84220 - Contemporary Art Spaces (1) (LM)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student has basic knowledge necessary to understand and interpret the processes of ideation, realization and fruition of contemporary architectures and exhibition spaces through the study of works, personalities and significant issues. In particular, the student acquires a personal capacity for research, the methodology to detect, historically locate and critically evaluate the major issues related to the processes of ideation and fruition of the exhibition space, and the contributions of artists who have helped to clarify decisive concepts for architecture.

Course contents

The course aims to deal with the major issued related to museum architecture and the conception of contemporary exhibition spaces in order to historically contextualize them, and provide students with the critical tools and the methodological-artistic knowledge necessary to understand and interpret the processes of designing Museums and exhibitions. This course will deal with: the main issues related to the museum architecture of the 20th and 21st centuries - particularly referring to museums for contemporary art -; the different contexts related to the realization of exhibition spaces; the events, the works and the key personalities for the evolution of the exhibition space architecture. More specifically:

- Le Corbusier's "promenade" for knowledge of art
- The Museum of Modern Art in New York
- The spiral around the void in Wright's Guggenheim Museum
- Museums of Mies van der Rohe
- The spatial structures of Kahn and Bo Bardi museums
Hypothesis for a dissolution of the idea of museum: alternative spaces and Radical Architecture
- The exhibit machine of the Pompidou Center
- The Post-Modern and the return to the museum tradition
- "Bilbao Effect": Gehry's Guggenheim Museum
- Koolhaas and the heterotopia of the museum
- Herzog & De Meuron, Lacaton & Vassal, Office and research on the contemporary museum

Readings/Bibliography

Attending and non-attending students

Hal Foster, Il complesso Arte-Architettura, postmedia books, Milan, 2017

Calum Store, Delirious Museum, un viaggio dal Louvre a Las Vegas, Johan & Levi editore, London, 2017

A course text will be available to students at the beginning of the course.

Teaching methods

Lectures

Assessment methods

Oral examination. To pass it, students are required to demonstrate that they have acquired a critical knowledge of the topics discussed in the course and a critical knowledge of the bibliography.

It will be assessed as excellent the performance of those students achieving an organic vision of the course contents, the use of a proper specific language, the originality of the reflection as well as the familiarity with the tolls for analyzing the art works of the museum architecture.

It will be assessed as discrete the performance of those students showing mostly mechanical or mnemonic knowledge of the subject, not articulated synthesis and analysis capabilities, a correct but not always appropriate language, as well as a scholastic study of the history of architecture. It will be assessed as barely sufficient the performance of those students showing learning gaps, inappropriate language, lack of knowledge of the history of architecture. It will be assessed as insufficient the performance of those students showing learning gaps, inappropriate language, no orientation within the recommended bibliography and inability to analyse the architecture.

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Teaching tools

Students will be given the images projected during the lectures and part of the bibliography.

Links to further information

https://www.facebook.com/groups/HistoireArchitectureHistoireBeton/

Office hours

See the website of Anna Rosellini