Stephanie Rosenthal is the artistic director of the 2016 Biennale of Sydney—the twentieth instalment of Australia’s largest contemporary arts festival, running in the harbour city from 18 March to 5 June 2016. Back in London, she is the chief curator at the Hayward Gallery—a position she’s held since 2007, and one through which is able to explore a key focus of her curatorial practice: the relationship between visual art and performance.
Previously, at Haus der Kunst in Munich, Stephanie worked on exhibitions such as Night (1998) and Objects in 20th Century Art (2000) before being appointed to the position of curator for modern and contemporary art. A series of significant exhibitions highlight her work in that role: Alan Kaprow: Art as Life (2006); Aernout Mik: Dispersions (2004); Abigail O’Brien: The Seven Sacraments (2003); Stories: Narrative Structures in Contemporary Art (2002); and Paul McCarthy: LaLa Land Parody Paradise, which toured to the Whitechapel Gallery in 2005. Stephanie was also one of three curators coordinating Imperfect Idler or When Things Disappear—the national section of the inaugural International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, presented in Colombia from February to April of 2014.