ARTH(V)369 Contemporary Art in Historic Venice, Marco Baravalle, Summer Venice 2018 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ARTH(V)369 Contemporary Art in Historic Venice, Marco Baravalle, Summer Venice 2018

Art and the City: Where Does Contemporary Art Come from and How Does it Work in Venice?


Monday, July 2
First Lesson: 2 – 5 pm
The origins of a format. How the Biennale colonized Venice and the world?
Historical excursus on La Biennale di Venezia, a model inspired by the World Expos, similitudes and differences. Evolution of its institutional structure and its material infrastructure. Diffusion of the format.

Tuesday, July 3 
Visit: 10 am – 4 pm
La Biennale: International Architecture Exhibition + selection of national pavilions

Monday, July 9
Visit: 2 – 5 pm
Palazzo Fortuny: Primavera a Palazzo Fortuny

Tuesday, July 10
Second Lesson: Visit: 10 am - 12 noon
Radical Museology and the Artist as Director
Large scale exhibitions are often seen as testing grounds for cutting edge art experiments. But what about the role of museums in contemporary culture? And why are artists more and more shifting their focus from institutional critique to the invention of "alternative" institutions?
Visit: 1 – 4 pm
To be determined. 

Monday, July 16
Visit: 2 – 4 pm
Historical Archive of "La Gondola: Photographic Association of Venice"

Tuesday, July 17
Visit 10 am – 4 pm
Independent Venice: Visit to S.a.L.E. Docks and Microclima
Venice is known for the Biennale, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Gallerie dell'Accademia, but there is more than what one can see on the surface. Independent and non-profit art spaces play an important role in keeping Venice a place of experimentation and production beyond the circuit of big global events.

Monday, July 23
Visit: 2 – 5 pm
Meeting with Francesca Colasante at Palazzo Grassi.
Visit to "Cows by Water," solo show of Albert Oehlen.
Conversation with Francesca Colasante who works at the Exhibition Office at the Francois Pinault Collection. Francesca will not only tell us about Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana, but she will take us behind the scenes of the museum, disclosing the different passages and stages of the organization of a contemporary art exhibition. 

Tuesday, July 24
10 am – 1 pm: Final Critique
2 – 4 pm: Visit: Le Stanze del Vetro (a long-term joint initiative between Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Pentagram Stiftung devoted to studying the art of glassmaking in the 20th and 21st centuries).


As rightly underlined in the presentation of the Digital Photography class, Venice is a unique photographic object and its aesthetic peculiarity was described by countless artists, writers, poets and philosophers of all ages. But what about the contemporary city? Starting from a bibliography of texts on the current situation of Venice, visits to local art institutions and collective class debates, students will be invited to elaborate (through written statements, oral presentation and images) their personal thoughts on the role of art in the framework of the 21st Century Venice.

Critique: July 24


In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act Textbook Provision, SACI provides, when possible, the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and retail price of required and recommended reading.

M. Baravalle, Art, Populism and the Alter-Institutional Turn, in E-Flux Journal #89, New York, March 2018.

U. H. Bauer, H. Hanru, Shifting Gravity, World Biennial Forum no. 1, Hatje Cantz, 2013.
ISBN: 9783775736930 (Retail price: $30)

A. Buddensig et al. (ed. by), Biennials: Prospect and Perspectives. International Conference at ZKM, Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe  ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, 2015.
ISBN: To Be Determined (Retail price: To Be Determined)

O. Enwezor, Mega-Exhibitions as the Antinomies of a Transnational Global Form, in V. Misiano, I. Zabel (ed. by), Manifesta Journal, N°2 Winter 2003-Spring 2004,

E. di Martino, The History of the Venice Biennale 1895-2005, Papiro Arte, 2005.
ISBN: 9788890110443 (Retail price: To Be Determined)

C. Di Stefano, The 1968 Biennale, Boycotting the Exhibition, An Account of Three Extraordinary Days, in n C. Ricci (ed by), Starting from Venice, Studies on The Biennale, et al. Edizioni, Milano 2010.
ISBN: 9788864630243 (Retail price: To Be Determined)

A. Geppert: Fleeting Cities. Imperial Expositions in Fin-de-Siècle Europe, Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
ISBN: 9781137358325 (Retail price: $40)

P. Gielen, The Biennale. A Post Institution for Immaterial Labour, in P. Gielen The Murmuring of The Artistic Multitude, Valiz, 2010.
ISBN: 9789492095046 (Retail price: $28.95)

V. Martini, A Brief History of How an Exhibition Took Shape, in C. Ricci (ed by), Starting from Venice, Studies on The Biennale, et al. Edizioni, Milano 2010.
ISBN: 9788864630243 (Retail price: To Be Determined)

M. Mulazzani, Guide to the Pavilions of the Venice Biennale Since 1887, Mondadori Electa, Milano, 2014.
ISBN: To Be Determined (Retail price: To Be Determined)

M. van Hal, S. Ovstebo, E. Filipovic (ed. by), The Biennial Reader, Hatje Cantz, 2010.
ISBN: To Be Determined (Retail price: To Be Determined)

Scheppe W. The Ground-Rent of Art and Exclusion from the City , ARCH+ 231: The Property Issue, Aachen, 2018.

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