Monday, April 02, 2007

MiArt 2007 - International Modern and Contemporary Art Fair

MiArt 2007 - International Modern and Contemporary Art Fair


Davide Nido, I coriandoli nell'eclissi lunare, 2007, colle su tela, cm 100 x 100.

MILAN, ITALY.- MiArt 2007, the twelfth edition of Milan's International Modern and Contemporary Art Fair, offers an exhaustive art panorama through its different sections, which span the modern to the most innovative contemporary artworks. Through their participating galleries and curatorial projects, the sections present Italian and international art from the historic avant-garde to the latest experimental art, attracting collectors with diverse interests and backgrounds.

Special attention has been given to the Anteprima section, which this year is more experimental than ever. Paola Capata, Alessandro De March and Federico Luger, the three members of the Selection Committee with the job of defining the philosophy of the section, have reserved the space for recently – including very recently – established galleries involved in the promotion of young artists who work in different media. In selecting the galleries, preference was given to those that establish almost exclusive relationships with their artists, forming a pathway for mutual growth and work. These are galleries that are on the edge, almost unknowns. For some this will be the first time they’ve participated in an art fair. And for this first, they’ve chosen Milan and MiArt, understanding the potential of the city and its unusual and refined slant on art collecting. It’s the intention of the curators that the galleries form an ongoing exchange with the curatorial projects that make up MiArt 2007 while, to a different degree, forming a dialogue with themselves

Through a careful selection of galleries and artists, Arcipelago Olanda (The Netherlands archipelago), held as a part of the Anteprima section, offers a cross-section view of the Dutch art scene with original works and installations created specifically for the exhibition.

The Video and Film Lounge project, curated by Maria Rosa Sossai in collaboration with Ian White and Christian Merhliot, and presented in partnership with the Province of Milan, features a series of video screenings. It analyzes one of the reasons for the revival of this contemporary creative practice, that is, the use of film, along with the desire to rewrite the rules of the film industry.

In attesa di giudizio (Awaiting judgment), conceived by Milovan Farronato, Francesca Pasini and Michele Robecchi, will present the work of nine up-and-coming Italian artists. The project, made possible through a partnership with IULM University and the Departments of Culture of the Region and Commune governments of Milan, reaffirms the commitment to promote the most experimental expressions of contemporary art, offering the selected artists the chance to present their works to the market and collecting public.

Il Premio Artegiovane: Milano e Torino incontrano… l’Arte 2006 (The Artegiovane art award: Milan and Turin meet… art 2006) is, on the other hand, a space conceived as an installation – a genuine antique fruit orchard, inspired by the work Verdecuratoda by Ettore Favini, joint-winner, with Massimo Grimaldi, of the second edition of the award. It is presented with the backing of the Milan Chamber of Commerce. Within the event, an Art Café will be a hive of activity with meetings organized by journalists and the Artegiovane association.

The last curatorial project held as a part of Anteprima is Indicativo presente (Present indicative), an exhibition conceived by Luca Beatrice, Alessandro Riva and Maurizio Sciaccaluga that, again through the works of nine young artists, sets out to offer an alternative artistic vision. This project is also the product of the partnership with IULM University and the Departments of Culture of the Region and Commune governments of Milan. The curators have selected promising artists who focus on painting techniques and drawing. They come from diverse backgrounds but work with enormous technical skill and an in-depth knowledge of the language used.

The section reserved for galleries with historic works boasts the participation of the prestigious Basel-based Foundation Beyeler, which marks its first appearance at an art fair outside of Switzerland. The foundation, which in 2007 is celebrating its tenth anniversary with the largest Edvuard Munch retrospective ever presented outside Norway, is featuring two important works from its collection at MiArt: A mixed media on card by Christo, executed in 1998 on the occasion of an exhibition dedicated to him, and Océanie, la mer, a large decoupage on canvas by Henri Matisse.

Also staged as a part of the Modern section, Omaggio a Mercedes Garberi (Homage to Mercedes Garberi) is a major exhibition curated by Luigi Sansone. It pays tribute to a figure who for more than twenty years directed the group of museums that make up Milan's Civiche Raccolte d’Arte (Civic art collections), contributing to this heritage in part through acquisitions of works by emerging artists. Representing numerous art movements from the second half of the 20th century, the selection of works on display are the property of Civiche Raccolte.


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