Senior Director, Gagosian
Pepi Marchetti Franchi is a senior director at Gagosian and the founding director of the gallery’s Rome branch. Since its inception in 2007, the gallery has presented over 65 shows by major international artists including Cy Twombly, Damien Hirst, Giuseppe Penone, Georg Baselitz, Cindy Sherman, Takashi Murakami, Richard Serra, Anselm Kiefer, Sarah Sze, Stanley Whitney and many others. She also proactively creates new opportunities for artists through her relationships with a wide network of institutions and museums.
Prior to her work with Gagosian, she spent nine years at the Guggenheim Museum, including five years in the director’s office implementing national and international strategic projects and raising significant funds for the institution.
She holds an M.A. in visual arts administration from New York University and a B.A. in art history from Sapienza University of Rome. She was awarded the University of Rome Research Fellowship and the Barbara Fish Lee Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she was project research assistant to the curator of American paintings. At the onset of the pandemic in spring 2020, she spearheaded and co-founded ITALICS Art and Landscape, a cultural platform promoted by galleries of ancient, modern and contemporary art, which spotlights profound and unexpected cultural experiences across Italy through curated exhibitions and original editorial content. She is also an adviser at the American Academy in Rome.