Arte Fiera Bologna - 40 Years of Italian Finest Art Fair

Collectors' Tip, Art Fairs

January 21, 2016

Prepare yourselves for a special edition of the Arte Fiera Bologna! The 2016 Arte Fiera will be a unique one - a special edition celebrating 40 years of the event, together with the city and Italy’s modern and contemporary art galleries. Arte Fiera is the first and most enduring Italian fair dedicated to the international modern and contemporary art. Apart from being a special edition, this year’s Arte Fiera Bologna will also take place during a particular moment, in a period in which the best of Italian art is enjoying an especially high profile on the international stage. The art fair will bring together 221 exhibitors, including 190 galleries displaying 2000 works of art by 1000 artists that will be found within the pavilions of BolognaFiere. For the fourth year running, Claudio Spadoni and Giorgio Verzotti, will be the art directors for Arte Fiera.

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Enzo Obiso - Sguardo, 1992. Must Gallery

Arte Fiera Bologna 2016 Highlights

Arte Fiera celebrates its 40 years with the historic partnership with the Italian Association of Modern and Contemporary Galleries and will hold the special exhibition ARTE FIERA 40 including works of artists selected from those proposed by galleries over the 40 years of Arte Fiera. Arte Fiera 40 will provide, for the first time, an overview of how the event has unfolded through a glance at the galleries, the culture and the art market in Italy. An innovative and interactive display will use archive material to narrate the history of the Fiera since its foundation in 1974.  Arte Fiera will continue its focus on young artists. All of the galleries involved in this edition of Arte Fiera have been invited to exhibit works of artists under 40. But, what will make this edition of Arte Fiera Bologna even more special is its focus on Italian artists, who have enjoyed success as protagonists in the international markets for some years now.

So, the visitors of the art fair will have an opportunity to enjoy the works of greats that have dominated the market, such as Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, whose success has transferred onto the international stage. Also names such as Enrico Castellani, Dadamaino, Turi Simeti, Paolo Scheggi, who are all on their way towards gaining the same recognition, and the list goes on to include those of the following generation such as Gianni Colombo, Giorgio Griffa, Gianni Piacentino, Ettore Spalletti, who in recent years have held personal exhibitions of their work in some of Europe and America’s leading museums and galleries.

List of Exhibitors

The Sections

The exhibition route at Arte Fiera Bologna will be divided into five sectors: the heart of the Fiera is represented by the Main Section with the main modern and contemporary art galleries, within this there will be a specially curated area named The Protagonists, created with the contribution of the galleries Continua, Galleria Milano, Lia Rumma, Studio La Città, Tega; the Solo Show section offers an overview of Italian and international art with stands created by the galleries that propose special exhibitions of great artists, from the modern to contemporary. This section narrates the symbiosis between gallery owners and artists that has been so fundamental to success throughout the history of art; the section New Proposals will include galleries that present the work of those aged under 35: a fundamental testimony of the role of research, discovery and the nurturing of new talent and new languages; the section Photography created in collaboration with MIA Photo Fair – Milan Image Art Photo Fair and curated by Fabio Castelli, will be an area that confirms the global trend of increasing interest in photography as an artistic language.

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Antonio Scaccabarozzi - Essenziale Ombre Pittoriche. colore acrilico e mastice rinforzato, 41,5x81,5. cm. Scaramouche New York

Conversations and Prizes

During the Conversations program, the latest trends of the global market will be analyzed in addition to the future developments of international museums from the point of view of building their collections for the future. In addition, celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the art fair, there will be a number of discussions about the interrelations and influences of Arte Fiera Bologna – over its 40 editions – and how it has led to the growth of the Italian modern and contemporary art in the world. Curator Marcella Beccaria and journalist Riccarda Mandrini will curate the intense program of Conversations.

When it comes to the prizes, among the awards this year is the Premio Gruppo Euromobil under 30 that is celebrating its tenth edition. Last year’s event saw the inaugural edition of the Premio della Fondazione Arte Scienza Videoinsight, which will return this year. The prize is awarded to the work on display that is acknowledged to best transmit psycho-physical wellbeing engaging the mind and emotions, both on a conscious and unconscious level. Finally, the Premio Rotary Valle del Samoggia, in its fifth year of existence, is dedicated to the most creative installation presented at Arte Fiera Bologna.

Arte Fiera Bologna 2016 Main Venue

Practical Information

The Arte Fiera Bologna 2016 will begin on January 29 and will last until February 1, at BolognaFiere. Preview (by invitation only) will take place on January 28 from 12 to 9pm. Daily ticket costs €20. Also, the art fair has a packed program of events and exhibitions as part of the project by to emerge from the cooperation between Bologna City and Arte Fiera, with cultural initiatives and the promotion of museums and places of art in the city. There will be important exhibitions this year with special initiatives organized by the leading contemporary art galleries in Bologna. On Saturday, January 30, Art White Night will be organized – it will include hundreds of initiatives and thousands of visitors in the city that each year turns Bologna into the capital of Italian art. More information on Arte Fiera Bologna 2016 you can find on the official website of the art fair.

Featured Images: Nino Migliori - Iltuffatore. 1951. Pure pigment print su carta.Cotone firma e titolo al retro.90.0x104.0cm. ©Nino Migliori; Andrea Romano - Marco mother mold (3), detail.In collaboration with Delfino Sisto Legnani. Stampa lambda su carta, 77x56 cm.ed. 3 + 1 p.a. Courtesy Vistamare e l’artista. All Images courtesy of Arte Fiera Bologna

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