CONTEMPORARY ART

Critic and Curator

Bio & CV


MARIA CHIARA WANG
ART CRITIC AND CURATOR

BIOGRAPHY
Born 1981, I live and work in Bologna. Following studies of the humanities, since 2017, I devote myself to contemporary art as a critic and a curator. I write regularly for art journals and I work for independent exhibition spaces, galleries and institutions, in Italy and abroad. I also make appearances at festivals and art fairs as a contributor to talks and panel discussions.

STATEMENT
Art and Writing: passion and necessity, ‘happy island’ and refuge.
These are the two poles between which my thoughts, my horizons, move.
My entry into the world of contemporary art is 'late': my path as an independent critic and curator began in 2017, about fifteen years after the end of my humanistic studies. The return to art and writing was a need that at that time I was no longer able to repress and that turned into a new path.
I started with street art and then widened my gaze to the wider panorama of contemporary art and its various languages: painting, sculpture, installation, photography, performance, until I reached - to the present day - the sphere of digital art.
The pandemic has heightened my curiosity about this form of expression and creativity and accelerated my approach to its studio. Currently, in addition to consolidating the knowledge and skills acquired so far, I am devoting myself to a series of in-depth studies on issues related to the world of digital art: ecological impact, surveillance, meta-reality, data control, ... through comparison with the different actors in this scene: artists, curators, gallery owners, institutions.
My reflections on the art world are usually enriched by philosophical and sociological-anthropological readings and research.
Writing is my way of reorganizing thoughts, information collected and fixing them on 'paper'.
Where Art is the subject, Writing is the method.

TRAINING
2020
Modern Art and Ideas – MoMa Certificate - https://www.coursera.org/account/accomplishments/certificate/PT33PQMD6XTW
What’s Contemporary Art – MoMa Certificate - https://www.coursera.org/account/accomplishments/certificate/96CR7H474SDV
Seeing Through Photography – MoMa Certificate - https://www.coursera.org/account/accomplishments/certificate/5A4GAFLSJC8Y
Museums and Society – UniBo Certificate - https://book.unibo.it/certificates/61aad9e42e8e49c2bedb96ba383e7460
Semiotica dei Nuovi Media – UniBo Certificate - https://book.unibo.it/certificates/88ec331b8fb746629638c0e44831bdfb
2004
Four-year Degree in Modern Literature
Thesis title: What colour is the sea? The representation of liquid spaces in medieval mappae mundi.
Thesis supervisor: Prof. Stefano Torresani
https://storicamente.org/wang

CURATORIAL PROJECTS
2020
Curatio Vulneris, works by Vale Palmi and Alena Tonelli, CRAC – Castelnuovo Rangone Arte Contemporanea (MO).
Booth at BOOMing Contemporary Art Show (BO), works by Vale Palmi and Laura Fortin, Galleria Rizomi (PR).
Concrete, collective photographic exhibition on urban portrait, Studio Bordin (BO).
2019
Trasformazione, co-curator with Oscarito Sanchez, works by Sofia Cruz Rocha, Oscar Cueto, Manuela Picallo Gil, Vale Palmi and Laura Rambelli, Faro Arte (Marina di Ravenna - RA).
NOWhere, co-curator with Giovanni Avolio, works by Giulio Cassanelli, Mirò Architetti (BO).
I Grandi Liberi, performance by Vale Palmi, Hinterland Galerie (Wien - AT).
2018
DUM.BO, works by Gian Luca Beccari, Angelo Bellobono, Giorgio Bevignani, Davide Bramante and Massimo Giacon, Galleria Contemporary Concept (BO).


CRITICAL TEXTS
2020
L'Eterna Vita dell'Arte - collective exhibition, A60 Contemporary Art Space (MI).
Pubblicittà – Lost&Found - urban project catalogue, Serendippo (BO).
2019
Breaking Bounderies – personal by Teresa Margolles, Kunsthalle Krems (AT). Catalogue Ed. Hirmer (ISBN 978-3-7774-3484-1).
Theatrum Mundi – works by Simone Pellegrini and François Burland, Galleria Gliacrobati (TO) and Galleria Rizomi (PR).
The Flag Relocation – works by Francesco Di Giovanni, MLB Home Gallery (FE) and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (CN). Catalogue ‘Da Guarene all’Etna 2019. Boiling Projects’, Ed. Skira (ISBN 978-88-572-4222-4).
No Time03 con i piedi per terra – work by Minus Log, Blooming Festival (Pergola - PU).
R-esistenza – works by Alessio Bolognesi, Galleria Portanova 12 (BO).
Creatività Dissidente – collective exhibition, Street Levels Gallery (FI). Catalogue ‘Dildo’.
Sylvie Selig – works by Tommaso Buldini and Sylvie Selig, Galleria Rizomi (PR), at SetUp Contemporary Art Fair (BO).
Out of the Aeons – works by Cosimo Veneziano, Galleria Alberto Peola (TO) at Fruit Exhibition (BO).
Paradisi Artificiali 01 + Sileno – works by Gian Luca Beccari, SetUp Plus (BO).
2018
Missione a colori, II Vol. Catalogue ‘Vedo a Colori – Street Art al Porto‘ (Civitanova Marche - MC).
2017
Corpi – works by Giuseppe Barilaro, Kwangwoo Han and I Santissimi, Art In Gallery (MI).

