The ways and modalities to support research, experimental artistic production and curatorial practice were debated during the CEI Venice Forum for Contemporary Art Curators on 8 May at the Ca’ Rezzonico Museum, attended by qualified professionals, experts and artists from the CEI region.

Considering that the current public funding schemes do not provide enough resources for fostering experimental production and research and that the visual arts’ sector is often required to act as an industry able to demonstrate efficiency through numbers, in compliance with the rules for "quantity", the Forum offered a valuable framework for discussion and exchange of experience on this current topic.

The connection with the Venice Biennale, due to open the day after (9 May), gave various curators of the national pavilions the chance to attend the Forum and present their own experience on the subject.

The Forum participants were welcomed by Alberto Craievich, curator of the Ca’ Rezzonico Museum; Barbara Fabro, CEI officer in charge of culture; and Giuliana Carbi, president of the Trieste Contemporanea Committee.

Remarkable presentations were delivered by several experts and curators from CEI countries, such as Anda Rottenberg (Poland), Iara Boubnova (Bulgaria), Martin Fritz (Austria), Yane Calovski (Macedonia), Răzvan Ion (Romania), Branko Franceschi (Croatia), Konstantin Akinsha (Ukraine/USA), Aurora Fonda,(Slovenia), Janka Vukmir (Croatia).

Organised by the Trieste Contemporanea Committee, in cooperation with the Institute for Contemporary Art in Zagreb, the Forum is granted with the patronage of Tibor Navracsics, member of the European Commission, and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Many local and regional authorities and institutions also support the event.
 
The CEI has been supporting the Forum since its first edition. Over the years it has become a major CEI flagship activity in the field of culture, co-financed by the CEI Cooperation Fund.
 
The long-standing cooperation of the CEI Secretariat with the Trieste Contemporanea Committee has led to the promotion of many joint activities which have the merit of establishing successful networks encompassing a high number of institutions from various countries, generating dialogue, experience sharing and project partnerships.
 
 
For more information: fabro@cei.int; Trieste Contemporanea
 

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