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The Venice Programme: Undergraduate Study

The following Undergraduate Modules are studied during the Venice term.

HA3C7 Exhibiting the Contemporary

This module examines the importance of exhibitions for the interpretation of contemporary art and 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