Since September, Fernanda Lopes is the new Artistic Director of the Brazilian art gallery Athena. She will be in charge of several actions such as exhibition projects, public talks, publications, accompaniment of the represented artists and innovative and experimental research initiatives. 


The main objective of Athena’s new Artistic Director will be to stimulate the dialogue between artists, curators, public and collectors and to contribute to the curatorial scope of Athena Gallery. 

Fernanda Lopes is an art critic, curator and researcher. She also holds a PhD from the Graduate Program of the School of Fine Arts at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and has been a professor at the Escola de Artes Visuais do parque Lage (Rio de Janeiro) since 2012, where she was also a student. 

She worked as assistant curator at Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (2016-2020), and associate curator in Visual Arts at Centro Cultural São Paulo (2010-1012). She published several books such as "Éramos o team do Rei" - The Rex Experience (Marcantonio Vilaça Visual Arts Award, Funarte, 2006); Experimental Area: Place, space and dimension of the experimental in Brazilian art of the 1970s (Bolsa de Stimulo à Produção Crítica, Minc/Funarte, 2012) and Francisco Bittencourt: Arte-Dinamita (Tamanduá-Arte, 2016 - organized with Aristóteles A. Predebon), as well as several essays and articles on Brazilian art.

Among the curatorial work she has been doing since 2008 is the Special Room of the Rex Group at the 29th São Paulo Biennale (2010) and the adjunct curatorship of the exhibition Maria Martins: Desire Imaginante at MASP (São Paulo, 2021) and at Casa Roberto Marinho (Rio de Janeiro, 2022). In 2017, together with Fernando Cocchiarale, she received the Maria Eugênia Franco Award from the Brazilian Association of Art Critics 2016 for curating the exhibition Em Polvorosa - A panorama of the collections of MAM-Rio.

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