The fundamental tools for understanding art and cultural heritage in Italy from ancient Rome to contemporary art


Museums of modern and contemporary art: Display & Management

Examining the art of the twentieth century and that of the new millennium through the analysis of the most renown museums in the world. Most of these museums are structured both artistically and architecturally to host specific kinds of art; we will discuss their management and artistic choices to reach a understanding of their functioning.

The course is designed to introduce students to contemporary art museum studies. Museums of modern and contemporary art: Display & Management will discuss the evolution of the museum’s functions, its role in contemporary society, the different forms of museums, the recent historical developments of the act of collecting, and at the same time will address the role of the prominent figures of contemporary art: the artist, the gallerist, the museum director, the curator. Through an overview of current debates around the contemporary museum, and large scale exhibitions, the primary purpose of the course is to provide students with a critical vocabulary for understanding how museums produce knowledge, and how they are managed, as well as underlining the ways in which history, geography, cultural difference, and economy are mapped through exhibition practices.


Through a series of richly detailed case studies related to contemporary museums, collections and institutions, the course will investigate the differences between the roles, the missions, the objectives, and the policies of conservation, collecting and exhibition making.