cod. 1005592

Academic year 2014/15
2° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Storia dell'arte contemporanea (L-ART/03)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
course unit
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Learning objectives

The aim of the course is providing the students with an adeguate knowledge of the history of the industrial and art exhibitions (XIX-XXI centuries) and a critical comprehension of the phenomenology of the exhibition.
At the end of the course the student should comprehend the most significant events of the history of exhibition through a multidisciplinary approach to distinguish different typology of exhibition on an historical perspective; should gain a critical approach to understand curatorial theories relating them exhibit design methodology; finally the student should analyze main issues of specific critical debate, too.


Knowledge of Contemporary art history and Contemporary architecture history

Course unit content

The course will be based on the analysis of case studies that document the history of exhibitions since the mid-XIXth century till XXIth century. The main issues considered are: the role of exhibit design in relation to the different type of exhibition (art exhibitions, and universal exhibitions as a place of triumph of the material goods), then the importance of the curatorial project and of the selection and organization of 'objects'. We will also try to reconstruct and confront the timeline of the creation of 'environments' in the history of art practices, with the one regarding exhibit design.

Full programme

-Universal exhibitions: London 1851, Paris 1867 and 1898
- Avandgardes and exhibitions.
- Universal exhibitions during the '30s: Paris 1937 and New York 1939
- Fifties: Biennale di Venezia and Documenta Kassel
- Sixties: the new museology and the exhibitions
-When attiitudes become forms, 1969 and H. Sezeemann
-Biennale di Venezia during the seventies
-The foundation of Centre Pompidou and the new focus on the public
-'80 and '90: the debate on architectural exhibitions, from the Strada Novissima to Deconstructivism at MOMA.


S. Zuliani, Esposizioni: emergenza della critica d'arte, Mondadori 2012
R. Pinto, Nuove geografie artistiche. Le mostre al tempo della globalizzazione, postmedia 2012
F. Zanella, Esporsi, Scripta 2012
V. Strukelj - F. Zanella, Dal progetto al consumo: le arti in mostra nell'Italia dell'Ottocento, mup 2011
A. Negri, L'arte in mostra, Milano 2011
A.C. Cimoli, Musei effimeri: allestimenti di mostre in Italia, 1949-1963, Milano, Il saggiatore, 2007
S. Polano, Mostrare, Lybra immagine 1988
Allestire/exhibit design, in “Rassegna” n.10 1982

Teaching methods

The course will consist on lectures, seminars and tutorial activities during which the teacher will discuss with each student the topic of every individual research by providing the basic tools for the preparation of a final report that will be part of the discussion during the final oral examination.

Assessment methods and criteria

During the course audits will be carried out for the individual researches assigned to each student, that will have to write a draft; the final evaluation will consist on the discussion around the draft and around the knowledge, comprehension and skills gained through the study of the assigned critical essays.

Other information

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