Denis Viva

Assistant professor

Department of Humanities


Via Tommaso Gar - 38122 Trento
tel. 0461 281484
denis.viva[at]unitn [dot] it

Education

https://unitn.academia.edu/DenisViva/CurriculumVitae 

Education

 

1998-2004

Master’s Degree in Art History and Preservation of Cultural Heritage, University of Udine

Dissertation supervised by prof. Alessandro Del Puppo: “The Concept of Dynamism in Umberto Boccioni’s Sculpture and Painting”. The thesis considered the scientific sources of Boccioni’s theory of dynamism in Art

 

2001-2002

Socrates Program, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

 

2005-2008

PhD in Contemporary Art History, University of Udine

Dissertation supervised by prof. Flavio Fergonzi: “Post-avantgarde in Italy. The Image of Painting at the beginning of Postmodernism 1977-1982”. The Thesis delved into the so-called “return to painting” which characterized the milieu of the Italian neo-avantgarde between the 1970s and the 1980s, by analyzing the careers of some Italian young painters and the development of art theory.

 

Academic career and teaching activities

https://unitn.academia.edu/DenisViva/CurriculumVitae 

Research experience

 

 

December 2018 – December 2021

Assistant Professor

with Tenure Track, Contemporary Art History, Department of Humanities, University of Trento.

 

1 January 2017 – 3o November 2018

Temporary Research Associate

Department of Humanities and Cultural Heritage, University of Udine. “Atlas of Italian Art Critics 1980-2000”: the project aims at editing the first anthology concerning the debate on Italian Art in the age of Postmodernism.

 

From December 2018

Assistant Professor

Department of Humanities, University of Trento.

 

19 April 2013 – 18 April 2016

Research Fellow (R.T. D., tipo A) and Coordinator of the Research Unit

Department of Humanities and Cultural Heritage, University of Udine. Project supported by the Grant “FIRB 2012” of the Italian Ministry for University and Research (Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca). “Spreading Visual Culture: Contemporary Art through Periodicals, Archives and Illustrations”: the project focused on the history and development of Italian art periodicals from 1945 to 1980 by means of publications, conferences and the digitization of these reviews on a web database www.capti.it

 

1 April 2010 – 31 July 2010

Temporary Research Associate

Museo del Novecento, Milan, and Department of Cultural Heritage, University of Udine. “Cataloguing the collection of the Contemporary Art Museum of Milan: 100 works from 1945 to 1975”: the project resulted in the writing of art-historical entries for approximatively 100 works belonging to the collection of the Museum.

 

Teaching experience

 

December 2018 – December 2021

Assistant Professor

with Tenure Track, Contemporary Art History, Department of Humanities, University of Trento.

 

February- March 2018

Seminar Speaker

Course of Contemporary Art History held by prof. Flavio Fergonzi, Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa

2017/2018: Seminars on: Environmental Painting in the 1970s; A Critical analysis of a text: The Italian Trans-avantgarde by Achille Bonito Oliva

 

September 2014- September 2018

Adjunct Professor

Contemporary Art History, Department of Humanities, University of Trento

 

Bachelor’s Degree in “Cultural Heritage”

2014/2015: European and American Art from 1750 until 1940 with a focus on Italian artists during the First World War

2015/2016: European and American Art from 1750 until 1940 with a focus on Timothy J. Clark's writings on Courbet, Russian Avant-gardes and Cubism

2016/2017: European and American Art from 1750 until 1940 with a focus on Meyer Schapiro's writings on Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Abstract Art

2017/2018: European and American Art from 1860 until 1970 with a focus on Michael Baxandall writings on the Methodology of Art History

 

Master’s Degree in “Art History”

2014/2015: The reception of Russian and American Formalism and the debate on Abstract Art in Italy soon after the Second World War

2015/2016: The birth of Arte Povera and the Germano Celant's early theory of Art

 

September 2016- September 2018

Adjunct Professor

Contemporary Art History, Department of Humanities, University of Trento, join program with the University of Verona

