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Call for applications: European Course for Contemporary Art Curators
Fondazione Antonio Ratti


Course dates:1-10 October 2009,
Milan, Italy
Deadline for the applications:
10 July, 2009

http://www.fondazioneratti.org

Visiting Professor
Ulrich Loock





In collaboration with
Goethe-Institut Mailand

The European Course for Contemporary Art Curators gives the opportunity to young European curators to work side by side with an internationally renowned Visiting Professor, approaching a critical analysis of theoretical and practical aspects of curatorship and of the contemporary art scene.

Course Structure
The course, this year at its third edition, lasts ten days and has a seminar structure; the programme comprises an intensive schedule of theoretical and practical lessons held by the Visiting Professor, presentations of the participants’ projects and experiences, visits to exhibition spaces and institutions of the territory. Classes are full time, attendance is compulsory.

The course aims to:
– promote reflections and investigations questioning the role of the curator.
– set up a working platform that may enable participants to develop further curatorial projects.
– support contacts between young operators of the European contemporary art scene.
– encourage international circulation of cultural projects and competences.

Contents
This year’s course, held by Ulrich Loock, focuses on the conditions of building an extensive overview exhibition. The specific case is an international exhibition devoted to the 1980s. The participants will discuss and project the implementation of such an exhibition in all its aspects: focus, goal, historical pertinence, choice of artists/works/contributions, museological method, installation, publication, etc. It is expected that the participants will develop different, even conflicting models for making such an exhibition and that fundamental questions concerning the functions and the mission of a contemporary art museum and an historical exhibition will arise. To further explore this angle the course will include the discussion of different models of exhibition making since the 1960s.

Visiting Professor
Ulrich Loock (1953, Braunschweig Germany) directed the Kunsthalle Bern from 1985 to 1997. Exhibitions focused on the legacy and critical re-shaping of institutional critique. Reinhard Mucha, Thomas Schütte, Thomas Struth, Marlene Dumas, Bethan Huws, Franz West, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Christopher Wool, Robert Gober, are some of the artists shown there early on in their career. As director of Museum of Art Lucerne (1997-2001), Ulrich Loock worked on possibilities of adapting an exhibition practice close to the actual working of the artists to a museum structure. Since 2003 Ulrich Loock is the Deputy Director of Museu Serralves in Porto. Here he has initiated several one-person and group exhibitions with artists such as David Goldblatt, Erik van Lieshout, Tatjana Doll, Robert Grosvenor, Wilhelm Sasnal, Eberhard Havekost, Johanns Kahrs, and others. In 2007 he made a comprehensive exhibition entitled The 80s. A Topology.

How to Apply
The call is open to citizens of the European Union over 18. No study certificate is required. English essential. The applications must be posted by 10 July 2009 (date of the postmark) to the following address: European Course for Contemporary Art Curators, Ufficio Arti Visive – Provincia di Milano, Viale Vittorio Veneto 2, 20124 Milan, Italy.
The applications must include
– curriculum vitae illustrating studies and work experiences
– abstracts and documentation of the most relevant realized curatorial projects
– a motivational statement of the applicant illustrating research interests
The course committee will select the participants which will be contacted via email. The material sent for the application will not be returned. Attendance and accommodation during the course are free.

For further information

http://www.fondazioneratti.org

http://www.provincia.milano.it/cultura

With the support of:

EUNIC – European Union National Institutes for Culture – Milano, Accademia d’Ungheria in Roma, Ambasciata della Repubblica di Lettonia, Ambasciata d’Irlanda, Centre culturel français de Milan, Consolato generale dei Paesi Bassi, Consolato generale della Repubblica di Polonia, Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art, Forum Austriaco di cultura, Instituto Camões di Lisbona, Istituto Slovacco.

June 10, 2009