Elvira Dyangani Ose

Elvira Dyangani Ose (born in 1974)[1] is an art curator. Her family comes from Equatorial Guinea, and Dyangani Ose was born and raised in Spain.[2] She is the director of MACBA Contemporary Art Museum in Barcelona.[3] From 2018 to 2021, she has been director and chief curator at The Showroom gallery, London.[4]

Ose speaking at TEOR/éTica in 2019


Dyangani Ose obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.[1] While she was studying in Barcelona, her professor encouraged her to exhibit; during the 1990s, she began creating pop-up exhibitions with her fellow students. These exhibitions featured young urban artists working out of the mainstream.[2]

She subsequently received her Master of Advanced Studies degree in Theory and History of Architecture[5] from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona) and a Master of Arts in History of Art and Visual Studies from Cornell University.[1] Dyangani Ose also obtained her P.h.D. in History of Art and Visual Studies from Cornell University.[5]

Museum and curatorial workEdit

From 2004 to 2006, Dyangani Ose was a curator at the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno. In 2006, she curated the Olvida Quien Soy/ Erase Me From Who I Am exhibition, which featured works from Nicholas Hlobo, Zanele Muholi, Moshekwa Langa, and others. The exhibition focused on issues of representation.[2] She also curated projects by Alfredo Jaar, Lara Almárcegui, and Ábalos & Herreros.[1]

From 2006 to 2008, Ose was a curator at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo. From 2007 to 2008, she curated the interdisciplinary project Attempt to Exhaust an African Place.[1]

From 2009 to 2010, Ose curated Arte Invisible. In 2010, she also curated Carrie Mae Weems: Social Studies, as well as being guest curator of triennial SUD-Salon Urbain de Douala.[1]

In 2011, Ose joined the Tate Museum, where she worked closely with the African Acquisitions Committee and developed the museum's holdings relating to the African Diaspora.[1] This position was supported by the Guaranty Trust Bank of Nigeria.[2]

From 2012 to 2014, Ose was responsible for the Across the Board project, which was an interdisciplinary project in London, Accra, Douala, and Lagos. She also co-curated the 2013 exhibit, Ibrahim al-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist. During 2013, she was also the Artistic Director for the third edition of Rencontres Picha. Guaranty Trust Bank.[1]

On 28 June 2014, Ose was named curator of the eighth edition of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA).[1]

On 10 February 2017, Ose was named Senior Curator at Creative Time. She was appointed Director of The Showroom gallery, London, in 2018.[6]

From 2018 to 2021, she has been director and chief curator at The Showroom gallery, London.[4] She took over as director of MACBA in 2021.[3]

Lectures and publicationsEdit

Ose has lectured on modern and contemporary African art. She has been published in Nka and Atlántica.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA) – Elvira Dyangani Ose appointed curator of GIBCA 2015". e-flux.com. 28 June 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Kuper, Jeremy (1 June 2012). "London's Tate Modern takes a new view of Africa". The M&G Online. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b Maximilíano Durón (July 16, 2021). "Barcelona's MACBA Names Elvira Dyangani Ose as Next Director". ARTNews.
  4. ^ a b "Elvira Dyangani Ose, primera mujer que dirigirá el Macba". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 2021-07-15. Retrieved 2021-07-16.
  5. ^ a b "Power List 2013". content.yudu.com. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Elvira Dyangani Ose - Senior Curator". Creative Time. Retrieved 2021-07-16.