Summer School for Curatorial Studies at Venice Biennale

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The School for Curatorial Studies is an ambitious and challenging project promoted since 2004 and committed to expermentation and interdisciplinary thinking. The main goals are to spread knowledge in the field of visual arts and to introduce students to the art world, focusing on contemporary curatorial theory practice and contemporay museology. The School's activities are perfect for those interested in and passionate about art who want to deepen their knowledge and improve practical skills. Teaching staff include Italian and international professionals, scholars, historians and art critics, Amy Binding (Independent collector), Matt Williams (curator), Luka Racchini (Venice Biennale), Chiara Barbieri (Peggy Guggenheim Collection), Louise McKinney (Serpentine, Whitechapel and Lisson gallery), Francesca Colasante (Pinault Foundation), Andrea Goffo (Fond. Prada), Nicola Lees (Serpentine London).


The Summer School in Curatorial Practice will take place during the 58th Venice Biennale. With an interdisciplinary approach, the course provides practical training and experience within museums and exhibition settings. English lectures cover both theoretical and practical topics from the history of contemporary art to exhibition management. Students will participate in weekly activities, such as artist studio visits, tours of exhibition spaces, networking events and workshops. The program culminates with the installation of an exhibition.

A series of selected case studies will offer students an opportunity to observe the development of contemporay art. Aside from theoretical lectures, a series of labs and workshops aim to introduce students to critical writing, press releases and aspects of publishing. Students will be offered the opportunity of gallery training and of installing together, with one of the tutors, their exhibition in Venice, as a final project of the course.

The first module: 4 June – 2 August 2019.

The first module involves 350 contact hours: History of Curatorial Practices; Exhibition Design; Aesthetics and Cultural Theory; Contemporary Art History; Cultural Events Management and Organisation; Curating Exhibitions; Fine Arts Management; Fundraising and Marketing/Workshop; Communication Strategies and Artistic Events Promotion/Workshop; New Media and Digital Technologies; Workshop on Critical Writing; Artist studio visits and visits to the 58th Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia), Pinault Fond., Prada Fond., Peggy Guggenheim coll., VAC Fond., Vuitton Fond.

Optional Trip to Brussels: 5–11 August 2019.

Visit artist studios, public galleries and museums of contemporary art.

The second module: 13 – 24 August 2019.

The second module is dedicated to researching and finalising a porject. Students undertake practical duties, such as co-ordinating artists, managing transportation and insurance policies, promoting and curating the promotional material.

The third module: 27 August – 3 September 2019.

The last part of the course is production of the event. Students will co-ordinate the arrival and display of works of art and supervise various aspects related to the event, such as promotion, organisation, last details about the publication, opening. After the presentation to the public, students will be given tools to professionally document the event.

Duration and structure

The course has a duration of 450 hours. Participants will develop themes as well as concepts, organisation, acquistion, communication and implementation of their skills together with the course director and international guests (artists, curators, architects, critics, fine arts scientists and publishers of art journals).

Application Deadline: 15 March 2019.

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Maramotti Collection. Courtesy: Summer School in Curatorial Practice