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The Short Course

The Venice Biennale: History to Contemporary

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Why should I take this course?

Explore the evolution of the “art Olympics” event for the great nations of of the West

The Venice Biennale: History to Contemporary at a glance

Course Summary

The Venice Biennale was the first event of its kind and has become the model used by major art events across the globe. But the Venice Biennale remains the largest art show of its kind, with thousands of artists’ work on display in the magnificent surrounds of Venice. This course takes you into this world of yesteryear and you will explore subjects including:

  • The foundations of the Venice Biennale in the 1890s
  • The evolution of an “art Olympics” for the great nations of of the West
  • Its eventual closure under Italian Fascism
  • Post war period revival
  • The changing face of the Biennale from the 1980s to the present

Important Information

Course Length: 2 x 1.5 hr classes
Mode: Online
Commitment: 1.5 hours per week
Access Requirements: Refer to "Further Information"
Prerequisites: None
Start Date: 1 December 2020
Institution: The Short Course
Course Information

The Venice Biennale was the first event of its kind and has become the model used by major art events across the globe. But the Venice Biennale remains the largest art show of its kind, with thousands of artists’ work on display in the magnificent surrounds of Venice.

This course takes you into the world of the Venice Biennale. In session one, we look at the history of the event from its foundations in the 1890s, to its evolution of an “art Olympics” for the great nations of of the West, and its eventual closure under Italian Fascism. But the Biennale underwent an extraordinary revival in the post war period, when it and its associated events, such as the Venice Film Festival, made Venice a centre for global intercultural exchange.

In the second session, we look more closely at the changing face of the Biennale from the 1980s to the present. While the Biennale had grown as an event among mostly western nations, the past few decades have seen a growing focus on inclusion of artists from South America, Africa, the Pacific and Asia. More recently too, the Biennale has been creating space for artists representing other groups - the diasporas of the world and stateless nations, for example - and has been joined by numerous unofficial exhibitions, from retrospectives of major modern artists to cutting edge contemporary shows run by artists, galleries and museums.

Course Provider

The Short Course was created by Dr. Nick Gordon to connect you with academic experts who are passionate about their fields and are adept at helping you learn more about art and history. As experienced teachers and public communicators, we understand that learning is a lifelong pleasure and that good teaching is about much more than just imparting knowledge. Our philosophy is that good teaching helps you understand more about the history and cultures of the world so that you can see more for yourself, even long after a class has ended.

The Short Course brings you the enjoyment of learning in a small group through online webinars. Each session includes a lecture by an academic with expertise in the subject he or she is teaching, giving you access to a wealth of cultural and historical knowledge. We offer two different types of classes: live short courses with a maximum of 15 participants, and recorded lecture courses that you can stream at your convenience.

Lecturer

Dr. Nick Gordon is a cultural historian and holds a PhD in history from the University of Sydney. His research into medieval and Renaissance Europe has won numerous academic awards and scholarships, including the University Medal in History from the University of Sydney, and has been published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals. Nick has over 15 years’ experience as a lecturer to university and public audiences.

Course Availability

This course is made up of 2 x 1.5 hour sessions. Each session includes an interactive lecture and time for questions and discussion. The sessions for this course are scheduled for the following dates:

Tuesdays 10:00-11:30am (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)

  • 1 December 2020 (start date)
  • 8 December 2020

    Access to Live Lectures

    Short courses take place in a virtual private room in Zoom, a free platform for online meetings and seminars. Zoom works on most desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. Zoom requires a computer or device with a camera, speakers, and an internet connection.

    Once you have booked your place in a course, you will receive a confirmation email. This email contains the link to the Zoom room. Clicking on the link or copying into your browser will start Zoom and take you into a virtual waiting room. Your lecturer or course administrator will admit you to the Zoom room. Only the lecturer and people booked on the course will be allowed into the Zoom room, keeping it a safe and secure online environment.

    Access to Recorded Lectures

    Once you have booked on a recorded lecture course, you will receive a confirmation email with a link in it. You will then receive a second email with a password. The link and password will allow you to access a private webpage, from which you can stream the lectures at your convenience.

    Further Information
    After You Enrol

    Our online short courses are live events that take place in a virtual private ‘room’ with a maximum of 15 participants - it’s like taking a class. Each short course is divided into sessions; each session begins with a lecture - and because it’s live, you can ask questions and offer comments - and is followed by time for questions and discussion. The lecture component of these sessions is recorded, so if you miss a class then you can catch up later.

    The Short Course also offers recorded lecture courses, which you can stream at your convenience.

    Study Requirements

    This course does not require any assumed knowledge, only a willingness to learn, and an interest in history.

    Live sessions require:

    • Access to ZOOM, which is free
    • A device with a camera, such as a tablet or a computer with a webcam
    • Internet connection

    Cancellations & Refunds

    All cancellations are subject to both the InspiringED.com Terms & Conditions and those of the institution delivering your course.

    • A $250 InspiringED.com administration fee will apply for all cancellations requested after 48 hours of your enrollment
    • Up to 2 weeks prior to live lecture event: 100% refund, less any administration fee
    • Up to 1 week prior to live lecture event: 50% refund, less any administration fee
    • Within 1 week of live lecture event: no refund, less any administration fee
    • Change of session dates, subject to availability, less any administration fee

    Your enrollment may be cancelled by completing our contact form HERE.