The CEI Venice Forum for Contemporary Art Curators is a biennial event, to be held in close connection with the Venice Biennale opening, that deals with the topics of cultural promotion and the exchange of curatorial experiences. The initiative is opened to Central Eastern European experts and curators and to the commissioners of the Venice Biennale responsible for the national pavilions of the CEE countries.
The event is carried out by the Trieste Contemporanea Committee under the auspices of the CEI-Central European Initiative, which, after the experimental edition of 2001, adopted in 2003 the Venice Forum as one of its Feature Cultural Events.
The Forum is an activity of the international network Continental Breakfast that fosters the creation of partnership projects and multidimensional capacity building exchange programmes in the field of contemporary art in CEE.
Forum’s editions were made possible in Venice thanks to the collaboration offered by the UNESCO Office in Venice-Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (BRESCE), the Ca’ Rezzonico-Museum of 18th century Venice / Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice.
Since 2011, and after ‘The Fragile Pedestal’ seminar for Young European Art Historians, a Session of the CEI Venice Forum has been regularly held in Trieste in Autumn. Beside the discussion of the Forum’s topics, it also offers updates on artists, artworks and curatorial projects from Europe and from Friuli Venezia Giulia.
2019 effervescible: Venice, Trieste
2017 harbour for cultures (H/C): Venice, Trieste
2015 before numbers: Venice, Trieste
2013 running time: Venice, Trieste
2011 place of encounter: Venice, Trieste
2009 the pass: Venice, Trieste
2007 outposts: Venice
2005 the expanded map: Venice
2003 the promotion of art and culture in central eastern europe: Venice