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The Venice Programme: Undergraduate Study

HA3C7 Exhibiting the Contemporary

This module examines the importance of exhibitions for the interpretation of contemporary art and contemporary architecture. 'Exhibition' is here conceived as the (in principle, public) time and space of 'showing' in the broadest sense. Taught through lectures, seminars and site visits, the module will involve the study of current exhibitions of contemporary art and architecture within and outside the frame of the Biennale, considered in conjunction with pertinent texts on contemporary exhibition-making, curating, and museum and exhibition history.

Sample Syllabus (subject to change):

Introduction: The Exhibition as Object
The Biennial as Ritual: The Case of Venice
Architecture at/as Exhibition from the Crystal Palace to the Contemporary
New Museums and New Publics
Art, Architecture and City Branding
Site-Specificity and Public Art
Institutional Critique
The Expanded Field of Curating
Destination Art

HA3A2 Art in Venice and Northern Italy 1100-1600

Our highly praised original Venice module examines the art and architecture of Venice in the light of its unique physical, political and cultural situation. The city's links with the Byzantine empire, its status as a maritime republic and its distinctive political situation fostered a culture different from those of other Italian cities and which can be studied as a discrete entity. The relationship between art and its various contexts will be studied in detail using the physical evidence of the city and its past. The influence of Venice on art in the terraferma will also be examined through, for example, study trips to Padua, Verona, Vicenza and the villas of the Veneto.

Sample Syllabus (subject to change):

The political background of Venice
The Doge's Palace
Ravenna, Torcello and the Byzantine Heritage
San Marco and the surrounding area
The Gothic and the Mendicant orders in Venice
Domestic architecture
The Scuole and their decoration
Ducal tombs
Secular painting
Venice and antiquity
Art and the terraferma