The Museum as a Platform of “Dialogue and Encounter”: A Lecture by Letizia Ragaglia
Thursday June 27 at 7 pm
Museion, the modern and contemporary art museum in Bolzano, Italy, has the ambition to be a platform of “dialogue and encounter.” This characteristic makes Museion unique partly thanks to its geographic position: born in 1985 to present art “from Ala to Kufstein” (synonymous of South Tyrol) today, with its new venue inaugurated in 2008, the museum goes way beyond the borders of the hold Central Europe and has “global” inspirations, although it retains the role of crossroads of different cultures. Letizia Ragaglia’s presentation will illustrate Museion’s activities with particular attention to exhibitions dedicated to Italian art, which happen in continuous dialogue with the territory and its reality, but also with the international scene. Regarding the international scene, Ragaglia will put the focus on recent solo exhibitions with Israeli artists Haim Steinbach and Keren Cytter, this last one being a collaboration with CCA – Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv.
Letizia Ragaglia was born in 1969 and studied museum studies and contemporary art at the universities of Florence, Bologna and then at the l’École du Louvre and the Sorbonne, Paris IV. Since the late nineties she works as contemporary art curator for various institutions in Italy and abroad, with a particular interest in public art. From 2010 to 2013 she was jury member for KÖR (art in public space) in Vienna, while in 2011 she was jury member for the Venice Biennale. Since 2008 she is director at Museion in Bolzano, where she has curated solo exhibitions by artists such as Monica Bonvicini, Isa Genzken, Andro Wekua, VALIE EXPORT, Carl Andre, Claire Fontaine, Paweł Althamer, Rosemarie Trockel, Danh Vō, Klara Lidén, Ceal Floyer, Tatiana Trouvé, Cerith Wyn Evans, Francesco Vezzoli, Rossella Biscotti, Lili Reynaud Dewar, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Judith Hopf, and John Armleder, but also numerous collection displays. Ragaglia lives and works in Bolzano.
The event will be held in English and is supported by Istituto Italiano di Cultura Tel Aviv.