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Art for Tomorrow is an annual conference organised by The Democracy & Culture Foundation bringing together practitioners, cultural experts, influencers and activists to explore the social and economic impact of the arts. The 2024 edition will take place in Venice from 5-7 June, with the support of Venipedia as media partner.

The world is always changing, facing new challenges and opportunities to evolve a way better than before.

Art has been a key part of the humankind evolution throughout history, especially in those moments when humans expressed themselves at their best.

The Renaissance era, for example, saw a wide art flourishing: paintings, poems, music, sculptures, the birth of the modern publishing industry, new inventions, that drove the world to a better level.

Today we're all facing new challenges, like the climate and economic crisis, the recent global pandemic and the overtourism, driving us to find a more sustainable way to live together, without social injustice.

The Democracy & Culture Foundation announces its eagerly awaited 2024 edition of Art for Tomorrow, themed "Imperfect Beauty," scheduled to captivate audiences from 5-7 June in the singular setting of Venice. Held at Berggruen Institute’s newly renovated Palazzo Diedo, the 3-day conference will explore the complexities surrounding beauty in contemporary societies, to discuss and confront how the art can unite and heal, in a rich program with sessions moderated by New York Times journalists.

The “floating city” is a great place to think about the complex problems that beauty can bring: How can cities and cultural sites celebrate their heritage without becoming victims of their own success through overtourism? How can museums and monuments protect themselves from the inevitable impact of the climate crisis? How should institutions and artists think about and reflect the concerns of their changing populations? How can the arts help bridge cultural and even political divides?

The near-definitive agenda include these topics highlights:

  • Sustainability and the Pitfalls of Beauty: deepening the challenges Venice faces in to preserve its cultural heritage between overtourism and rising sea levels caused by climate change.
  • Architecture for Good: exploring the transformative potential of architecture in addressing social issues such as inequality, accessibility and sustainability.
  • Identity Crisis: museums in context. Examining the role of museums in reflecting the concerns of their local communities and challenging dominant narratives.
  • Cultivating Creativity: deepening into the challenges faced by emerging artists and designers to transform creativity into entrepreneurial ventures.

And confirmed speakers, like:

  • Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson, Qatar Museums
  • Giuilia Andreani, Artist
  • Karim Aïnouz, Film Director and Artist
  • Julien Barbier, Co-Founder and CEO, NADK
  • Vincent Barué, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, NADK
  • Toto Bergamo Rossi, Director, Venetian Heritage
  • Ronen Berger, Author, Drama Therapist and Founder of Nature Therapy
  • Thijs Biersteker, Ecological Artist
  • Daniel Birnbaum, Curator
  • Victoria Bousis, Filmmaker and AI Expert
  • Melissa Chiu, Director, Hirshhorn Museum
  • Alison Cole, Editor at Large, Art Newspaper
  • Marcello Dantas, Director, SFER-IK Museum
  • Sandra Dumont-Jackson, Director and CEO, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
  • Amos Gitaï, Filmmaker
  • Olga Kefalogianni, Minister of Tourism, Greece
  • Manuela Luca-Dazio, Executive Director, Pritzker Prize
  • Hermann Parzinger, President, Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation
  • Wim Pjibes, Director, Droom en Daad Foundation
  • Magnus Resch, Art Market Economist
  • Thaddeaus Ropac, Gallerist
  • Freya Salway, Head, Google Arts and Culture
  • Adama Sanneh, CEO, Moleskine Foundation
  • Sean Scully, Artist
  • Victoria Siddall, Frieze and Gallery Climate Coalition
  • Philippe Starck, Architect
  • Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative
  • Mariët Westermann, Director and CEO, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation

More information at the official agenda page.

The conference will held be in person, tickets are available at the official Art for Tomorrow website.

Art for Tomorrow and Venipedia are teaming up to spread the word, ideas and perspectives that will come out of the conference.

Venipedia will also stimulate discussion on these important topics before and after the conference.

About Venipedia

Venipedia is for curious minds. Genuinely from Venice. It is an innovative cultural platform dedicated to improving the common present and future through knowledge about Venice, sustainability, biodiversity and the climate crisis. It does this through an online encyclopaedia, articles and insights, image collections, the first and only online museum of historic Venetian postcards, videos and books, digital and paper.

About Art for Tomorrow

Art for Tomorrow aims to analyze the effect the arts can and do have on society. Moderated by senior New York Times journalists, the program will bring together experts, activists and practitioners to explore the following questions and more. Previous speakers have included: H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa, Ai Weiwei, Jeff Koons, Amy Cappellazzo, Glenn D. Lowry, Dr. Tristram Hunt, Christo, Olafur Eliasson, Ann Temkin, Alicja Kwade, Michael Govan, Elif Shafak and many more.

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