THE FIRST ART FAIR TO BE HELD AGAIN IN PHYSICAL FORM
With enhanced digital presence and a strong international profile thanks to 142 galleries operating in 21 countries
Milan, 8 June 2021 – 142 galleries, a third of which operate internationally, have confirmed their participation in the twenty-fifth edition of miart, Milan’s modern and contemporary art fair organised by Fiera Milano and directed this year for the first time by Nicola Ricciardi (17-19 September 2021; VIP preview 16 September).
Operating across 20 Countries besides Italy (Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Cuba, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Peru, Poland, United Kingdom, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Switzerland, United States of America, Hungary, Uruguay) and traditionally divided into 5 sections – Established Contemporary, Established Masters, Emergent, Decades, Generations – the selected galleries will display works by established contemporaries, modern masters, and emerging young artists in the fieramilanocity pavilions as well as on a dedicated digital platform. miart remains the Italian art exhibition with the most extensive chronological offering: from the early 20th century to creations by the latest generations, it proposes an itinerary replete with dialogues, discoveries and rediscoveries.
The 2021 edition will welcome the return of numerous international galleries that are strengthening their connection with Milan, like Clearing (New York, Brussels, Beverly Hills), Corvi-Mora (London), MLF | Marie-Laure Fleisch (Brussels), Peter Kilchmann (Zurich), Lange + Pult (Zurich, Auvernier), Lelong & Co. (Paris, New York), Robilant+Voena (London, Milan, New York, Paris), SMAC (Cape Town, Johannesburg, Stellenbosch), Galerie Hubert Winter (Vienna), among others. They will be joined by some interesting gallerist that have chosen miart for the first time, like Piero Atchugarry Gallery (Miami, Garzón), Charim Galerie (Vienna), Edouard Simoens Gallery (Knokke), QG Gallery (Knokke), and more.
Many of the most prominent Italian contemporary galleries will also make their return, including Galleria Continua (San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, Havana, Rome, São Paulo, Paris), Raffaella Cortese (Milan), Monica De Cardenas (Milan, Zuoz, Lugano), kaufmann repetto (Milan, New York), Francesca Minini (Milan), Massimo Minini (Brescia), Franco Noero (Turin), P420 (Bologna), Lia Rumma (Milan, Naples), Schiavo Zoppelli (Milan), Vistamare | Vistamarestudio (Pescara, Milan), ZERO… (Milan).
Moreover, a strong selection of galleries active in the promotion of historical positions and post-war art will include: Cardelli & Fontana (Sarzana), Cardi (Milan, London), Cortesi (Lugano, Milan), Frediano Farsetti (Milan), Frittelli (Florence), Galleria d'Arte Maggiore G.A.M. (Bologna, Paris, Milan), Mazzoleni (London, Turin), Montrasio (Milan, Monza), Repetto Gallery (London), Gian Enzo Sperone (Sent, New York), Tornabuoni Arte (Florence, Milan, Forte dei Marmi, Crans Montana, Paris) and many others.
As a tribute to the history and tradition of Milan, there will also be space for collectible design, through the work and research of some of the most prestigious Milanese galleries active in this field, such as Galleria Luisa delle Piane (Milan), Galleria Rossella Colombari (Milan) and Nilufar (Milan).
Among the curated sections of the fair, Decades — curated by Alberto Salvadori — will explore the history of the 20th century through monographic or thematic booths presenting key moments of a specific decade — from the 1910s to the 2010s.
Special consideration will also be given to a new generation of dealers thanks to a renovated Emergent section — curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini — including exhibitors from 13 different countries: Austria, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Perù, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, and USA.
And finally, once again galleries will be paired up and called on to stage interactions and exchanges with artists of different ages in the Generations section.
Taking its inspiration and name from the Serbian American poet Charles Simić’s first full-length collection, Dismantling the Silence, published in 1971, miart 2021 will be focusing on poetry to promote fresh dialogues between past and present, history and experimentation, and the blossoming of new forms of communicating in a world of art undergoing radical change.
The editorial project And Flowers / Words extends this research through weekly online discussions between Artistic Director Nicola Ricciardi and key Italian cultural figures who share an interest in the written or spoken word, such as: Luca Cerizza, critic and curator; Chiara Costa, Head of Programs, Fondazione Prada; Moira Egan, poet and translator; Massimiliano Gioni, Artistic Director, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi and New Museum (NY); Lorenzo Giusti, Director, GAMeC – Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo; Mariangela Gualtieri, poet; Luca Lo Pinto, Artistic Director, MACRO – Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rome; Cristiana Perrella, Director, Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato; Sergio Ricciardone, Artistic Director, Club to Club; Emanuele Trevi, literary critic and writer.
Milano Art Week (13th-19th September) will see new partnerships and connections take shape through its extensive calendar of opening and original projects organised jointly by miart and Milan’s Office for Culture, which brings the city's main public institutions and private foundations together. The full programme of events will be released in July.
Finally, to guarantee visitors, exhibitors and organisers can take part in complete safety, the Fiera Milano Group has drawn up a Protocol for containing the spread of COVID-19 illustrating how events can be organised in full compliance with the health protection regulations and nationally issued protocols.
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