The Milanese Art Week
Text Rocco Moliterni
At twenty-three years old we are more than adults, and this maturity is expected to be confirmed by the twenty-third edition of miart, the international fair of modern and contemporary art in Milan, which opens its doors on Thursday to insiders and on Friday to the paying public. Because in the panorama of Italian art fairs, between the armoured national-popular Arte Fiera in Bologna and perhaps the too refined and trendy Artissima in Turin, miart has always had a fluctuating trend, with very interesting editions and other almost embarrassing, winking from time to time to the world of fashion or design that have their temples in Milan. This year the conditions for success are all there: there are 184 galleries present (there is more or less the elite of Italian galleries, even if in a fair not always the quantity coincides with the quality) with an increase of five per cent compared to the last edition and almost a third of these participate in the fair for the first time. Foreign galleries (among the others, Gagosian in the list) are increasing, coming from nineteen countries and representing forty one percent of the total. The director, Alessandro Rabottini, who has collected the legacy of Vincenzo De Bellis and he is at his second miart, has confirmed the presence of the seven sections that characterise the kermesse and propose to make dialogue modern art, contemporary art and collectible design: Established Master, Established Contemporary, Emergent, Generations, Decades, OnDemand and Object.
It will therefore be possible to travel between the aesthetics that characterised the Short Century and those of the New Millennium. The central idea between the various sections is the design of the galleries that propose solo exhibition artists (for example the gallery of the Scudo in Verona proposes Afro, Studio Marconi 65 Lucio del Pezzo) in tune with the many exhibitions, from Teresa Margolles at Pac to Eva Kotatkova at the Bicocca Hangar, just to name two, proposed by the various Milanese institutions in the Art Week billboard that supports the event throughout the city. Two novelties for this Art Week: the Art Night no profit spaces, i.e. the evening opening of non-profit art and design spaces, Saturday 14 April and the extraordinary opening of all the Milanese galleries in the day of Sunday 15th. Rich as always the billboard of awards (there are seven like last year) and sponsors. The success of a fair, however, is judged not only by the quality of the proposals but also by the amount of business: we can judge the first one on Thursday at the preview, for the second one we will have to wait for Sunday evening.