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ARTE FIERA BOLOGNA 2020
ARTE FIERA 44
24.01.2020 - 26.01.2020

Arte Fiera’s 44th edition will be held from 24 to 26 January 2020, directed for the second consecutive year by Simone Menegoi.

Arte Fiera confirms its eagerness to offer new, ambitious, high-quality projects, as demonstrated by some important features of the next edition: in addition to the Main Section there will be three sections by invitation forming the core of the exhibition and focusing on new curators.

Photography and Moving Images will return, entrusted once again to the curatorial platform FANTOM (Selva Barni, Ilaria Speri, Massimo Torrigiani, Francesco Zanot). The section will again reflect on the present (and the future) of the two media that define our daily visual horizon.

The 2020 edition will also see the debut of a new section devoted to art from 1900 to 1950 and to post-war masters: Focus, with a strict inclusion criterion that will change from year to year according to the curator invited. The first edition of Focus is entrusted to Laura Cherubini, an esteemed art historian, critic and curator, known especially for her contributions to the study of Italian art from the 1960s and ‘70s.

Another new feature of the exhibition, a real innovation for art market events (not only in Italy), will be Pittura XXI, a section devoted entirely to 21st century painting. For the first time, Arte Fiera will focus on the most traditional – and most controversial – form of contemporary art, offering a panorama of emerging and mid-career artists from Italy and abroad. This section will be curated by Davide Ferri, an independent critic and curator.

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Main Section

The Main Section will continue its innovative model launched last year and dictated by an emphasis on quality and coherence of the stands, an approach that was received enthusiastically by both galleries and collectors. Again this year the galleries have been invited to present a limited number of artists: up to a maximum of three for the medium-sized stands, and a maximum of six for the larger stands.

The only exception to the rule – a new feature for the 2020 edition – is the possibility to include more than six artists in the case of a curatorial project dedicated to a group, movement or artistic current.

Furthermore, as with the 2019 edition, a significant percentage of galleries will be presenting single artists in response to Arte Fiera’s curatorial approach. This substantial presence of monographic stands, which will present in-depth examinations of Italian and foreign artists, new proposals and established masters, has been acknowledged as one of the characteristic traits of Menegoi’s artistic direction.

