40 YEARS OF ARTEFIERA, A SPECIAL EDITION 29th January – 1st February 2016, BolognaFiere

Friday, January 29, 2016
40 YEARS OF ARTEFIERA, A SPECIAL EDITION 29th January – 1st February 2016, BolognaFiere

Arte Fiera in Bologna will celebrate its 40th edition from the 29th January to the 1st February with a total of 222 exhibitors (28% more than in 2013), including 190 modern and contemporary art galleries (41% more than in 2013), confirming the growth and the international importance of the Fair as the largest exhibition of modern and contemporary Italian art.

40 YEARS OF ARTEFIERA, A SPECIAL EDITION 29th January – 1st February 2016, BolognaFiere

Arte Fiera in Bologna will celebrate its 40th edition from the 29th January to the 1st February with a total of 222 exhibitors (28% more than in 2013), including 190 modern and contemporary art galleries (41% more than in 2013), confirming the growth and the international importance of the Fair as the largest exhibition of modern and contemporary Italian art.

The anniversary is set to take place during a very special moment in which Italian art is enjoying a period of great success on the international scene; art that has passed through the pavilions of BolognaFiere and that Arte Fiera has helped to achieve its success. The interest of the galleries in the 40th edition has been confirmed by an increased demand for spaces that have led Arte Fiera to add an extra pavilion, number 32, which will be added to pavilions 25 and 26 dedicated to the photographic section of the Solo Show, while Pavilions 25 and 26 will continue to house an enlarged main section dedicated to modern and contemporary art.

Arte Fiera has demonstrated a great analytical capacity that has accompanied artists and movements in the art world: a role that it must continue to fulfil, presenting new talents and ideas and making space also for experimentation. In this 40th edition significant space will be dedicated to young Italians and to the important international tendencies. The Italian artists, who often made their debuts in Bologna and have always been the protagonists of Arte Fiera, have gained international fame and have become some of the key players in some of the most important museums and markets worldwide, making the term Italian sales a universally recognised standard to identify a type of artistic production that enjoys the favours of the market and has an extremely high value in terms of appreciation: Italian art of the last century. The results have been unprecedented and some Italian names have become the main actors on the global art scene.

For the fourth consecutive year, Claudio Spadoni and Giorgio Verzotti, are the art directors of Arte Fiera.

Arte Fiera for its fortieth birthday will reinforce its historic partnership with the Italian Association of Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries and will dedicate to this anniversary the exhibition “ARTE FIERA 40” with works by artists selected from those proposed by the galleries over 40 years of Arte Fiera and loaned by those same galleries. For the first time ever Arte Fiera 40 will exhibit a unique overview of the history of the event as seen through the eyes of the galleries and the culture of the art market in Italy. An innovative and interactive exhibition including archive material will narrate the history of the Fair since its foundation in 1974.

Preview of Arte Fiera 2016 © Michele Nucci

For its fortieth edition Arte Fiera will continue its overview of young artists. All of the galleries involved in this edition of Arte Fiera have been invited to exhibit the works of artists under 40. A committee consisting of curators and directors of important museums and international institutes of art including Francesco Bonami (curator, President of the selection Committee), Luca Lo Pinto (curator of the Kunsthalle, Vienna), Laura Carlini Fanfogna (director of the Istituzione Bologna Musei), Giacinto Di Pietrantonio (director of GAMEC, Bergamo), Hou Hanru (director of MAXXI, Rome), Andrea Bellini (director of the Geneva Centre for Contemporary Art), Alberto Salvadori (director of the Marino Marini Museum) - will select, during the fair, the best works which will then be taken to the Pinacoteca to be exhibited alongside the great masters in a unique and evocative exhibition that will trace the past forty years while also offering a glimpse of the coming forty. The exhibition, also curated by Spadoni and Verzotti, provides an opportunity to admire the greatest Italian modern and contemporary artists under one roof. The works and the legacy of Arte Fiera on display in the exhibition will be recorded in a prestigious celebratory book edited by Corraini publishing that, thanks to some renowned contributors, will narrate the evolution of Italian contemporary art, its collectors and galleries and the artists that have made the history of Italy’s main event for the sector and who provide a testimony to the role of Arte Fiera in the culture of contemporary art in Bologna.

At Arte Fiera 2016 visitors will be able to admire, once again, the great masters who have dominated the markets such as Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni and Enrico Castellani now considered among the great protagonists within the international panorama. To name just a few, Dadamaino, Paolo Scheggi, Gianni Colombo, Ettore Spalletti, Gianni Piacentino, Giorgio Griffa and Turi Simeti who are all headed towards the same recognition, not to mention those of the following generation, just think of the Italian artists who in recent months have held personal exhibitions in the most important European and American galleries.

The pathway travelled by these artists is one that Arte Fiera has for many years endeavoured to confirm, with significant and demonstrable success. This pathway does not concern single names, because the market ‘re- launches’ artistic currents and movements that occupy important roles at the Fair, such as Kinetic Art, Analytical Painting and Italian Conceptual Art and many more. These have not only been recognised by the markets but also by the recent important retrospective at the Guggenheim in New York dedicated to Alberto Burri, demonstrating that also the great museum institutions now recognise the protagonists of Italian art and their deserved place in history. 

More information and preview of Arte Fiera 2016 is here.

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