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Exploring the Institutionalization of Cultural Philanthropy in Europe and in the U.S.

Cultural philanthropy represents a very interesting field of inquiry as it involves apparently contrasting human behaviors (collecting/giving) and many hybrid forms of organizations such as public museum foundations or public corporate collections.

The lecture explores some emerging questions regarding the world of cultural philanthropy: when and why collecting becomes an act of philanthropy? How cultural philanthropy is organized in Western societies? What should be the role of governments in cultural philanthropy? Is cultural turbo-philanthropy threatening free expression and creativity in the arts field?

To explore these questions the lecture will present recent research and case studies from Europe and the US.


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Alex Turrini is Associate Professor at the Department of Social and Political Sciences at Università Bocconi, Milan, Italy.

He is the author of numerous books and articles on cultural policies and arts management. His works have been published in a variety of academic journals. He serves as a reviewer for national and international journals and he is the Associate Editor in Management for the International Journal of Arts Management.

Alex Turrini earned both his degree and his Ph.D. in Management from Università Bocconi. From 2018 to 2020 he has been Chair of the Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship Division at Southern Methodist University, Dallas (USA).

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