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The miartalks 2017

March 22, 2017 Editor's desk No Comments

With less than a week to the opening of miart, we have decided to dedicate the last post of Carnet de miart to the miartalks 2017. Curated by Ben Borthwick, Artistic Director at Plymouth Arts Centre, and Diana Campbell-Betancourt, Artistic Director, Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator, Dhaka Art Summit 2018, Bataan and Dhaka. For the second consecutive year, the programme has received the support of Beatrice Bulgari and her production company In Between Art Film.


The conversations taking place within miart’s auditorium are conceived as an international and multidisciplinary forum: indeed, every edition of miartalks brings together leading figures in conversation to focus on and analyses a particular theme, giving miartalks the scope of an institutional symposium. This year, the programme will consider the present and future of biennials and the challenges of recurring exhibitions. Indeed, this is, once again, a compelling topic for the contemporary art world—a topic which becomes especially relevant in 2017, when many of these recurring international exhibitions happen in quick succession. As Ben Borthwick observes: “The proliferation of biennials internationally since the 1990s continues apace, and many on just their second or fifth edition already seem firmly entrenched fixtures in the art world calendar. Biennials are at once celebrated for breaking down hierarchies of geography and encapsulating the connectivity of our networked world while being equally maligned as instruments of public policy and neoliberal globalisation. Yet, they persist in spite of regular cycles of biennial fatigue, and it is precisely their continued capacity to mutate and evolve the format while staking out new critical positions that make this heavily discussed subject as relevant as ever.”

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Portraits of Ben Borthwick and Diana Campbell-Betancourt


The range of questions which the topic solicits is very wide and touches on diverse aspects of biennials, whether of art, architecture or design: from their impact on their context and on the territory; to their relationship with contemporary institutions and patrons; their legacy; as well as the range of formats within the biennial model in general (particularly the notion of national pavilions), but also to the alternatives. As Diana Campbell-Betancourt has pointed out, “when nationalism and conservatism are growing forces pushing back against the free movement of people and ideas, biennials can be important vehicles to bring the international to the local and remind people that we can’t live in isolation. Art can open up new perspectives, and there is a curatorial responsibility to take biennales out of the realm of the elite and into one that can really make a difference reaching both the bottom and top of the pyramid.”


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Portrait of Beatrice Bulgari. Photo: Elisabetta Catalano


More than 40 artists, curators, museum directors, collectors, patrons will participate in 2017’s edition of miartalks. Each has made outstanding contributions to their own field, whether it is art, architecture, design, the moving image and performing arts. This complex and extraordinary programme would not have been possible without the support of In Between Art Film. For the second consecutive year, miartalks will be realised in collaboration with the production company founded by Beatrice Bulgari in order to support artist’s films and experimental videos. In her words, the mission of In Between Art Film is precisely “to sustain the production of hybrid visual materials, by giving artists the chance to work with the moving image as well as giving filmmakers the opportunity to experiment with new languages. This combination of different artistic languages is In Between Art Film’s field of investigation. My interest in supporting the arts arises from the necessity to create a multidisciplinary platform where the most topical issues of the global art scene are addressed and” she adds, “this, of course, implies the collaboration with miart.”
The list of the participant speakers include:

Stefano Baia Curioni, Associate Professor, Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management, Bocconi University, Milan
Oliver Basciano, International Editor, ArtReview
Daniel Baumann, Director, Kunsthalle Zurich
Ben Borthwick, Artistic Director, Plymouth Arts Centre
Sebastian Cichocki, Deputy Director, the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
Beatriz Colomina, Professor of Architecture and Founding Director of the Media and Modernity Program, Princeton University
Suzanne Cotter, Director, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto
Florence Derieux, Curator of American Art, Centre Pompidou Foundation & Curator at Large, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, Artists, Berlin
Juliana Engberg, Programme Director, Aarhus 2017
Milovan Farronato, Director and Curator, Fiorucci Art Trust
Douglas Fogle, Independent Curator and Writer, Los Angeles
Lorenzo Fusi, Artistic Director, International Contemporary Art Prize, The Prince Pierre Foundation, Monaco
Cesar Garcia, Founder, Director and Chief Curator, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles
Giovanni Giuliani, Collector, Fondazione Giuliani, Rome
Eva González-Sancho, Maker and Curator, Oslo Pilot, Oslo
Jens Hoffmann, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs, The Jewish Museum, New York; Artistic Director of FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art
Christian Jankowski, Artist, Berlin
Kasper König, Artistic Director, Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017
Francesco Manacorda, Artistic Director, Tate Liverpool
Chus Martínez, Director, Art Institute at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel
Sarah McCrory, Director, Goldsmiths Art Gallery, London
Rafal Niemojewski, Director, Biennial Foundation, New York
Adriano Pedrosa, Artistic Director, Museu de Arte, São Paulo
Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Partner, OMA/AMO, Rotterdam
Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, Director, MAXXI Arte, MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo, Rome
Stephanie Rosenthal, Chief Curator, Hayward Gallery, London
Angela Rui, Design Critic and Independent Curator, Rotterdam
Marco Sammicheli, Design Curator, Abitare
Mats Stjernstedt, Director, Malmö Konsthall
Deyan Sudjic OBE, Director, The Design Museum, London
Kate Sutton, Writer, Zagreb
Sally Tallant, Director, Liverpool Biennial
Sandra Terdjman, Curator and Co-director, Council and Co-founder, Kadist
Beatrice Trussardi, President, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan
Kathryn Weir, Head of Cultural Development, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Mark Wigley, Professor of Architecture and Dean Emeritus, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York

For a complete schedule of the conversations please visit the miart website.