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How should we respond to the challenges in a field – both expanding and transformed – such as contemporary art? Why should we choose to produce and curate Art today?

The Area responds to the current, global proliferation of biennials, museums and artistic institutions not only with a broad spectrum of experimental practices and new media, but also with a multiplication of new professional roles to be leant.

By means of the various Degree Programmes, the Area’s offers add the exhibition curator, the art critic, the publishing editor, the museum curator, the film festival curator, the commercial gallery and private collection manager and the art consultant, to the historic and primary figure of the artist.

Contemporary art is not seen as a single discipline but, rather, as a methodology that permits interdisciplinary and cross-cultural – ecology, gender, the archive, the post-colonial – approaches, beginning with an in-depth investigation into the aesthetic, social and economic contexts within which the new artistic subject works, opening himself up to the challenges of the future.

Which path to take?

Bachelor of Arts in
Painting and Visual Arts

Exploring the transformations of contemporary art, the BA enables students to develop a personal way of expressing themselves and their artistic ideas.

Master of Arts in
Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies

The MA combines a solid training in the artistic production with highly specialized curatorial practice to face new training and operating models in contemporary art.

Academic Master in
Contemporary Art Markets

The AM provides students with the most effective tools to interpret the art market structures and dynamics, with a particular focus on contemporary artistic languages.

Academic Master in
Photography and Visual Design

The AM aims to prepare groundbreaking professionals to enter the world of the contemporary photography: photographers, curators and editors.

Our Faculty

Marco Scotini
Visual Arts Department Head
Visual Arts Department Head
Marco Scotini
<p>Marco Scotini is the Artistic Director of the FM Centre for Contemporary Art, Milan, and Head of the Exhibitions Programme at PAV, Parco Arte Vivente, Turin. He is the Scientific Director of the Archivio Gianni Colombo and the Bert Theis Archive. He has been a member of the Italian Council since 2019. He has been Visual Arts Department Head since 2004. After many collaborations with international artistic institutions (Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Documenta, Kassel, MAXXI, Rome, SALT, Istanbul, Castello di Rivoli), he curated the Albanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2015), co-curated the 1st Anren Biennale (2017) and he has been the Artistic Director of the 2nd Yinchuan Biennale in China (2018). Among his most recent publications: Utopian Display. Geopolitical Curating (Quodlibet NABA Insights, 2019), Politiques de la V&eacute;g&eacute;tation (Eterotopia France, 2019), Artecrazia (DeriveApprodi, 2017).</p>
Andris Brinkmanis
Bachelor of Arts in Painting and Visual Arts Course Leader
Bachelor of Arts in Painting and Visual Arts Course Leader
Andris Brinkmanis
<p>Andris Brinkmanis is an art critic and curator of Latvian origin, based in Milan and Venice. He has collaborated with magazines and publications such as Il Corriere della Sera, Alfabeta2, Arte e Critica, Flash Art International, Studija, and he is the International Editor of the bookzine No Order. Art in a Post-Fordist Society. From 2007 to 2013 he was commissioner and co-curator of Latvia, Estonia and Central Asia Pavilions at the Venice Biennale. Among the most recent projects, he was part of the curatorial team of Documenta 14 (2017), 2nd Yinchuan Biennale (2018) and has curated <em>Infancy and History</em> at the OCAT Institute, Beijing (2019). Lecturer in NABA since 2009, he has been Course Leader of the BA in Painting and Visual Arts since 2013. His research focuses on alternative education and the relationship between education and visual culture.</p>
Ilaria Bonacossa
Academic Master in Contemporary Art Markets Course Advisor Leader
Academic Master in Contemporary Art Markets Course Advisor Leader
Ilaria Bonacossa
<p>Art critic and curator, since 2017 she has been the Director of the Artissima, International Fair of Contemporary Art. Since 2016 she has been the Artistic Director of Fondazione La Raia and, in 2017, she was appointed as a member of the Prince Pierre Prize selection committee. With a degree in History of Contemporary Art from the Universit&agrave; Statale di Milano, she worked in New York at the Whitney Museum after a Master in Curatorial Studies at Bard College. She has been the curator of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, of the Icelandic Pavilion at Venice Biennale in 2013, and the Artistic Director of Museo Villa Croce. She has been a member of the Technical Committee for acquisitions of FRAC Provence-Alpes C&ocirc;te d&rsquo;Azur, the Steering Committee of PAC in Milan, director for Italy of the Artist Pension Trust international programme, and a member of the Jury of the 52nd Venice Biennale.</p>
Francesco Zanot
Academic Master in Photography and Visual Design Course Advisor Leader
Academic Master in Photography and Visual Design Course Advisor Leader
Francesco Zanot
<p>A photography critic and curator, he curated exhibitions and monographies of artists such as Mark Cohen, Guido Guidi, Olivo Barbieri, Takashi Homma, Linda Fregni Nagler, Boris Mikhailov, Francesco Jodice, and many others. Among his most recent publications are catalogues about th work by Luigi Ghirri, Alec Soth and Erik Kessels. The curator of CAMERA Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, from 2015 through 2017, he has participated in conferences and seminars in numerous Italian and international institutions, including Columbia University in New York. An associate editor of Fantom, a curatorial platform, he has recently curated the exhibition <em>Give Me Yesterday</em> and <em>Questioning Pictures. Stefano Graziani</em> at the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio. He is the Artistic Director of Foto/Industria, the Biennial of Photography on Industry and Work at Fondazione MAST, Bologna.</p>

Alumni Stories

ARTISTA - FONDAZIONE ANTONIO RATTI, COMO - TRIENNALE, MILANO - THE ADDRESS, BRESCIA
EDOARDO MANZONI
Visual Arts

«In NABA I have had the opportunity to develop and define my artistic research, experimenting with any means of expression and establishing connections with high-level artists. Thanks to the experience I have gained, I have exhibited my works in collective and personal exhibitions in Italy and abroad».

Master of Arts Visual Arts
EDOARDO MANZONI
<p>&laquo;In NABA I have had the opportunity to develop and define my artistic research, experimenting with any means of expression and establishing connections with high-level artists. Thanks to the experience I have gained, I have exhibited my works in collective and personal exhibitions in Italy and abroad&raquo;.</p>
ARTISTA - FONDAZIONE ANTONIO RATTI, COMO - TRIENNALE, MILANO - THE ADDRESS, BRESCIA
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