A curator, writer and art historian, Florence Ostende recently organized Ugo Rondinone: I Love John Giorno (Palais de Tokyo, Paris), The Rolling Club with Jean-Luc Moulène (Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne), Pierre Huyghe +/- (The Artist's Institute, New York), A Story of Two Museums: The Museum of Jurassic Technology and The Museum of American Art (City University of New York).
Florence is currently a curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, London. She was tutor of art theory at University of Art and Design, Geneva (2013-15), adjunct curator at Dallas Contemporary (2011-14), curator at Maison Populaire, Montreuil (2010) and curator-in-residence at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2009-10). She previously worked at MACBA, Barcelona (2009), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2007) and MAC, Marseille (2006). Her writing appears in many publications and periodicals such as Frieze and Les Cahiers du MNAM (Centre Pompidou). She holds MAs in Curating Contemporary Art (Royal College of Art), Art History (Paris IV Sorbonne) and English literature (Université de Provence).
Along with her specialist interest in the history of exhibitions and display methodologies, her current research project explores the cultural history of dioramas and its influence on contemporary artists and thinkers, leading to an exhibition co-curated with Claire Garnier and Laurent Le Bon at the Palais de Tokyo in 2017.