The global scenario of the art system includes today a growing number of physical and virtual venues representing a wide range of curatorial projects opportunities: museums, exhibition areas, public and private galleries, biennials, fairs, platforms, websites, etc.
The Master course in Curatorial Practice promoted by IED Venezia is a programme that deals with the exhibition design direction and management related to the art field and beyond, training professionals ready to enter with full rights the art industry. The strong point is the prestige and uniqueness of Venice, main player of the current debate on curatorial issues, generator of professional excellence.
The international faculty is coordinated by Jonathan Watkins and includes leading curators, scholars in the humanities, artists, and art professionals, coming from many prominent institutions such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Foundation Pinault, Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia, Ruya Foundation, Beirut Art Center, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.
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.
Target - The course is designed for postgraduate students who want to specialise in the curatorial sector, including museums, galleries, fairs or for auction houses. The previous study in the field of Arts and Management is desirable, but not essential.
Methodology and structure - The curriculum of the course investigate modern and international contemporary art, as well as visual arts institutions and practices, training in exhibition organisation and public programmes in museums and not-for-profit galleries, commissioning, writing, publishing and commercial gallery activity.
The programme has a very pragmatic approach, providing students with methodology and a step-by-step path that will lead to the realisation of an exhibition project. For that reason, its structure is divided into 3 main parts:
Area 1_Theory - The first part provides students with a solid introduction to the history of post-WW2 modern and contemporary art, and a critical analysis of recent trends. The history of exhibitions is analysed in the light of museology, leading to a consideration of current curatorial strategies.
Area 2_Skills and expertise - The second part is concerned with specific expertise and skills required to develop an effective working practice in fields of exhibition organisation and management, also placing emphasis on audience development through marketing and learning, writing – as required for publication, fundraising etc. – and off-site activity. Driven by renowned professionals, this area is relevant for those wishing to pursue careers either in non-profit or commercial art worlds, in auction houses or art fairs, commissioning the production of new artwork in museums or in the public realm.
Area 3_Practice - The third part deals with the issue of the design of specific curatorial projects, starting from an idea to its realisation, developed in collaboration with international Curators.
Students have the chance to live the unique experience of intensive weeks dedicated to Pegghy Guggenheim Collection and the 16th International Architecture Exhibition (2018).
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Last updated March 22, 2018