Diego Mantoan


Diego Mantoan is a research fellow in contemporary art history and art economics at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice (Dep. of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage), holding lectures at several renowned institutes in Europe. He studied Art’s Management and Economics in Venice (2005 BA and 2009 MA), then Art History at the University of Trento (2012 further MA) and finished his PhD in Art History at Freie Universität Berlin (2015 marked “magna cum laude”).

From 2002 to 2008 he has worked at the Venice Biennale, first as an assistant to the director of the Art Biennale, then as an assistant to the art director of the Music Festival, later as Jury Secretary of the Film Festival. He could thus work alongside top curators such as Francesco Bonami and Hans Ulrich Obrist, as well as many other arts and culture celebrities such as film director Wim Wenders, visual artist Rirkrit Tiravanija and composer Arvo Pärt. Since 2008 he has been a professional archive curator for celebrated artists and museums in Germany. Amongst others, he curated the archive of video-artist Douglas Gordon (Berlin) and is still in charge of the archive development at the Julia Stoschek Collection (Düsseldorf) and of painter Sigmar Polke (Cologne). He has also been appointed into the Scientific Committee of the Roger Loewig Gesellschaft (Berlin) for the extension of the museum dedicated to this DDR-opponent-artist (Bad Belzig).

As regards specifically to cinema and video art he has assisted various film directors, who served as jurors at the Venice Film Festival, hence working with celebrities such as Wim Wenders and John Landis. Furthermore, he has assisted Douglas Gordon, one of the world’s most successful video artists (Turner Prize 1996, Hugo Boss Prize 1998), both in the production of his works and in the installation of his exhibitions in Europe. Eventually he is developing the archive for the media art collection of the Julia Stoschek Foundation in Düsseldorf, one of the biggest private museums in Germany specialised in video art.

He has a long record of scientific publications, theatre plays and books, as well as essays and reviews for newspapers and online magazines. His latest book The Road to Parnassus (Vernon Press, 2015) was recently published in the USA and deals with strategies for emerging authors based on the case of the young British artists in the 1990s. In September 2016 he will be among key speakers for the centennial celebrations of Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland. He is currently Journal Manager of Venezia Arti, the 30 year old scientific magazine of the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage of the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice.


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