The Visionary Circle will help us to engage new audiences, increasing the visibility and contemporary impact of Aby Warburg’s pioneering approach to the history of art and culture. Established in 2020, the initiative is spearheaded by Mafalda Kahane, a Warburg family member, and is comprised of a strong core of young curatorial and creative leaders who have dedicated themselves to helping us raise the Institute’s profile and increase its impact in contemporary culture. The Circle is a key component of the Warburg Renaissance (add link) and activities will include designing and programming our new spaces, developing new opportunities for visiting and resident artists, advising on artistic commissions and acquisitions and producing print and digital documentation.

The Visionary Circle is currently organising their exciting opening programme and this page will provide details on all events and initiatives.

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Founding Members

Mafalda Kahane (Chair)

Mafalda Millies is a video- and creative based in Vienna. Her work ranges from the curation and artistic direction of live performances and experiential installations over to video, and content creation. Mafalda is co-founder and partner of TRIADIC, a creative house focused on cross-disciplinary arts.  She is currently the creative director and curator of Live Nation’s art, music and technology festival FOR_MAT, to premiere in May 2021 in Marfa, TX. With a specialty in performance, her curatorial approach often combines mediums, such as experimental music, dance, technology and site-specific installation. Mafalda holds a BA in Business Administrations and graduated with an MA in Political Theory from the University of Texas at Austin.

James Green

James Green is the Frances and Benjamin Benenson Foundation Assistant Curator of African Art at Yale University. James ensures that the Gallery’s important collection of African art is a vibrant and engaging resource for all visitors. His dual interest in collaborating with Yale students and faculty and cultivating partnerships with museums and universities in Africa helps to illuminate Africa’s rich art traditions and establish tangible links with contemporary art practices. He received a B.A. from Keble College, University of Oxford, and an M.A. from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and he completed his PhD in 2017 at the University of East Anglia.

Martina Mazzotta

Martina Mazzotta is an independent academic and curator specialized in philosophy and its relationship with the visual arts, music and science. She is currently a visiting fellow at the Warburg Institute and has worked with some of the most established institutions across Europe, including the Gallerie d’Italia, the Fondazione Palazzo Magnani and the Saatchi Gallery. Previously, she worked with her father, Gabriele Mazzotta, in his publishing house and the Antonio Mazzotta Art Foundation. There she conceived and organized exhibitions, conferences and concerts in its own venue in Milan and in museums all over the world. She studied in Theoretical Philosophy at the Università degli Studi di Milano, followed by a PHD in Art History at the Universität Cattolica. She also studied philosophy at the Freie Universitaet in Berlin and at the Ludwig Maximilian Universität in Munich.

Lucas Zwirner

Lucas Zwirner is the Head of Content for David Zwirner and David Zwirner Books. He oversees the editorial vision for the gallery, its publishing house, and its web and online platforms, deepening the conversation around the gallery’s artists, exhibitions, and projects through books, podcasts, video, web content, public programming, strategic partnerships, and online sales. Lucas graduated from Yale with a B.A. in Literature and Philosophy.

Alma Zevi

Alma Zevi founded her eponymous gallery in Venice, in 2016. The gallery’s mission is to provide a dynamic platform for both international emerging and established artists. The gallery is defined by both its artist-driven programme and its active engagement with the artistic community of Venice. It regularly hosts artist residencies where new bodies of work are produced in response to the city’s unique cultural heritage. Central to the gallery’s ethos is the artist residency and project space for young artists Alma founded. Alma graduated from the Courtauld Institute with a B.A. in Art History.