An expert in museology and contemporary art theory and Director of SACI’s MA in Art History program, Maria Antonia Rinaldi has contributed to many contemporary publications and is an active consultant and collaborator with renowned museums and cultural associations.
Maria Antonia Rinaldi is the Director of the MA in Art History program at SACI. In 1995, she was awarded a scholarship by the European Union to work in Spain in the field of museology with the San Pio V Museum in Valencia. She has collaborated with the Ministry of Historic Patrimony on exhibitions and catalogues and has organized and curated several exhibitions of contemporary art in Florence and abroad.
She has collaborated with U.N.E.S.C.O. and the Library of Alexandria to organize and teach a seminar in museology for young employees and staff of the library, and has provided consultancy for the new display of the small ethnographical museum of Siwa. She continues to collaborate with Exibart.com by contributing articles about exhibitions and other timely art subjects, incuding a recent article about Florence's Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival. In 2019, in collaboration with the U.S. Consulate General Florence for the 200th anniversary of the Consulate’s establishment in Florence, Maria Antonia and SACI instructor Alice Parri led SACI’s Art History Department in developing and publishing a guidebook for Palazzo Canevaro, the Consulate’s home in Florence.
Maria Antonia Rinaldi has a Laurea with Honors in History of Architecture and Post-Graduate specialization in History of Art, University of Florence; Post-Graduate specialization in Economics and Management of Cultural Patrimonies, University of Tor Vergata, Rome (with scholarship).
Teaching is one of the most difficult things to do. You are always challenging your notions and knowledge, not only about the subject you have to explain but also about more general arguments.
Sometimes you have to explain very complex intellectual concepts and find a way to make these accessible. Each time you talk to a class you have to revise your own ideas of what you are supposed to know. This is why I am convinced that teaching, if it is well done, is an enrichment both for the teacher and the student.
What I try to create in my class is a continuing dialogue between myself and the students. This is the only way I can understand if I am doing my work well. Museology is a discipline which takes it resources from art history, sociology, economics, psychology, anthropology and philosophy. Through this, students are given important tools to understand the complicated relationship between people and art.
Teaching means providing tools to understand aspects of the world.