FORUM LECTURE: GERMANO CELANT
ART AND MATERIAL
Throughout his career Celant has dealt with questions relating to the materiality of art, especially in connection to the Italian Arte Povera movement, as defined in his 1967 manifest Arte Povera: Notes for a Guerilla War.
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----------Germano Celant, renowned art historian, critic, and theoretician, has served as the curator of hundreds of exhibitions worldwide and published more than one hundred books and catalogues. The artistic director of the Fondazione Prada, Milan, since 1995, Celant is also the curator of the Fondazione Aldo Rossi in Milan, curator of the Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova in Venice, and curator of art and architecture at La Triennale di Milano. He was the senior curator of contemporary art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York from 1989 until 2008, the artistic director of the first Biennale di Firenze (1996) and the curator of the 47th Venice Biennale (1997), and artistic supervisor for Genoa’s year as European Cultural Capital in 2004, among many other exhibitions. A longtime contributing editor to Artforum and Interview Magazine, Celant writes regular columns for the Italian magazines L'Espresso and Interni. He received the Frank Jewett Mather Award, honoring exceptional art criticism, in 1987.