How Art Can Encourage Conscious, Sustainable Living.
Online course with Alessandra Montalbetti
We plant trees and trees plant us, since we belong to each other and must coexist. […] Trees, therefore, are conscious of us, just as we are conscious of trees.
Joseph Beuys, The Defense of Nature, Bolognano (Pescara), May 13, 1984
The purpose of art is to encourage reflection, prick our conscience, and create knowledge. Therefore, art will be a vehicle to explore various urgent issues that are part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by its 193 member states in September 2015.
Four online lectures will examine how artists and their works of art engage with issues such as climate change, peace, justice, reducing inequalities, and sustainable development. Participants will discover how German artist Joseph Beuys focused his artistic practice on the need to create a new and lasting alliance between man and nature; how Cuban-born artist Felix Gonzales-Torres and U.S. artist Keith Haring engaged with the themes of social inequality and human relationships; and how architects like Renzo Piano and Norman Foster design sustainable buildings. The lectures will highlight how art poses questions and offers answers and new perspectives on topics that should be a primary concern for all of us.
- 60 euro for members
- 50 euro for teachers (and members of the museum) who send a certificate released by their school or institute to email@example.com
- 20 euro for Young Pass and Young Pass + a friend members
The lectures are reserved for members of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. The proceeds, collected in the form of tax-deductible donations, will help support the museum.
Alessandra Montalbetti entered the Education Department of the Superintendence of Artistic-Historical and Demo-Ethno-Anthropological Heritage of Milan in 1982. She creates didactic materials for schools of every grade level and, specializing in contemporary art history, teaches contemporary art lessons in the refresher course for secondary school teachers organized by the Superintendency with the support of the Amici di Brera Association. From 1983 to 1990 she designed the first educational courses for schools for the Civico Museo d'Arte Contemporanea (Cimac) under the Direction of the Civic Museums. In 2000, she participated in the working group of the Superintendence, preparing intercultural teaching materials for primary and lower secondary schools (project "A Brera anch’io"). Since 1983, she has collaborated with important Italian associations and museums (Associazione Amici di Brera e dei Musei Milanesi, Italia nostra, Anisa, Associazione Milano Cultura e Natura, Università Unitre, Associazione Amici del Loggione - Teatro della Scala, Associazione Volarte, Associazione Amici del Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Rotary Club and, since 2012, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection) while continuing her research and publication work.
how to participate
- The online lectures are in Italian and last one hour. Participants will receive a Zoom invitation.
- The course is for members only.
- It is not possible to register for single lectures.
- Participants can join mid-course and receive recordings of previous lectures.
- Student discounts (awaiting confirmation).
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*Payment can only be made by credit card. Donations to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Venice branch, are deductible on IRPEF and IRES according to Italian Legislative Decree n. 35 of 03/14/05 as the donation is made to a non-profit organization.
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