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Struttura Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici
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Sede: Malcanton Marcorà
Research team Creative arts, cultural heritage and digital humanities

Diego Mantoan is Assistant Professor in contemporary art history at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, holding a PhD at Freie Universität Berlin. He was director assistant and jury secretary at the Venice Biennale, while he later established a career as art archive curator in Germany. He has worked for celebrity artist Douglas Gordon (Berlin) and Sigmar Polke Estate (Cologne), while he is still in charge of digital archive development at Julia Stoschek Collection (Düsseldorf and Berlin). He is a contributor for the program WikiRadio on the cultural state broadcast Rai Radio3 and for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.
He is Advisory Editor of Vernon Press Academic (USA) and member of the editorial board of the Yearbook of Moving Image Studies (Germany). His book The Road To Parnassus: Artists Strategies in Contemporary Art (Vernon Press 2015) was long-listed for the Berger Prize 2016 by The British Art Journal in London. He recently published his first German book Autoritär, Elitär & Unzugänglich: Kunst Macht und Markt in der Gegenwart (Neofelis Verlag 2018) on contemporary art market and power relations, while his upcoming edited book Paolozzi & Wittgenstein: The Artist and the Philosopher is due in 2019 with prestigious publisher Palgrave MacMillan.
He was among speakers at relevant international conferences, such as University of Bern, Bibliotheca Hertziana, University College London, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and Sotheby’s Institute of Art. He is co-founder of the Sustainable Art Prize of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice at the Italian art fair ArtVerona and has started since a thorough research in the field of sustainable art practices. In the Academic Year 2019/20 he has been invited as Visiting Fellow at the Department of Technology, Culture and Society of New York University.



  • Advisory Editor, Vernon Press Academic Publisher (USA)
  • Editor, Yearbook of Moving Image Studies (GERMANY)
  • Member of the Scientific Committee, Roger Loewig Gesellschaft Berlin (GERMANY)



  • Long-listed for the William M.B. Berger Prize for British Art History, London (2016)
  • Short-listed for the post of Archive Director at Documenta, Kassel (2016)
  • Short-listed for the post of Archive Director at Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2014)



  • Assistant Professor (January 2019 onwards) - Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Department of Humanities
  • Research Fellow (October 2015 – December 2018) - Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage
  • Digital Archive Developer (January 2010 onwards) - Julia Stoschek Foundation, Düsseldorf and Berlin (Germany)
  • Digital Archive Developer (April 2012 – December 2015) - The Sigmar Polke Estate, Cologne (Germany)
  • Director of the Alumni Department (April 2012 – September 2015) - Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Italy)
  • Archive Curator and Installation Assistant (January 2009 – January 2010) - Lost but Found Studio (Douglas Gordon), Berlin (Germany)
  • Director Assistant, Marketing planner and Jury Secretary (October 2002 – November 2008) - La Biennale di Venezia Foundation – San Marco 3246, 30123 Venice (Italy)
  • Academic Senator and Executive Board Member (April 2004 – November 2008) - Ca' Foscari University of Venice, ESU Venezia and CoReCo Region Veneto



  • Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) – Free University of Berlin (March 2010 – February 2015) - Dr.Phil./PhD in Art History - MAGNA CUM LAUDE
  • Università degli Studi di Trento (Italy) – University of Trento (February 2010 – March 2012) - MA in Art History - 110/110 WITH HONOURS
  • Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Italy) – Ca' Foscari University of Venice (January 2006 – April 2009) - MA in Museum Studies and Arts Management - 110/110 WITH HONOURS
  • Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Italy) – Ca' Foscari University of Venice (September 2001 – October 2005) - BA in Museum Studies and Arts Management - 110/110 WITH HONOURS


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