Pedro Portellano

Pedro Portellano

Curator & Cultural manager. Music & Contemporary artMadrid, Spain
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Pedro Portellano

Pedro Portellano

Curator & Cultural manager. Music & Contemporary artMadrid, Spain
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Pedro Portellano is a curator and cultural manager based in Madrid, who works at the intersections between music and visual arts. He has a degree in Psychology, an MBA in Management of Cultural Institutions and a Master in History of Contemporary Art and Visual Culture from the Autonomous University of Madrid. He has worked in institutions such as the Museo Reina Sofía, Matadero Madrid or Studio Tomas Saraceno in Berlin; collaborated with others such as La Casa Encendida, Medialab-Prado or the Instituto Cervantes; and worked on projects such as La noche en blanco, Red Bull Music Academy or Veranos de la Villa. As curator, he has made the exhibitions ‘After silence’, at La Casa Encendida; "Ways to do. Contemporary photography of the CA2M Collection ', for the Community of Madrid, and the installation' White Bouncy Castle 'by William Forsythe for the Palacio de Cibeles of the Madrid City Council. He has been a musical programmer at the Centro Conde Duque de Madrid between 2018 and 2020, of the Veranos de la Villa festival between 2015 and 2019, and currently of the Versiona and Thyssen Appetizers cycles of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. He is the founder and co-curator of the RAYO audiovisual Festival of Cineteca and Matadero Madrid, and a collaborating teacher in the Degree of Arts of the Open University of Catalunya. As a musician, he has founded the music and sound design studio Bruma FX, having worked for brands such as Zara, Ikea or Repsol, and for studios like Pleid Studio Rebeka Aece Studio or Luis Urculo Studio. He publishes his music under the alias Bruma, with which he has released the album “Far From Me” in 2020.
  • Aerocene. Studio Tomas Saraceno
    Aerocene. Studio Tomas Saraceno
  • Future Dealers
    Future DealersFounder and director of Future Dealers, a contemporary art platform, working with a curated selection of international artists to produce new projects, and develop new collaboration strategies in both commercial and curatorial ways.
  • Nave de Música. Matadero Madrid
    Nave de Música. Matadero MadridDirector 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.
  • Reina Sofía Museum 2011-2014
    Reina Sofía Museum 2011-2014Member 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 Anniversary of Reina Sofía Museum, MOV-S 2010 or HyperSounds 09.
  • White Bouncy Castle. William Forsythe Company
    White Bouncy Castle. William Forsythe CompanyCurator of the large-scale installation White Bouncy Castle from William Forsythe, commissioned by Madrid’s City Council for the Cibeles Palace of Madrid.
  • Después del silencio exhibition
    Después del silencio exhibition‘Después del silencio’, 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.
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Work history
    Madrid, SpainFreelance
    Curator. Veranos de la Villa Festival, Madrid City Council (January – June 2016) Madrid City Council 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.
    Madrid, SpainFreelance
    Spanish Art Promotional Program. Guest curator of the Spanish Art Promotional Program of ARCO Fair from 2013 to 2017.
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  • Artistic and Curatorial Practices
  • Independant Curator
  • Music
  • Visual Art
  • 5+ Years Project Management
  • Content Curation
  • English
  • Spanish
  • German Basic
    MA, History of Contemporary Art and Visual Culture
     - Madrid, Spain
    MA in History of Contemporary Art and Visual Culture Reina Sofía National Museum and Autónoma University of Madrid. Graduating class 2011
    MBA, Arts and Cultural Management
     - Madrid, Spain
    MBA in Cultural Business Management Complutense University of Madrid. Graduating class 2007
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    Inéditos Award 2011
    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.