Bologna hosts a fair dedicated to modern and contemporary art: which stands are the most curious and worthy? Here’s the Artribune selection
Rating artribune at the most interesting stands of Arte Fiera, open in Bologna until May 15, 2022, in an unprecedented spring look. After we have presented first impressions of the event, including applause and criticism, we will now focus on ten galleries that have stood out for their exhibition project or particularly meritorious work, angling between contemporary, contemporary, photography, painting and sculpture.
1. VISTAMARE – MILAN, PESCAR
Lyrical, poetic, formally elegant and well balanced: the Vistamare booth at Arte Fiera 2022 is characterized as one of the most worthy booths to collect works Mario Airo, Ettore Spalletti e Mimmo Jodis. It was conceived in collaboration with the gallery by Iroh himself, who places his tuning fork sculptures between Spalletti’s paintings and Jodis’ seascapes, insisting on the concept of rhythm and musicality.
2. MARCOLINI – FORLI
Fluid and alien figures that inhabit the paintings Luigi Presicchebrought to Arte Fiera by the Marcolini Gallery with a single exhibition in the Painting Section XXI. The works, running in one horizontal line along the entire length of the wall (completely painted purple at the will of the artist), give life to the series. sapiens sapiens and they describe the imaginary as sci-fi and dystopian because it carries the themes of current events, including the body, sexuality, nature, and gender fluidity.
3. C + N CANEPANERI – MILAN, GENOA
Arseny Zhilyaev, politician and member of the Russian Socialist Movement, currently a refugee in Italy after the start of the war, is at the center of the C + N Canepaneri exhibition with a monochrome and neon image inspired by cosmism, a Russian philosophical current based on the idea of ”active evolution” of the human race and an optimistic concept concerning the limitless destinies and possibilities of mankind. The link to current events is called by the artist himself, who writes a letter on the wall of the stand (visible on the wall to the right of the large neon), praising the need for cooperation between international artists, support for Ukraine and, finally, the War.
4. MOVEMENT – BERGAMO
Images of the bodies of migrants rescued during the landing float next to the bodies of rave party participants to the incessant techno music. Two completely distant worlds that nevertheless manage to find common ground in search of another destination, the promise of happiness? This question comes from the video. Mustafa Sabbahexhibited by the Traffic Gallery in Bologna in the section Photography and images in motion and which becomes the leitmotif of the entire stand, along with the pictures of Mustafa Sabbah himself, from Virginia Zanetti e you Jacopo Valentini.
5. CHROMATIC NUMBER WITH NO NAME ASSOCIATION – ROME
What will you dream about tonight? The dream activity is at the center of the collective project Numero Cromatico, presented in Bologna at the booth of the Untitled Association. Dream is an initiative developed by the ART AS SUPERNORMAL Stimulus project and the award-winning Italian Council X, which invites the public to follow the instructions contained in the device distributed at the fair before falling asleep. When he wakes up, he will have to write down the memories and feelings associated with his dreams and send them to the organizers, who will collect all the performances into a single choral work. Dream continues the research line of the Chromatic Number Collective, which for many years has promoted the blending of neuroscience, brain mechanisms, perception and creativity through artistic, scientific and editorial practices.
6. SCHIAVO ZOPPELLI – MILAN
Natural and animal elements predominate in oil paintings Simone Berti, in which roots, branches, trunks and horns develop on the surface of the work, wide and muscular. The Schiavo Zoppelli Gallery in Milan takes part in the Arte Fiera in the XXI Painting section with two collaborators. Along with the works of Bertie, he presents works Francesco Ardini, outwardly sculptural, but with a soul closely associated with painting, which extends in monochrome onto the opaque surface of vases and amphorae.
7. RAVIZZA DIEHL – LUGANO, BERLIN
Bringing the artist’s workshop into exhibition space: this is the goal that the project brilliantly pursues and achieves in the collaboration between the Allegra Ravizza gallery in Lugano and the Volker Diehl gallery in Berlin, which are presented together with Arte Fiera. The goal is to turn on the spotlight Günter Weseler A self-taught artist and sculptor who passed away in 2020, who devoted all his research to the topic of breathing (the artist suffered from a lung-related illness from a young age) and the creation of “breathing objects” covered in fur and displayed in a rack. The intimate and homely atmosphere creates a paradoxical effect in the atmosphere of the fair: the table on which he worked, the armchair and other items from his workshop are brought inside the stand, along with his archive and other research materials that belonged to the artist.
8. BOTTEGANTICA – MILAN
In the section dedicated to the present of the fair, Botegantica stands out among the most interesting proposals with works Giacomo Balla between abstraction and figuration, Alberto Savinio, Massimo Campigli, Umberto Boccioni with an intense and tender portrait of his own mother, four versions carnival impression from 6th Canegallo e Romagna evening from Ubaldo Oppy. The setting is decorated with a blue ribbon that runs along the entire wall of the booth and creates a sense of continuity between the exhibited works.
9. GALLERY – BOLOGNA
It is an intimate and homely performance, a garden, a flowering meadow, created by small-scale painting, a scenario that Galleriapiù di Bologna brings to Arte Fiera. In collaboration with Archivio Pozzati, a stand called Where are we with flowers presents two pictures Pozzati concept (deceased in 2017) this dialogue with the works Vincenzo Simone (among artists in residence in 2020 at Nuovo Forno del Pane, a project organized by the MAMbo Museum in Bologna), the still lifes are at the same time filled with freshness and density.
10. BRIDGE – FLORENCE
Gallery Il Ponte with works from 1972 to 2022 presents a project dedicated to Renato Ranaldi, born in Florence in 1941. A small retrospective in which the artist’s research condenses to the concept of “balanced”, understood as a constant unstable and “falling out of the picture” balance. A constant and obvious tension in works in which the very definition of painting and sculpture is constantly explored and questioned: in this way, the canvases become installations in which color is present only at the edges, or they create a surrounding space through the installation corner of the picture. wall.