TALKS
2020
Instagram e FB Live streaming, with Aurelia Nicolosi, Marilina Giaquinta and Francesco Di Giovanni, @KOARTgallery (CT)
2019
Stanze Notturne Digitali, with Maurizio Finotto and Gian Luca Beccari, MAAD – Museo Arte Adria Delta (RO).
Arte e Rigenerazione Urbana, with Giovanni di Iacovo, Mister Thoms, Alessandro Pompei, Daniela Santroni, Massimiliano Scuderi, Smake, Behance Portfolio Review (PE).
Vedo a Colori. Un Documentario al Porto, with Giulio Vesprini, Fruit Exhibition (BO).
La memoria, il cibo e la città, with Cosimo Veneziano, Fruit Exhibition (BO).
2018
Today’s Special – II Edition, with Cosimo Veneziano, Matteo Bergamini, Paola Bonino, Marco Scotti, Elena Forin (PR).

MAGAZINE CONTRIBUTIONS
Articles published from 2017 to date: on Exibart (paper and online), SMALL ZINE (paper and online), DArteMA (online), Objectsmag (online):
https://www.exibart.com/?s=maria+chiara+wang
http://www.smallzine.it/?s=maria+chiara+wang
https://dartema.com/?s=maria+chiara+wang
https://www.objectsmag.it/?s=maria+chiara+wang

CRITICAL TEXTS


Teresa Margolles, Solo Exhibition 'En la Herida', Kunsthalle Krems (AT), 2019 Catalogue Ed. Hirmer, 2020 (ISBN 978-3-7774-3484-1)

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Simone Pellegrini & François Burland, Exhibition 'Shape, Vision, Paper', Galleria Gliacrobati (TO), Galleria Rizomi (PR).

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Francesco Di Giovanni Exhibition 'Mondi Migliori', MLB Home Gallery (FE) and Exhibition 'Da Guarene all’Etna 2019. Boiling Projects', Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (CN) Catalogue Ed. Skira, 2019 (ISBN 978-88-572-4222-4)

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Tommaso Buldini' & Sylvie Selig, Exhibition for Galleria Rizomi Arte (PR) at Set Up Contemporary Art Fair (BO), 2019

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Alessio Bolo Bolognesi, Solo Exhibition 'R-ESISTENZA', Portanova12 (BO), 2019

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Minus.log's work exhibited at Blooming Festival (Pergola - PU), 2019

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Cosimo Veneziano, Solo Exhibition 'Out of the Aeons' sponsored by Galleria Alberto Peola (TO) at Fruit Exhibition (BO), 2019

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Testo critico per il secondo volume del catalogo 'VEDO A COLORI. Street art al Porto', Civitanova Marche. Progetto di Giulio Vesprini.

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Group Show 'La Vita dell'Arte' at A60 Contemporary Art Space (MI), 2020

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Critical text for Pier Alfeo's 'CC.Beta': sound art installation and sound sculpture focused on the monitoring of noise pollution and climate change in natural environment to be protected from anthropic activity. Project based on distance communication via Web.

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CURATORIAL PROJECTS


Vale Palmi & Alena Tonelli, 8 February – 22 March 2020, CRAC – Castel Nuovo Rangone (MO)

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Vale Palmi, Performance, Hinterland Galerie, Wien (AT), 2019

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INTERVIEWS


VIDEO


Un confronto tra Aurelia Nicolosi (gallerista), Marilina Giaquinta (scrittrice), Francesco Di Giovanni (artista) e Maria Chiara Wang (curatrice) sul tema della Migrazione approcciato dal punto di vista dell'Arte e della Poesia.

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Presentazione del progetto The Flag Relocation di e con Francesco Di Giovanni, ospite assieme a Maria Chiara Wang nel salotto di Aurelia Nicolosi (Koart Gallery - CT) per la rubrica #contemporarystrike #5minutidiresilienza

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LINKS


Here below you can find useful links to the more relevant web pages of ARTISTS, GALLERIES, MUSEUMS/INSTITUTIONS, FAIRS and MAGAZINES I worked and work with.



ARTISTS

Giuseppe Barillaro

http://www.giuseppebarilaro.com

Alessio Bolo Bolognesi

http://www.alessiobolognesi.com

Tommaso Buldini

http://www.tommasobuldini.com

Francois Burland

https://www.francoisburland.com

Francesco Di Giovanni

http://www.francescodigiovanni.com

Vale Palmi

https://www.valepalmi.com

Pier Alfeo

https://pieralfeo.com

Simone Pellegrini

http://www.simonepellegrini.com

Alena Tonelli

https://www.alenatonelli.com

Giulio Vesprini

https://www.giuliovesprini.com



GALLERIES

Alberto Peola (Torino)

https://albertopeola.com/it/

Art In (Milano)

http://www.artingallery.it

Hinterland Galerie (Wien - AT)

https://www.hinterland.ag

MLB Maria Livia Brunelli Home Gallery (Ferrara)

https://www.mlbgallery.com

Portanova12 (Bologna)

http://portanova12.com

Rizomi (Parma)

https://www.rizomi.com



MUSEUMS and INSTITUTIONS

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Torino)

http://fsrr.org

Kunsthalle Krems (AT)

https://www.kunsthalle.at/de

Museo MAAD 

http://www.museomaad.it



FAIRS

Blooming Festival (Pergola - PU)

http://bloomingfestival.it

Booming Contemporary Art Show (Bologna)

https://boomcontemporaryart.com

Fruit Exhibition (Bologna)

http://www.fruitexhibition.com



MAGAZINES

Exibart

https://www.exibart.com

SMALL ZINE

http://www.smallzine.it

OBJECTS.

https://www.objectsmag.it

DARTEMA

https://dartema.com



CONTACTS


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