Monday, January 20, 2014

ARTEFIERA Bologna, discover the new Italian and international art


ARTEFIERA 2014: FROM 24TH TO 27TH JANUARY IN Bologna
172 GallerieS (+ 27% ON 2013), 1500 WORKS BY MORE THAN 1100 ITALIAN AND INTERNATIONAL artistS.
NEW FEATURES: 19TH CENTURY ART DEBUT, FOCUS ON EAST EUROPEAN COUNTRIES AND CHINA, PHOTOGRAPHY
CITY VENUE FOR THE EXHIBITION “Arte Fiera ColleCTIONS - Il Piedistallo vuoto. GHOSTS FROM EASTERN EUROPE” CURATED BY Marco Scotini
AGAIN ON THE BILL: Art City AND THE MAGIC OF Art CITY white night



In addition to confirming its Italian leadership, Arte Fiera is now acknowledged as one of Europe’s top fairs for modern and contemporary art with a growing number of exhibitors and sectors represented at next year’s event. The forthcoming edition, its 38th, will be held in BolognaFiere from 24th to 27th January 2012 with a record growth of selected Galleries, numbering 172, divided into 5 sections, a 27% increase on last year’s edition. The full list of exhibitors is available on the Arte Fiera website containing the leading names on Italy’s art scene. The 120 modern and contemporary art galleries, of which around 10 devoted to late 19th century art, 20 specialized in photography, 10 with a focus on Eastern Europe, 15 on the Solo Show and 7 exhibiting New Proposals, the section devoted to young artists. Upwards of 1500 works will be exhibited with more than 1100 artists presenting their work, ranging from well-known established figures to up and coming contemporary artists, little known masterpieces from Eastern Europe together with acclaimed late 19th century Italian and foreign artists, and great photographers, categories marking some of the main new features of this year’s event. Additional exhibitors include more than 30 publishing houses, bookshops specializing in art, and museums.
“The rise in exhibitor attendance at Arte Fiera is particularly high” emphasized BolognaFiere President, Duccio Campagnoli, “on account of the new curatorial approach adopted by its Artistic Directors. In this way Arte Fiera is once again a save-the-date event in the modern and contemporary art world, a tradeshow that knows how to highlight its participating galleries with a series of cultural and market-oriented themes and activities. As well as an art tradeshow, Arte Fiera is also a major cultural event”.
The Fair will be held in the traditional two Halls used last year to present Arte Fiera’s new exhibition formula. Designed by architect Benevolo, the large windows of Halls 25 and 26 allow natural light to show the exhibited works to their best advantage over an area of more than 10,000 square metres.  
Arte Fiera confirms its position as the premier Italian destination for all art lovers and collectors of modern and contemporary art. Its leading role has been established over time thanks to the organizational know-how of BolognaFiere and an ongoing focus on top quality art proposals for collectors visiting Bologna.

THE “NEW” ARTE FIERA
The 2014 edition of Arte Fiera is the outcome of the new curatorial approach adopted by its two Artistic Directors designed to further enhance AF’s catchment area, making it more competitive with respect to other Italian and international art fairs. Many art collections are becoming multifarious, embracing works and objects from different epochs and styles. Starting with the next edition, the art works exhibited and on sale will range from paintings, drawings, sculpture, video installations, and photography, belonging to different historical periods The new sections introduced this year span the second half of the 19th century, a period making its début at this year’s Fair, work by emerging young talent and Eastern European artists, and photography (developed in partnership with Milan’s MIA Fair), in line with international trends aiming to give collectors the broadest possible offering.

Eastern European countries
 A Special Focus Section curated by Marco Scotini is dedicated to Eastern Europe, the geographical area selected for 2014. The emerging economy of East European countries has given an impetus to the art market and culture in general. The 10 galleries from this area will be grouped in a specific section of the Fair, while the exhibition “Arte Fiera Collections - Il Piedistallo vuoto. Ghosts from Eastern Europe” will be hosted in the city’s Museo Civico Archeologico (from 24th January to 16th March 2014). The show will feature works on loan from Italian art collections (to name but a few, the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and Nicola Trussardi Foundations, the Enea Righi, La Gaia (Turin) and Maramotti Collections) and works by internationally renowned names (Ilya Kabakov, Vyatscheslav Akhunov, Jiri Kovanda, Julius Koller, Ion Grigorescu, Nedko Solakov, Deimantas Narkevicius, and Mircea Cantor) in a major overview dedicated to the contemporary art scene in the former Soviet countries.

