Manuela Quarti


Bergamo, Italy, 1976. She holds a degree in Art History from the University of Parma (2001), special focus on contemporary art and cinema, with a thesis about the Italian cinema of the sixties, with an evaluation of 110/110. In 2001 she went to live in Edinburgh to follow an art history course at the University of Edinburgh and to London to participate to a RADA theatre course.

In September 2002 Quarti moved to Barcelona, Spain to attend the PhD program in Art History, Theory and Criticism at the University of Barcelona. In 2003 she did an internship at Castello di Rivoli, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, curatorial department, collaborating on the exhibitions of the artists William Kentridge and Pierre Huyghe, curated by Carolyn Kristof Bakargiev. In 2005 she obtained a Masters in Advanced Studies of Art History (DEA) from the University of Barcelona.

Awarded the Hilla Rebay Fellowship in 2005, Quarti started a collaboration with the Guggenheim Foundation, New York. She worked in the curatorial department of the Guggenheim Museum, New York, collaborating on the organization of Marina Abramovic’s Seven Easy Pieces and the exhibition Theanyspacewhatever, curated by Nancy Spector.

In 2006 she worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, and she collaborated on the exhibition Informale. Jean Dubuffet e l’arte europea 1945-1970, with interviews and an introductory text about the Informal Art. From November 2006 she worked at the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, where she participated in the conceptualization and organization of a Festival of Russian cinema and collaborated with the educational and curatorial department for the permanent collection.

She has published interviews with international artists, an interview with the Catalan artist Antoni Tapies, under the title “It’s always necessary to look for the depth of the great wisdom” edited by Skira, and a series of interviews with the protagonists of the Basque contemporary art scene.

In 2007 she did research at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, about relational art practices, the subject of her doctorate thesis at the Department of History of Art of the University of Barcelona.

In 2010 she has obtained her Doctorate cum laude at the University of Barcelona with a thesis about Relational Art Practices and Social Architectures: The role of the spectator from 1995 to Now. under the supervision of Dr. Anna Maria Guasch.

Quarti has spoken and has participated as moderator at various international congresses and symposia (MACBA, Arts Santa Monica, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya) and has attended several workshops and workshops with international artists like Rirkrit Tiravanija and Krzysztof Wodiczko. Currently she combines her research activities about the contemporary art scene with projects on the communication of contemporary art and the creation of contemporary art documentaries.


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