Exhibition view of “Post Zang Tumb Tuuum. Art Life Politics: Italia 1918–1943″, 2018, Fondazione Prada, Milan, Ph. Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti
3 Dec 2022 5.30 PM

“Germano Celant’s curatorial method at Fondazione Prada: from monographic exhibitions to interdisciplinary approach of languages in group shows” is a conference presented by Fondazione Prada in collaboration with Studio Celant, to be held at the Cinema of the Milan venue. The event, part of the extensive program “Germano Celant. Cronistoria di un critico militante” curated by Studio Celant, from a proposal of Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, takes place from 5:30 pm to 8 pm and consists of two thematic debates open to the public.

Fondazione Prada, as intended by its founders Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli, was created to shape an intellectual utopia that marked the identity of the cultural institution founded in 1993. Utopia was also the keyword of the first projects curated by Germano Celant, who from 1995 to 2014 was Fondazione Prada’s Artistic Director and, from 2015 to 2020, its Artistic and Scientific Superintendent.

The conference starts with institutional greetings by Chiara Costa (Fondazione Prada), Marco Tirelli (Accademia Nazionale di San Luca), Marcella Ferrari (Studio Celant).

The first part of the event, titled “A theoretical and practical workshop of exhibition making”, features scholar Bruce J. Altshuler, architect Rem Koolhaas and curator Elvira Dyangani Ose. Moderated by Chiara Costa, Fondazione Prada’s Head of Programs, this first conversation explores the specific methodologies of exhibition re-enactment and the ideology of display – two essential concepts that Germano Celant and Fondazione Prada had explored on several occasions in recent years. Starting from the exhibition “The Small Utopia – Ars Multiplicata” (Venice, 2012) and “When Attitudes Become Form: Bern 1969/Venice 2013” (Venice, 2013), the investigation of languages of exhibition design has also been central to other Fondazione’s projects such as “Serial Classic” (Milan, 2015), “Portable Classic” (Venice, 2015), “L’image volée” (Milan, 2016) e “Post Zang Tumb Tuuum. Art, Life, Politics: 1918-1943” (Milan, 2018).

The second part, named “Artists’ utopian projects 1998-2007”, focuses on some relevant projects commissioned from Fondazione Prada and realized in collaboration with international artists such as Laurie Anderson, Mariko Mori and Thomas Demand. The three artists shares their experiences and ideas that inspired the projects presented in Milan between 1998 and 2007. The talk is moderated by Mario Mainetti, Fondazione Prada’s Head of Research and Publications.

Watch the full video of the event