This summer, the School of Curatorial Studies in Venice invited a range of collectors to join the school’s program and share their expertise with international curatorial students.
Known for its incredible beauty and Biennale’s, Venice is one of the most significant hubs for nurturing contemporary art that Europe has to offer, with its many foundations and a plethora of exciting exhibition programs. Amongst some of the highlights of the private collections featuring leading works of contemporary art are the Francois Pinault Foundation–found also in the 5th edition of the BMW Art Guide– and the Moscow-based V-A-C Foundation which opened its Venice outpost in 2017.
Whilst Venice may lack somewhat in in terms of an art market it more than makes up for in fostering artists and curators with it’s many residencies and educational output, this is also the case for Venice’s very own School of Curatorial Studies.
Since 2004 the school has dedicated itself to committing to experimentation and interdisciplinary thinking, with the main aim of sharing knowledge in the field of visual arts at the core of its curriculum. Led by a staff of Italian and international professionals, scholars, historians and art critics of recognized experience, the School of Curatorial Studies also invited a range of collectors to speak about their specialized fields of interest.
The summer program of 2018 saw collectors such as Alain Servais, Antonio Dalle Nogare, Karsten Schmitz and Pedro Barbosa join the lineup of influential speakers at the school, with each one delivering a presentation that discussed the topic of “What’s More Contemporary Than Contemporary?”, under the historical backdrop of The Gritti Palace and Hotel Danieli, both Luxury Collection Hotels.