The latest news from the art world is the assignment by the new italian minister of the Cultural Activities, Alberto Bonisoli, of the next curator of the Italian Pavilion for the 58th Venice Biennale, his name is Milovan Farronato.
The new minister explains how the name of Farronato has been identified at the end of a long selection procedure in which ten representative names for the national artistic panorama have been invited to participate, among these: Antonia Alampi, Laura Barreca, Andrea Bellini, Alfredo Cramerotti, Luigi Fassi, Andrea Lissoni, Bruna Roccasalva, Francesco Stocchi e Roberta Tenconi, all of them with a specific attention to the last tendencies about the contemporary art practices. The Farronato's project has been selected for his focus on a limited group of artists who will be given space to present their works and investigate their creative universes.
Minister Bonisoli said:
Farronato's project is very original and innovative also from the standpoint of the exhibition, enhances the work of the artists and places the Pavilion, in line with the international art scene.
Born in Milan in the 1974, Milovan Farronato is the director and curator of the Fiorucci Art Trust, for which he has developed the ongoing residential itinerant project Roadside Picnic and, since 2011, the yearly festival Volcano Extravaganza in Stromboli, which migrated to Naples in 2017 and will travel to Dhaka, Bangladesh this year. With Paulina Olowska he initiated, in 2014, the symposium Mycorial Theatre in Rabka, Poland, which in 2016 was held in São Paulo, Brazil. Further collaborations include the Magazine Sessions (2016) with the Serpentine Galleries. He also conceived The violent No! as part of the public programme of the 14th Istanbul Biennial, 2015. He was also professor of Visual Cultures at CLADEM, University IUAV, Venice, from 2008 to 2015.
Selected exhibitions curated by Farronato include Nick Mauss, Illuminated Window, La Triennale and Torre Velasca, Milan; Lucy McKenzie’s first solo show in Italy, La Kermesse Héroïque at Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice; Si Sedes Non Is at The Breeder Gallery, Athens, 2017; Prediction at Mendes Wood, DM São Paulo, 2016; Peter Doig’s solo exhibition at Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, 2015; Christodoulos Panayiotou’s solo show at Kaleidoscope Project Space, Milan, 2014; and Arimortis at Museo del Novecento, Milan, co-curated with Roberto Cuoghi, 2013. Milovan Farronato is part of the curatorial team of the fourth Dhaka Art Summit and also sits in the Development Committee of the Chisenhale Gallery in London.