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Blockbuster or Betablocker: Museum Curator, Biennale Curator

Saturday November, 26th – Teatro alle Tese, Arsenale, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Let’s talk about us
Session 2 – Blockbuster or Betablocker: Museum Curator, Biennale Curator
Speakers: Paolo Baratta, Diana Baldon, Giovanni Carmine, Okwui Enwezor, Beatrix Ruf and Vicente Todoli
 
Paolo Baratta has been the President of the Biennale di Venezia since 2008, after having served a first term as president between 1998 and 2002.
Diana Baldon (1974) is a curator and art critic. Since 2001 she has dealt with artists such as Marietjca Potrc, Nils Norman, Rainer Ganahl, Erik van Lieshout, The Yes Men and Christopher Williams. She has co-curated many exhibitions in international institutions such as the CAN Centre d’Art Neuchatel in Switzerland, Sparwasser HQ in Berlin, Cubitt in London and the Moscow Biennale.
Giovanni Carmine (Switzerland, 1975), art historian, is the director of the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen in Switzerland. He was responsible for the artistic organization of the 2011 Art Biennale.
Okwui Enwezor (Nigeria, 1963) is an international curator, nominated Director of the Haus der Kunst in Munich in early 2011. He has curated many exhibitions and festivals all over the world including the Johannesburg Biennale in South Africa (1997), the Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo de Sevilla, in Spain, the Gwang-ju Biennale in South Korea (2008). He was the artistic director of Documenta 11 in Kassel, Germany, in 2002.
Beatrix Ruf (Germany, 1960) has been the director and curator of Kunsthalle Zürich since 2001. In the past she was the director and curator of Kunsthaus Glarus, and curator of the Kunstmuseum in the Canton Thurgau, Switzerland, from 1994 to 1998. Since 1995 she has also been responsible for the Ringier collection.
Vicente Todoli (Spain, 1958) was the director of the Tate Modern in London from 2002 to 2010, and from 1986 to 1996 he served as curator then Artistic Director of IVAM (Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno) in Spain. In 1997 he was a correspondent for the 47th International Art Exhibition curated by Germano Celant.
 
Giovanni Carmine, “Where is Ai Weiwei?”, text from the catalogue of the Art Biennale 2011, Marsilio Editori
“The expectations of an exhibition like the Venice Biennale are different and also divergent. Although the experts may here seek the development of an articulate and precise theoretical discourse, the general public— not necessarily interested in contemporary art—are perhaps mainly interested in having an experience different from their everyday lives and at the same time
the chance of getting an encyclopedic view of the most recent developments in art. It is rarely possible to do so in such an intense way, but especially in such a short space of time and restricted place as this. So the International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale is also faced with a problem of efficiency, and in a context that is itself prone to dispersal. The incredible accumulation of works and artists that come together every two years on the lagoon, along with the city’s historical substratum, certainly do not aid focusing. Accepting this entropic system is the first challenge faced in the process of producing the international exhibition. If curating an art exhibition is also an act of classification, or at least an attempt to establish a certain order by way of choices and their dramatization in space, in the infinite kaleidoscope of national pavilions, collateral events, and the invasion of other events (commercial and not) parallel to the official ones, then this fundamental characteristic risks being lost. Paradoxically, however, it is precisely its nature as a grand and multi faceted celebration that gives it its fascination, in which the diversity of aims among the numerous events open to the public are none other than a mirror of the variegated world of contemporary art”.