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ARTE FIERA 2020: A WEEKEND ABOUT ART

Art | culture | Fair | Exhibitions

Arte Fiera 2020 is ready to begin on Friday 24th until 26th of January in the Halls 18 and 15 of Bologna Fair District. This 44th edition, the second directed by Simone Menegoi together with Gloria Bartoli as vice director, is characterised by many new features. This year the event is going to host 155 Italian and foreign galleries for a total of 345 artists, specifically 108 in the Main Section and 47 in the three curated and invitation-only sections, Photography and moving images (20 galleries) plus the first time opening of Focus (8 galleries) and Pittura XXI (19 galleries).

In particular the new features of Arte Fiera 2020, Focus is a section devoted to art from 1900 to 1950 and to post-war masters, with a different curator each year. Intentionally small, it is an in-depth study of a specific aspect of 20th century art. This first edition is curated by Laura Cherubini, an esteemed art critic and historian who has chosen to concentrate on renewal and innovations in Italian painting from the late 1950s to the late 1970s. 

On the other hand, Pittura XXI, curated by Davide Ferri, is the first section of any fair (Italian or foreign) devoted entirely to contemporary art, and offers a panorama of paintings by emerging and mid-career artists from Italy and abroad. This proposal is both daring and timely, presented at a moment in which painting has made a vigorous return to the art scene.

Now in its second edition, Photography and moving images is a showcase of some of the most recent studies in photography and video as well as of some essential reference points from the past.

The Main Section repeats the innovative model launched last year, characterised by the quality and artistic consistency of the stands and endorsed by gallery owners and collectors. Therefore galleries have been requested to present a limited number of artists: a maximum of 3 for medium-size stands and a maximum of 6 for larger ones.

In addition a large percentage of galleries will present a single artist, as requested by the Fair. This strong presence of single-artist stands, with in-depth presentations of Italian or foreign works (by both young artists and celebrated masters), is one of the key elements of Simone Menegoi’s direction. Once again, Bologna remarks its identity as international reference of the Italian culture, capable of spreading knowledge about art and with an efficient organisation able to host different type of public.

To accomplish this role, the Arte Fiera won’t just 

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take place in the Halls of the Fair District, indeed more events will be held in places around the city usually not accessible for the public: this collateral event is ART CITY, arrived at its 8th edition coordinated by Lorenzo Balbi taking place during the same weekend.

Ultimately, on Saturday evening 25th of January the city center of Bologna will be brighten by ART CITY WHITE NIGHT, where tens of thousands of art enthusiasts will be able to choose from a vast range of things to see and places to go in public and private venues of all kinds.

Additionally, the Public Program duplicates the formats launched in 2019, a great success with the public and professionals.

Arte Fiera 2020 includes the second edition of Courtesy Emilia-Romagna, the series of exhibits that presents public and private collections of modern and contemporary art in the Emilia-Romagna region. Also returning for its second edition is Oplà. Performing Activities, curated by Silvia Fanti (Xing), internationally famous for her attention to forms of research in the visual arts, theatre, and performance.

Flash Art is once again the Fair’s content partner and will organise an extensive programme of

 talks, essential for stimulating thought on topics in contemporary art. Highlights include: 

  • Michelangelo Pistoletto, talking about art as social innovation and “cure; the history of Italian painting from 1959 to 1979, traced in an original and transverse way by Laura Cherubini, Andrea Viliani, and Nicola De Maria; 

  • Gianni Emilio Simonetti, one of the foremost proponents of Fluxus in Italy, speaking with Luigi Bonotto and Patrizio Peterlini; Paolo Icaro, speaking about the concepts of “resistance” and “limit” with Cecilia Canziani; 

  • Raffaella Perna will discuss the painting of Franco Angeli with Maria Angeli; 

  • artists Paola Mattioli and Silvia Giambrone will discuss links between curating and feminism. 

With new laboratories curated by the Golinelli Foundation, Arte Fiera’s Public Program once again emphasises the importance of art education and attention to all audiences – from young children to adults – having their first contact with contemporary art.

More details about the event sections on the official website.

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