Lives and works in Naples, Italy.
Andrea Viliani is an art critic and curator and, since 2013, Director of the MADRE, the public museum of contemporary art founded by Campania Region in Naples, where he organized exhibitions by Francis Alÿs, Thomas Bayrle, Daniel Buren, Mimmo Jodice, Mark Leckey, Fabio Mauri, Boris Mikhailov, Giulia Piscitelli, Vettor Pisani, Walid Raad, Ettore Spalletti, Sturtevant, Padraig Timoney, Mario García Torres/Alighiero Boetti. At MADRE he has produced as well seminars and publications by artists such as Gusmao&Paiva, Stephen Prina and Akram Zaatari and oversaw the ongoing projects Per_forming a collection and Progetto XXI. From 2009 to 2012 he worked as Director of the Fondazione Galleria Civica-Centro di Ricerca sulla Contemporaneità in Trento, where he curated exhibitions of Rosa Barba, Robert Kuśmirowski, Gustav Metzger, Melvin Moti, Roman Ondák, Nedko Solakov, Clemens von Wedemeyer, commissioned Lara Favaretto’s public intervention Momentary Monument #3 and organized workshops and produced books by Gerard Byrne, Dora García, Alberto Garutti, Otolith Group, Tim Rollins and KOS, Francesco Vezzoli, Luca Vitone, Tris Vonna-Michell. From 2005 to 2009 he was Curator at the MAMbo–Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, where he presented an exhibition program focused on the contemporary legacy of the 60s/70s institutional critique and on a possible new approach to it (“institutional narrative"), curating exhibitions and projects by, among the others, Giovanni Anselmo, Adam Chodzko, Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda, Nico Dockx with Building Transmissions, Trisha Donnelly, Ryan Gander, Guyton\Walker, Diego Perrone, Seth Price, Jeroen de Rijke-Willem de Rooij, Natascha Sadr-Haghighian, Bojan Sarcevic, Markus Schinwald, Christopher Williams. From 2000 to 2005 he worked as Assistant Curator at the Castello di Rivoli-Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin. In 2012 Viliani was one of the six curatorial Agents/Core-Group of dOCUMENTA(13), co-curating with the Artistic Director Carolyn Christov Bakargiev and Aman Mojadidi the related position in Kabul and Bamiyan, Afghanistan. He also curated exhibitions and projects in various other institutions as, among the others, Paweł Althamer (MUSEION, Bolzano), Gabriele Di Matteo (FRAC Limousin), David Maljković (GAMeC, Bergamo), Deimantas Narkevičius (Museo Marino Marini, Florence) and Haris Epaminonda (Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice). Among the 60 “players” of the 2007 Biennale de Lyon, he is a contributor to the art magazines Flash Art, FROG, Kaleidoscope and Mousse.