19th century
Another of the new features of this year’s edition is the début of late 19th century art, an initiative proposed by the Fair’s Artistic Directors as part of their curatorial approach focusing on the ability of many nineteenth century artists to herald modern art. This new feature underlines a general trend in different art fairs to highlight the interplay  between ancient, modern and contemporary art. This led to the brave step of flanking the nineteenth century art of the Macchiaioli, De Nittis, and Boldini with contemporary works in a vision of contemporary art transcending temporal and geographical confines The 10 Italian Galleries involved in this new project aim to make Arte Fiera more competitive with respect to other Italian and international art fairs.

Photography
For the new photography section, curated together with Milan’s MIA Fair, 20 Galleries have been selected presenting projects by Italian (Franco Fontana, Vittore Fossati, Maurizio Galimberti, Mario Giacomelli, and Paolo Ventura) and international artists like Andres Serrano (Cuba), Robert Gligorov (Macedonia), Gohar Dashti (Iran) and Olivier Roller (France). The aim is to present an historical overview of photography from early art work through to contemporary production by both well-known and emerging photographers. On show in some booths will be the work of several artists grouped under general topics like Journeys, Non-Places, the Human Body and Spaces. Other Galleries will adopt the format of the Milan show and present monographic collections.
In the wake of last year’s success, Arte Fiera’s major sections devoted to Modern and Contemporary Art and the section reserved for New Proposals from Eastern Europe will be flanked by “Solo Show” a comeback of small monographic exhibitions by leading modern and contemporary artists. Lastly, “New Proposals” is a section reserved for Galleries devoted exclusively to artists born after 1979.

Chinese art and art collections with BolognaFiere SH Contemporary
The Chinese contemporary art collecting market gains a special focus at Arte Fiera in view of its partnership with the new China edition of BolognaFiere Sh Contemporary, China’s leading contemporary art fair organized by BolognaFiere in Shanghai from 11th to 14th September 2014. This joint project features the exhibition "Discovering Ink”, curated by Guido Mologni, director of Sh Contemporary. The strong legacy of the age-old tradition of ink on paper is still felt in Chinese art today. The exhibition is the first of its type to be held in Italy and features major Chinese artists recently acclaimed on the international art scene like Qin Feng, Qui Deshu, Zhang Hao and others.

ARTE FIERA EVENTS

Arte Fiera Conversations
Arte Fiera 2014 returns with a high calibre programme of “Conversations”, ten or more meetings and round tables on the state of the art market. Discussants will include leading gallery owners, curators, museum directors and art collectors from the modern and contemporary art world. Special attention will be paid to some of the major international Corporate Collections like the EVN Group, Lhoist, and the VAC and Erste Foundations, and to the topics of artistic creation in the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, China and of course Italy.

Art City Bologna and Art City White Night
Throughout Arte Fiera, the whole city of Bologna will be involved in art and will itself become venue and stage for the many events linked to modern and contemporary art. In partnership with the City of Bologna’s Department of Culture, Arte Fiera will again feature ART CITY, a jam-packed calendar of initiatives held in the city’s museums, curated and coordinated by Gianfranco Maraniello, director of MAMbo, Bologna’s modern art museum.
As usual, Saturday night will be dedicated to the proposals of Bologna’s commercial and cultural operators with Art White Night, frequented by tens of thousands of people who flock to the city for the annual art event.

Euromobil Under 30 Prize
Arte Fiera is also home to the eighth edition of the Euromobil Under 30 Prize reserved to artists born after 1983, and promoted by the Euromobil group, the event’s main sponsor. The traditional Prize awarded by the jury of experts will be flanked by a further prize to an artist chosen directly by the public. This new prize will be awarded to the work of art and artist receiving the most votes of Arte Fiera visitors together with the votes assigned by clicking on pictures of the competition works displayed on www.gruppoeuromobil.com. The prize-giving ceremony is scheduled for Saturday 25th January, at 16.00, in the Euromobil Group Space entitled “Art places, design places”. Both prizes consist in the winning art works being purchased for the Euromobil Group spa collections.

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