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ARTE FIERA 41ST EDITION 27 – 30 January 2017 Directed by Angela Vettese, an updated edition: Main section, Solo show, Nueva vista and a Photography section. Art and nature: a new and innovative graphic style

Bologna, 22/11/2016

Under the direction of new artistic director Angela Vettese, Arte Fiera is set to hold its 41st edition with an updated version, confirming its identity as the most consolidated and historically rich Italian art fair. From the 27th - 30th January 2017, the longest-running event for Italian modern and contemporary art is set to bring new innovations to the pavilions of BolognaFiere.

“I have been a regular visitor to Arte Fiera,” explains Franco Boni, President of BolognaFiere, “and this year, at my first Arte Fiera as President of BolognaFiere, I’ve been able to touch with my own hands the energy that this event generates, mobilizing the whole city and its institutions around the fair.  I am also particularly happy that my first Arte Fiera coincides with the appointment of the new Artistic Director, Angela Vettese, who has created the outline of an Arte Fiera that has been significantly updated. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the former artistic directors for their work because their contribution has been essential in consolidating the event’s position on the  international circuit of contemporary and modern art fairs.”



The first new innovation for Arte Fiera 2017 is the new graphic style that has been completely updated to highlight what has always distinguished the fair’s approach to art: on one hand nature in its many forms, on the other hand the human capacity to define it, accepting it with a mental flexibility that includes also its more perturbing aspects.

The graphic project has been developed by Andrea Lancellotti of Studio Lancellotti, Milan.



A new layout for Arte Fiera 2017 which will develop across two large pavilions of the Bologna Exhibition Centre containing the displays of the exhibiting galleries.

A MAIN SECTION and a series of SOLO SHOWS, both selected by the artistic director and a selection committee. The two sections include 133 galleries, to which can be added those of the curatorial sectors. The gallery owners and managers involved in the Committee, selected based on their interest in modern or contemporary art and their origin within the territory are: Laura Trisorio, Studio Trisorio, Naples; Marco Niccoli, Galleria Niccoli, Parma; Massimo Di Carlo, Galleria dello Scudo, Verona, Alessandra Bonomo, Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, Rome. Further guaranteeing the high quality of the event are the international figures involved in the art market: the curator Roberto Pinto (Professor of History of Contemporary Art at the University of Bologna) and the art historian Maria Grazia Messina (professor of History of Contemporary Art, University of Florence and President of the Technical Committee ‘Art and contemporary architecture urban periphery’ at the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism). 

Art Fiera will be completed with a small section of new proposals curated by Simone Frangi, entitled NUEVA VISTA and dedicated to the artists considered worthy of a new critical reinterpretation, not only young artists.

A new section of PHOTOGRAPHY curated by Anglea Vettese.

The expert’s meticulous and disciplined analysis led to the decision to create an edition of the fair that is more compact with a lower number of participants compared with the previous editions in spite of the increasing demand for admission. Ate Fiera aims to serve as a venue for the exhibition and sale of modern and contemporary art and at the same time as a location for reflection on the themes and languages of the latest current events,” explains the new artistic director Angela Vettese.

Welcoming the visitors to Arte Fiera 2017 will also be a new bookshop “Printville” curated by A+Mbookstore, an innovative space that proposes rare volumes as well as books from the Koenig bookshop in Cologne alongside the usual selection of books and art catalogues.

Alongside the Bookshop the area TALK will offer a rich programme of meetings, some of which will be dedicated to the more interesting publishing projects at the bookshop.


NUEVA VISTA curated by Simone Frangi

Designed as a pilot edition (in a spirit of exploration)  the section Nueva Vista lays the foundations for the development of a curatorial project within the fair context: a project that reflects on the intricate and controversial relationship between artistic research, producing at the same time a precise critical look capable of transversally observing generational and geographical origins of artists and galleries involved.

