curated by Angela Vettese with Clarissa Ricci

02 - 03 February 2018


Between Exhibition and Fair: Entre Chien et Loup is an international conference promoted by Arte Fiera and organised by the Iuav University of Venice, under the patronage of the University of Bologna, on February 2 - 3, 2018.

Arte Fiera was the first art fair of its kind in Italy (1974) and one of the first in Europe. A vibrant cultural and artistic community attends the event. The 2018 edition is the ideal opportunity for artists, critics, editors to re-unite and discuss a recent and growing phenomenon, the hybridization between exhibitions and fairs, which are tending to overlap more frequently. A topic which, despite growing interest, is covered very little by scholars. This is perhaps due to the discomfort between the association of art to the market.

In 2005 during the symposium Where Art Worlds Meet: Multiple Modernities and the Global Salon (Storr, 2007) Daniel Birnbaum reported around art fairs taking over biennial. At what point are we today? 

The meeting will be articulated in the following sections:

  • Fairs and Biennials: a Couple or Sisters?
    curated by Clarissa Ricci

  • Impermanence: What Happens When the Artwork is Gone?
    curated by Cristina Baldacci

  • Art Magazines: Privileged Observers or Instruments of the Institution?
    curated by Camilla Salvaneschi

The results of the international conference will appear in a volume. 

With: Gwen Allen (San Francisco State University), Bruce Altshuler (New York University), Lorenzo Balbi (MAMbo, Bologna), Stefano Baia Curioni (Università Bocconi), Stephanie Bailey (Ibraaz), Suzette and Brendon Bell-Roberts (Art Africa), Cathryn Drake (Freelance Writer / Editor), Jörg Heiser (UniversitÓ“t der Künste Berlin / Frieze), Jens Hoffmann (The Exhibitionist), Jacob Lund (Aahrus University), Moky May (ArtReview), Jean Minguet (Artprice), Gean Moreno (ICA, Miami), Roberto Pinto (Università degli Studi di Bologna), John Rajchman (Columbia University), Antonio Scoccimarro (Mousse), Terry Smith (University of Pittsburgh), Chiara Vecchiarelli (École Normale Supérieure, Paris / Università Iuav di Venezia), Marianne Wagner (LWL-Museum, Münster)


4 February, 4 pm @Talk Area

Let’s Talk. Between Exhibition and fair: The Italian Art Market

Talk with: Cesare Biasini Selvaggi (Exibart), Cristina Casero (Università degli Studi di Parma), Stefano Monti (Tafter), Silvia Simoncelli (NABA), Federica Veratelli (Università degli Studi di Parma)