In the first venture of its kind, the Summer School in Contemporary Art and Curatorship offers students the chance to gain insight into the management principles of two of the world“s most important and influential contemporary art exhibitions the Kassel documenta and La Biennale di Venezia by bringing together the expertise of scholars, artists and curators based in the hosting cities Kassel (Germany), and Venice (Italy).
The Summer School will offer two distinct but interconnected 2-week modules that together will investigate the history, management principles and strategies of the two art institutions documenta and La Biennale di Venezia. Students have the chance to fully immerse themselves in contemporary art and curatorship for 4 weeks, through lectures and visits of exhibition spaces in Kassel, Berlin and Venice.
Students can choose to enrol in both modules, or in each module separately, and will be provided with a certificate at the end of each in order to request credit recognition at their home university.
Module 1: Inside Arts
Location: Uni Kassel, Germany
Cost: TBC (including the Berlin trip: transport to Berlin + accommodation)
The documenta in Kassel is one of the most important and well known modern arts exhibitions in the world. Since its beginning in 1953, it has grown continuously and can be experienced not only in museums and art halls but also in many places throughout the city, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors. The University of Kassel offers the chance to get involved with the theory and practice of documenta and to learn about its history to any students and graduates interested especially in Fine Arts and Cultural Sciences but also those interested in Economics, Marketing and Management.
After the Berlin tour, students can continue with another 2-week module in Venice at Ca‘ Foscari University with a focus on the Venice Biennale.
Module 2: Curatorship of Contemporary Visual Art and Performance
Location: Venice, Italy
Credits: 6 cfu
Cost: TBC (discounts are available for Ca' Foscari students)
The module will alternate between in-class lectures and site visits of relevant art projects and exhibitions in Venice’s most important exhibition spaces (La Biennale di Venezia, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Palazzo Grassi-Punta della Dogana — Pinault Collection, VAC, Tre Oci, MUVE-Musei civici di Venezia, Guggenheim), with a special focus on the Venice Biennale.