The 42nd edition of Arte Fiera will be held at Hall 25 and 26 of Bologna’s exhibition centre, designed by Leonardo Benevolo.
Arte Fiera aims to give special focus to the Italian art scene, taking an in-depth look at individual artists as well as exploring more theoretical aspects. It denotes Bologna’s intention to reclaim its title as Italy’s “learned” city, going beyond the globalised art circuit also in terms of the approach to the art market.
As in the previous edition the sections will be mingled together, with the exception of the Nueva Vista group. It is our opinion that the distinction once made between modern and contemporary art no longer holds. Where, for example, should conceptual artists, now long passed, be displayed? And what place should be given to galleries focusing on the early 20th Century but also presenting young artists?
The same criterion applies to Photography this year. Distributed over the two pavilions, no distinction or hierarchy is made between media.
The premises of this decision is grounded in the belief that that visual art has, over the last century, acquired an unprecedented freedom in the diverse languages, production process and expressive forms employed. As a result, the mix of different works produced at different moments creates a thought-provoking dialogue between today and the past, stimulating debate on similarities and trends.
Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, Rome
MASSIMO DI CARLO
Galleria dello Scudo, Verona
MARIA GRAZIA MESSINA
Doctoral School in History of Art and Performing Arts - University of Florence, Chair of the Steering Commitee for Contemporary Arts and Architecture in Peripheral Areas, Ministery of Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Galleria Niccoli, Parma
Professor of History of Contemporary Art, University of Bologna
Representative, Association of Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries, Confcommercio Ascom Bologna
Studio Trisorio, Naples