Participating galleries
10 A.M. ART Milan; ABC - ARTE Genua; AF Bologna; ANDREA INGENITO Milan, Naples; ANNARUMMA Naples; FRANCESCA ANTONINI Rome; ARTESILVA Seregno (MB); PIERO ATCHUGARRY Miami, Garzón; UMBERTO BENAPPI Turin; BIASUTTI & BIASUTTI Turin; FLORA BIGAI Pietrasanta (LU); GIOVANNI BONELLI Milan, Pietrasanta (LU), Canneto sull'Oglio (MN); BONIONI ARTE Reggio Emilia; BOXART Verona; ALESSANDRO CASCIARO Bolzano; ANTONELLA CATTANI Bolzano; C+N CANEPANERI Milan, Genua; CA' DI FRA' Milan; CAMPAIOLA Rome; CARDELLI & FONTANA Sarzana (SP); GLAUCO CAVACIUTI Milan; CELLAR CONTEMPORARY Trento; CINQUANTASEI Bologna; CLIVIO Parma, Milan; CONTINI Venice, Cortina d'Ampezzo (BL); CONTRASTO GALLERIA Milan; COPETTI ANTIQUARI Udine; CORTESI GALLERY London, Milan, Lugano; LARA E RINO COSTA Valenza (AL); DE' BONIS Reggio Emilia; DE' FOSCHERARI Bologna; DELLUPI ARTE Milan; DEP ART Milan; UMBERTO DI MARINO Naples; DI PAOLO ARTE Bologna; E3 Brescia; EIDOS Asti; RENATA FABBRI Milan; FABBRICA EOS Milan; FEDERICA SCHIAVO GALLERY Milan, Rome; FERRARINARTE Legnago (VR); FONTI Naples; FORNI Bologna; FREDIANO FARSETTI Milan; GALLERIA DELLO SCUDO Verona; GIAN MARCO CASINI Livorno; GIRALDI Livorno; GIUSEPPE LO MAGNO Modica (RG); GRANELLI Castiglioncello (LI); GUASTALLA CENTRO ARTE Livorno; GUIDI&SCHOEN Genua; IL CASTELLO Milan; IL CHIOSTRO Saronno (VA); IL PONTE Florence; LABS GALLERY Bologna; L'ARIETE Bologna; LATTUADA GALLERY Milan, New York; L'INCONTRO Chiari (BS); MAAB Milan, Padova; MAGGIORE G.A.M. Bologna, Milan, Paris; MARCOROSSI Milan, Pietrasanta (LU), Turin, Verona; PRIMO MARELLA Milan; MARIGNANA ARTE Venice; MATÈRIA Rome; MAURIZIO CORRAINI Mantova; MAZZOLENI London, Turin; MAZZOLI Modena, Berlin; ME VANNUCCI Pistoia; MENHIR Milan; METROQUADRO Turin; MLB MARIA LIVIA BRUNELLI Ferrara, Porto Cervo (OT); NUOVA GALLERIA MORONE Milan; NCONTEMPORARY Milan, London; OPEN ART Prato; P420 Bologna; PACI CONTEMPORARY Brescia, Porto Cervo (OT); DAVIDE PALUDETTO Turin; FRANCESCO PANTALEONE Palermo, Milan; NICOLA PEDANA Caserta; ALBERTO PEOLA Turin; GIORGIO PERSANO Turin; POGGIALI Florence, Milan, Pietrasanta (LU); POLESCHI ARTE Lucca, Milan; PROGETTO ORIENTALESICULA Catania; PROMETEOGALLERY Milan, Lucca; PROPOSTE D'ARTE Legnano (MI); RAFFAELLI Trento; REPETTO London; ROSSOVERMIGLIOARTE Padova; RUSSO Rome; SANTO FICARA Florence; MIMMO SCOGNAMIGLIO / PLACIDO Milan, Paris; GALLERIA SIX Milan; SPIRALE MILANO Milan; STUDIO G7 Bologna; STUDIO SALES Rome; STUDIO TRISORIO Naples; SUBURBIA Granada, Cape Town; TONELLI Milan, Porto Cervo (OT); TORBANDENA Trieste; TORNABUONI ARTE Florence, Milan, Paris, London; VEROLINO Modena; PAOLA VERRENGIA Salerno; STUDIO VIGATO Alessandria; VISIONQUEST 4ROSSO Genua; VISTAMARE|VISTAMARESTUDIO Pescara, Milan; WHITE NOISE GALLERY Rome

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Focus

Another new feature of Arte Fiera 2020 is Focus, a section that will examine the art from the first half of the 20th century and the Post-War Masters.

This section will be handed each year to a different curator. The curator chosen for this debut edition is Laura Cherubini, art historian and critic of great renown, who has chosen to concentrate on renewal and revolutions in Italian painting between the end of the 1950s and the end of the 1970s.

"For this edition, the Focus curator section is on painting, a language that has always characterised and identified Italian art and artists. Director Simone Menegoi asked me to request galleries to contribute “solos” or “duets” of artists. My idea was to present a concise sample and offer a panorama of the fertile and diversified period that preceded the so-called “return to painting.” Only to discover, once again, that painting has always been here.

Focus therefore concentrates on the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, years in which painting was plentiful and intense in Italy, even if it was often called dead and buried. The guiding thread of this section presents confirmations, discoveries, and more than a few surprises. Franco Angeli, Piero Dorazio, Bice Lazzari, Mario Nigro, Giuseppe Santomaso, and Toti Scialoja are the artists in the solo spaces, while the duets are Lucio Fontana/Gianfranco Zappettini and Saverio Rampin/Fabio Mauri. All are singular and diversified artists that cannot be labelled in a unique trend, movement, or group. Italian painting: always at home." (Laura Cherubini )

Partecipating galleries
A ARTE INVERNIZZI (artist: Mario Nigro) Milano, CORTESI GALLERY (Giuseppe Santomaso) London, Milano, Lugano, GALLERIA DELLO SCUDO (Gastone Novelli) Verona, MICHELA RIZZO (Fabio Mauri, Saverio Rampin) Venezia, MAZZOLENI (Lucio Fontana, Gianfranco Zappettini) London, Torino, RICHARD SALTOUN (Bice Lazzari) London, RONCHINI (Franco Angeli) London, TORNABUONI ARTE (Piero Dorazio) Firenze, Milano, Paris, London.

