Meet the Curator: Furio Rinaldi
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Join us for the first iteration of our two-part “Meet the Curator” series, introducing our two newest curators in the Art Division. On March 4, we invite you to get to know Furio Rinaldi, Curator, Achenbach Foundation for Graphics Arts, who joined the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco team in May 2020. Rinaldi will be joined by Karin Breuer, Curator in Charge, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, as they discuss works in the permanent collection, upcoming exhibitions and projects, and Rinaldi's experience and expertise in the world of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italian drawing.
Part two of the “Meet the Curator” series will take place on April 6, 2021, with Natasha Becker, curator of African Art, and Christina Hellmich, curator in charge of the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas and the Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art. Invitation and Zoom registration to come in the following weeks.
About the Speakers
Dr. Furio Rinaldi, an expert on fifteenth and sixteenth century Italian drawings, particularly the schools of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelobegan his tenure as Curator in the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts on May 4th. Using FAMSF’s extensive prints and drawings collection, Rinaldi will plan exhibitions, organize installations, conduct research, and share interpretation with audiences.
Most recently Rinaldi was Specialist, Associate Vice President, and Head of Sale in the Department of Old Master and 19th Century Drawings at Christie’s, New York. Prior to joining Christie’s, his curatorial experience includes positions in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and at the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan. Rinaldi has organized De Ludo Geometrico: la matematica e l geometria di Leonardo, Disegni di Leonardo dal Codice Atlantico (Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan), and co-organized and contributed to a number of exhibitions, including: Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), Leonardo e Michelangelo: capolavori della grafica e studi romani (Capitoline Museums, Rome), Leonardo da Vinci: The Design of the World (Palazzo Reale, Milan), Il Primato del Disegno (Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan), Raffaello e Urbino (Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino), and El Greco (Grand Palais, Paris). His field of expertise also includes Italian twentieth-century drawings and artists such as Giorgio Morandi, Umberto Boccioni, and Carlo Carrà.
With a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Rome, Rinaldi also holds an MA and BA in Art History from the University of Milan. His scholarly awards include a Fellowship from the Fondazione Roberto Longhi, Florence (2010-11), an Andrew W. Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship (2012–13), and a grant from The Renaissance Society of America (2015), among other distinctions. He has published extensively, including articles in The Burlington Magazine, Master Drawings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Journal, and recently authored Leonardo da Vinci’s De Ludo Geometrico: Drawings from the Codex Atlanticus (2013), and co-edited After 1564: Michelangelo’s Legacy in Late Cinquecento Rome (2016). He is currently working on the catalogue raisonné of Perino del Vaga.
Karin Breuer is curator in charge of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Over the past thirty-five years, Breuer has curated more than fifty exhibitions at the Legion of Honor and the de Young on subjects as diverse as Richard Diebenkorn’s prints, Henri Matisse’s artist books, and twentieth-century landscape drawings.
From 1992 to 1995, she directed the curatorial effort of the Achenbach Collection Management Project, a massive computer inventory of the collection. In 2002, she was named curator of contemporary graphic art and curator of new de Young planning. For the de Young project, she served as coordinator of the art installation for the 300,000-square-foot museum. In 2007, she was named the Achenbach’s curator in charge. Her publication projects include The Expressionist Era in Germany 1900–1933 (1990); Thirty-Five Years at Crown Point Press (1997); Japanesque: The Japanese Print in the Era of Impressionism (2010); Ed Ruscha and the Great American West (2016); and Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin (2019).
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