ARTE FIERA 2015 January 23 – 26 in Bologna

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
ARTE FIERA 2015 January 23 – 26 in Bologna

Arte Fiera, the first and oldest modern and contemporary art tradeshow, opens its doors from January 23 through 25, 2015 in Bologna. Attending will be 216 exhibitors, of which 188 art galleries showing more than 2000 works by 1000 artists who include the greats as well as promising young newcomers.

ARTE FIERA 2015 January 23 – 26 in Bologna

Arte Fiera, the first and oldest modern and contemporary art tradeshow, opens its doors from January 23 through 25, 2015 in Bologna. Attending will be 216 exhibitors, of which 188 art galleries showing more than 2000 works by 1000 artists who include the greats as well as promising young newcomers.

Under the artistic direction of Giorgio Verzotti and Claudio Spadoni, Arte Fiera 2015 is officially partnered by the Italian Association of Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries. This edition of the tradeshow puts the spotlight on 20th-century maestros, well-known contemporary artists and up-and-coming names, and also affords a central place to Art Collecting. 

As is the case every year, Arte Fiera is held in the last week of January, this year from Friday, January 23 to Monday, 26.
The private viewing reserved for sector operators will be held, as usual, on Thursday, 22 when the inauguration will take the form of a talk show with artist
Michelangelo Pistoletto, representing the generation of artists enjoying record sales in recent months, tradeshow organizer BolognaFiere’s Chairman, Duccio Campagnoli, and Luigi Gubitosi, Director General of Italy's national broadcaster, RAI, and Arte Fiera’s media partner. This inaugural meeting of the 39th edition of Arte Fiera puts the accent on defending contemporary Italian art, its artists, and the galleries and all collectors - whether public or private - committed to the art produced in this country. 

The Main Section is the pivotal area, grouping the main modern and contemporary art galleries, and presenting a complete overview of artistic production in and outside of Italy.
Designed to celebrate ‘made-in-Italy’ artists and highlight artistic values - much appreciated by collectors and currently enjoying a surprising comeback, as shown by the interest shown by major international museums and the attention received at the latest London “Italian Sales” and New York auctions. Many galleries are presenting works by artists sought after at auctions or the focus of international exhibitions, such as Balla, Boccioni, De Chirico, Morandi, Capogrossi, Fontana, Burri, Manzoni, Castellani, Pistoletto, Boetti, Calzolari and Penone. Also on show also will be names like Bonalumi, Gianni Colombo, Dadamaino, Varisco and Alviani as well as abstract painters of the 1970s, like Olivieri. 

The new feature of this year's edition in the Main Section is a special Curators’ Space entitled “Leading Players” and dedicated to art galleries that have made a major contribution to furthering appreciation of contemporary art (whether Italian or not). This year the galleries will be Alfonso Artiaco from Naples, De’Foscherari of Bologna, Emilio Mazzoli from Modena, and Massimo Minini from Brescia. They will also be presenting an overview of their gallery’s history.

Initiated in 2014, the Photography Section will again be staged this year with 24 galleries. Organised in partnership with MIA Fair and curated by Fabio Castelli, the section confirms the sharp rise in interest for photography as a contemporary art language. “The photography section at Arte Fiera” – underlines Castelli – “is a clear indication that the language of photographic imagery stands on a par with other means of contemporary art expression”.

Solo Show is the section dedicated to galleries showing just one artist. There will be 14 monographic shows of famous names and young artists. This year many galleries will look at various aspects of abstract art, even if its opposite, figurative art, will still be present. Acclaimed artists like Mark Tobey, members of the Gutai Group, proponents of so-called Analytic Painting, or artists belonging to the “middle generation”, from figures like Luca Vitone and Maria Morganti through to its youngest members, will be on show next door to artists like Leonardo Cremonini.

The New Proposals Section hosts galleries showing artists under 35. This section testifies to the fundamental role of research, discovery and promotion of new talents and new expressive languages. This year the age limit concerns only the artists. As to the galleries, alongside AplusB, Nam Project, Car drde, Rizzuto, Ghetta Doris, Thomas Brambilla, and MassimoDeLuca, there will be historic names like Annarumma, and Di Marino from Naples, and Mazzoli of Berlin.

Focus East testifies to the broader international approach adopted by the Artistic Directors with a view to linking in with emerging markets in a globalised world. Following the success of the previous edition, Eastern European galleries will be returning, this time also embracing the Middle East. Italian art galleries dealing in artists from this geopolitical area will also be attending. 

More information is here.

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