Martina Mazzotta

Independent curator and academic

Vorrei che a descrivermi fosse una favola di Gianni Rodari, o magari il silenzio di John Cage...
Come lui mi chiedo spesso se l’avanguardia sia finita, o meno. L’avanguardia ci sarà sempre: è la flessibilità della mente.

About Martina Mazzotta

Martina Mazzotta is a London based academic and curator specialized in philosophy and its relationship with the visual arts, science and music. Her present exhibition, conceived for Fondazione Palazzo Magnani, will be a retrospective on Jean Dubuffet: Jean Dubuffet. L’arte in gioco. Materia e Spirito 1943-1985. (November 2018-March 2019, co-curated with Frédéric Jaeger, in collaboration with Fondation Dubuffet). The first preview of the show, Asphyxiating culture, is organised in collaboration with the ICI London and The Warburg Institute and will be followed by several conferences and collateral events in Italy and abroad. Among her recent projects: Mao Jianhua. The timeless dance - Beyond the mountains (Rome, Complesso del Vittoriano, 2017); Kandinsky > Cage. Music and the Spiritual in Art (extended until 18 March 2018 at the Fondazione Palazzo Magnani, it was nominated among the 10 best 2017 exhibitions in Europe by Robinson-La Repubblica). Among her recent lectures, “Tiziano e il Novecento”, in the FAI series Le vite di Tiziano. Alchimie Cromatiche.


Martina was born in Milan, where she worked until 2013 with her father, the art collector and publisher Gabriele Mazzotta, in the publishing house founded by him in 1966 and the Antonio Mazzotta Art Foundation (f. in 1988). For the Foundation, since 2001, she has conceived and organized exhibitions, conferences and concerts in its space in Milan and museums all over the world. This heritage is today continued through the Fondazione Mazzotta Living Archive.

Martina published essays and articles about the theory of the Einfuehlung, philosophy and its relationship to art in Germany around the turn of the Century, about music, science and art (among others the curatorship of the exhibition Women and their skin. Identity and beauty in Art and Science, Triennale Museum, Milan 2012), about art and psychiatry. She curated in 2005 a new edition of Naturalia et Mirabilia of Adalgisa Lugli together with Claudio Parmiggiani; the topic of encyclopaedic collections has been a constant research area and has been expanded for the exhibition at the Poldi Pezzoli Museum and at Gallerie d'Italia in Milan entiteld Wunderkammer. Art, Nature, Wonder yesterday and today (2013-’14). The catalogue has since become a reference book on the subject. Focusing on transdisciplinary art approaches and maintaining philosophical planning, she has written several essays about modern and contemporary artists. She curated the intervention of Studio Azzurro at the International Biennial of Site Santa Fe (USA 2008), the Pietro Pirelli's installations during the International Festival En-Counters in Mumbai (India, 2013), she partnered the project My East is your West in which an indian and a pakistani artist joined the 56th Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia (2015).

In 1998 Martina graduated with full honors in Theoretical Philosophy at the Università degli Studi di Milano, followed by a PHD in Art History at the Università Cattolica, where she held lectures and seminars for several years. She then studied philosophy at the Freie Universitaet in Berlin and at the Ludwig Maximilian Universitaet in Munich, supported by the scolarship DAAD programme. In 2000 Martina was in London where she worked as a junior assistant curator at the exhibition department of the Royal Academy of Arts. She returned to Berlin in 2003, as the Italian representative of the Goethe Institut's international class for cultural operators. In 2018, she has become a Patron of La Scuola Italiana a Londra (member of the Board of Trustees from 2014 until 2017), for which she is in charge of cultural events, mainly in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in London.


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