sponsored by prestigious companies and institutes like: Pirelli, the American Academy in Rome, the Japanese Institute of Culture in Rome, the British Council, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hague, the Henry Moore Foundation (UK), Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation for Art (Turin), the Musée du Québec, the Québec Ministry of Culture and Communications, the Québec Ministry of International Affairs, the Slovak Institute in Rome, Pro Helvetia, the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, the City of Rome, the French Academy in Rome Villa Medici, the italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Alta Roma.