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With the 2019 edition of Arte Fiera, Bologna’s preeminent contemporary art fair is moving in bold new directions.

Under Simone Menegoi’s enterprising new vision, the fair is embarking on a new, experimental direction that is redefining the role and position of the art fair as a site of cultural encounter.

Luca Lupi, Landscape IX, 2012, archival pigment print on Hahnemühle, paper 100% cotton, 20 x 32 cm
Luca Lupi, Landscape IX, 2012, archival pigment print on Hahnemühle, paper 100% cotton, 20 x 32 cm

Galleries this year have been invited to present a curated selections of artists of no more than three for the small and medium sized booths, and up to a maximum of six for largest presentations. In addition, this year galleries are being encouraged to promote monographic stands presenting the work of a single artist, giving the fair a distinctive artist-centric flair.

Under the artistic direction of Simone Menegoi, a handpicked selection of galleries in the Main Section and the Photography and Moving Images will present for the first time works from institutions, public and private collections in Bologna and the Emilia Romagna Region.

The public program includes the first instalment of a series that explores the rich history of Emilia Romagna, one of Italy’s most socially orientated regions, home to the country’s largest worker owned co-operatives.

Another project, Oplà. Performing activities curated by Silvia Fanti, examines the role of art fairs in the global circuity of contemporary art today, presenting the work of artists like Alex Cecchetti, Cristian Chironi, Cesare Pietroiusti and Nico Vascellari.

Educational workshops are also factoring into the organisation of Arte Fiera, which for the first time will include youth-orientated programming under the theme of “Art and Science” by Opificio Golinelli.

Partnering with the renowned art publication Flash Art, the fair is also hosting a plethora of talks focusing on the role of contemporary art within Italy today. The talks will examine how art forges links between the past and the future, giving audiences a chance to take in more than your average fair.

Rounding out the selected projects is a custom-designed lounge by artist Flavio Favelli, entitled Hic et Nunc, it explores the structure of the museum hall hosting the two main artworks as a kind of homage to art’s potential; to bring diverse publics together.

Mobilia Essay, 2015, 298 545x745 cm, assemblaggio di mobili trovati, photo by Dario Lasagni
Mobilia Essay, 2015, 298 545x745 cm, assemblaggio di mobili trovati, photo by Dario Lasagni

The 2019 edition of Arte Fiera includes a total of more than 70 lead-up events selected by a commission of art directors from the city of Bologna. In addition, several prizes will be awarded recognising ambitious new directions in art and photography, among those awarded will be the Mediolanum Painting Award Jacobacci & Partners Art and Project Award, Annamaria and Antonio Maccaferri Photography Award, #ContemporaryYoung Award, ANGAMC Award, Rotary Bologna Valle del Samoggia Awad.

Fiera internazionale d’arte moderna e contemporanea took place at the Bologna Exhibition Centre from February 1-4, 2019, under the artistic direction of Simone Menegoi.

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