NOT AN ARTIST? THE IED SHAPES THE GALAXY OF ART AND DESIGN – Economics

NOT AN ARTIST? THE IED SHAPES THE GALAXY OF ART AND DESIGN – Economics
NOT AN ARTIST? THE IED SHAPES THE GALAXY OF ART AND DESIGN – Economics

WALKING through the corridors of the museums, admiring the masterpieces contained in the art galleries, most of the time our eyes linger on the name written on the plate describing the work and our mind flies through the drawers of memory, in search of notions about that artist or particular current. In this panorama, however, there is also a whole galaxy of professionals, highly qualified and specialized, who cannot properly be defined as artists, but without whom we would not have the opportunity to enjoy the beauties of a permanent installation, of a temporary exhibition. , and of the cultural heritage particularly present and widespread in our country. These are curators, archivists, cultural project managers, cultural entrepreneurs, or the so-called exhibition museum educators. But also museum set up designers, art gallery managers, or restorers and conservators, professions at the center of …

WALKING through the corridors of the museums, admiring the masterpieces contained in the art galleries, most of the time our eyes linger on the name written on the plate describing the work and our mind flies through the drawers of memory, in search of notions about that artist or particular current. In this panorama, however, there is also a whole galaxy of professionals, highly qualified and specialized, who cannot properly be defined as artists, but without whom we would not have the opportunity to enjoy the beauties of a permanent installation, of a temporary exhibition. , and of the cultural heritage particularly present and widespread in our country.

These are curators, archivists, cultural project managers, cultural entrepreneurs, or the so-called exhibition museum educators. But also museum set up designers, art gallery managers, or restorers and conservators, professions at the center of the training proposal that is present in a transversal manner and with local specificities in the offices of the European Institute of Design – Ied in Como, Florence. , Rome, Madrid and Milan. And it is precisely from the observation of the changes that are affecting the scenario of contemporary art and culture, whose evolution is opening the market to new job opportunities, that the IED has relaunched the project called ‘Not an artist’, in order to encourage dialogue on the role and future developments of all these collateral figures who accompany and complete the work of artists and designers, as well as the definition of the blurred boundaries between art and design professions.

“Not an artist had a particular genesis, which dates back to about six years ago – explains Igor Zanti, director of the IED headquarters in Florence and one of the first supporters of the project -. Part of the reasons that prompted me was to promote his creation sink into what is my professional path. After graduating in art history I worked both as a critic and as a curator, but I never had the ambition to be an artist. Then I joined Ied as a teacher phenomenology of contemporary arts. When I was called to direct the Venice office in 2013, I looked around. In some respects we are an art school and since 2010 we have also counted on the Aldo Galli Academy of Fine Arts in Como in our network , but what interested me was to investigate all those professions that gravitate around artistic productions and exhibitions. There is one artist, while there are many museums “. ‘Not an artist’ is therefore a traveling interview that involves industry experts and various stakeholders, as well as a series of events designed to bring artists and designers together. A project that aims at the constant updating of the academic offer of the IED group and the inclusion in the teaching staff of new professionals, precisely to provide the most effective training experience possible to those who are interested in making their entry into the world of art and of contemporary culture. The goal is to bridge any gap linked to the transition between the study of art history and cultural heritage and the actual practice of the professions.

“A whole series of courses were also born from these investigations and reflections – adds Zanti -, such as the one started three years ago for the ‘museum design experience’ which trains people capable of planning a museum experience in its entirety: from the educational part to that concerning the creation of exhibition itineraries. But also a ‘registrar’ course, a figure halfway between the conservator and the restorer, with whom almost all the most important world institutions are acquiring, who has been absorbed by the Academy Galli who will turn him into a master “. ‘Not an artist’ over the past year has focused on publishing original video content, continuing its investigation and summarizing the results of past events. The result was a “white paper” on the current state of contemporary art and culture.

The project also includes the voice of the talents of Ied Alumni Network, who through their stories are today an expression and concrete demonstration of what it means to be an active professional in the art sector. Among them Anna Shvets, CEO of TAtchers’Art Management; Thomas Marsan, research and exhibition coordinator of the Olivier Malingue Gallery; Asli Dalaman, assistant director at the Teatro alla Scala; Assel Akhmedzhanova, manager at the TSE art gallery; and Gildo Medina, multidisciplinary artist and designer. Inaugurated on June 17, among the appointments scheduled as part of ‘Not an artist’ there is Ticino Art Today, a series of conversations organized with the Aldo Galli Academy of Fine Arts that involves museum directors, gallery owners and artists from the Canton Ticino.

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