Cornelia Lauf is an art historian and curator. Her specialty is contemporary art and cross-historical curating which she began to practice innovatively in the late 1980s. Extensive museum experience and many years of teaching at the university level have informed Cornelia's global curatorial practice. She is a prominent voice in the international dialogue on contemporary art. Through life choices and her work, she has built valuable connections with major figures in the arts, whether artists, galleries, private dealers, museum directors, collectors, or other professionals. Adept at building interpersonal relationships, Cornelia also has an aptitude for eliciting designs from artists and putting them into production by artisans.
While obtaining her doctorate in art history from Columbia University (1992), she held early positions in publishing, and at Christies in New York. She began curatorial work at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and continues to curate exhibitions internationally today.
With a unique ability to indicate trends in art history, Cornelia perceived that décor and material culture would become major topics in art history, conducted the first major survey of contemporary artist's books, studied certificates of authenticity by artists, and the role of glass, textiles, and other crafts in art. She mounted the first exhibition where the public was invited to install the art, staged contemporary art in castles and monasteries nearly three decades ago, and conceived art installations for a major hotel chain in the late 1980s.
Cornelia's personal flair and eye have been featured in: Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair, Knack, Frankfurter Allgemeine, The New York Times, Il Sole-24 Ore, Herald Tribune, La Repubblica, VilleGiardini, Die Welt am Sonntag, The World’s Best Olive Oils, and in books on Tuscan homes, New York metropolitan living, and Belgian interiors.