The Province of Milan, the Fondazione Antonio Ratti, and the Delegation of the European
Commission in Milan promote the second edition of the European Course of Contemporary Art Curators
(CECAC), curated by
The course gives the opportunity to European young curators to work side by side with an
internationally renowned Visiting Professor, this year
, approaching a critical analysis of theoretical and practical aspects of curatorship and of
the contemporary art scene. In the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue the course also
represents an occasion to establish new connections between young operators from different European
The course has a seminar structure, and every year contents are planned according to the
Visiting Professor’s guidelines. The course lasts 10 days, with an intensive schedule of
theoretical and practical lessons held by the Visiting Professor, presentations of the
participants’ projects and experiences, visits to exhibition spaces and institutions of the
territory. The students also spend one day with a Visiting Artist (
) invited by the Visiting Professor, whose work is related to the course issues. Classes are
full time, attendance is compulsory. A catalogue/essay collection with texts by all the
participants will be published following the course.
The course aims to:
- promote reflections and investigations questioning the role of the curator, and
research projects on contemporary art.
- set up a working platform that may enable participants to develop further curatorial
- offer young curators the opportunity to work side by side with one of the leading
experts of the European contemporary art scene.
- support contacts between young operators of the European contemporary art scene.
- encourage international circulation of cultural projects and competences.
- promote the publication of a catalogue documenting the course activities of each year.
Charles Esche is the Visiting Professor of the second edition of the course. The programme
will address the following issues: how art museums and other art institutions can function within a
city and with particular communities; how creative communities in diverse parts of the
world can connect, learn from each other and break down nationalistic or regional barriers to a
global, but differentiated, cultural sphere; the objectives and purposes of a city art
museum in the twenty-first century, in a society where global cultural exchanges, local
communities, public identities, singularity
and the public sphere become the main questions.