miart 2023: crescendo
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miart 2023: crescendo


miart 2023: crescendo  

From 14 to 16 April 2023 miart, Milan's international modern and contemporary art fair, returns.

With 169 galleries from 27 countries, the 27th edition of the fair - directed for the third year by Nicola Ricciardi - strengthens the international representation and at the same time consolidates the link with the main Italian companies. 


Crescendo is the watchword of the edition, underlining the development seen over the previous two years and the desire to continue on an upward trajectory beyond 2023. 


Milano, 18 January 2023 – From 14 to 16 April 2023 (VIP preview on 13 April) miart the international modern and contemporary art fair in Milan, organised by Fiera Milano and directed for the third year by Nicola Ricciardi, returns. With 169 participating galleries (a double digit increase compared to 2022 edition) from 27 countries around the world, with works by modern masters, established and emerging contemporary artists alike, the 27th edition of the Milan fair reaffirms its role as an essential appointment for the Italian and international public and collectors


At miart 2023, there will be a return to the lively internationality that had characterised the editions of the fair until 2019, by virtue of the fact that almost 40% of the exhibitors are based abroad.  In addition to the number of galleries, the quality of the projects is also growing significantly due to a combination of encouraging returns and important new entries. These include, to name but a few: 1 Mira Madrid (Madrid), ChertLüdde (Berlino), Ciaccia Levi (Paris, Milan), C L E A R I N G (Bruxelles, New York, Los Angeles), Corvi-Mora (London), Crèvecœur (Paris), Dvir Gallery (Tel Aviv, Bruxelles, Paris), Ehrhardt Flòrez (Madrid), Peter Kilchmann (Zurich, Paris), KLEMM'S (Berlin), Kendal Koppe (Glasgow), Andrew Kreps Gallery (New York), Galerie Lelong & Co. (Paris, New York), Madragoa (Lisbon), Mai 36 Galerie (Zurich), Meyer Riegger (Berlin, Karlsruhe, Basel), Nino Mier Gallery (Los Angeles, Bruxelles, New York, Marfa), MISAKO&ROSEN (Tokyo), Perrotin (Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Shangai, Dubai), Michel Rein (Paris, Bruxelles), Repetto Gallery (London, Lugano), Richard Saltoun Gallery (London, Rome), Chris Sharp Gallery (Los Angeles), Esther Schipper (Berlin, Paris, Seoul), Eduard Simoens Gallery (Knokke), Gian Enzo Sperone (Sent), Galerie Gregor Staiger (Zurich, Milan), Tim Van Laere Gallery (Anversa), Galerie Hubert Winter (Wien), Galerie Fons Welters (Amsterdam), Galerie Jocelyn Wolff (Romainville).


Also significant is the growth in terms of the geographical scope of the galleries involved, which come from four continents and from cities as far apart, such as São Paulo for HOA Galeria and Shanghai for Capsule Shanghai, Seoul for Foundry Seoul and Accra (Ghana) for Gallery 1957.


At the same time, the care and attention for the indispensable Italian context is confirmed by the presence at the fair of some of the most dynamic galleries from our country. These include, to name but a few: Alfonso Artiaco (Naples), Galleria Tommaso Calabro (Milan), Cardi Gallery (Milan, London), Galleria Continua (San Gimignano, Pechino, Les Moulins, L'Avana, Rome, San Paolo, Paris, Dubai), Raffaella Cortese (Milan), Monica De Cardenas (Milan, Zuoz, Lugano), Galleria dello Scudo (Verona), Studio Gariboldi (Milan), Galleria d'Arte Maggiore g.a.m. (Bologne, Milan, Paris), kaufmann repetto (Milan, New York), Magazzino (Rome), Gió Marconi (Milan), Mazzoleni (London, Torino), FRANCESCA MININI (Milano), Galleria Massimo Minini (Brescia), Montrasio Arte (Milan, Monza), Galleria Franco Noero (Turin), P420 (Bologne), LIA RUMMA (Milan, Naples), Tornabuoni Arte (Florence, Milan, Forte dei Marmi, Crans Montana, Paris), Vistamare (Pescara, Milan), e ZERO... (Milan).


For miart 2023, the distribution of spaces in three sections returns: to highlight the research of the most recent generations of gallery owners and artists, this year's visit to the fair opens with Emergent, the section curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini and dedicated to 26 young galleries; it then continues with Established, the main section that hosts 133 galleries exhibiting works of the most contemporary kind together with those dedicated to 20th century art, not forgetting those active in the field of collectors' and artists' design. The tour is completed by Decades, the section curated by Alberto Salvadori that explores the history of the last century through 10 monographic projects from the 1910s to the 2010s.


Thus, after the Dismantling the Silence in 2021 and the First Movement of a new score the following year, in 2023 Miart continues by ploughing through musical metaphors and building the imagery of the new edition around the word Crescendo.


In technical language, the expression refers to a musical dynamic indication that involves the gradual increase of sound intensity. In relation to the fair, however, this term signifies the growth in participation and audience seen in the previous two editions and the desire to continue this upward trajectory beyond 2023. And Crescendo also alludes to the protection and development of biodiversity, the care of the environment and its resources with reference to miart's role in the Gallery Climate Coalition Italy and its ever-growing commitment to more sustainable practices with a lower environmental impact.


Three interpretations of Crescendo therefore, - in relation to sound, art & sound, to people, art & bodies, to the care of the ecosystem, art & earth – which will be the narrative expedient to narrate, between now and the fair, the works of some of the artists that you will be able to meet in April among the stands of miart 2023. A small anticipation of this twenty-seventh edition to make curiosity, the pleasure of discovery and sharing grow in tandem.

