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What Vicente did next

Vicente Todolí

The art world has been wondering what Vicente Todolí, the former director of Tate Modern in London, is up to. Last year, the Valenica-born museum supremo launched his own brand of extra virgin olive oil, Tot Oli, which derives from the 400 olive trees he planted 14 years ago in the mountains of Alicante. Now, Todolí is gearing up for his new gig: artistic advisor for the vast HangarBicocca contemporary art space in north-east Milan. Todolí, who will oversee the exhibition programme from this autumn, is tight-lipped about his plans but says: “The unique industrial nature of HangarBicocca's vast spaces allows a symbiosis between art and architecture that I [have] rarely experienced elsewhere. I am excited to be designing its artistic programme, and [am] keen to be involved in the long-term, passionate commitment of [venue sponsor] Pirelli towards this outstanding international art project.” But a project spokeswoman threw some light on the development, saying: “Todolí will work on approximately eight shows featuring artists from around the world between 2013 and 2015.” An exhibition devoted to the late US artist Mike Kelley is, meanwhile, due to open at the venue next month (“Mike Kelley: Eternity is a Long Time”, 24 May-8 September). Organised by the Los Angeles-based independent curator Emi Fontana and the in-house curator Andrea Lissoni, the show includes important works such as the 2001 installation John Glenn Memorial Detroit River Reclamation Project (Including The Local Culture Pictorial Guide, 1968-1972, Wayne/Westland Eagle). French billionaire François Pinault will loan pieces to the exhibition.

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