Curatorial Practice

Master Courses - Florence

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5th edition - Today, curating contemporary art requires as many skills as there are artistic contexts and languages. Whereas a solid cultural background is as important as management and communication skills, what is even more crucial for a 21st Century Curator is to build a stable network of relationships to make a curatorial project tangible and widely expandable.

For this reason, thanks to the prestige and unique position of the city of Florence, participants have the opportunity to engage critically and actively in current debates in curatorial practice and contemporary art. The course leads students to practically learn the job of a Curator in all its forms, also thanks to an international Faculty that includes some of the most prominent professionals of the art world. 

  • Start date
    November 2020
  • Duration
    1 year
  • Attendance
    full-time
  • Language
    English

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Target - This study path is designed for graduate students who want to specialise in the curatorial sector, and take on their professional career in museums, galleries, fairs or auction houses. Previous studies in the field of Arts and Management are a plus but not required.

Career opportunities - At the end of the Master course, participants may pursue careers in museums and not-for-profit galleries as well as in commercial galleries, fairs, and auction houses. They also consider roles in emerging areas such as criticism, education, consultancy, and artist studio management.

Its structure is divided into three main parts:

Cultural area -The first part provides students with a solid introduction to the history of modern and contemporary art and a critical analysis of recent trends.

Skills and Expertise - The second part teaches specific expertise and skills required to develop an efficient working practice in the fields of exhibition organisation and management. The course analyses which marketing activities are carried out in order to increase the audience of different targets and its involvement.

Practice - The third part is dedicated to curatorial activity and exhibition design. Students, in a group or alone, work on specific curatorial ideas in order to develop real projects proposals, that will be part of their personal portfolio together with their Final Project.

Remarkable is that teacher who accomplishes himself what he teaches to others.
(Italian proverb)

IED faculty are professionals that daily face the market. Here you can read their bios.

Daria Filardo - Course Coordinator

Daria Filardo - Course Coordinator
Art historian, educator and independent curator born in Palermo and based in Florence. Founder and curator (with Stefania Galegati and Davide Ricco) of the Palermo Summer School of contemporary art since 2015. She teaches ‘Contemporary Practices’ and ‘Professional Practicum’ at the Studio Art Master program at Saci, Florence. From 1998 to 2000, she has worked as a resident curator at the public museum Palazzo delle Papesse Contemporary art Center in Siena. From 2001 is a free lance curator. She writes in Catalogues and art publications. Long term projects are her field of action articulated in exhibition making, writing and educational projects. 

Irene Campolmi

Irene Campolmi
Before joining the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen as a PhD Fellow, she has been a researcher at the Max Planck Institute. In 2020, she curated a solo show of Dawit Petros at The Power Plant, Toronto and the degree show "Are We All In This Together?" at Det Fynsk Kunstakademie in Odense. Since 2019, she is Head Art Program and Curator of Enter Art Program, a publicly funded satellite program of performances, talks and films in conjunction to Enter Art Fair. Her curated programs Thinking Feelings. A Space of Intimacy (2020) and  An Endless Present featured artists like Miles Greenberg, Victoria Sin, Linda Lazer, Alex Cecchetti and Michael Portnoy. In 2019, she curated a show by Basim Magdy at MAAT, Lisbon; a retrospective of Jesper Just exhibited both at MAAT, Lisbon and Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Her current research investigates postcolonial, queer and feminist theories through performance and hybrid artistic ecologies.In the past, her curatorial research and practice have focused on curatorial ethics.

Angelika Stepken

Angelika Stepken
Curator, she lives between Florence and Berlin. Since 2007 Director of Villa Romana, Florence. Before she was directing the Badischer Kunstverein in Karlsruhe (1998-2006) and working as an international  free lance curator and writer in Berlin. Recent publications: Lara-Vinca Masini, Scritti scelti 1961 - 2019. Arte Architettura Design Arte Applicate (with Alessandra Acocella), Gli Ori 2020. Ketty La Rocca, You – works and writings 1964 - 1976, Revolver Verlag 2017.   

Luca Scarlini

Luca Scarlini
Writer, Essayist, Performance Artist. Teacher at Holden School, IED and Venice University. He worked with many theatres and dance companies, included Societas Raffaello Sanzio, Fanny & Alexander, Motus. He is the voice of the radio program Museo Nazionale, Radio 3 Rome and wrote many books about art, loss, thefts and history among which Il Caravaggio rubato, Vita di un’opera d’arte: La Marchesa Casati and Ziggy Stardust: la vera natura dei sogni.

Davide Quadrio

Davide Quadrio
He founded and directed the BizArt Art Center, the first non-profit artistic-creative workshop in Shangha. In 2007 he established Arthub Asia. His most recent projects include, among others, Zhang Enli solo exhibition at Galleria Borghese, Rome; Around Ai Weiwei at Camera - Italian Center for Photography, Turin; the Zhang Enli and Christopher Doyle exhibition at the Aurora Museum in Shanghai (curated with Shaway Yeh); the Qiu Zhijie exhibition at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia on the occasion of the Venice Biennale 2013, but also at Vanabbe Museum, the Netherlands 2016; the Yang Fudong retrospective at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival (curated with Noah Cowan) and the City Pavilion project for Shanghai Biennale, 2012. He was the chief editor of Kaleidoscope Asia (2016-2018), a lecturer at large at Shanghai's Institute of Visual Arts (2007-2017), and was the curator of the Aurora Museum in Shanghai from 2013-16. He is the producer of 13th Gwangju Biennale, Korea opening (February 2021).

