Vicente Todolí was appointed Director, Tate Modern, by the Trustees of Tate in 2002. He joined Tate Modern fulltime in March 2003. Prior to his appointment at Tate he was Director of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto, Portugal.
Vicente Todolí’s career in the visual arts spans more than 20 years, and includes positions such as Chief Curator 1986-88 and then Artistic Director of IVAM (Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno) 1988-96, before joining the Museu Serralves as its founding Director in 1996. He was member of the jury and the Advisory Committee of the 1995 Carnegie International and he was an adviser for Future, Past, Present (curated by Germano Celant) at the 1997 Venice Biennale. From 2002 until 2007 he was on the Board of International Foundation Manifesta. He currently advises Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) in Barcelona, Museu Serralves in Porto, Merz Foundation in Torino, Botin Foundation in Santander, Kaldor Public Art Projects in Sidney among others. He is also a trustee of Parasol Unit in London and Dali Foundation in Figueres.
At IVAM he curated exhibitions of work by contemporary artists, such as John Baldessari, Richard Prince, Reiner Ruthenbeck, James Rosenquist, Richard Tuttle, Per Kirkeby, Tony Cragg, Juan Muñoz, Julião Sarmento, Guillermo Kuitca, Cildo Meireles and Pedro Cabrita Reis. At the Museu Serralves, he curated the museum’s inaugural exhibition, Circa1968, and exhibitions of James Lee Byars, Franz West, Gary Hill, Hamish Fulton, Lothar Baumgarten, Fischli and Weiss, Roni Horn, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Richard Hamilton/Dieter Roth and Francis Bacon. He co-curated the Portuguese pavilion for the 2003 Venice Biennale. At Tate Modern he has curated exhibitions of Sigmar Polke, Robert Frank, Fischli & Weiss, and also co-curated Cildo Meireles, Rodchenko & Popova: Defining Constructivism and recently Van Doesburg and the International Avant-Garde.
He was born in Valencia, Spain in 1958. His background includes graduate studies in art history as a Fulbright Scholar at Yale University and City University of New York. He was an ISP Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 1984-85. He is Chevalier des Arts et des Letres and he received the Portuguese order antiago da Espada in 2003.