 

Master’s Degree in “Art”

2016/2017: Umberto Boccioni's theory and art of Plastic Dynamism between 1912-1914

2017/2018: Roy Lichtenstein and his early Pop Art period

 

September 2016- September 2019

Adjunct Professor

Museum Practices in Contemporary Architecture, Department of Humanities and Cultural Heritage, University of Udine

 

Bachelor’s Degree in “Cultural Heritage”

2016-2017: History of Museum Architecture and history of art display from 1800 until 2010

2017-2018: History of Museum Architecture and history of art display from 1800 until 2010

 

 

May 2014 – March 2017

Member of the Faculty Council

Doctoral School in Audiovisual and Art Historical Studies, Department of Humanities and Cultural Heritage, University of Udine.

 

19 April 2013 – 18 April 2016

Research Fellow (R.T. D., tipo A)

Contemporary Art History, Department of Humanities and Cultural Heritage, University of Udine

 

PhD School in “Art History”

2013-2014: Seminar on Remediation and Digitization for Contemporary Art historical resources

2015-2016: Seminar on Giorgio De Chirico's Reception from Modernism to Postmodernism

 

Master’s Degree (Second Level) in “Cultural Heritage Preservation”

2013-2014: Seminar on History of Curatorship and Museum Practice in Contemporary Art

 

Master’s Degree (First Level) in “Art History and Heritage Preservation”

2013-2014: Introduction to the course of Contemporary Art History held by prof. Flavio Fergonzi

 

Master’s Degree (First Level) in “Science of Audiovisual Heritage and New Media”

2014-2015: Global Contemporary Art from 1900 to 1989

2015-2016: Global Contemporary Art from 1900 to 1989 with a focus on filmic medium.

 

2005-2009

PhD Student and Lecturer

Contemporary Art History, Department of Cultural Heritage, University of Udine

 

2004-2005: lectures on Italian Art of the 1980s, Contemporary Art History course held by prof. Flavio Fergonzi

2006-2007: lectures on European Art of the 1970s and the 1980s, Contemporary Art History course held by prof. Alessandro Del Puppo

2007-2008: lectures on Marcel Duchamp's Reception, Contemporary Art History, course held by prof. Alessandro Del Puppo

2008-2009: lectures, “Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp: revisiting the artists' role”, Contemporary Art History, held by prof. Alessandro Del Puppo

Conferences and lectures

https://unitn.academia.edu/DenisViva/CurriculumVitae

 

Conferences

 

2008

Postmodernism and Antimodernism in the Historiography of Italian Contemporary Art”, al simposio Le Postmoderne: une paradigme pertinent dans le champ artistique? (Institut National de Histoire de l'Art, Parigi).

2009

Palma 1976 di Mario Schifano” (Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Udine); Quotation and Fall of the Avant-gardes in Italian Paintings of the 80s (PhD School, University of Udine)

2010

Young Man Looking at Giulio Paolini”, 45th Annual Comparative Literature Conference (University of California, Palm Beach); “Il posto del re: Giulio Paolini e il ritratto”, VII École de Printemps, (Villa I Tatti, Firenze).

2011

La pittura come novità: Aperto '80 e la Transavanguardia” (IUAV, Venezia).

2012

Incontro con Sandro Chia”, L'arte degli anni Settanta: le parole e le immagini (Villa Carpegna, Archivio della Quadriennale, Roma); “Open Access Journals: the case of Palinsesti” (PhD School, University of Udine)

2013

Mart. Il Museo italiano” (Accademia di Brera, Milano).

2015

Learning from artists: visual resources in Postwar Italian Art” (CIMA, New York); Chair, Panel “Art Publishing and Reviews, Artists’ Books” (Palazzo Incontri, Firenze); Il nucleo 'toscano' della Transavanguardia” (Museo Correr, Venezia), curator along with Giorgio Bacci, Davide Lacagnina, and Veronica Pesce of the conference: Spreading Visual Culture: Contemporary Art, Archives, Periodicals and Illustrations (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa), paper: “L’immagine dello spazio. Dal 1967 a ritroso”.

