By Giorgia Ferro
Definite appreciation for the 43rd edition of Arte Fiera, under the new directorship of the new artistic director Simone Menegoi, which took place from the 31st of January to the 4th of February.
The five days of the exhibition of modern and contemporary art in Bologna, confirm positive results, for a fair that focused on its Italian character with an international level of quality, and which chose unprecedented criteria for participation, inviting galleries to present a limited number of artists with a monographic focus.
This choice was rewarded by the exhibitors: of the 141 galleries, about a third presented monographic stands, with a public success of over 50,000 visitors. Interest was also confirmed by over 350 national and international collectors, reported by the exhibiting galleries, which were hosted by Arte Fiera during the event.
The fair was divided into two sections: Main Section (128 exhibitors) and Photography and Images in movement (18 exhibitors). The first was dedicated to modern and post-war art, including contemporary research; the second one was also open to video and entrusted to the artistic direction of Fantom, a curatorial platform created between Milan and New York in 2009.
Other sections included The Solo figura e sfondo exhibition, by Davide Ferri, which brought together works from the public and private institutional collections of Bologna and Emilia- Romagna. For the first time at Arte Fiera, almost 1,000 children, teenagers and adults experimented with educational workshops; linked to the theme “Art and Science” of the Golinelli Foundation. Followed by the talks given by Flash Art magazine, “content partner” of Arte Fiera.
This year’s works included many grand scale paintings in a celebration of colours, experimentation, historical references and contemporary novelties, an explosion of Italian creativity in all its forms. Also, many large-format photographs, ranging from scenes focusing on day to day situations and the human silhouette to melancholic landscapes and decadent sceneries.
Some artist’s and their works that are particularly worth mentioning amidst such a vast selection are: Achille Perilli – “Indici dell’anomia” (1961), Leandro Erlich – “En cruz” (2006), Marco Gastini – “da Matera dalle vite del sasso I” (2014), Thomas Struth – Port Busan (2007), Davide Benati – “Suoni, Silenzio” (1992), Simone Mussat Sartor – “Benchbodoni” (2014/2015), Loris Cecchini – “Wallwave Vibration” (2012) and Ljubodrag Andria – “China 2” (2013).
Finally, an event which is always a catalyst for the city of Bologna, was the ART CITY White Night of the 2nd of February, with the extraordinary opening of galleries, independent exhibition spaces, historical buildings, shops, public institutions and musical venues.