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Valentina Locatelli is an independent curator and writer based in Berne, Switzerland. Her research focuses on Italian Renaissance art and 19th century art-connoisseurship, international modern and contemporary art, and Latin American art. She is also interested in the exhibition of contemporary art in historic contexts.

Most recently she was curator of Southern Stars; An Exploration of Latin American Art, in the framework of Art Paris Art Fair, at the Grand Palais in Paris (April 2019), Cybèle Varela: Tropicalismo Remixed at the Brasilea Foundation in Basel (January–June 2018) and Yuan Yuan: Alternative Realities at Palazzo Terzi in Bergamo (June–July 2018), a project of the Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong / Shanghai.

Between 2013 and 2017 Locatelli worked at Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland, where she curated the following exhibitions: Mexico Mirrored in its Art: Prints, Independence, and Revolution (2013); Open Sesame! Anker, Hodler, Segantini... Masterpieces from the Foundation for Art, Culture and History (2014); Without Restraint: Works by Mexican Women Artists from the Daros Latinamerica Collection (2016). For Kunstmuseum Bern she also co-edited the catalogue of the museum collection (Kunstmuseum Bern: Masterpieces. Hirmer, Munich 2016). Between 2009 and 2012 Valentina worked for Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, implementing eight publication projects including BasquiatSurrealism in Paris and Brancusi & Serra. Prior to that, she worked at auction houses Christie's (London) and Dorotheum (Vienna).

Valentina holds a Ph.D. in Theory and Text Analysis (Università degli Studi di Bergamo, 2009), a Master of Advanced Studies in Museum Studies (Université de Genève, 2012) and a Master in German and English Studies with a Specialization in Arts (Università degli Studi di Bergamo and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, 2004).

Her Ph.D. dissertation on the art connoisseur Giovanni Morelli (1816–1891) was published in 2011 (Metamorfosi romantiche: le teorie del Primo Romanticismo tedesco nel pensiero sull’arte di Giovanni Morelli. Campanotto editore, Pasian di Prato, Udine, 2011).

Valentina is proficient in English, German, French and Italian. Her level of Spanish is advanced.