After its 2021 edition had to be cancelled, Arte Fiera decided to signal its return to activity by taking part in Art City, the Bologna art week that this year, exceptionally, will be held from 7 to 9 May. The Fair’s contribution to the series of events in the city will be a work created for the Piazza Costituzione area (Arte Fiera’s traditional entrance) by Stefano Arienti, the Italian artist who, following Flavio Favelli (2019) and Eva Marisaldi (2020), had been chosen to present a new work at Arte Fiera 2021.
This is the Fair’s second collaboration with Arienti, preceded by a digital exhibition of works in the MAMbo collection that he curated for the Arte Fiera PLAYLIST online project (21-23 January 2021).
Arienti’s new work, entitled Ricchi e poveri (Rich and poor), consists of two parts – the first installed in the Le Corbusier Garden, the second in a small glass pavilion facing the Congress Center (now the Volvo Congress Center), and has been inaugurated during the Art City week.
Special thanks to Frassinago - Gardens and Landscapes and Vetreria Bazzanese for supporting the project.
Stefano Arienti is one of the most important Italian artists of his generation. Born in Asola (Mantua) in 1961, in 1980 he moved to Milan, where he still lives. In 1986 he earned a degree in Agricultural Science with a dissertation on virology. In 1985 he took part in the first group show at the former Brown Boveri factory, where he met Corrado Levi, his first teacher. He was a member of Italian artistic circles along with other young artists at the renewal following the years dominated by Arte Povera and the Transavanguardia. He held a series of solo shows in Italian and foreign galleries and art institutions, including Museo MAXXI in Rome, the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation in Turin, the Querini Stampalia and Bevilacqua la Masa Foundations in Venice, and the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua. In the United States: ArtPace in San Antonio, Texas, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. He has participated in numerous group shows in Italy and abroad, including Biennials in Venice, Istanbul, and Gwanjiu. He has travelled mainly in Europe, North America, and Asia, taking part in artist residence programmes in San Francisco, Boston, and San Antonio (USA), New Delhi (India), and Clisson (France). He has taught at the Giacomo Carrara Fine Arts Academy in Bergamo and at IUAV University in Venice. His style is characterised by the use of common, everyday materials; adoption of a simple manual ability that resembles that of a hobbyist or an artisan more than an artist; the use of pre-existing images deriving from a shared iconography or from art history.