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The students of Master's Degree at programs of study curatorial students visit the Venice Biennale and other art venues in the city.
19 | 05 | 2022
From 10 to 14 May, the students of the IV promotion of Master's Degree in programs of study of Curatorial Studies of the University of Navarra Museum travelled to Venice to visit the Biennale and other art spaces in the Italian city. The students had the opportunity to get to know the most important international art event in this outing coordinated by Iciar Sagarminaga and accompanied by the director of postgraduate program, Nieves Acedo, and the lecturer Gabriel Pérez Barreiro.
During the curatorial trip they also visited the Spazio Berlendis; the Olga and Hugo Levi and In Between Art Film foundations; the large monographic exhibition Open-end, by Marlene Dumas, at Palazzo Grassi; the sample Lucio Fontana, Antony Gormley, at Negozio Olivetti; and the studio of the artists Penzo + Fiore.
María Gallegos, Art History graduate and delegate of the class, explains that the trip "has been very enriching, as we have had the opportunity to experience the Venice Biennale at first hand, getting to know the different proposals that the countries have presented. This is essential for our training as curators, as we have seen reflected the concepts and theory seen during the course. In addition, we have had the opportunity to meet different artists who, from their experience, have shown us other interesting aspects in this field".
Her colleague Ximena Quinzo, who has a degree in Anthropology and Archaeology, considers the field trip to Venice "one of the best experiences of Master's Degree, especially because it was at the end of the classes. The visits we made to the galleries and to the artists' programs of study provided a different point of view compared to the other field trips. We have been able to contrast how different curators work and what are the points of connection between the themes developed in the exhibitions we have seen throughout our programs of study".
knowledge The experience that Gallegos was most interested in was getting to know the Biennale: "It gave us a better understanding of what an international exhibition and an event of great importance reference letter in contemporary art is, and how each pavilion is organised". For his part, Quinzo highlights the visit to Palazzo Grassi: "I liked it a lot because the pieces exhibited are in constant dialogue with the space, at the same time as its catalogue was made with the artist and we can have a more staff point of view about the works shown. This constant work with the artist is something I wish to achieve in the curatorial internship , thinking of my work as a curator as a bridge between him or her and the public. On the other hand, Palazzo Grassi also houses part of the Pinault Collection. And it is also interesting to observe the dialogue between it and the other space of the same collection in Paris.
In the summer, the students will carry out their professional internships in different museums and art centres. Gallegos will soon travel to Madrid to join the team at the CA2M Museum, while Quinzo's destination is Bombas Gens - Centre d'Art, in Valencia. "I'm super excited to get to know another art scene, as well as to contrast the different methodologies of work in order to find my own. I am also interested in looking for new themes for research in the curatorial area , as well as developing my skills learnt at Master's Degree in the areas of collection and exhibitions", Quinzo emphasises.