Contemporary art and curatorship: from documenta to the Biennale

In the first venture of its kind, the Summer School in Contemporary Art and Curatorship offers students the chance to gain insight into the management principles of two of the world's most important and influential contemporary art exhibitions the Kassel documenta and La Biennale di Venezia by bringing together the expertise of scholars, artists and curators based in the hosting cities Kassel (Germany), and Venice (Italy).

Programme

The Summer School will offer two distinct but interconnected 2-week modules that together will investigate the history, management principles and strategies of the two art institutions documenta and La Biennale di Venezia. Students have the chance to fully immerse themselves in contemporary art and curatorship for 4 weeks, through lectures and visits of exhibition spaces in Kassel, Berlin and Venice. 

Students can choose to enrol in both modules, or in each module separately, and will be provided with a certificate at the end of each in order to request credit recognition at their home university.

Dates and schedule 2020

The Venice module of the Summer School will not take place in 2020 due to the postponement of the Biennale d'Architettura. For information on the Kassel module "Inside Arts" please see the ISU Kassel website.

We look forward to welcoming students again in 2021.


Venice Faculty

Silvia Burini

Programme Director

Silvia Burini is Director of the Centre for the Studies of Russian Arts (CSAR) at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, where she is also professor of History of Russian Art and Comparative History of Contemporary Art.

Matteo Bertelè

Lecturer, Curatorship of Contemporary Visual Art and Performance

Matteo Bertelé is a lecturer at Ca' Foscari University. His research interests include art history, Russian, Soviet and socialist visual culture, exhibition studies and cultural aspects of the Cold War.

Sara Mondini

Lecturer, Curatorship of Contemporary Visual Art and Performance

Sara Mondini is adjunct professor of Indian Modern and Contemporary Art and South Asian Visual Culture at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice  and adjunct professor of Art and Civilization of the Islamic World and East Asian Art and Civilization at the New York Fashion Institute of Technology at Milan Politecnico.

Cristina Baldacci

Lecturer, Contemporary Art Historian and Senior Researcher at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Cristina Baldacci is a Contemporary Art Historian and Senior Researcher at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where she teaches Photography. Her research interests focus on the archive as metaphor and art form; appropriation, montage, and “re-“ practices; image theory and visual culture; sculpture and installation art. She is also affiliated to ICI Berlin, where she was a 2016-18 Fellow; a convenor of the “Re-“ Interdisciplinary Network at CRASSH, University of Cambridge; and a member of the research group Global Art Archive, Universitat de Barcelona.

Alexandra Luzan

Alexandra Luzan is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She received her Master’s degree from Moscow State University, before she was studying at the Sorbonne Paris IV and La Sapienza (Rome). Her research interests focus on the next topics: provenance research, origins, and itineraries of art objects, the social life of art, art and science collaboration, using of new technologies in museums. Currently, Alexandra also forms part of the Scientific Secretariat at the Centre for Studies in Russian Art (Venice).

Maria Redaelli

Maria Redaelli is a Ph.D. candidate in History of Arts at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Her research project is focused on the development of New Media Art in Russia. She holds a Bachelor’s (2014) and Master’s (2017) degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She has studied at Tula State Lev Tolstoy Pedagogical University (2013) and at Russian State University for The Humanities (2015). She is currently part of the Scientific Secretariat at CSAR – Centre for Studies in Russian Art (Venice) and a member of CART – Contemporary Arts Research Team.

Alexandra Timonina

Alexandra Timonina is a doctoral student in Art history at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice where she also is part of the Scientific Secretariat at the Centre for Studies in Russian Art. She previously worked in public programmes at La Biennale di Venezia. She received her master degree from Ca’ Foscari University and completed her graduate internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. She earned her BA in Cultural Studies from National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Her interests include exhibition histories and the early twentieth-century Russian and European art.

Giovanni Argan

Giovanni Argan is an art historian and curator. He studied art history at the Sapienza University of Rome. From 2019 he is working on PhD project dedicated to the Soviet art at Ca’ Foscari University. He is also a member of the Scientific Secretariat at the Centre for Studies in Russian Art. He curated several projects and exhibitions of Soviet art and street art. Lately, he founded in Rome the art lab “Studio900” together with the street artists Leonardo Crudi ed Elia Novecento.

Last update: 25/05/2020