Cornelia Lauf is a art historian, curator, and aesthetic advisor. She received a doctorate in art history from Columbia University, and began her curatorial career at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. Lauf has founded and branded numerous cultural initiatives: Material Culture (1988) and Décor(1989), and Camera Oscura (1990), an alternative space devoted to craft, art, and agriculture, in a rural community in Tuscany. She has organized many exhibitions on art, often in relation to applied arts, and almost always in direct production with living artists. Institutions that have featured her exhibitions include: the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard; Casa di Goethe, Rome; Goethe Museum, Weimer: Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome; Musei Civici, Venice; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, among many others. Lauf named and founded publishing house Three Star Books with two partners (until 2015), and has been active in producing artist's books since 1982. She was appointed Scientific Director of European Glass Experience, an European Union Creative Europe program. She advises private collections, and is curating an exhibition on Enrico Castellani, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Joseph Kosuth, and Piero Manzoni, for Mazzoleni London. Upcoming projects include a symposium on the culture of olive oil to be held at the Capitoline Museums, Rome. Dr. Lauf and lives and works in Rome. She is the mother of two daughters by her first husband, Joseph Kosuth, and the wife of architect and farmer, Giuseppe Catalano di Melilli.

 

Exhibitions

Enrico Castellani, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Joseph Kosuth, Piero Manzoni. (After an idea of Emilio Prini). Mazzoleni London, June 2017.
Culture of Olive Oil, Frieze Masters VIP, October 2016.
Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists, Cleveland: Museum of Contemporary Art, September, 2016.
Carlo and Fabio Ingrassia, Rome: MACRO, 2016
European Glass Experience, Brussels and Venice: European Union/Creative Europe and City of Venice, 2013-2015.
Equator Productions, New York, 10 carpets by artists, 2013-2016.
Manuel Gorkiewicz, special project, UrbanGlass, New York and MAK, Vienna, presentation, 2014
Emilio Prini. Brussels: Museum Cultuur Strombeek, October 2014.
Joseph Kosuth (ad campaign for Murano)
Finnmecanica ad campaign with 7 young artists
Emilio Prini (catalogue, a bibliography)
Mario Airò (necklace co-production with Buccellati)
Nathaniel Mellors (video production)
Ryts Monet (video production)
Diego Tonus (exhibition production)
Jonathan Monk (sculpture production project)
Daniel Meier-Reimer (Hertziana, Florence)
Fernando and Umberto Campana (private commission in New York/Gstaad)
Max Peiffer Watenphul (exhibition project)
A Very Light Art, Venice: Ca’ Rezzonico and Musei Civici (MUVE), 2013. Stefano Arienti, Mario Airò, Cerith Wyn Evans, Flavio Favelli, Luigi Ontani, Heimo Zobernig. With catalogue, edited by Bellei & Salvaneschi, Kaleidoscope.
Contemporary Oils, agricultural labels with artists, Castel S. Pietro (RI), Italy. 2012-present.
Indeed: Certificates of Authenticity in Art,, co-curator with Susan Hapgood, traveling exhibition (Vleeshal, Middelburg; Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice; KHOJ, New Delhi; Mumbai Art Room; Nero HQ; School of the Art Institute, Chicago; The Drawing Center, New York; CCA, Vilnius), 2011-2012.
Dennis Balk, [advisor to V. Romagnini Sulfato and Michela Bortolozzi], Book Fair, Venice, 2011.
Church of Scansorosciate/Unversity Gregoriana Project, Scansorosciate/Rome, 2011.
Gabi Dziuba/Christian Phillip Mueller, Modena: Galleria Civica, 2009.
Manifesta, 2008, section Rovereto, with airswap, Rifiuto con Affetto, and Aspramente.
Co-curator with Angela Vettese, IUAV al MAXXI, Rome: MAXXI, 2008.
Heimo Zobernig, Galleria Civica di Modena, 2008.
Tristano di Robilant, DARC/Museo Boncompagni Ludovisi, Rome, 2007.
Vladimir Radunsky, John Cabot University, Rome, 2006.
Robert Smithson, American Academy in Rome, 2003.
Joan Jonas and Elisabetta Benassi, American Academy in Rome, 2003.
Toshiko Mori and Verde Visconti, American Academy in Rome, 2002.
D.J. Spooky, Goa Club and American Academy in Rome, 2003.
Dale Haven Loy. U.S. Embassy and Palazzo Firenze, Rome, 2002.
Mesopotamia: Gino de Dominicis, Alighiero Boetti, and Near Eastern Archaeological Photographs American Academy in Rome, 2002.
Fellowship: Photographs from the Photo Archive, American Academy in Rome, 2002.
Katharina Sierverding, Casa di Goethe, Rome, 2001. With Ludovico Pratesi. Traveling to Weimar (Stiftung Weimarer Klassik).
Konstantin Grcic, Casa di Goethe, Rome, 2000. With Ludovico Pratesi. Traveling to Weimar (Nationalmuseum Stiftung Weimarer Klassik), and Harvard, Busch Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Artisti Collezionisti, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, November-January 2001. Co-curator, Pieranna Cavalchini.
Jewelry by Artists, Edizioni Elena Levi, Rome, December 2000.
Artist/Author, NY: DAP, 1998. MOCA, Chicago and New Museum, NY. Co-curator with Clive Philpott.
Ken Lum, Sarah Charlesworth, Michel Zumpf, Clegg & Guttmann, David Byrne, Heimo Zobernig. Exhibitions organized for Santa Maria della Scala, Siena, 1997-1999.
Camera Oscura, San Casciano dei Bagni, Italy, 1995-1999. Over seventy exhibitions involving art, craft, and agriculture.
Melissa McGill and Sandra Hastenteufel, Incontri Internazionali, Venice, 1993.
Marc Goethals, Chateau de Courances, France, 1992.
Wealth of Nations. Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland, 1992.
Jan Dibbets/Joseph Kosuth: Homage to Adolfo Boni, S. Casciano Bagni, 1991.
FluxAttitudes (curated with Susan Hapgood), New Museum of Contemporary Art, and Hallwalls, Buffalo, 1991-1993.
Arte Domani, Spoleto, Italy, 1990. With Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Chris Williams, Jessica Diamond, and Lincoln Tobier.
Natura Naturata, New York: Josh Baer Gallery, 1989. Group exhibition.
Similia Dissimilia. New York and Düsseldorf: Leo Castelli Gallery and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 1987. Group curated. Catalogue by Rizzoli.
Coordinator. Non-Objectivity and Realism: Twentieth Century Painting from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Guggenheim Museum, New York and Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, 1986.
Coordinator. A Quiet Revolution: American Abstract Art from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Guggenheim, N.Y. and Columbia Art Museum, S.C., 1986.
Honors and Awards
Kress Fellowship; American Association of University Women Fellowship; Oberlin College Alumni Fellowship; Columbia University Presidents' Fellowship; Columbia University Fellowship; Wolfgang Stechow Memorial Prize; Oberlin College. Consultant: Fondation Prince Pierre, Monaco; Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice; Ministry of Culture, Italy; Premio Furla, Milan; City of Rome; World Food Program, Rome; Tiffany Foundation, New York; Artpace, Atlanta; Getty Center, Los Angeles; Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, Iuav, Premio per migliora tesi. Profiles: 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.