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CONTEMPORARY ART ITALIAN ART - ARTE FIERA 2013

Events | Exhibitions | Art

On January 25th 2013 the doors will open onto a new ArteFiera almost exclusively featuring works made in Italy. It is a fair dedicated to “Italian genius”.

The artistic direction, a two-man team, was handed over to Giorgio Verzotti and Claudio Spadoni, the former an expert in contemporary art and the latter an expert in modern art. Therefore the focal points of the thirty-seventh edition were the historic avant-gardes and the movements of the 1960s/1970s, which are coming to be highly appraised abroad again. Over 1,100 artists will be exhibited, among which all of the most important Italian names. Fontana, Manzoni, Burri (which go without saying), but also the Bolognese, Calzolari, the Transavantgarde and up-and-comers like Agostino Bonalumi and Mario Staccioli.

People like Italian art and it is gaining interest, while Bologna affirms its reputation as a point of reference for international collectionism, competing with important entities like the Frieze in London or Art Basel in Miami Beach. But it is changing direction; rather than convincing foreigners to come to us, Bologna and Italy is exported, traveling beyond national borders.

One thing is certain, the foreign exhibitors are nearly half what they were. It is a licit question—is this attributable to a crisis that has cut down all fair shows, even the international ones? Or is it a conscious but debatable choice of the organizers that chose not to make an effort to involve gallery directors from all over the world?

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We are talking about art, but in the meantime, it is BolognaFiere that is going to reach major results, with the announced balanced budget and a series of proposals that will act as a springboard for our economy.

"The fair makes the city larger; the city must make the fair more beautiful." chairman Duccio Campagnoli proudly says.

Just think that BolognaFiere, “platform for internationalization”, is the most present Italian trade fair in China. And that in that far off country there is anxious anticipation for our exhibition dedicated to Morandi, the most-loved European painter in the Orient, a show that opens in Beijing in 2014.

The power of Italian genius? First signs of a come back? We’d like to believe so…

Article by Anna Maria Catano

Editor of Città Bologna

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