Edited by Paola Dubini

2020-05-01 Francesca Grassi

Paolo Grassi: A Cultural Manager Ahead of his Time

In 2020, being a cultural manager is a fashionable profession. Actually, cultural activity in general is appreciated more for its trendiness than its expansion. Paolo Grassi was a cultural manager ahead of his time. He began his activity around the middle of the 1900s, a period when the combination of culture and economics did not yet exist. He broke down the structure of how theaters were organized in his time, which were the children of closed attitudes linked to Fascism, and he built new ones, aimed not only at artistic growth, but economic growth as well. The idea that took hold during his ...

2020-03-02 Paola Dubini

Culture at the Time of the Coronavirus

Among the measures taken in recent days by the authorities in charge of dealing with COVID-19 is the decision to suspend not only educational activities in schools and universities, public meetings and events, but also the activity of museums, cinemas, theaters, and other cultural locations. And also to keep religious ceremonies to a minimum. It is evident that this was a difficult decision, with a large individual and collective impact. It is just as evident that the economic repercussions in many sectors will be considerable, and long-lasting. The world of culture has reacted very rapidly and ...

2020-03-02 Paola Dubini

La cultura al tempo del coronavirus

Fra i provvedimenti presi nei giorni scorsi dalle autorità preposte a fronteggiare il COVID-19 vi è la decisione di sospendere – oltre all’attività didattica nelle scuole e nelle università, alle riunioni e agli eventi pubblici – le attività di musei, cinema, teatri e luoghi di cultura. E di ridurre ai minimi termini le cerimonie religiose. È evidente che si è trattata di una decisione difficile e di grande impatto, individuale e collettivo. Ed è altrettanto evidente che i contraccolpi economici in molti settori saranno notevoli e di non breve durata. Il mondo della cultura ha reagito ...

2020-01-17 Franco Broccardi

Culture as a Business Tool

What is the relationship between businesses and cultural value? How can the latter increase the competitiveness of the former? And what tools can be used to invest in and develop the cultural sector? Economics and culture are only apparently different worlds. If on the one hand there is the business sector, with the aim of achieving financial results, on the other there is culture, with its multiple declinations in terms of identity, history, artistic expression, creative atmosphere, and social sustainability, that can act as an irreplaceable factor of growth and sustainable development for businesses ...

2019-11-12 Elisa Bortoluzzi Dubach

Patronage is the Right Path

In the period of profound transformation we are living through - the development of new technologies, our bombardment with information, the environmental crisis, the phenomenon of large-scale migration, and economic challenges - the man of the new millennium is experiencing a moment of deep disorientation, of which art is an accurate reflection. In what way? The change in languages, the innovation in the way of using art works and their pervasiveness in our daily life, have certainly made art more ambiguous, uncertain, and versatile. Yet at the same time, many of the great changes that have occurred ...

Patrimonio culturale
2019-10-22 Paola Dubini

What GDP for culture

On October 7, the results of two studies were published that deal with the issue of the relationship between cultural heritage and wealth generation: the second edition of the Cultural and Creative cities monitor, published by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Union, that compares 190 cities in 30 European countries,[1] and the Boston Consulting Group study on autonomous national museums, their results and their impact in the first years of their institution after the Franceschini of 2014.[2] The essential message that reached public opinion from the two studies is that state museums ...

palazzo te
2019-07-31 Stefano Baia Curioni

Palazzo Te and the Promotion of the Local Territory

Palazzo Te is one of the most important European Renaissance palaces, designed and built by Giulio Romano, first a student of Raphael in Rome, and then invited to Mantua by Federico Gonzaga on the suggestion of Baldassar Castiglione. The commission was sumptuous, and the resulting design is extraordinary. A painter from the Cadore area who was a friend of Giulio Romano, Tiziano Vecellio, would paint the potraits of the three protagonists of the story (one is in Palazzo Te, one at the Prado, and one at the Louvre), almost to immortalize the outcome. The palace grew thanks to the tireless work of ...

museo egizio
2019-07-04 Samanta Isaia

Cultural Institutions as Enterprises

“What can the world of industry do for culture?”. This was the question posed in a round table discussion organized by the Turin Industrial Association, an occasion for interaction between local enterprises and the world of culture, in which I recently took part. A first answer seems to be the following: culture is important, it should be protected and supported; business is enlightened and dedicates attention and funding to culture, obtaining visibility and consideration in exchange. It’s encouraging that the industrial world is seeking ways to support culture. Yet I wonder why it is so ...

book faier
2019-05-17 Paola Dubini, Elena Raviola

A Clash between Fields

Göteborg, Autumn 2016. The main book fair in Northern Europe, that celebrates 250 years of Swedish constitutional law on freedom of the press – the first in the world – was the subject of incredible media attention. The reason was that the fair admitted among the exhibitors a publishing company that publishes an extreme right-wing organ. The debate in traditional media and social media continued for over 15 months, with the publication of approximately 12,000 articles in all types of media, and more than 18,000 Tweets dedicated to the issue. In this public debate, the episode of the book ...

Semiconductors (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt)_Parting the Waves still_2017
2019-05-09 Marco Mancuso

New Media Art between Technology, Science, and Industry

In a historical period of growing economic recession and widespread cuts to cultural initiatives, there is an increasing number of artists, designers, creatives, and enterprises – in the areas of ICT and scientific research – who use production processes functional to the creation of “cultural objects” as standardized as possible. The new creative classes, with various types of training and backgrounds, that are not all necessarily institutionalized, are able to create relationships between the industrial world and an ecosystem made up of research centers, laboratories, academies, and ...