Fellowships on the Age and the Culture of the Baroque, 2021 Edition
As ever, I am delighted to share this information about the fellowship program for emerging scholars in Baroque studies run by my friends at the Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura in Turin. The topic for the 2021 edition is “Which Baroque? The Fortune of the Baroque in the Collections and Exhibitions of European and American Museums in the 20th Century.” Please use the links below to learn more, and address any questions directly to the Fondazione 1563.
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The Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e per la Cultura has announced the ninth edition of its annual program of four fellowships for postdocs, doctoral candidates, or other advanced degree holders in baroque studies, Borse di alti studi sull’Età e la Cultura del Barocco Intitolate a Rosaria Cigliano: IX Bando – Edizione 2021. The application deadline this year is 31 August 2021. For more information, see the call for applications in Italian or English.
Which Baroque? The Fortune of the Baroque in the Collections and Exhibitions of European and American Museums in the 20th Century
The great exhibition “Defying the Baroque. Rome, Turin, Paris, 1680 –1750″ (Reggia di Venaria, 30th May 2020 – 20th September 2020, curated by Michela di Macco and Giuseppe Dardanello) brought the broad research project Ancient/Modern to an end. The project was initiated by the Fondazione in 2014, Professor di Macco and Professor Dardanello were the scientific curators.
The exhibition aimed to present the outcomes of the primary research conducted through various initiatives, including study days, seminars, conferences, research units on specific aspects, traditional and digital publications, digital products and lastly, fellowship grants.
The fellowship grants have always centred, in each annual edition, on specific topics designed to feed into the Ancient/Modern project’s development: in that way they have greatly contributed to yield scientific results that are not only innovative and valuable, but also interdisciplinary and able to foster a dialogue across scholars of different ages and backgrounds.
For the next three years, 2021–2023, the Fondazione launches the following research project: Which Baroque? The Fortune of the Baroque in the Collections and Exhibitions of European and American Museums in the 20th Century.
The objective of the new project is to explore the development of studies on the Baroque during the 20th century (the term Baroque has to be intended in the broadest chronological extension, in line with 20th–century criticism) by analyzing several aspects such as museum displays, exhibitions, the international art market, the critical fortune of artists, painting schools and the arts in their broadest sense, from painting to sculpture and applied arts.
Also, it intends to investigate the affirmation of figurative culture in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries through the dialogue that is established between artworks exhibited in museum halls and aims to contribute to a better understanding of the history of art and the history of architecture resulting from the connections expressed by these works. To this end, the figures of curators, critics, conservators and scholars who played a decisive role in the acquisition and the arrangement of museum collections and displays will also be examined.
Various initiatives are envisaged to investigate the project’s theme, including the well–established fellowship grants on the Age and the Culture of Baroque. Applicants for the 2021 fellowship grants are invited to submit proposals on the following topics:
–Museology matters and museum practice in European and American museums, focusing on how 17th- and 18th–century artworks have been displayed and valued
–Analysis of exhibitions related to the artistic culture of the Baroque, with an emphasis on the artworks’ selection criteria, loans, and displays
–Analysis of dynamics related to collecting and art markets: critical fortune of artists and artworks, economic and commercial trends, legal aspects connected to the circulation of artworks
–Affirmation of the fortune of the Baroque through the thinking of historians, critics, art historians, architectural historians throughout the 20th century.
–Study of the culture of art restoration in relation to 17th– and 18th–century artworks
–Analysis of the figures of curators, critics, conservators, scholars, critics, collectors, gallerists, antiquarians, intermediaries who played a decisive role within this call’s topics
–Study on how contemporary artistic production, furnishing and décor culture, cinema, the visual arts, publishing have received, interpreted, responded to the Baroque
Projects may include collaborations with European and American museums and archives initiated by candidates. As per the nature of the research and the goals of The Age and the Culture of Baroque Fellowship programme, the Fondazione may ask for candidates’ collaboration in digital humanities projects set up by the Fondazione itself. Therefore, applicants should possess adequate digital skills and familiarity with digital humanities. Proposals will be evaluated also according to their dissemination potential, that is to say the accessibility of the project outcomes.
The project outcomes will be presented in a historical–critical essay and researchers will actively collaborate in conceiving digital humanities products in the framework of the Which Baroque? project research group.
The research outcomes may be drawn up in Italian, English, French or Spanish
The call is open to post–doc applicants holding a doctorate, a specialisation degree or a 2nd level specialised master’s degree from an Italian university, or equivalent degrees from an international university. Applicants should normally be within 7 years of the award of their PhD or the above qualifications, or, at least, they must obtain them by the 31st December 2021. There are no nationality requirements.
Applications must be submitted exclusively online by filling out the forms available on the Fondazione 1563’s website at www.fondazione1563.it under About Us/Funding Opportunities. Applications or attachments sent by any other means will not be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 31st August 2021, at midnight (Italian/CET time).
Deadline 31 August 2021