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The contemporary art world in Bologna: the 46th edition of ArteFiera 2023 from Feb. 3 to 5

Posted on02/02/2023 by

Bologna - ArteFiera 2023 is the 46th edition of the longest-running modern and contemporary art fair in Italy and will take place this year, Feb. 3-5, at BolognaFiera's Halls 25 and 26.

Under the artistic direction of Simone Menegoi, it will be an edition with a strong spirit of renewal, starting with the choice - unprecedented for a fair, not only Italian - to involve a great collector, Enea Righi, in the role of Managing Director, with substantial changes to the public program, the layout of the common areas and the reception of the public.

An edition that promises to be full of excitement and innovation, offering visitors the opportunity to discover new trends and emerging artists in a combination of tradition and innovation that offers the opportunity to immerse oneself in the beauty of contemporary art and to discover emerging talents proposed by 141 exhibitors in the Main Section and curated sections that will participate in Arte Fiera 2023.

The full list is available at this link:

A brief summary of the contents of the individual sections follows:

The Main Section ranges from Modern and post-war art, historical strengths of the event, to contemporary research, with a strong emphasis on Italian art. It includes the Percorso format, an itinerary that connects some stands according to a thematic criterion. The common thread of Percorso#1 is a material/technique that has experienced an international rediscovery in recent years: ceramics. Percorso#1 is supported by a name that represents excellence in design ceramics, known internationally for its connection with contemporary art: Mutina.

Now in its fourth edition, Pittura XXI is an overview of 21st-century Italian and international painting, ranging from emerging talents to mid-career artists. Curatorship of the section is reconfirmed to critic and independent curator Davide Ferri.

Photography and Moving Images is now a point of reference for collectors and photography enthusiasts. The photographic medium is approached from a broad perspective, which sees it in dialogue with other media, first and foremost video. New is the name entrusted with the section: Giangavino Pazzola, curator of Camera - Centro Italiano per la Fotografia in Turin.

Another novelty this year, Multipli is a section dedicated to works in editions of all genres, starting with books. Curated by Lisa Andreani and Simona Squadrito, founders of REPLICA - Archivio italiano del libro d'artista, Multipli includes galleries as well as specialized bookstores and publishers, brought together under the common idea of democratic collecting, in keeping with the traditionally inclusive nature of the Bologna event.

Opus novum , the commission for an unpublished work to be presented in the spaces of the fair, addressed to an established Italian artist, in 2023 will go to a recognized master: Alberto Garutti. In addition to the artist's value, the choice is intended to celebrate his connection with Bologna, the city where Garutti, in the early 1990s, held the chair of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, already imposing himself as a point of reference for a younger generation of artists. The work is realized with the support of Henoto, a leading installation company.

Performance is a field of expression closely linked to Bologna and Arte Fiera, which since 2019 has made live actions a fundamental point of its program of events. The next edition opens a new chapter in this history, the result of a collaboration between the fair and Fondazione Furla, and with the curatorship of Bruna Roccasalva, the foundation's artistic director. For 2023, the choice is to focus on a single, ambitious project, presented for the first time in Italy, combining installation, performance and choreography: an intervention by Public Movement, an artistic collective originally from Israel. Technical partner I.E. InfrastrutturEcologia srl of Mirandola (MO).

At the entrance to Constitution Square, a 5x9-meter mega-screen will host the first Led Wall Commission: artist videos designed specifically for the billboard format and for viewing by those who are crossing the threshold of the neighborhood. Led Wall Commission#1 will be dedicated to a videomaker established both in the visual arts and in the world of cinema: Yuri Ancarani, who in the same days will also be the protagonist of a solo exhibition at MAMbo - Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna.

The Book Talk series of conversations, supported by Bper banca and focused exclusively on art books, is back, presenting to the public some of the most interesting Italian titles recently published. For the next edition, the program is entrusted to Guendalina Piselli, assistant art director of Arte Fiera and former co-director of Fruit Exhibition - Independent Art Book Fair.

Below are some highlights:

- Irene Biolchini, art historian and curator, and Luca Bochicchio, critic, curator and director of MuDA - Museo Diffuso di Albisola, curate a program of presentations dedicated to Percorso, the thematic itinerary among the stands aimed at ceramics, to take stock of the editorial and exhibition events of recent years dedicated to this artistic technique.

- Curator Luca Cerizza and critic and curator Cristiana Perrella present together with artist M assim o Bartolini the volume "Hagoromo. Massimo Bartolini" (NERO, 2022), the most extensive publication to date on the artist's 30 years of work.

- Antonella Soldaini, curator and head of research at Studio Celant, Eva Fabbris, curatri- ce and art historian, and Simone Menegoi retrace Alberto Garutti's career, starting from the cue of the monograph on the artist conceived by Germano Celant and soon to be published. The meeting is also an opportunity to reflect on the unpublished work conceived by the artist for this edition of Arte Fiera.

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