Nueva Vista is designed, in fact, in order to shed light on, within a commercial context, the balancing point between discourse and saleability of emerging artistic research, between a critical process and formalization, between planning commitment in social and political spheres and sustainability. Particular attention has been reserved, and will be reserved in future, to those galleries that investigate and reflect critically on that ideological cut-off point imposed between Western and non-Western artistic practices.



Arte Fiera 2017 is undertaking an experiment that sheds light on the independent world of photography and art in an attempt not to trace a confine between the disciplines but rather to find a shared space between the two.

The experiment aims to propose, within a consolidated art fair, a moment dedicated to production and discussion  for experts from the sector, authors and students.

The thought guiding the approach to this sector of production, within the world of art, photography and publishing, is led by the idea that in recent history a large part of the debate has originated in the independent and underground spaces.

In order to transform this position into a visible product with which the public can interact, Arte Fiera has organized four particular situations:


Mostra GENDA – THE BODY AS PACKAGING, Genda  is an independent publishing and curatorial project, a magazine with a double editorial staff: one in Italy, the other in China and edited by A+Mbookstore. It collects contributions from Chinese and Western artists in order to produce and verify the existence of a reciprocal dialogue. www.gendamagazine.com


PRINTVILLE, is the bookshop that aims to offer the latest contemporary Italian and foreign productions in the world of art and photography, productions that originate mainly from independent publishers who usually work in small teams and with print runs of a maximum of 500 copies. The bookshop will be curated by A+Mbookstore with Humboldt Books.


TALKS, authors, curators, publishers, gallery owners and collectors discuss the issues of the contemporary project: such as how collaborations, translations and languages of independent production have found space within the institutions and the market. 



This year will also see the return of the Arte Fiera Prizes.

The Euromobil Group, main sponsor of Arte Fiera Bologna, is promoting the 11th edition of the Euromobil Prize Under 30 for artists exhibited by the galleries at the Fair. The Prize, the winner of which will be selected by an expert jury, will be awarded on Saturday 28th January at 4pm. A second award will be chosen directly by the public (The Public’s Special Prize) to the work (and therefore the artist) that receives the highest number of votes from visitors to Arte Fiera  in addition to the votes received from those who have viewed the work on the website www.gruppoeuromobil.com.   

In its third edition the Videoinsight®   Foundation Prize, which will be assigned by Rebecca Russo – President of the Videoinsight Foundation, collector, sponsor and creator of the Videoinsight® Method  – will be awarded to the exhibited work that best promotes amongst those that view it the idea of personal wellbeing and the concept of life as research, according to the ideas of Michael Foucalt. Videoinsight® means a deep and evolving awareness that involves the mind and emotions, obtained through the vision of selected works of contemporary art.

The sixth edition of the Rotary Valle del Samoggia Prize is dedicated to the most creative installation presented at the Fair. The prize, established to promote the culture of contemporary art amongst the young generations and to spread the ideals of the Rotary club, will make use of a close collaboration with the Rotary International 2072 Emilia-Romagna and San Marino, with Rotaract Bologna and with the Libera Accademia di Studi Caravaggeschi “Francesco Maria Cardinal del Monte”. The prize offers acknowledgement and a sum of money that will be awarded to the winning gallery.


ART CITY Bologna

Alongside the exhibition at Arte Fiera 2017, from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th January, the city will take centre stage for the fifth edition of ART CITY Bologna, the programme of exhibitions, events and cultural initiatives born from the collaboration between the Bologna Council and BolognaFiere to offer new opportunities for discovery and knowledge of artistic heritage spread through contamination with the contemporary.

In 2017 ART CITY Bologna will enhance its formula with a new section of ART CITY entitled Polis, coordinated by the Bologna Museums Institution, supported and promoted by Arte Fiera with the aim of promoting reviews and interventions by contemporary artists specifically conceived as part of a dialogue with the particular characteristics of the exhibitions spaces and historic locations in which they are located. There will be exhibitions and events that deal with the themes of cohabitation, the new identity of Italian cities and the necessity to conceive, also through art, a new civic sensibility. The initiatives of ART CITY Polis will be held at Arte Fiera and in the city, thus activating an even closer dialogue between the event and the city. Among the planned initiatives are the Genda Photographic Exhibition in collaboration with the Masters’ course in Photography at the IUAV University of Venice; at the Civic Archaeological Museum – Bologna Museums Institution, the screening of the film that revisits the national identity Viva l’Italia curated by Mark Nash; at the Fair and in the city a series of artists’ lectures curated by Chiara Vecchiarelli; the review of the video documentaries Corpo Sensibile (Sensitive Body) by young Italian artists curated by Marco Bertozzi.

