Cornelia Lauf is an independent curator and art historian with a broad interest in all artistic periods as displayed throughout her over thirty years of experience in the field of art. Her specialty is cross- historical curating and advising and she has worked with major collections of decorative arts in Germany, Italy, and the United States as a prominent voice in the international dialogue on contemporary art. Through her life choices and curatorial projects, she has built valuable connections with some of the top figures in the art world, whether in the field of auctions, galleries, private dealers, artists, collectors, or other professionals. Adept at building such interpersonal relationships, she has an aptitude for eliciting designs from artists and putting them into production by artisans after which they can be incorporated into other projects.
While obtaining her Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University (1992), she assisted private collectors and held early positions in galleries, publishing houses and at Christie's in New York. From there she moved on to begin museum work at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, which led her to coordinating and curating exhibitions internationally as she does today.
With a unique ability to create collections and indicate trends in art history she perceived that décor and material culture would become major topics in art history, conducted the first major study of contemporary art and artist's books, the first catalogue on certificates of authenticity by artists, and books on design in art and textiles in art. She mounted the first exhibition where the public was invited to install the art, installed contemporary art in historical buildings nearly 30 years ago and conceived art for the Intercontinental Hotel in Athens, owned by Dakis Joannou, in the late 1980s.
Cornelia's eye and personal flair for style have also been featured in profiles on her homes and work in numerous international journals: 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 book publications on Tuscan homes, New York metropolitan living, and Belgian interiors.