Pietro Gaglianò

Pietro Gaglianò
He is an Art critic and independent curator. His main topics of interest concern the interaction between arts and political matters. He experiments hybrid forms between art and education, in an anti discrimination function and to increase social awareness. Currently is member of the Executive Board of the Forum per l’Arte Contemporanea Italiana, of the scientific board of “Nexst”, festival of Italian non profit spaces, Turin; he is part of the project Madeinfilandia  and he runs many project of radical pedagogy (Didattica Popolare). Since 2011 he curates and manages “Scripta Festival”, cycle of lectures concerning books about contemporary arts. Amongst hie recent books: "Memento. The obsession with the visible" (Postmedia 2016) and "La sintassi della libertà. Arte, pedagogia, anarchia" (Gli Ori 2020)  

Justin Randolph Thompson

Justin Randolph Thompson
He is a new media artist, cultural facilitator and educator born in Peekskill, NY in ’79. He is Co-Founder and Director of Black History Month Florence, a multi-faceted exploration of African and African Diasporic cultures in the context of Italy founded in 2016. He won a Louise Comfort Tiffany Award, a Franklin Furnace Fund Award, a Visual Artist Grant from the Fundacion Marcelino Botin, two Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants, A Jerome Fellowship from Franconia Sculpture Park and an Emerging ArtistFellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park. His life and work seek to deepen the discussions around socio-cultural stratification and hierarchical organization by employing fleeting temporary communities as monuments and fostering projects that connect academic discourse social activismand DIY networking strategies in annual and biennial gathering, sharing and gestures of collectivity.  

Leonardo Bigazzi

Leonardo Bigazzi
He works as a curator at Lo Schermo dell’Arte since 2008. He is the co-director of Feature Expanded (2015-2018) and the curator of VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images (2012-). He has curated exhibitions in institutions such as Fondazione Merz (Turin), Zentrum Paul Klee (Bern), Palazzo Strozzi (Florence), MAXXI (Rome) and he co-curated the first edition of La Nuite blanche de Monaco (2016). From 2014 to 2016 he has been curator at Museo Marino Marini in Florence. He has been the project manager and curatorial advisor of the artist Petrit Halilaj for 12 exhibitions (2014-2019). He is currently part of the acquisition committee of the FRAC Bretagne (2020-2022).  

Yoeri Meessen

Yoeri Meessen
Originally trained as teacher of Fine Arts and Art History, he holds a Masters degree in Arts, Culture and Media from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen specializing in arts and social theory. Currently Yoeri Meessen (NL) is Head of Education & interpretation at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Previously Yoeri Meessen was Associate Director at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam and has worked at Manifesta, the itinerant European Biennial of Contemporary Art where he was responsible for the conceptualization of the Biennial’s Art Mediation department.

Martino Margheri

Martino Margheri
Graduated in History of Contemporary Art. Since 2014 he has been responsible for the educational activities of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi for projects dedicated to academies and universities. From 2007 to 2013 he has been in charge of educational projects and activities for the public for the Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence. His work is mainly focused on the development of participatory projects aimed at enhancing art as an experience of sharing and learning.

Camilla Mozzato

Camilla Mozzato
She has been serving as Special Projects Curator at Centro Pecci in Prato form 2015, where she has curated and produced exhibitions such as Protext! When Fabric Becomes Manifesto (autumn 2020), Rirkrit Tiravanija. Tomorrow Is the Question (2019), Wiltshire Before Christ: Aries, Jeremy Deller, David Sims (2019), Jozef Robakowski. Nearer Farther (2017), among others. She was executive editor of “The New Work Times”, published on the occasion of the show The Artist is Present (2018), curated by Maurizio Cattelan and powered by Gucci. She has previously collaborated with V–A–C Foundation Moscow and Venice; Casa dei Tre Oci, Venice; Marsilio Editori; Piotr Uklanski Studio, New York City; UK Pavilion at Venice Biennale; Palazzo Grassi, Venice; Imma, Dublin. She has curated the Gallery Field held at the De Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam.  

Margot Black

Margot Black
She is an experienced fundraiser having held positions at universities and cultural organisations in the UK and Italy. She currently works at the British Museum, where she manages relationships with international philanthropists, ensuring the sustainability of the UK’s most visited museum through major donations across the breadth of the Museum’s work. Margot has a successful fundraising track record from previous roles at The Courtauld Institute of Art and the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice. Her interest in human history, art and culture stems from the intuitive art of her childhood in the Caribbean, to her postgraduate studies in the Italian High Renaissance.

Hesperia Iliadou

Hesperia Iliadou
Hesperia was the Curator of the Malta National Pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale of 2019.  She has been acting Commissioner for the Venice Biennale since 2014 and Curator of the Inaugural Exhibition for the European Capital of Culture 2017.  A professor in the History of Art and a Museum Studies specialist, educated at the University of London, the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, the City University of Hong Kong and the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries, at the University of Leicester, she has taught in numerous international Academic institutions. She is a member of the International Council of Museums and the only woman elected in the Europa Nostra IEH committee, focusing on museum and gallery spaces within heritage buildings.