David Elliott is a curator and writer who directed contemporary art museums and institutions in Oxford, Stockholm, Tokyo, Istanbul, Sydney and Kiev. He is currently Artistic Director of A Time for Dreams, the 4th International Biennale of Young Art to be held in Moscow in June 2014, and working on two traveling exhibitions for the UK and USA as well as on a book of his writings on Asian art to be published in 2014.
He was President of CIMAM (the International Committee of ICOM for museums of modern and contemporary art) from 1998 to 2004, is President of the Board of Triangle Art Network/Gasworks in London, and of MOMENTUM in Berlin, on the Asia Advisory Board of the Guggenheim Museum and a Guest Professor in Curatorship at the Chinese University in Hong Kong.
A specialist in Soviet and Russian avant-garde, as well as in modern and contemporary Asian art, he has published widely in these fields as well as on many other aspects of contemporary art. In 2008-2010 he was Artistic Director of the 17th Biennale of Sydney and in 2011-2012 directed the inaugural International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Kiev, Ukraine. He has also advised the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charitable Trust on the development of the Central Police Station heritage site into a centre for contemporary art.
His exhibition Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art, held at the Japan Society in New York, won the AIACA (American International Art Critics’ Association) prize for the best show in a public space in the USA in 2011. Between Heaven and Earth: Contemporary Art from the Centre of Asia, which he curated for Calvert 22 in London was one of Art Asia Pacific magazine’s best shows for 2011.