“Milovan Farronato has been named curator of the Padiglione Italia at the 58th Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2019”. The announcement was made by the Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, Alberto Bonisoli, who announced Farronato’s name at the end of a selection procedure involving ten leading figures from the national arts scene. The project was selected by Minister Bonisoli from a list proposed by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries.
Among the ten proposals presented, each reflecting the latest international trends in the arts, Farronato’s project was selected for its concentration on a limited group of artists, who will be offered space to present their work and investigate their creative universes.
“Farronato’s project – Minister Bonisoli declared – is highly original and innovative, also in its proposed exhibition. It promotes the work of the artists and aligns the Pavilion with the international artistic panorama”.
Milovan Farronato is the Director of the Fiorucci Art Trust, for which he developed the Volcano Extravaganza Festival in Stromboli in 2011. Together with the artist Paulina Olowska, in 2014 he founded the Mycorial Theatre symposium in Rabka, Poland, which migrated to São Paolo, Brazil in 2016. Other collaborations include the Magazine Sessions (in 2016) with the Serpentine Galleries in London. Farronato also created The Violent No! for the 14th Istanbul Biennale in 2015. From 2005 to 2012 he was director of the not for profit organisation Viafarini and Curator at the DOCVA Documentation Centre for Visual Arts, Milan.
From 2006 to 2010 he was Associate Curator at the Galleria Civica in Modena, where he curated the 2006 collective exhibition Egomania and the solo shows dedicated to Ugo Rondinone and Yayoi Kusama; in 2007, the solo show dedicated to Katharina Fritsch; in 2008, the show dedicated to Runa Islam and Tobias Putrih and the 2009 show of the work of Christian Holstad.
He was professor of Visual Culture at the CLADEM, Università IUAV, Venice, from 2008 to 2015.
Exhibitions curated by Farronato include: Nick Mauss, Illuminated Window, the Triennale and Torre Velasca, Milan 2017; Lucy McKenzie, La Kermesse Héroïque, at the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice 2017; Si Sedes Non Is at The Breeder Gallery, Athens, 2017.
He was a member of the curatorial team of the Dhaka Art Summit, 2017 and is a member of the Development Committee at the Chisenhale Gallery in London.
Farronato is the editor of various publications and his writings have been published in Mousse Magazine, Flash Art, ATPDiary, CURA, Artribune, Tate Etc., L’Uomo Vogue, Fashion Trend, and others.
The ten invited curators were: Antonia Alampi; Laura Barreca; Andrea Bellini; Alfredo Cramerotti; Milovan Farronato; Luigi Fassi; Andrea Lissoni; Bruna Roccasalva; Francesco Stocchi; Roberta Tenconi.The selection of the curators began with the identification of figures who have carried out important activities not only in relation to the curation of contemporary art exhibitions, but also in the field of research. The selection was based on national and international experience and guaranteeing the presence of young and recognised candidates.