Davıd Elliott is a curator and writer working on a number of travelling exhibitions of contemporary art and contributing to many art magazines, books and catalogues. He is currently the Artistic Director of the first Kyiv Biennial of Art in 2012 and artistic advisor for a new contemporary arts hub and Kunsthalle in the former colonial prison and police station in the centre of Hong Kong for which Herzog & de Meuron are the managing architects.
From 1976 to 1996 he was Director of the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, England, Director of Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden (1996-2001), founding Director of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (2001-2006), the first Director of the Istanbul Modern (2007), Artistic Director of the Biennale of Sydney (2008–2010), Rudolf Arnheim Guest Professor in Art History at the Humboldt University, Berlin (2008) and Visiting Professor in Museum Studies at the Chinese University in Hong Kong (2008-11). From 1998 until 2004 he was President of CIMAM (the International Committee of ICOM for Museums of Modern Art). He is Hon President of the Board of Triangle Art Network/Gasworks in London and on the Asia Advisory Board of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. His exhibition ‘Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in contemporary Japanese art’ opened at the Japan Society in New York in March 2011, with a related publication by Yale University Press, and ‘Between Heaven and Earth: Contemporary Art from the Centre of Asia’ was at Calvert 22 in London in September 2011. He has recently published essays on Ai Weiwei, Nandipha Mntambo, Fiona Pardington, Song Dong, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu and Xu Bing.