Matteo Bertelé is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at the University of California Santa Barbara, Universität Hamburg and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice with the project “GYSIART – A cultural history of compared art practices and receptions in Cold War Europe (1945-1991)”.
He studied Russian, German and Art History at Ca' Foscari University, at Humboldt Universität in Berlin and at the Russian State University for Humanities (RGGU) in Moscow. He received his PhD at Ca’ Foscari University, where he has been a post-doc research fellow and lecturer in History of Modern Art in East Europe and History of Russian Art at the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage. In 2011 he was appointed scientific secretary of the Centre of Studies of Russian Arts (CSAR) at Ca' Foscari University, where he curated and/or coordinated several exhibitions of contemporary Russian art.
He obtained research grants and fellowships from Kupferstich-Kabinett, Dresden; Ivane Javakhishvili State University, Tbilisi; National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow; Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe, Leipzig.
His research projects and interests deal with Russian émigré artists, Soviet and socialist visual culture, exhibition studies and the cultural dimension of the Cold War.
His most recent edited and co-edited books include Russian Artists at the Venice Biennale 1895-2013 (2013); ZKK Rereading: La nuova arte sovietica: una prospettiva non ufficiale (2014) and conference proceedings on Yuri Lotman (2015) and Pavel Florensky (2015).