Pedro Portellano (Madrid, 1979) is a curator and cultural manager. He has a degree in Psychology from the Autónoma University of Madrid, an MBA in Arts Management from the Complutense University of Madrid, and an MA in History of Art and Visual Culture from the Reina Sofia National Museum. He has worked during ten years in different art and music institutions like: Matadero Madrid, as director of the Nave de Música; Reina Sofía National Museum, in the Public Programs department; City Council of Madrid, in White Night Madrid, as project manager; and La Fábrica, in the online projects department. Since 2010 he is a regular contributor to El Estado Mental arts and culture magazine, and has participated in the Spanish Art Promotion Program of ARCO fair. In 2011 he received the Inéditos Curatorial Award, and curated the exhibition Después del Silencio in La Casa Encendida of Madrid. Also in 2011 he was part of the team organizing the Red Bull Music Academy Madrid 2011, being one of the music curators of that edition. Between 2011 and 2013 he curated the Espacio acústico concert series of the Reina Sofia Museum, and in 2012 he was appointed as the director of the Red Bull Nave de Música music venue in Madrid, and the director of the Red Bull Studio Madrid until 2014. In 2014 Pedro Portellano began to work as an independent curator, and since then he has been developing the contemporary art platform Future Dealers; curating the exhibition Maneras de Hacer, with pieces of the collection of the CA2M Art Center of Madrid; and curating the installation White Bouncy Castle of William Forsythe in the Palacio Cibeles of Madrid. He is currently the curator of the Veranos de la Villa Festival of Madrid.Locked Pro Plan feature
Curator. Veranos de la Villa Festival, Madrid City Council (January – June 2016) Madrid City Council www.veranosdelavilla.com Curator of the music program of the Veranos de la Villa Festival of Madrid. Including selection of artist and conceptualization of the program, for a total of 25 live shows during Summer 2016.
Spanish Art Promotional Program. Guest curator of the Spanish Art Promotional Program of ARCO Fair from 2013 to 2017.
Curator. CPR, Curatorial Program for Research 2016 (September 2016) Kiev, Warsaw and Prague www.curatorialprogram.org Selected participant for the Eastern Europe Curatorial Program for Research 2016
Curator. Maneras de Hacer. Emerging Contemporary Photography of the CA2M Collection (Opening in January 2017) Madrid Regional Government Commissioned project from the Madrid Regional Government. Exhibition Maneras de Hacer. Emerging Contemporary Photography of the CA2M Collection, featuring young artists of the collection using contemporary approaches to photography techniques.
Curator. William Forsythe, White Bouncy Castle (November 2015 – January 2016) Madrid City Council www.williamforsythe.de Curator of the large-scale installation White Bouncy Castle from William Forsythe, commissioned by Madrid’s City Council for the Cibeles Palace of Madrid.
Founder. Future Dealers www.thefuturedealers.com Founder and director of Future Dealers, a contemporary art production platform, working with a curated selection of international artists to produce new projects, and develop new collaboration strategies in both commercial and curatorial ways.
Director. Nave de Música of Matadero Madrid (January 2012 - March 2014) Red Bull Spain. Madrid www.mataderomadrid.org/nave-de-musica.html Director of Nave de Música, a cultural venue dedicated to all aspects of music creation. Curatorship of the concert series, music residences, recording studio program, radio studio and educative activities, and general management of the venue.
Coordinator. Red Bull Studio Madrid (January 2012 - March 2014) Red Bull Spain. Madrid www.redbullstudios.com/madrid/studio Coordinator of Red Bull Studio Madrid, a professional recording studio with a regular recording program. Curatorship of the selected musicians, budget management, and general coordination of the venue.
Music curator and events manager. Red Bull Music Academy (July - November 2011) Red Bull Spain. Madrid www.redbullmusicacademy.com/about/projects/madrid2011 Member of the team organising the 2011 edition of the Red Bull Music Academy, including selection and booking of artists and coordination of institutional events.
Artistic director Espacio acústico concert series (June 2011 - November 2014) Reina Sofía National Museum. Madrid www.museoreinasofia.es/actividades/espacio-acustico-5 Art direction and coordination of concert series around contemporary musical creation, featuring Kalabrese, Emika, Peter Broderick, Bugge Wesseltoft, Nils Frahm or Colin Stetson, during 5 editions between 2011-13.
Curator. After Silence (January - September 2011) La Casa Encendida, Obra Social Caja Madrid. Madrid www.ineditos.lacasaencendida.es/ediciones ‘After Silence’, exhibition project awarded with the 2011 Curatorship Award Inéditos, featuring works by Pierre Huygue, Lewis Baltz, Nam June Paik, Stephen Vitiello and Manon de Boer, among others.
Projects manager (2009 - 2011) Reina Sofia National Museum. Madrid www.museoreinasofia.es Member of the department of Public Programs, organizing performing arts projects, including curatorship, budget control and coordination for projects like: Pierre Bastien. Une danse des sons, 20ª Annyversary of Reina Sofía Museum, MOV-S 2010 or HyperSounds 09.
Project manager. La noche en blanco (White Night) (2008 - 2010) Madrid City Council. Madrid www.madrid.es Project manager in ‘White Night Madrid’, including general coordination, budget control, contact with the artists, and cooperation with institutions, for installations like 'Family Garden', by Ron Haselden; Comfort #6, by Lang/Baumann; 'La nube', by Darya von Berner; 'Palabras', by Chema Alvargonzález and 'Máximo Silencio', by Giancarlo Neri, among others.
MA in History of Contemporary Art and Visual Culture Reina Sofía National Museum and Autónoma University of Madrid. Graduating class 2011
MBA in Cultural Business Management Complutense University of Madrid. Graduating class 2007
Master’s Degree in Psychology Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. Graduating class 2004
Inéditos Award 2011 Obra Social Caja Madrid / La Casa Encendida. Inéditos Curatorial Prize winner, for realizing the exhibition Después del silencio in La Casa Encendida Art Center of Madrid.