Numerous further initiatives will be proposed by the museums and by private individuals such as that at the Opificio Golinelli and at MAST.

As is the case each year for ART CITY Bologna the creative energy of the institutions, public organizations and cultural operators will be coordinated by an integrated network that will bring the high quality cultural programme to life. Priority will be given to the accessibility of the venues of ART CITY Bologna through a local public transport line, the ART CITY Bus, the pocket guide ART CITY Map with useful information about the scheduled events and an extension of regular opening hours. In order to encourage the appreciation of the language of art by a diverse public, instruments for mediation such as informative material, welcoming services, educational materials curated by guides and educators and activities of edutainment for children with the programme ART CITY Bologna, will be provided.

On Saturday 28th January Art City White Night, the all-night art event with hundreds of initiatives and thousands of visitors to the city for a night dedicated to unique Italian art will take place. The complete programme of events will be available in January 2017 on the websites www.bolognagendacultura.it and www.artefiera.it.


VIVA L’ITALIA curated by Mark Nash

A cinematographic review at the Civic Archaeological Museum – Bologna Museums Institutions: a series of feature length screenings that, in one way or another refer to ‘Italy’ as a sort of meaning within a psycho-geographical frame.

The films selected present and critique the mythologies in which Italy is manifested. Not the Italy to be hurriedly united in Viva L’Italia by Roberto Rossellini (1961), but the Italy at the end of the 60s and the beginning of the 70s of Bertolucci, Pasolini and others, when the events in Paris in 1968 were still resonating.  These films deal with political, social and personal conflicts with a brand new approach. They are inventive in terms of cinematographic form and for the political and individual imagination that they manage to create. Some films from that period deal with ‘institutional criticism’ with reflections expressed in their own specific visual and conceptual language, exploiting themes linked to sex, politics (and to a lesser extent, gender). Bologna has a consolidated tradition of imagination and projects that move towards new social, political (communism) or individual (feminism, psychoanalysis, gay and lesbian emancipation) forms. Therefore, these short films are to be considered also as a sort of imaginary psyche of the city of Bologna.



A programme of artist lectures divided into, on one hand, site-specific performances that will take place in different exhibition spaces in the city of Bologna bringing the urban and cultural fabric to life, and on the other, performances linked to the history of art that articulates, within the Fair, the relationship between the contemporary and the modern. In recent years the artists lectures have come to include performance works held by artists that use the conference as an artistic medium like any other. A genre historically pertinent to the academy and more generally to the institutions for transmitting consciousness, the public speaking has come to be defined as the location for the emergence of a new relationship between artistic work and discursive practice. Conferences, guided tours or lessons, the artists lecture appropriates the coded instruments for communication of knowledge in order to make art about that same knowledge.


CORPO SENSIBILE (SENSITIVE BODY) curated by Marco Bertozzi

A review of young Italian artists: a focus on forms on the frontier between video art and documentary cinema. A porous frontier where the appearance of the real takes on the waste and lacerations until it produces plain glances and even piercing ones.

Works by young artists that explore the mysteries of this relationship: archive traces, poems of light, visual strips at the edge of aesthetic experience, where the real is to be constantly reinvented and documentary cinema is the opposite of a model of certainty. Corpo Sensibile aims also to recompose a common generational field. The proposed artists, after a heterogeneous period of training in Italy, are aged in their thirties and are experiencing an international dimension marked by residencies and collaborations capable of combining poetry and languages of contemporary art, participating in film festivals or exhibitions in museums or galleries in the more classical distribution channels for visual art.


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