This is the pulsing artery of the fair, involving both pavilions and including both long-standing and younger galleries sharing a qualified focus on Italian artists. Not only hose acclaimed by critics and collectors, who have recently performed very well in the large international auctions, but also mid-career artists – a precious and not yet fully tapped resource – and emerging artists as well.
This confirms the aim of giving visibility to 8 research galleries, also capable of putting to qualified use a “raw” essential space dedicated to a single artist. Thanks to its open layout, Raw Zone fosters a direct and more informal rapport with the public – a winning strategy for many young galleries participating since the first edition.
This section is a natural follow-up to the Raw Zone, featuring an enhanced display and design xperience (hosting no more than two or three artists). A meeting place for 16 experimental galleries, that are expected to advance proposals creating suggestions and fostering the circulation of new ideas.
Focus on – Lithuania
Curated by Julija Reklaitė, cultural attaché of Lithuania in Italy
With a view to internationalizing the Fair in the direction of North-Eastern Europe, the focus is on a selection of the most interesting research galleries of a foreign country, this year Lithuania.
They will be on show at ArtVerona Fair 2018: (Av17) Gallery, Contour Art Gallery, Meno Nisa Gallery, Meno Parkas Gallery, The Rooster Gallery.
“#backtoitaly” remains the event’s payoff. Italy has always been a source of inspiration for artists. #backtoItaly also hint at foreign entities present in Italy and interested in Italian artists, and at Italian gallerists living abroad who are “coming back” to Italy. This is the concept behind the Grand Tour area, where this focus on Italian art is illustrated with artworks by Italian artists or by other references to Italy’s art scene.
i9 – Independent Spaces
Now at its 9th edition and curated by Cristiano Seganfreddo, this fair section gratuitously hosts 14 entities, including non-profit and collectors’ associations operating with the languages of contemporary art, selected by means of a contest launched by the media partner Artribune. As of last year, it is flanked by the MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI Secolo for the THE INDEPENDENT platform, which offers the winner the opportunity to work with the Museum.
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