David Stuart Elliott (born 29 April 1949) is a British-born art gallery and museum curator and writer about modern and contemporary art
Elliott worked as a regional art and exhibitions officer at the Arts Council of Great Britain, from 1973 to 1976 after which he served as director of the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford from 1976 to 1996.
In 1995, he co-curated for the Hayward Gallery, London a large traveling exhibition ‘Art and Power” exploring the relationship of art with the totalitarian regimes in Europe in the first half of the 20th century. His catalogue essays for this were gathered together and republished in ‘History Today’. He was then Director of the Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern Art) in Stockholm from 1996 to 2001.
From 1998 to 2004, he was President of CIMAM [the International Committee of ICOM for Museums of Modern and Contemporary Art].
Between 2001 and 2006, Elliott was the first director of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, a large privately endowed museum devoted to contemporary – particularly Asian – art, architecture and design.
During 2007 he was the first Director of Istanbul Modern.
From 2008 to 2010, he was Artistic Director for the 17th Biennale of Sydney,
From 2011 to 2012 he was Artistic Director of the 1st Kiev International Biennial of Contemporary Art entitled ‘The Best of Times, The Worst of Times. Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art’.
From 2013 to 2014 he was Artistic Director of the IV Moscow Biennale of Young Art ‘A TIME FOR DREAMS’.
From 2015 to 2016 he was Artistic Director of the 56th October Salon in Belgrade entitled ‘The Pleasure of Love.’