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Online Course: The the key editions and the history of the Venice Art
22 October – 15 November 2020
The lecture will take place from Thursday to Sunday 5 pm – 7.30 pm
Why is Venice Biennale Such an Important Event in the Art World?Why is
the Venice Biennale still the leading international art shows?
The Venice Biennale has been for over 120 years one of the most
prestigious cultural institutions. The arts exhibition saw some of the
most renowned 20th- and 21st-century artists presenting their work there
and welcomed a range of important critics and art historians as curators
of the main exhibitions and the National Pavilions, all contributing to
generating the “pluralism of voices” for which the event has been
known for. The history of the La Biennale di Venezia dates back from
1895, when the first International Art Exhibition was organized and has
an attendance today of over 500,000 visitors. Throughout decades, La
Biennale di Venezia has maintained its ability to anticipate new trends
in art, while presenting works and artists of every period under renewed
perspectives. The preview days brings 25,000 artists, collectors,
curators, museum directors and journalists into the city, followed by
600,000 visitors in the six months after.
How has the event gained its prestige? How the curatorial projects of
keys figures like Harald Szeemann, Massimiliano Gioni, Okwui Enwezor and
Ralph Rugoff, have contributed to its developments? Which is the role of
national pavilions organized by dozens of countries, each offering a
show of one or more artists?
These are the questions that we will try to respond with insights and
intervention by some of the main actors, helping us navigate the
cultural influence of the Venice Biennale and its future prospective.
We will enrich and deepen your understanding of how the Venice Biennale
is basically running through original documents, letters, and special
Led by our global faculty, the course, is combinig live lectures and
discussion - to provide participants with expert insight and guided
Course 1. The Origins
22 – 25 October 2020
A consideration of the history of La Biennale, beginning with a short
survey of the inaugural Biennale in 1895 and then focusing on subsequent
artistic developments through the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
· The Biennale is becoming more and more international: the national
pavilions build in the Giardini. Emblematic example of the geopolitical
changes of the beginning of the 20th century. The architecture and the
buildings of the national pavilions.
· Between the two wars evolution and changes inside of the Biennale.
How the fascist regime imposes its political power on the artistic
choices and on the status of the Biennale.
Course 2. After the war
29 October – 1 November 2020
· The Biennale after the second world war: 1948 and Peggy Guggenheim
collection in the Greek pavilion.
· The contribution given by Carlo Scarpa and his idea of display: from
the exhibition to the Venezuela pavilion.
· 1964 the American artists are dominating the scene, and the Golden
Lion to Robert Rauschemberg.
· 1968 a time for revolution. The necessity for the Biennale to update
· The show Ambiente/ Arte and the 1976 edition. 1980 a new section has
been conceived: Aperto.
Course 3. The rise of the curators
5 – 8 November 2020
· The biennale is getting into a New era: the 1993 the global edition
by Achille Bonito Oliva. Analysis of the concept/ display and artists
· 100 years of the Biennale: Jean Clair from a classical form of
exhibition to contemporary art. Analysis of the concept/ display and
· Harald Szeeman and the Biennale becomes even more global. The edition
of 1999 and the 2001.
Course 4. The Biennale from a curatorial prospective
12 – 15 November 2020
· Biennale 2003 and the dictatorship of the viewer. A collaboration
between a group of world leading curators under the direction of
· The encyclopedia Palace, by Massimiliano Gioni 2013. An exhibition
between art history and contemporary art research.
· All the world future by Okwui Enwezor: 2015 a post-colonial Biennale.
Analysis of the concept/ display and artists
· Ralph Rugoff, not just a classical exhibition, but rather an
immersive understanding of contemporaneity.
Our Online Delivery Method
Online Study Lectures effectively run over a long weekend – from
Thursday to Sunday – maintaining our usual tours focused, intensive
and immersive experience. During the lectures, through original
documents the different prospective of the singular editions of the
Biennale, will be carefully examine. Photos, letters, video will be the
support to understand the display and the ideas standing behind the
Each lecture is two hours long at the end we will have a half an hour
for questions and discussions. Your tutor will hold live seminars with
you on Google.meet and 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.
How it works
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
Our online Intensive Courses are designed to enrich and deepen your
understanding of a specific subject in an dynamic format. The courses
are ideal for undergraduates, art professionals, and art lovers seeking
to learn more about art and cultural history or to acquire specific
Led by art professionals drawn from our global faculty, these courses
provide participants with expert insight and practical skills through a
combination of livestreamed lectures and group discussion.
The courses have a limited number of places, the admissions are closed
as soon as the courses are full.
For application and other information:
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School for Curatorial Studies Venice
San Marco 3073, Venice 30124
Tel: +39 0412770466