Conference #1 on the Art of scribbling and doodling with Francesca Alberti and Diane Bodart

Conference #1 of the cycle around the exhibition Scribbling and Doodling
Thursday 17 March 2022 at 6.30 pm
Michel Piccoli Room, Villa Medici
Conference in Italian (no translation)
Duration: 1 hour

Free event, limited number of seats. Advance booking required.

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In parallel with the exhibition Scribbling and Doodling. From Leonardo da Vinci to Cy Twombly, presented until the 22nd May 2022 at the Villa Medici, a series of six conferences is organised, inviting several art history, philosophy and anthropology scholars to share their researches the practice of scribbling and doodling.

For this first conference, which inaugurates the cycle of encounters, Villa Medici is organising an original dialogue between the two curators of the exhibition: Francesca Alberti (Director of the Department of Art History at the French Academy in Rome) and Diane Bodart (Professor at Columbia University).

Experimental, transgressive, regressive or liberating… What function can be attributed to “scribbling” in the process of artistic creation? Can we understand the history of art through these graphic gestures, which are often relegated to the back of canvases and the margins of drawing books?

The two curators and art historians will review the genesis of the exhibition project co-produced with the Beaux-Arts de Paris which, bringing together in Rome nearly 150 original works from the Renaissance to the present day, invites unprecedented comparisons between masters of early modernity and modern and contemporary artists.

Highlighting the achrony of these drawings that defy the categories of art history, their thinking places the practice of doodling within the artistic creation.



Wednesday 30 March 2022
Tim Ingold (Anthropologist, Emeritus Professor at the University of Aberdeen, UK)
Conference in English with Italian translation  

Thursday 14 April 2022
Mauro Mussolin (architect and art historian, professor at the Università di Chieti Pescara, ITA)
Conference in Italian

Thursday 21 April 2022
Vincent Debaene (historian of literature and anthropology, professor at the University of Geneva, CH)
Conference in French

Thursday 5 May 2022 : CONFERENCE CANCELLED
Anne Montfort-Tanguy (curator at the Cabinet d’art graphique du Musée national d’art moderne – Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR)

Thursday 19 May 2022
Philippe-Alain Michaud (curator in charge of the film collection of the Musée national d’art moderne – Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR)
Conference in French



To access the conferences, participants are kindly requested to present their valid Covid Pass and to wear a FFP2 mask during the whole conference.

Read more about the exhibition

Copyright images:
Image copyright:
Francesca Alberti and Diane Bodart © Margherita Nuti

Body text images:
Detail of the wall “Partenza di Abramo e Lot per la Palestina sezione 1-2”, Sinopia, Benozzo Gozzoli. Opera della Primaziale Pisana.
Portraits of the curators © Gilles Raynaldy