Prior to setting up Wedel Art in 2006, Amelie worked with high profile art institutions including the Zeughaus museum in Berlin and Kunstmanagement Judith Betzler in Munich, as well as running the education and exhibition programme of The Red Mansion Foundation. Among other projects, she co-edited a survey book on Chinese contemporary art, published by DuMont, curated the first UK shows of artists Zeng Fanzhi and Ai Weiwei; and made key group shows such as Impulse! At Pace Gallery – which showed then undervalued artists such as Sam Gilliam and Ed Clarke alongside their peers Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland.
Amelie and her team have introduced a dynamic exhibition programme at The Arts Club – bringing leading voices in contemporary art to our walls and earning a reputation as a programme to watch. Artists who’ve been shown early in their careers here include Theaster Gates and Shara Hughes, alongside timely re-evaluations of artists such as Frank Bowling and Laurie Simmons, as well as many critically acclaimed themed exhibitions.
With a long commitment to philanthropy, Amelie von Wedel serves as a director of the ‘Give A Future Foundation’, mitigating the effects of poverty through education and economic development. In 2009, she co-founded Intelligence Squared Asia with Yana Peel and in 2012 became a co-owner and co-chair Intelligence Squared Group.
With a keen knack for knowing trends ahead of the curve, Pernilla co-curates The Arts Club London and Dubai’s collection and exhibition program as well as external shows and projects such as a performance by Peter Liversidge at The Whitechapel Gallery and a major new performance commission by Ryan McNamara in Hong Kong.
A Courtauld Institute of Art MA graduate, prior to joining Wedel Pernilla worked on a pre-eminent art collection in the US and Canada and worked closely with leading artists at top-notch contemporary galleries. At one time a regular contributor to such publications as the Financial Times, Newsweek, Art Review and ARTnews, Pernilla has hosted talks and given lectures public talks at such venues as the Royal Academy, The Arts Club, the Royal College of Art and Frieze Academy, where she hosted a series on How to Collect Art. Her extensive experience with private collectors and philanthropists has spurred a strong interest in innovative thought in arts philanthropy.