Manuel Borja-Villel (Burriana, 1957) is the Director of Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS) in Madrid and is one of the institutional agents of Spanish culture with great international prestige. He received a B.A. in History of Art from the Universitat de València (1980); completed his studies at Yale University(1981–1982) and at City University of New York (1982–1987); and received a PhD in the Department of Art History from the Graduate School at City University of NewYork (1989). During his studies in the United States, Borja-Villel was awarded a Fulbright grant and a Kress Foundation Fellowship.
Borja-Villel has directed three of the most important art institutions in Spain: Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona (1990–1998); Museu d’Art Contemporani deBarcelona (MACBA, 1998–2008); and Museo Reina Sofía (2008–present). He has curated solo exhibitions of some of the most important artists of the last century: Marcel Broodthaers, Lygia Clark, James Coleman, Óyvind Fahlström, Luis Gordillo, Hans Haacke, Raymond Hains, Antoni Muntadas, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Nancy Spero, Antoni Tàpies, Krzysztof Wodiczko, among others. Borja-Villel is also recognized for his thesis exhibitions, which he has produced or curated in collaboration with specialists like Bernard Blistène, Jean-François Chevrier, Serge Guilbaut and John G. Hanhardt, among which are: Los límites del museo (1995); La ciudad de la gente (1996); Antagonismos. Casos de estudio (2001); Arte y utopía: la acción restringida (2004); Bajo la bomba. El jazz de la guerra de imágenestransatlántica, 1946–1956 (2007); La invención concreta (2013); and Playgrounds. Reinventar la plaza (2014).