ArtVerona presents the exhibitors of the 14th edition and the Art & The City program

ArtVerona 2018 is growing in terms of numbers and quality and also in terms of the trust shown by the galleries and collectors.

The second year under the art direction of Adriana Polveroni sees the entry of 35 new galleries, jacking the total up to 145 modern and contemporary exhibitors, in addition to 14 independent spaces and 18 publishers, plus a new area for hosting the more experimental proposals.

The theme of the 2018 edition, to be held from 12 to 15 October, is Utopia, namely the numerous challenges and possible missions of the Italian art system that the Fair intends to host and represent, with an invitation and a declaration of intent, #backtoitaly, that has become the banner of ArtVerona’s identity and standing.

There are 6 sections hosted in the Fair’s two pavilions dedicated to modern and contemporary art.

In the Main Section, consolidated as well as emerging galleries will compose a select itinerary focused primarily on Italian artists – including those already acclaimed by the critics and the market, the mid-career artists and the young artists – as well as a showcase of international artists.

The section Focus on – galleries presenting a guest country for the first time – this year, as already announced, turns its projectors on Lithuania and its young and lively art scene, thanks to the assistance of Julija Reklaitė, the cultural attaché of the Republic of Lithuania to Italy.

Another look on international relations is available at the Grand Tour section with galleries that illustrate ‘there and back’ stories, namely foreign galleries located in Italy and interested in our artists as well as Italian galleries located abroad.

Once again, the Fair hosts the two more experimental sections with a double formula that has received excellent acclaim in the past edition: solo show in the Raw Zone section and an exhibition expanded to include 3 artists in the Scouting section.

14 non-profit entities have been selected through the annual contest of i9-spazi indipendenti, the independent exhibition spaces section curated by Cristiano Seganfreddo that allows access to the Fair to the variegated scenario of project spaces, an increasingly active reality in contemporary art production.

3 young artists who have still to be represented by a gallery will be presented at the Free Stage section by a renowned international artist, Adrian Paci: the artists are Leonardo Pellicanò (1994) and the duo consisting of Chiaralice Rizzi (1982) and Alessandro Laita (1979).

The ArtVerona team has confirmed its Steering Committee, consisting of Diego Bergamaschi, Mauro De Iorio, Giorgio Fasol, Patrizia Moroso, Cristiano Seganfreddo and Catterina Seia. A fundamental partner is the Consorzio Collezionisti delle Pianure collectors’ association led by Antonio Grulli that will participate in the Fair’s roadshow for Collezionismo al Centro, the last venue of which will be Verona in mid-September and to which the third edition of the editorial project Critical Collecting will be dedicated, featuring ten art critics illustrating ten collections.

Collectors and entrepreneurs will be the leading figures of ArtVeronaTalk. Collezionare l’impossibile (Collecting the Impossible) is a cycle of talks curated by Paola Tognon that intends to explain how the contemporary collector sustains the utopias in which art trains its research.

This will be flanked by several events regarding collecting and profession: one curated by Marianna Agliottone, in cooperation with Banca Widiba, and one called L’impresa possibile (Mission Possible) that presents the experiences of the entrepreneurs of North-Eastern Italy where ‘art & business’ has become an established combination.

The Fair’s relationship with local entrepreneurship has been further reinforced through the addition of a new alliance with NUOVE // Residency, an “artist residencies in businesses” project established and directed by Geraldine Blais.

ArtVerona 2018 also presents 2 new prizes: WiDiCollect (Wise Dialog Collecting) dedicated to multimedia art, conceived by the collector and financial consultant Fabio Agovino and promoted by Banca Widiba, and A disposizione, the new art purchase fund of Veronafiere.

Confirmed are the other prizes and awards: there are 14 Italian museum directors – with the new entries Elisabetta Barisoni, in charge of Ca’ Pesaro – International Modern Art Gallery of Venice; Andrea Bruciati, director of Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este in Tivoli; Mauro Felicori, general director of the Realm of Caserta and Lorenzo Giusti, director of GAMeC in Bergamo – who participate in Level 0, the project sponsored by AGSM, by means of which one of the Fair’s artists is chosen to exhibit solo in their spaces. Also confirmed are Premio Icona, Premio Fotografia Under 35, supported by the entrepreneur and photographer Riccardo Aichner, the Sustainable Art Prize in cooperation with the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Display, the i9 – spazi indipendenti prize sponsored by AMIA, and the Gruppo Privato di Acquisizioni.

Art & the City is the program of the Fair’s satellite events that can be broken down into 3 projects, following an itinerary that touches upon Verona’s less renowned locations, flanked by an extensive VIP programme for collectors.

ArtVerona this year pays a homage to Hidetoshi Nagasawa, the great Japanese artist who passed away recently and who had chosen to live and work in Italy, set up in cooperation with his son Ryoma Nagasawa and the Municipality of Verona.

Chi utopia mangia le mele. Dal sogno al progetto in quattro tempi (From dream to project in four movements), the exhibition curated by Adriana Polveroni and Gabriele Tosi and designed to fill the charming rooms of the former Land Customs House, loaned to the Superintendency for archaeology, fine arts and landscape of the provinces of Verona, Rovigo and Vicenza that is working at the project together with the Municipality of Verona. Works by Gino De Dominicis, Maria Lai, Carlos Garaicoa, Paola Pivi, Li Wei, Marinella Senatore, Diego Perrone, Piotr Ulansky, Elena Mazzi and many others will populate this exhibition that interprets the theme of the 2018 edition of ArtVerona in 4 sections: Utopia come libertà (Utopia means freedom), Utopia come lusso del pensiero (Utopia means thought as a luxury), Utopia come costruzione di comunità (Utopia means the building of communities), Fallimento come rischio dell’utopia (Failure as the risk of utopia). Via trans-generational dialogues and a selection of works of the period from the 1960’s to the present time, the project investigates the controversial, recurrent and fickle nature of utopia, the challenges it poses in going beyond the conventional facts and a conventional present (until 2 December, catalogue by Manfredi Edizioni).

Another comeback is the Festival Veronetta, a widespread event, a participatory art project set in an urban context abounding in history and featuring a strong personal identity, with the participation of the University of Verona, of ESU and the Fine Arts Academy of Verona. The Fair also hosts La Terza Notte di Quiete, the new edition of the project curated by Christian Caliandro that permeates the district with the work of three artists – Elena Bellantoni, Eugenio Tibaldi and Marco Raparelli – together with 12 students of the Fine Arts Academies of Verona, Frosinone and Foggia, and a preview of the Path Festival, with a program of avant-garde music events.

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