Coming soon: the 33rd year of Arte Fiera
From the masterpieces of the Italian Avant-garde masters, including Giorgio Morandi, Fausto Melotti, Alberto Burri, and Lucio Fontana, to works by internationally renowned artists, the stands host to a combination of the pop art of Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Keith Haring; the conceptualism of Piero Manzoni and Enrico Castellani; the surrealism of Max Ernst and Joan Mirò; the feminine vision of Carla Accardi and Marina Abramovic; the poor art of Giovanni Anselmo, Mario Merz, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Gilberto Zorio, also including representatives of contemporary art, such as Darren Almond, Stephan Balkenhol, Massimo Bartolini, Vanessa Beecroft, Emily Jacir - winner of the 2008 Hugo Boss Prize, Anish Kapoor, Thomas Hirschhorn, Kiki Smith, and Bill Viola. All this can be seen at Arte Fiera, the great kermis taking place in Bologna on January 23-26. In a new museum-like one-floor set-up, with the addition of the recently built hall 15 to improve the quality of the venue, the Fair hosts to international galleries, as well as to a selection of newly established ones, in operation for 5 years or less, selected for the newness and quality of the presented artists.
The focus of Arte Fiera on market and collecting development is demonstrated by the agenda of meetings, based on a renewed format, which will take place during the four days of the show, dedicated to different aspects and developments of art collecting in its different public and private forms, with speeches by collectors and representatives of major institutions, both Italian and international. The discussed issues will concern: private collecting, collecting by private foundations, collecting by banking institutions - in co-operation with Gruppo 24Ore - and collecting by public museums, in co-operation with the Ministry of Cultural Assets and Activities.
On Saturday, January 24, from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. at the Art Talks area, Walter Guadagnini, President of the Scientific Commission of UniCredit & Art, will participate to the meeting "Contemporary art in bank choices and strategies", moderated by Salvatore Carrubba, Head of Publishing Strategies, Gruppo 24Ore.
On Saturday 24th January 6 pm at the "Art Talks" space the winner of the Furla Prize will be announced. In the context of Arte Fiera Art will take place the projects exhibition of the five finalist artists Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Meris Angioletti, Giulia Piscitelli, Alberto Tadiello and Ian Tweedy. Created by Chiara Bertola and promoted by Fondazione Furla, Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, MAMbo - Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna and UniCredit Group in collaboration with Viafarini and Arte Fiera and the patronage of Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, in 2009 the Premio Furla comes to its Seventh edition with a new format aimed to strategically reinforce the training and production of new works factors.in order to support creativity. From 3 pm in "Art Talks" space will take place a reflection on the role of the curator and the idea of the project in the occasion of a round table that will involve Marina Abramovic, Alessio Antoniolli, Zdenka Badovinac, Roberto Daolio, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Laura Barreca, Daniel Birnbaum, Caroline Corbetta, Francesco Manacorda, Alessandro Rabottini, Andrea Viliani, Chiara Bertola, Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Walter Guadagnini, Gianfranco Maraniello, Pierluigi Sacco.
A Fair and much more: at MAMbo - the Bologna Modern Art Museum, which is a Partner of the UniCredit Group in the project Focus on Italian Contemporary Art - a great anthological exhibition will open on January 22, 2009, dedicated to Giorgio Morandi, the most outstanding representative of the 20th century art of Bologna, now on at the New York Metropolitan Museum.
(The picture: Michelangelo Pistoletto, The Labyrinth, 1969-2007 Galleria Continua, San Gimignano. Photo: © Beijing / Le Moulin)
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