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Giorgio van Straten

Italian Cultural Institute of New York
Director

Giorgio van Straten (born 1955) is an Italian writer and manager of arts organizations. His first novel, Generazione, was published in 1987. He has written other five novels and a book of short stories, and in 2000 he won the Viareggio Award for Il mio nome a memoria, published in English as My Name, A Living Memory (2003). His latest novel is Storia d’amore in tempo di guerra. From 1985 to 2002 van Straten was the chairman of the Orchestra della Toscana. From 1997 to 2002 he was on the Board of Directors of the Biennale di Venezia and in 1998-2002 he also served as president of AGIS, the Italian association for the performing arts. From 2002 to 2005 he was general director of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. From 2005 to 2008 he managed the Palazzo delle Esposizioni e Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome. From 2009 to 2102 he was on the board of directors of RAI, the state broadcaster. In 2015 he became the director of the Italian Cultural Institute of New York.