Like every year, miart will be supported by the initiatives of Milano Art Week (April 11 – 16), the widespread event coordinated by culture department of the municipality of Milan which connects the main public institutions and foundations of the city that deal with art modern and contemporary, with a dedicated program of exhibitions and activities.


On the occasion of the Milano Art week there are some important openings such as: Candice Lin | Premio Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro at GAM; Ann Veronica Janssens at Pirelli HangarBicocca; the project How you dare at Fabbrica del Vapore; the project Forum 900 at Museo del Novecento, which will host contemporary artworks on the ground floor becoming a place for dialogues, discussions and presentations; two exhibitions dedicated to Danilo Sciorilli and Aldo Spoldi, at Fondazione Stelline; the exhibition about Dara Birnbaum at Osservatorio Fondazione Prada and the artist Nathalie Provosty at Fondazione ICA.


The relation with Milan will be reinforced by a new and significant collaboration with Triennale Milano which during miart will be protagonist with the sixth edition of FOG Triennale Milano Performing Arts and will become miart’s home in the city hosting a series of live meetings to dialogue and create new energy and thoughts about a wider idea of art (miart Live at Triennale Milano).


The collaboration with Gruppo Intesa Sanpaolo, which supports miart as main partner, continues: Internationality, excellence and attention to the cultural development of the territory are the values that bind miart to the banking group, with the aim of consolidating Milan's centrality on the national and international scene and offering the city a further driver of growth and economic, cultural and civil development.


As usual, the Bank will contribute to the 2023 edition by also bringing its own original content. Intesa Sanpaolo Private Banking will present the Art Advisory activity and related artistic heritage management services by welcoming guests to the Fair, in the VIP Lounge, where an exhibition dedicated to young emerging artists will be set up as part of the Intesa Sanpaolo Culture Project.


The Fondazione Fiera Milano Acquisition Fund, founded in 2012, is confirmed for the 27th edition of miart. Worth 100,000 euros, it is intended for works of art that will implement the Fondazione Fiera Milano collection, currently housed in the Palazzina degli Orafi, the Foundation's headquarters, and which currently consists of over 100 works representing different artistic languages.  Enrico Pazzali, Chairman of Fondazione Fiera Milano, will be assisted in the selection of acquisitions by a high-profile international jury chaired by Diana Bracco (Executive Committee, Fondazione Fiera Milano, Milan).


Also confirmed are: the Herno Prize, now in its eighth edition, which awards a prize of 10,000 euros to the stand with the best exhibition project; the LCA Prize for Emergent, worth 4,000 euros, born in 2015 from the collaboration with LCA Studio Legale and  destined for the gallery with the best presentation within the Emergent section ; the Covivio Prize, dedicated to the Emergent section and which will select an artist to commission a site-specific work with an investment of up to 20,000 euros.


After a year off, for its thirteenth edition, the Rotary Club Milano Brera Award for Contemporary Art and Young Artists returns, established in 2009 as the first recognition in the context of miart, provides for the acquisition of a work by an emerging or mid-career artist to be donated to the Museo del Novecento in Milan.


To these awards will be added other prizes and commissions, including the first edition of the Henraux Sculture Commission Foundation which provides for the commission of a marble work to be exhibited for a year at the Museo del Novecento in Milan.


To underline the renewed internationality of miart 2023 also the prestigious list of directors and curators of high-profile museums who, coming from all over the world, will have the task of identifying the winning works and artists of these awards and commissions. Among them: Fernanda Brenner (Artistic Director, Pivô, São Paulo); Nicholas Cullinan (Director, National Portrait Gallery, Londra); Sébastien Delot, (Director, LaM – Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut); Yilmaz Dziewior (Director, Museum Ludwig, Colonia); Massimiliano Gioni (Artistic director, New Museum, New York e Artistic Director, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan); Radine Leonie (Curator, Museion, Bolzano); Laura McLean-Ferris (Curator-at-Large, Swiss Institute, New York); Catherine Nichols (Creative mediator, Manifesta 14, Pristina e curator, Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin); Ralph Rugoff (Director Hayward Gallery at Southbank Centre, London); Dirk Snauwaert, (Director, WIELS, Bruxelles); Bettina Steinbrügge (General director, Mudam Luxembourg).


The partnership with Maison Ruinart is also renewed for 2023, confirming its commitment to the world of art by presenting an unprecedented art project in the Ruinart VIP Lounge for this edition with the presence of the artist Carte Blanche 2023.


Switzerland Tourism also confirms its presence, which at the event will present an innovative concept to be unveiled in the coming months that will reflect the many souls of the Swiss territory.


With the 2023 edition, miart thus continues on its growth path, combining the solidity of market aspects with an aptitude for research, and expanding its format into a platform for observing society and its changes.


miart press office: 

Lara Facco: T +39 02 36565133 / M. +39 349 2529989 / E.lara@larafacco.com

Denise Solenghi: M. +39 333 3086921 / E. denise@larafacco.com

Marianita Santarossa: M. +39 333 4224032 / E. marianita@larafacco.com

Carlotta Verrone: M. +39 334 564 9927 / E. carlotta@larafacco.com.

Fiera Milano press office:

Rosy Mazzanti: T +39 0249977324 / rosy.mazzanti@fieramilano.it

Elena Brambilla: T +39 0249977939 / elena.brambilla@fieramilano.it.

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