MIART 2016 Edition

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Miart 2016 is on its way, with the 21st edition of the international fair of modern and contemporary art of Milan, organized by Fiera Milano and directed by Vincenzo de Bellis, with vice-director Alessandro Rabottini. This year the event offers many new developments and increasingly prestigious collaborations.

From 7 to 10 April the pavilions of fieramilanocity will welcome 154 international galleries, once again representing the best of modern and contemporary art and limited-edition design, from 16 countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United States, Uruguay). The galleries have been chosen for the high quality of their exhibition projects, by a selection committee, from over 350 applications.
Many important international galleries are returning after participating in previous years, including Alfonso Artiaco (Naples), Gavin Brown’s Enterprise (New York), C L E A R I N G (New York – Brussels), Cardi (London – Milan), Sadie Coles HQ (London), Continua (San Gimignano – Beijing – Les Moulins – Havana), Massimo De Carlo (Milan – London), Dépendance (Brussels), kaufmann repetto (Milan – New York), Johann König (Berlin), Andrew Kreps (New York), Giò Marconi (Milan), Massimo Minini (Brescia), Office Baroque (Brussels), Robilant+Voena (London – Milan), Lia Rumma (Milan – Naples), Christian Stein (Milan – Pero), T293 (Naples – Rome), Tega (Milan), Tornabuoni Arte (Florence – London – Milan – Paris), Michael Werner (New York – London), Zero… (Milan). Among the many galleries participating for the first time, prestigious international names stand out like Blain Southern (London), Campoli Presti (London – Paris), Marc Foxx (Los Angeles), Greene Naftali (New York), Rodolphe Janssen (Brussels), Lelong (Paris – New York), Mai 36 (Zürich), Anthony Reynolds (London), Esther Schipper (Berlin), Galleria dello Scudo (Verona), Sperone Westwater (New York), Wilkinson (London). The Object section on design this year features the participation of influential galleries, including Luisa delle Piane (Milan), Erastudio Apartment-Gallery (Milan), Galleria O. Roma (Rome), Machado-Muñoz (Madrid), Nilufar (Milan), Secondome (Rome), Antonella Villanova (Florence). #miartgalleries

A new feature of this 21st edition is the Decades section, which with its nine galleries offers an itinerary through the 20th century decade by decade. Decades outlines a narrative that emphasizes the two spirits of miart – modern and contemporary – with particular emphasis on high-quality historic art in a moment of great interest on the international market in the art of the period after World War II, particularly in Italy.
Decades joins the four sections that have been parts of miart since 2013: Established, with 99 exhibitors – subdivided into the subsections Master, for galleries presenting historically acclaimed artists, and Contemporary, for galleries specializing in contemporary work; Emergent, on 16 international galleries concentrating on the research of the younger generations, including 11 foreign galleries; THENnow, which features 8 pairs of galleries that join forces to trigger dialogue between one historic artist and one from a more recent generation; and, finally, Object, with a selection of 14 galleries active in the promotion of contemporary design objects created in limited editions and approached as works of art. #established #master #contemporary #firststep #emergent #THENnow #decades #object


“Miart is a successful project, recognized on an international level, rapidly growing on the worldwide art fair scene – says Corrado Peraboni, CEO of Fiera Milano. – The many prestigious galleries taking part bear witness to the central role played by miart in the art world, together with Milan. Thanks to the renewed collaboration with the City and the Department of Culture, once again miart will provide an important center for cultural exchange. A vision – Peraboni adds – firmly shared by the sponsors as well, the partners of miart and Fondazione Fiera Milano, which this year offers even more support, doubling the contribution of the “Giampiero Cantoni” acquisition fund from 50,000 to 100,000 euros.” #miart2016


“Milan confirms its role as one of the most important international hubs for appreciation of creative thinking, and as an ideal city for the production of contemporary art, which finds fertile ground here to develop future successes and breakthroughs, returning to its status as a hotbed of the avant-garde – says the Alderman of Culture Filippo Del Corno. – The city accompanies miart, a gathering place for the world of contemporary creativity, with a program of events that widen the perspective on the main Milanese cultural initiatives, putting the spotlight on exhibitions currently in progress, special openings and evening events.”



Miart 2016 renews and increases the close collaboration launched in the latest editions with the realities operating in the city for the promotion and knowledge of art. Working with the City of Milan, miart leads the way during contemporary art week, which includes a program of events, openings and special visiting hours involving public institutions, foundations and private galleries, starting on 5 April, throughout the period of the fair. Every day there are special visits and openings, starting with the 21st Milan Triennale – “21st Century. Design After Design” – which will be held in many public and private institutional spaces around the city. There will also be openings at Palazzo Reale of the retrospective on Studio Azzurro and at HangarBicocca for the solo show by Carsten Höller, the opening of the second exhibition at Fondazione Carriero and of the new FM Center for Contemporary Art of Frigoriferi Milanesi, special opening times for the city at Fondazione Prada, special visits to the exhibitions in progress at Palazzo Reale – 2050 and the shows on Umberto Boccioni and Symbolism – the exhibition of the winning artist of the Premio Acacia at Museo del Novecento, special hours with guided visits at PAC, GAM, Palazzo della Ragione and MUDEC, and a thousand other appointments the city is presently preparing, clearly reviving Milan’s role as a capital of contemporary creativity and moving forward with the energy and vitality ignited in the city by Expo 2015. #miartweek

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“For four years, miart has followed a path towards extreme quality – says Vincenzo de Bellis, Artistic Director of miart since 2013. – The basic ideas behind its new identity, which is a reality by now, have always been dialogue between artists of different generations, internationalism and the internationalization of Italian art, both modern and contemporary. With the 2016 edition the positioning of miart as an event at the highest level among the cultural offerings of Italy and Europe has been fully achieved. We are proud of the work we are doing, and its quality is proven by the great cooperation with all the cultural partners of the city, public and private, which in these years are making Milan great, and for which the week of miart permits amplification of their impact, not only in the city but also with respect to an international audience that arrives in ever greater numbers.”


In continuity with the three previous editions, a new cycle of miartalks will accompany the three days when the fair is open to the public. Produced in collaboration with In Between Art Film – the production house for artists’ films and experimental video founded by Beatrice Bulgari – and with coordination by Ben Borthwick, artistic director of the Plymouth Arts Centre (Plymouth, UK), the new cycle of miartalks will be a platform of lectures, conversations and interviews involving over 40 outstanding international personalities including curators, artists, directors of museums and film festivals, collectors, filmmakers, choreographers and producers invited to explore the ongoing dialogue between the world of the visual arts and those of experimental cinema, music, video, theater and dance.

The range of prizes and acquisition funds connected with miart continues to expand. Alongside the Giampiero Cantoni Acquisition Fund of Fondazione Fiera Milano – which doubles this year, from 50,000 to 100,000 euro for the acquisition of works of modern and contemporary art that will contribute to form the collection of Fondazione Fiera Milano – there is also the return of the Emergent Prize – for the best emerging gallery – the Premio Rotary Club Milano Brera for contemporary art and young artists, and the Premio Herno, in collaboration with Herno SpA, which for the second year will be assigned to the booth with the best exhibition project.
#miartprizes #fondocantoni #premioemergent #premiorotarybrera #premioherno


The VIP program is more intense than ever, welcoming 200 international guests, including collectors, sector professionals and museum directors, who can take part in a program of special openings during the days of the fair, and take advantage of a series of visits to the most interesting private collections in Milan and vicinity.


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