Gabi Scardi is an acclaimed art curator, scholar, and critic. She lives and works in Milano and Rome. In Rome, she is the curator of MAXXI (Italy’s National Museum of 21st Century Arts), and co-director of the European Course for Contemporary Art Curators (CECAC), together with Roberto Pinto. Scardi teaches Contemporary Art and Public Art at several institutions, including Cattolica University, Domus Academy and Trento School of Management. She is also a correspondent for the Sunday cultural supplement of the Il Sole 24 ore newspaper and for various local and international art publications and has initiated various conferences on contemporary art. Her credo and her broad cultural activities are based on the idea that art is not simply about pleasure. She believes art has a central role in the development of any urban or national culture, in the formulation of values, and in the way these values are transmitted to the public. This is why she seeks to promote interaction between cultural institutions and the community, and stresses the importance of non-profit art organizations and museums.