Francesco is a writer and a curator.
In 2000 he was the curator for the 3rd Manifesta; in 2003, the Director of the 50th Venice Biennale and in 2010, the curator of the 75th Whitney Biennial of American Art. Also in 2003, he curated the painting show “From Rauschenberg to Murakami :1963/2003”, held at Venice’s Museo Correr.
He has curated Yan Pei Ming and Damien Hirst exhibitions in Qatar for the QMA. At the MCA in Chicago he was the curator of Jeff Koons’ and Rudolf Stingel’s surveys. In 2013 at Palazzo Reale in Milan he has curated an exhibition of Bob Dylan’s paintings.
Francesco has also curated exhibitions at The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, The Whitechapel Gallery in London, The National Museum in Seoul, The Hara Museum in Tokyo, Gagosian Gallery in London and New York, Luxembourg and Dayan in London and New York, Barbara Gladstone Gallery in New York and Brussels, Blum & Poe in Tokyo. In addition, he has collaborated on projects with Raf Simons, Juergen Teller, Pier Paolo Piccioli, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Hedi Slimane, Antonio Marras, Rodarte, Rick Owens and Haider Ackerman.
He is the Honorary Director of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo for the Arts in Italy, and is the artistic director for JNBY Art Matters in Huangzhou, China where he is also collaborating with Renzo Piano and RPBW at the JNBY art center.
In 2010 he received the Legion d’Honneur from the French Republic.
He has presented programs on contemporary art for Italian television on Sky, RAI 1 and RAI 2 and Canale 5, and is also a regular contributor of La Stampa, Il Foglio,GQ, Vogue and Vanity Fair.
He’s the author of several books on contemporary art including “Lo Potevo Fare Anch’io” and “L’Arte nel Cesso: da Duchamp a Cattelan ascesa e declino dell’arte contemporanea” and ” Maurizio Cattelan Autobiografia non autorizzata ” all published by Mondadori.
For Marsilio he has publish “Curator: Autobiografia di un mestiere misterioso” .
For Rizzoli he has curated the Yan Pei Ming Catalogue raissonè.
In 2019 for Feltrinelli he will publish ” Post: L’opera d’arte all’epoca della sua riproducibilità sociale ”