This workshop online provides an immersive and active understanding of curatorial practice and its developments in the last decades. Through the work of some of the most remarkable curators, the students will develop an understanding of how curating works by looking back at its history and by examining certain case studies.
The analysis of specific editions of the Venice Art Biennale will give us the possibility to look to the predecessors and the influences of specific curators on their work. But it is also an opportunity to explore the ways in which the curatorial practices are changing and examine increasingly diverse approaches to exhibition-making.
The objectives of the workshop:
To gain familiarity with different types of models of curatorial practices and evaluate the essential qualities of a strong curator through understanding the historical and contemporary role of the curator in relation to past and recent exhibition models.
After each session a discussion will be hold in order to exchange different opinions and views on the approach of the singular curatorial practice. Rethinking specific curatorial models, by analysing their origins and their subsequent developments is one of the key elements of the workshop. The mission is to create a critical ability in order to discover the proper curatorial model.
Practical exercise: in the last session every participants will have to present an
exhibition project by applying one of the models identified during the workshop.
First week: 05 - 07.12.23 at 6pm - 8pm
Brief introduction of the program.
First issue: The world is turning global - a post-colonial approach to the exhibition making. Jean Hubert Martin curates in 1989 Les magician de la Terre in Paris, four years later the concept of nomadism and multiculturalism is the main idea of the Achille Bonito Oliva's Venice Biennale in 1993. Further developments are identified in some recent exhibitions which are reflecting critically on the colonial past. Case study: the curatorial approach of Charles Esche at the Van Abbe museum in
Eindhoven and the exhibition organised in 2018 at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin: Hello World.
Second week 12 - 14.12.23 at 6pm - 8pm
The curator as an interpreter of the art history by creating new narration and visions through the display of the exhibition.
1995 at the Venice Biennale, Jean Clair curates an edition called: Identity and Alterity: Figures of Body 1895 - 1995. Instead of exploring the history of this century's avant-garde, Clair interrogates another, alternative history, one he perceives as ignored and overshadowed in the Modern canon's conventionally accepted plan. In 2013 Massimiliano Gioni at the Venice Biennale curated The
Encyclopedia Palace. The exhibition structured like a temporary museum that initiates an inquiry into the many ways in which images have been used to organize knowledge and shape our experience.
In 2015 a show at Punta della Dogana in Venice curated by the artist Dahn Vo, called Slip of the Tongue. The show was the result of a narration of his personal mythologies, featured with art history masters and contemporary art works.
Third week 18 - 20.12.23 at 6pm - 8pm
The curator questioning his time: The visionary curator Harald Szeemann, who launched at the Venice Biennale in 1980 the "Aperto" section for young artists and in the 1999 Biennale replaced it with "d'Apertutto", a strolling, horizontal exhibition, a succession of events in exhibition spaces. An art exhibition which lied primarily in the quality of the critical and cultural proposals and raised many questions. How do art forms react to the prevailing globalisation of languages? To the process of economic, financial, commercial and technological integration? Harald Szeemann is the curator who has always been able to criticize and question his time. Documenta 5 in 1972 is a perfect example of his curatorial attitude as much as the two editions of the Biennale (In 2001: Plateau of Humankind. The Visual Arts Biennale as a platform of humanity.)
The exhibition as a collaboration of a team of curators. In 2002, Documenta 11 in Kassel, curated, by Okwui Enwezor was structured in five platforms which aimed and described the present location of culture and its interfaces with other complex, global knowledge systems. Okwui Enwezor created a team of 6 curators from different geographical area. One year later at the Venice Art Biennale 2003 was presented: The dictatorship of the viewer. A collaboration between a group of world leading
curators under the direction of Francesco Bonami. Ten different exhibitions were representing a mapping of the contemporary art from all over the world.
The collaborative model is the bases also of the exhibition Hello World where a more
structured concept is connecting each different curatorial section.
21.12.22 at 6pm - 8pm
The last day is devoted to the work prepared by each participant and to discussion.The practical exercise aims to create a critical capacity of identifying the models presented and analysed during the lectures in contemporary art exhibitions.
Each participant will present an examples of exhibitions or will structure a new project which is related to the models discussed.The program aims to give the opportunity to create, according to his/her own artistic statement, an exhibition defined by a strong critical and innovative content.
The fee per course is 590 euro. In case you choose to take part to more than one course, a discount of 100 euro will be applied to the fee of the next courses.
The application form should be sent together with a CV to: email@example.com.
Our Online Delivery Method
Online Study Lectures effectively run over the week – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm CET – maintaining our usual tours' focused, intensive and immersive experience.
Live Seminars - Each lecture is two hours long at the end of each lecture we will have a half an hour for questions and discussions. Your tutor will hold live seminars with you and Google.meet discussions are accessed via a web-link which we will email to you. These sessions enable you to 'meet' your tutor and fellow students. To participate you will only need an internet enabled device; you do not need
a Google.meet account. If you have questions that you were not able to raise in the discussions, you will also be able to communicate with your tutor by email.
School for Curatorial Studies Venice
San Marco 3073, Venice 30124
Tel: +39 0412770466