After the decision to postpone the traditional late-January edition, Arte Fiera has reopened its doors from 13 to 15 May 2022, energised by a spirit of recommencement and by the eagerness to once again personally welcome professionals and the art-loving public.
Arte Fiera 2022, the third physical edition under the artistic direction of Simone Menegoi (the 2021 edition was replaced by the online cultural project Playlist), has presented the strong points of the two previous editions, with emphasis on the quality of exhibited artworks. Menegoi affirmed: “Arte Fiera is back with its head held high, with a selection of galleries maintaining a high quality standard enriched by some interesting new entries, re- newed stands, and a more logical and efficient path to guide visitors.”
The fair’s structure has been reinforced, with three invitation-only curated sections that accompany the Main Section to emphasise the key elements of the fair’s identity: modern art and post-war masters (Focus), 21st-century art (Pittura XXI), and photography and video (Photography and moving images).
The selection of galleries has combined with an approach that gives space to personal poetics, and exhibitors will be explicitly requested to present a limited number of artists. As in the past, monographic exhibits (of both post-war masters and contemporary artists) have been encouraged. In 2022, these monographic stands – 35 in all, about a fourth of the total – were once again a significant presence.
As for its primary objectives, Arte Fiera, the longest-living Italian art fair (begun in 1974) remained true to its calling: to be the key art fair for Italian galleries and for 20th- and 21st-century Italian art.
As in 2020, the fair has hold in Halls 15 (contemporary art) and 18 (20th-century art), but with a new entrance so that visitors may choose which Hall to see first.
There were also more elegant and orderly stands, the result of BolognaFiere’s decision to invest in the exhibition, enhancing its quality without any expense to participating galleries.
Mercedes-Benz Stefauto was Arte Fiera 2022’s automotive partner.