2016

Giulio Paolini looking at Micheal Foucault” (Aisthesis Master, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt).

2017

Postmodern Ancestors: Giorgio De Chirico according to Renato Barilli” (Post-it. Re-considering the Postmodern in Italian Art and Performance, CIMA, New York); Conflicting Diagrams: Erle Loran and Roy Lichtenstein Debating at the Rise of Pop Art” (What do Pictures do? Remediating Images, Université Bordeaux Montaigne, Bordeaux)

2018

Le vie della formazione artistica in Trentino fra Otto e Novecento: Vienna, Monaco e il 'rimpatrio' italiano" (Sulle rotte di artisti e mercanti lungo i valichi alpini, Università degli Studi di Trento)

Other work

https://unitn.academia.edu/DenisViva/CurriculumVitae

Curatorial and Museum experience

 

April 2016- July 2018

Curator of Paradoxa

Annual exhibition on Far East Asian Art, Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Casa Cavazzini, Udine. 2016: Japanese Contemporary Art; 2017: Chinese Contemporary Art; 2018 (opening soon): South Korean Contemporary Art.

 

October 2016-January 2017

Curator of the 16a Quadriennale di Roma

Other Times/ Other Myths, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome. Section Peripherals on the Italian Artist who live in the Italian peripheries.

 

October 2015-November 2017

Curator of Ibidem

Project on Contemporary Art as a form of analysis of places, Fondazione Ado Furlan, Pordenone.

 

March 2012- February 2014

Museum Curator of Temporary Exhibitions

Mart, Rovereto. Curating the exhibitions: Fausto Melotti, Contemporary Art and Tourism, the Mart’s Collection. Production of the exhibition projects of Jean-Luc Nancy on Contemporary Portrait, David Claerbout’s solo show, the exhibition on Landscape of Gerardo Mosquera

 

October 2013- January 2014

Entries’ Author

Historical study and cataloguing of the collection of Museo del '900 in Florence

 

2008-2012

Chief Curator of Palinsesti

Annual exhibition on Contemporary Art, San Vito al Tagliamento. 2008: Knot/net on the web and the materiality of Art; 2009: Precarious Structures: on Contemporary Art Display as a device for negotiations; 2010: Storyboard: on Images and Narration; 2011: Realization of a collection of regional Contemporary Art for San Vito al Tagliamento; 2012: Sound Boxes, on Sound Art and Installation www.palinsesti.org

 

2010

Entries’ Author

Historical study and scientific cataloguing of the collection of Museo del Novecento in Milan

 

2007-2008

Entries’ Author

Historical Study and cataloguing of the collection of the Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea of Turin

 

 

2006-2008

Assistant curator of Palinsesti

Annual exhibition of Contemporary Art, San Vito al Tagliamento, www.palinsesti.org

 

 

Other professional experiences

 

2011-ongoing

Founder, co-director and editor of Palinsesti.

Contemporary Italian Art On-line Journal, Open Access Journal on the History of Italian Art since 1960. www.palinsesti.net ISSN 2279-7882

 

18 May – 30 September 2018

Member of the Committee for the “Progetto Manifattura”

Think tank for the cultural and social activities at the “Progetto Manifattura” in Rovereto, the public incubator for Green Economy. Member of the committee as expert in the field of “History, Culture and Landscape”.

 

March 2018

Teacher

Educational Project on “Museums and Cultural Events”, on the case study of Paradoxa exhibition, IRES, Udine

 

Summer 2014

Member of the Committee Art Prize

Prize for Young Artists of the Associazione Culturale Colonos, Villacaccia di Lestizza

 

2012

Coordinator of the Committee Terna Prize

Section “Young Galleries” of the Terna Prize for Art 04

 

September 2008 – January 2012

Author of the catalogue raisonné

Fondazione Adolfo Pini, Milan. Study and publication for the catalogue raisonné of the painter Renzo Bongiovanni Radice.