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Pittura XXI

The main new feature of the 2020 edition is Pittura XXI, a brand new feature for art fairs and not only in Italy.

For the first time a fair will focus its attention on painting, one of the most debated contemporary art forms, with the aim of providing an overview of the emerging talents and mid-career artists, at a national and international level.

The curator of this section is Davide Ferri, independent art critic and curator widely esteemed for his knowledge of the medium.

Underlining the substantial interest in this new section is the participation of foreign galleries such as Bernhard Knaus, Frankfurt, and Arcade, London.

Participating galleries
1/9UNOSUNOVE (artists: Simon Callery, Jonathan Vandyke) Roma; A+B GALLERY (Markus Saile) Brescia, ARCADE(John Finneran) London; A+B GALLERYBrescia; BERNHARD KNAUS FINE ART (Giacomo Santiago Rogado, Karim Noureldin) Frankfurt am Main; BOCCANERA (Nebojša Despotović, Andrea Fontanari) Trento, Milano; CAR DRDE (Damien Meade) Bologna; CARDELLI & FONTANA (Mirko Baricchi, Beatrice Meoni )Sarzana (SP); MONICA DE CARDENAS (Gianluca Di Pasquale, Ivan Seal) Milano; EX ELETTROFONICA (Federico Pietrella, Pesce Khete) Roma; FRANCESCA ANTONINI (Guglielmo Castelli), Roma; GALLERIA FUORICAMPO (Eugenia Vanni, Michele Tocca) Siena; MONITOR (Peter Linde Busk, Matteo Fato) Roma, Lisboa, Pereto (AQ); NORMA MANGIONE (Michael Bauer) Torino; P420 (Adelaide Cioni) Bologna; PINKSUMMER (Jorge Queiroz) Genova; RIBOT (Jonathan Lux) Milano; EDUARDO SECCI (Chris Hood, Pierre Knop) Firenze; THE GALLERY APART (Corinna Gosmaro, Alessandro Scarabello) Roma; LUCA TOMMASI (Gianluca Di Pasquale, Ivan Seal) Milano

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Photography and Moving Images

Photography and Moving Images, will return for its second edition. This section is a showcase dedicated to video and photography, the media that, more than any other, shape our daily visual horizon. They will be considered by themselves and in dialogue with other contemporary art languages.

This section will be again entrusted to Fantom, the curatorial platform created in 2009 between Milan and New York thanks to Selva Barni, Ilaria Speri, Massimo Torrigiani and Francesco Zanot.

Participating galleries
AA29 PROJECT ROOM (artists: Kyle Thompson, Tiziana Pers) Milano, Caserta, Reggio Emilia; DEP ART (Tony Oursler) Milano; UMBERTO DI MARINO (Francesco Jodice, Pedro Neves Marques, Sergio Vega) Napoli; GALLLERIAPIÙ (Matteo Cremonesi) Bologna; MARCOLINI (Aneta Bartos, Christian Thompson) Forlì; MARCOROSSI (Rune Guneriussen) Milano, Pietrasanta (LU), Torino, Verona; MARTINI & RONCHETTI (Lisetta Carmi) Genova; MC2GALLERY (Lamberto Teotino, Justine Tjallinks, Paolo Ciregia) Tivat, Montenegro; METRONOM (Christto & Andrew) Modena; MICHELA RIZZO (Antoni Muntadas, Katerina Šedá, Francesco Jodice) Venezia; MLZ ART DEP (The Cool Couple, Discipula, Källstrӧm+Fäldt) Trieste; OTTO ZOO (Paul Kooiker) Milano; PINKSUMMER (Luca Trevisani) Genova; PODBIELSKI CONTEMPORARY (Giulio Di Sturco, Massimiliano Gatti, Yuval Yairi) Milano; POGGIALI (Goldschmied & Chiari) Firenze, Milano, Pietrasanta (LU); SHAZAR (Giacomo Montanaro) Napoli; SPAZIO NUOVO (Marco Maria Zanin, Edouard Taufenbach) Roma; TRAFFIC (Mattia Zoppellaro) Bergamo; VIASATERNA (Alessandro Calabrese) Milano; z2o SARA ZANIN (Mariella Bettineschi, Silvia Camporesi, Ekaterina Panikanova) Roma