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DIEGO MANTOAN, Researcher, Department of Humanities (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)


1) Biography


Diego Mantoan is a researcher of Contemporary Art History and Digital and Public Art History at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. He obtained a PhD magna cum laude at the Freie Universität in Berlin. He is currently a member of the Board of the Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities, a leading project of the Department of Humanities. He has also collaborated with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, with ArtVerona and is author of the encyclopaedic programme Wikiradio on Rai Radio3. In the past he was Assistant Director and subsequently Secretary of the jury at the Biennale di Venezia. He curated the archive of artist Douglas Gordon (Berlin), developed the digital archive of Sigmar Polke Estate (Cologne) and is responsible for the archival development for the Julia Stoschek Collection (Düsseldorf and Berlin).


2) Research interests

Public and digital art history; History of media and performance art; History of 19th and 20th century art; History of the art market; Aesthetics and theory of contemporary art; Sociology of contemporary art; Digitisation of art collections, museums, and archives.


3) Publications, conferences, scientific committees

Among the most significant volumes, his The Road To Parnassus (Vernon Press, 2015) was one of the semi-finalists of the Berger Prize 2016 in London, he also edited the publication Paolozzi and Wittgenstein (Palgrave MacMillan, 2019). 

As a speaker, he has participated in scientific conferences at important scientific institutes such as Sotheby's Institute of Art in London, Kunsthalle Bern on the occasion of the centenary of its foundation, Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome, University College London, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, New York University, Galerie Belvedere Vienna. He obtained a Visiting Fellowship from the Department of Technology, Culture and Society, NYU Tandon for 2019/20.

He acts as Advisory Editor for Vernon Press (USA) and Associate Editor for magazén | International Journal of Digital and Public Humanities, while he is a member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Mind, Language and the Arts and of Yearbook of Moving Image Studies.


4) Funding

2020 – 2021

Digitalisation and public appreciation of the collection and the epistolary of Museo d’Arte Moderna Mario Rimoldi di Cortina d’Ampezzo (€4.500; PI with Stefania Portinati)


Rediscovery of 18th century barcarole in the Venetian musical context on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of the publication of the “Venetian Ballads” by J.A.Hasse with the Goethe Institut and ACIT Venezia (€4.000; co-production RAI Veneto)


Research on the forms of cultural and naturalistic prototourism in Goethe's experience in Venice on occasion of the bicentenary of the publication of “Viaggio in Italia” with the Goethe Institut and ACIT Venezia (€5.000; co-production Teatro Stabile del Veneto)

2013 – 2016

Seminars and workshop on cultural broadcasting through the radio, co-funded by the Department of Philiosophy and Cultural Heritage, Cafoscariletteratura and Radio Ca’ Foscari (€18.000)

2011 – 2014

Förderung des Doktoratstudiums von der Autonomen Provinz Bozen-Südtirol, Amt für Universität (€36.000)


5) Institutional roles

He has many years of experience of governance in public and stakeholder bodies, including in Italy in the Academic Senate of Ca' Foscari University of Venice, in the University Commission of the Veneto Region, in the Board of the Azienda Regionale per il Diritto allo Studio, in the Board of ACIT Venezia, while internationally he was part of the Kuratorium of Roger Loewig Gesellschaft (Berlin).


6) Languages

Italian (mother tongue)
German (mother tongue)
English (C2 Cambridge Certificate) 
French (A2 beginner)