From June 5 to 7, 2024, the newly renovated spaces of Palazzo Diedo in Venice will host the latest edition of "Art for Tomorrow," an international event organized by the Democracy & Culture Foundation of The New York Times.

With La Repubblica as a media partner, this event represents a unique opportunity to explore and discuss the challenges and opportunities in the contemporary art world.

The setting of Palazzo Diedo

The New York Times meets the art world in Venice

Palazzo Diedo, recently renovated and transformed into the new headquarters of the Berggruen Institute, offers a historic and fascinating setting for this event.

The palace, with its elegant and modern spaces, is the ideal location to host high-level discussions on critical issues affecting art and culture.

Imperfect beauty: The theme of the 2024 edition

This year's theme, "Imperfect Beauty," invites participants to reflect on imperfect beauty and the ways art can mediate in a complex and divided world.

The title highlights the idea that art, in its essence, can embrace and enhance imperfections, acting as a bridge between different cultures and worldviews.

Arts as the ultimate mediator

The opening event, "Arts as the Ultimate Mediator," will be a moment of deep dialogue about the role of creativity as a mediating tool in an era characterized by social, political, and cultural divisions. Notable participants will include:

  • Ronen Berger, an Israeli art therapist known for his innovative approach to using art as a tool for healing and dialogue.
  • Vena Brykalin, a Ukrainian journalist who will share his experience and perspective on how art can help resolve conflicts and build bridges between diverse communities.

The art market: Challenges and opportunities

A central theme of "Art for Tomorrow" will be the art market, with discussions exploring the current and future dynamics of the sector. Among the most anticipated speakers:

  • Thaddaeus Ropac, an internationally renowned Austrian gallerist, who will share his insights on the art market and emerging trends.
  • Magnus Resch, an art economics expert from Yale University, who will provide an academic perspective on the economic challenges facing the art world.

The future of Museums

Another key topic will be the role of museums in the near future. This will be addressed by:

  • Mariët Westermann, director and CEO of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, who will discuss museums' strategies to remain relevant and innovative in a rapidly changing world.

Artificial intelligence and art

Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to transform many aspects of our lives, and the art world is no exception. A roundtable dedicated to this topic will feature:

  • Freya Salway, head of the Google Arts and Culture Lab, who will explore how AI can influence artistic creation and art appreciation.

The creative figures

In addition to theoretical themes, "Art for Tomorrow" will also give ample space to the experiences and visions of creative figures. Participants will include:

  • Sean Scully and Giulia Andreani, contemporary artists who will share their perspectives on artistic practice and the significance of art in today's world.
  • Amos Gitai, John Akomfrah, and Karim Aïnouz, internationally renowned filmmakers, who will discuss the role of cinema as an art form and a storytelling tool.
  • Manuela Lucá-Dazio, executive director of the Pritzker Architectural Prize, who will offer insights into contemporary architecture and innovative projects in the field.

An unmissable event

"Art for Tomorrow" aims to be an unmissable event for anyone interested in the future of art and culture.

The combination of expert talks, discussions on crucial topics, and the opportunity to interact with prominent figures in the art world makes this event a significant occasion on the international cultural calendar.

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